Four Early Stories

Hi all. Below are all tales I’ve previously posted on this blog now collected in a single post. These were written with a heavy Salinger influence; it was when I learned to be more honest with my writings regarding myself and others. Read More


Book Reviews: The Dogs by Robert Calder

Well this was a fun read. Robert Calder (AKA Jerrold Mundis) published this in 1976 at the height of the big horror boom. You know, when every publisher wanted to jump on the King bandwagon and hoped they’d have their own horror cash cow. In truth, I have no idea if Jerrold Mundis was trying to ride that wave of profitable thrillers. But, we do have this little canine tale which, although has its problems, is a pretty sweet read all in all.

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Homecoming: Chapter IV – Coda

The digital clock blinked into 12:43am as James heard his father’s heavy footsteps enter the bedroom adjacent to his. His parents hadn’t slept in the same room for months now and he never questioned why; maybe it was the ‘man smell’ and those novels with the horrifying covers? Stephen King, John Saul and their ilk scared him before he even turned his first page.

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Homecoming: Chapter II – Best Left Buried

The sun splashed over James who woke spread-eagled on his bed. He winced at the light and wondered how a sky so pale and cloudy could make him feel so defeated before catching a glimpse of the empty whisky bottle. A painful ache played around the corners of his forehead which he was certain would encompass his entire cranium in a torturous agony. He wondered if more sleep would abate the problem before remembering his father. If he smelled the whisky on him, he’d have a field day with it so James decided to cut the knot. Read More