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Dark Imagination is a collection of stories that begin with the most commonplace activities, such as taking a shower, going out to dinner, or taking photographs, and lead to dire circumstances. Read summaries of my work here..

I've been an avid reader all my life, and have finally decided to sit on the other side of the keyboard now. That's the path I'm taking, and I hope you'll walk a little way with me, and listen to a story or two as we go.

Stories

  • Dinner At Eight. A couple finds a new restaurant to try, and has the most incredible experience ever...until it's time to pay the check.
  • Smile For The Camera. A street photographer upgrades his gear to improve his work, but gets far more behind the lens than he planned.
  • Ancestry. We've all seen the commercials about DNA tests to learn our heritage. Be careful what you ask for.
  • There's An App For That? Always read the fine print before you click on the Agree button.
  • Shower Time. A simple shower leads to a different time, place, and person...but, not the best person to be. (This will be included in Patrick Reuman's anthology, THE EDGE : INFINITE DARKNESS, Fall 2017)
  • Ear Wax. Maybe it's better to leave the cleaning to medical professionals, after all. (This will be part of the Year's Best Body Horror Anthology 2017, coming out Fall, 2017, from Gehenna and Hinnom publishers)
  • Ghost Writer. A part time author finds an antique notebook that completes his ideas for him...but, at what cost?
  • Bogeyman. A small New England village is stalked by something that can't exist...or be stopped.
  • Rough Draft. That person always on your nerves? Write them to death! Just don't look out the window afterwards...
  • Marion's Rest. An old Victorian B&B on the outskirts of Carson’s Mill, has some…quirks. What the hell is in those walls, anyway?
  • Bequeath. Man has long believed that we all have a demon imprisoned deep within us, always kept at bay. But, what if it was released as we dream? (This will be featured in the debut issue of Hinnom Magazine from Gehenna & Hinnom publishers)
  • Blind Terror. Trapped in a small space, so dark that sight is useless, trying to find a way out. He is not alone, and whatever is in there with him is not human...
  • A Boy And His Dog. A crying boy, his dog trapped, and a Good Samaritan offering help. A rather tasty Good Samaritan, it seems...
  • As the work progresses, the collection continues...

    About

    I'm that quiet guy in the back of the room, not saying much, but watching and listening to everything. Instead of simmering in anger, or turning violent, I prefer to engage the "What If?" engine, let my imagination run free, and let my words perform the unspeakable horrors that I've conjured up...

    Coming in Fall, 2017, my work will be featured in Gehenna & Hinnom's "Year's Best Body Horror Anthology 2017" and Patrick Reuman's "The Edge : Infinite Darkness"

    Proud member of the HWA

    Sample

    I'd originally posted a short story here titled "Ear Wax", but where that has been accepted to be included in an anthology to be released in September, 2017, I felt it appropriate to remove it and replace it with a sample from an as yet unpublished story instead.

    Neither Jake nor George had any idea that Stu Siebel was also up very early. He’d been awakened by a noise downstairs in his home, and crept down the stairs softly, a baseball bat in his hand, ready to face his intruder.

    He silently moved to the wall switch, and snapped on the light, gasping aloud, gaping in disbelief.

    His older brother had left out a horror comic book when Stu was very little, and the story he read about the Grim Reaper literally scared the crap out of him, and haunted his nightmares for several years.

    Standing fully seven feet tall, that Reaper now stood in Stu’s living room, red fiery coals burning in the empty eye sockets, a scythe in its bony right hand. Stu smelled the musty aroma of the heavy looking robe it wore.

    He did not feel the bat slipping from his hand or his bladder letting go.

    Nonononono,” he mumbled incoherently, eyes filling up.

    The Bogeyman of Stu’s childhood, the predator of his dreams, seemed to grin as it grabbed the scythe in both skeletal hands and stepped toward him.

    Stu moaned softly as it whipped the scythe around at frightening speed, decapitating him in one swift arc. His head rolled backwards off his neck as his knees gave way, a jet stream of blood spraying wildly from his neck in every direction. His headless body fell heavily to the floor, blood still flowing from the neck, pooling on the hardwood.

    Stu’s head lay behind his body, eyes wide open, seeing nothing.

    The red coals in the Reaper’s empty eye sockets burned even brighter as it surveyed the carnage, its permanent grin somehow wider than before.

    Contact

    Feel free to shoot me an email, especially if you're interested in reading, and hopefully using, one or more of the stories!

    Also, have a look at the blog now and then, for interesting tidbits about work in progress.

    I've also set myself up on Facebook and Twitter, for those who prefer to follow there.

    And lastly, the author page at Gehenna and Hinnom, book publishers

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