A New Cover and A Free Read (3/24 – 3/25): A Long Journey off a Short Pier (6 Horror Short Stories)


“Yep . . . Just right there; haven’t moved her or touched her since the trouble last night,” the landlord replied, eyeballing her naked body on the bed.

“See something you want?” Nigel asked. “I’m sure she’s not going to fight you for it.”

The landlord slunk back from the young cop, who was a tough-looking guy. Probably still a rookie under that badge. The mousy little landlord with balding features and thick glasses had a few things he needed to keep hidden, so there was no point in getting the cops on his bad side; so he didn’t respond.

“Hey, Jerry! Why don’t you get this guy out of here? We can question him down at the station this afternoon. He’s creeping me out,” Nigel replied.

Jerry came into the room, (fat dude, more doughnuts than muscle) and ushered the landlord out.

“Tim! Wondering when you were going to drag in,” Nigel replied when he saw the detective walk into the room.

Tim looked down at the bed, and at Sara’s lifeless, naked body. He had known all three of the victims of this killer intimately, and now here lay the fourth, another one he had taken to bed on many occasions.


This cover was kind of thrown together when I first put it out. I found an image on Pixabay that I liked and when I put it into the cover creator on CreateSpace it looked like this.

A Long Journey

Honestly, it looks pretty good, but I decided to try to make it look a little better. I found another image, popped it into Gimp, and then came up with this.


I think it looks creepier now, and it does grab the eye. I also like the writing, and the black and white color. It just pops.

Thoughts. I would love to hear what you think about it.

You can get your free copy at the links below. Don’t have a Kindle, shoot me an email (atothewr@gmail.com) and I will send it to you in EPUB or PDF.

Thanks again for enjoying my work.


Story 1 of 6: SHe
Synopsis: A short story about a monster who stalks the city of Tampa Bay. This monster is only attacking women taking only the one thing it needs. Tim Roberts, a detective, is hot on this monster’s trail. Will he catch this monster in time or will this monster feed until it has its fill? Be careful Tim, this monster has a secret yet to be revealed.

Story 2 of 6: A Haunted House Tale
Synopsis: This short story is about five college students on Halloween night who set out to discover the secrets of the town’s most infamous haunted house. Will these students live to see the morning or will this house claim five more victims?

Story 3 of 6: Sandy and The Stranger
Synopsis: A road racing champion meets his match in the form of a stranger who may or may not be the ghost of James Dean himself.

Story 4 of 6: Demon Energy
Synopsis: A short story about 1 man possessed and tormented by a 1000 demons who must fight for a soul he is starting to lose. Will he ever find salvation or is his body now an eternal host of hell?

Story 5 of 6: Killer Treads
Synopsis: A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty-dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it because in many ways it does.

Story 6 of 6: Joyride
Synopsis: A Joyride in a Chevy Chevelle. The car was just sitting there for the taking. What could possibly go wrong? Vinnie and Mike are about to find out what can and will go wrong once they turn the key. Evil awaits.

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