Friday Freebies (9/16/2016): AWOL: A Character Lost Part 1


How far will he go to get home?

Will Vampires, Werewolves, Monsters, and Aliens deter him?

What will he endure to find his family?

Acclaimed author Anthony Renfro has a problem. As his fans wait anxiously for his next release, a character he has created tumbles out of the pages of his book and comes to life. With no clear story or plot in Anthony’s head, he must work together with this character in order to find out what story he belongs in before the critics and fans come pounding on Anthony’s door. AWOL: A Character Lost is a horror/science fiction novel about an author’s worst fears come to life.




Outside in the night-time sky there was a round silver disc, flying fast, in landing mode. Its destination was Earth, and it wouldn’t be long before it set down somewhere close to the cabin the character was now building a fire in.


The fire cracked and popped as the character warmed himself in front of it. He took off his coat and did another glance around the room. The familiarity with everything was just eerie. Had he been here before? Come to think of it, how did he get here? His brain was jumbled. Not only could he not remember this place, which he felt like he should, but he also couldn’t remember where he had come from. How had he come to stand in front of this fireplace enjoying this nice warm fire? He had no idea.

He took a seat on the couch and dropped his head into his hands. He heard a rustling from inside the bathroom (the one to the left of the fireplace), and then he heard a commode flush. He stood up, and looked at the door.

Someone was in there.

The character slipped back into the small kitchen with the humming fridge (which also reflected a decade long since past) and waited.

The door handle started to turn.


Friday Freebies (9/9/2016): Fear of the Scarecrow


This short story is about a desperate man hungry for revenge. Sometimes revenge comes with a price.






A pumpkin.

An uncarved giant orange-brown pumpkin.

Samantha looked at Ben and he looked at her. They both then looked up towards the window, feeling watched. The scarecrow was looking in on them, unmoving, unblinking. It just stared with its glowing green eyes.

Ben scurried backwards across the bed, pushing chunks of glass into his back and butt. He never felt the pain as he dropped onto the floor and raced for his shorts.

Samantha looked from the scarecrow to the pumpkin on the floor when she started to smell something burning. Her eyes widened as the pumpkin transformed in front of her.

A flash of fire and two triangular eyes appeared. Another flash of fire, and a large open jagged mouth appeared. Then three little black creatures, naked, sexless, and covered in scales crawled forth from the newly opened portals in the pumpkin. They hopped down onto the floor and looked up at the scarecrow. It nodded towards Ben, who had somehow managed to get his underwear on and nothing else.

Friday Freebies (8/5/2016): A Zombie New Year’s Eve

I know you are shaking your head as you read this post, and saying to yourself-“Why are you offering this story free at this time of year?”

There are many reasons for this free promotion.

First, I finally have a cover for it that I think I’m sold on. I really do like the look of this one. What do you think?


The reds, the blacks, it all flows together to make a very ominous looking cover. I think this cover will stand out not only at the holidays, but throughout the year.

Another reason why I am running this one free is because my new short story “The Lot” (about a Christmas Tree lot with bad stuff happening around it) has been included as a bonus short story. This will be the first time this one will be available for Kindle. It is currently running free on NIUME (if you want to read it).

So, today, you not only get a snazzy new cover, but a brand new bonus short story when you download this one for free.

Now, the description: this short story is about Becky and Joe who are separated in a Zombie Apocalypse and risk life and limb in order to reunite for their New Year’s Eve kiss.

Here’s where you can get it.







He heard noises inside the mud room and turned to face it. The zombies had arrived and were now finding their way in through the open window. It sounded like slabs of beef dropping onto the floor, as they fell into the room one by one. Seconds later, they started to paw at the door that led into the kitchen.

Joe decided he better get on with the exploration of the house, because he wasn’t sure how much time he really had. Something momentarily stopped him, caused him to freeze in mid-movement. He turned towards the sound. It was a rattle of silverware in one of the drawers, like someone was shuffling through them trying to find the right one to use for their meal.

He walked over to this drawer, opened it, and shined the light down. In the gloom of the room, he could see everything was in place, and as it should be. He closed the drawer (soft close), stepped out of the kitchen, and into a hallway.

He paused again when he heard the silverware rattle.

It was a bit louder this time.

“Happy thoughts Joe, happy thoughts,” he replied to himself, as he tried to make his brain think that the rattle was caused by the zombies in the mud room shaking the floors of the house, and not something else. Hard to do in a place this dark and spooky, but he managed to do it as he went back to his exploration.


This is also available in paperback if you prefer it that way.




Free to Read Today (2/6/2016) – Need to Feed


Another year. Another massacre looming. When the sun rises on the Old West town of Saltwater Junction this town will face head on two fierce predators. Vampires who stalk you in the sunlight, and werewolves that transform with the sunrise. This short story rewrites the legends and all you’ve ever known about these creatures of the night. Where do you go when there’s no place left to hide?


5 out of 5 Stars – Kudos for a new spin

4 out of 5 Stars – Pretty good…








The tall sheriff stood on skinny legs that equaled the rest of his lanky frame. He was dressed in dark blue from his hat to his boots. He believed in the uniformity of color, and he liked the way one solid color looked when it ran together like it did on him.

He kicked his boots against the legs of the desk one time for each boot (habit or for luck, at this point not even the sheriff knew), and his pure silver spurs jingled each time he did it. He put on his gun belt, and let the guns hang low on his sides. He found this position best for a quick draw.

He walked over to the door and stopped. He looked at his pet parrot perched on a ledge beside the door. This bird’s normal color was red, but when it was scared or frightened, like now, it would change color, rapidly. It was currently running through a rainbow of colors, flipping to green, to yellow, to blue, to black, to white, and then back to red. When it reached red, it ran back through the colors again.

“Easy there, Fellow.” The sheriff tried to calm the bird with his voice, but today it wasn’t working. The bird just kept flipping its color. It was scared for its master, and it couldn’t hide it no matter if it wanted to or not. “I’ll be okay. Just like all the times before. These guys are just as dumb as the rest of the ones I’ve laid to rest.”

Fellow kept flipping colors. The words didn’t help, so the sheriff let him be and stepped up to the peep-hole.

The sheriff looked outside, and then back to his bird. “It’s them all right.”

Outside the jail, the Lizard Brothers who were notorious criminals, murderers, bank robbers, and all around bad dudes continued to pace back and forth as they waited on the sheriff to show his face. They were dressed in identical black jeans; long sleeve black shirts, and black boots. They had scaly bald heads and faces along with squinty yellow eyes and lizard like noses.

“You in there, sheriff?” The oldest brother asked, the leader of the group, the one who had called the sheriff yellow when the brothers had first arrived in town.

“Yeah,” the sheriff replied.

“Are you coming out or what? We said High Noon!”

“I’ll honor my bargain. That I promise.”

“Then come out and show me that promise.”

The sheriff looked at the bird still changing color. He turned from the bird to the door. He adjusted his eyes to represent the brightness of the day, black this time, a lot darker than his normal shade of blue.

He opened the door, stepped outside into the California sun, and into a town now filled with ghosts, because everyone who lived here was tucked away safely inside, watching from behind their windows, watching to see if the sheriff would meet his maker this time.

Haiku – Christmas Eve

Tucked in snugly tight

Covers pulled up to their chins

Kids wait for Santa


For more prompts like “cover” go here: Haiku Horizons


Vampire at Christmas - High Resolution

Just a reminder – A Vampire at Christmas is still running free today. Grab your copy at the links below and find out how a Vampire spends his Christmas holiday.



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Have a very Merry Christmas!

Get an Early Taste of the Holiday Season Today – Free to Read on Kindle: A Zombie Thanksgiving and A Zombie Christmas

A Zombie Thanksgiving:

Dawn looked back up the aisle, light splashing on empty shelves, and an empty store.  Seeing nothing moving, she turned around, and the smell of rancid meat engulfed her, wrapped her in its vomit inducing embrace.  The thing causing the smell was a zombie, and he was wearing a butcher’s outfit, meat clever still in his hand, held high, ready to chop, chop, chop. 

The meat clever swung downward causing her to drop the gun, as she moved out of its way.  The clever clanged down into a nearby shelf with a loud bang, as the gun bounced on the floor and rattled off into the darkness.  She retrieved her knife as the zombie grabbed her with his free hand.  He decided not to chop anymore as he lunged towards her.  He was ready to get some flesh between his teeth, and the meat clever wouldn’t help him with that.  Dawn could smell the rotten odor on his breath, which smelled like week old dead flesh, as he went in for the fatal bite. 

Somehow, heavy as he was, she managed to push him back; and then with all her eighteen-year-old might, managed to jam the sharp blade into its head.  The zombie quickly fell to the floor.  She was about to reach down for her blade when she heard shuffling behind her.  She turned around and two more zombies were coming at her.  One in a shirt and tie, probably the manager, BOB was the name on his name tag; and he looked like a Bob.  The other was dressed like a store employee somewhere in the late teenage years.  Dawn searched frantically for her gun . . .

A Zombie Christmas: 

I woke up in the morning to a knock at the door and a quiet house.  The Christmas tree was still sparkling and doing its thing, the ornaments hanging here and there with a precision touch, neat and organized.  I grabbed a pistol nearby, shook the cobwebs free, and walked over to the peephole. 

I peered through.  I then reached down and unlocked the door, putting the pistol on the side table as I did.

“I was wondering if you were going to let us in or not,” Jim replied, as he stepped into the house.  He turned around to see where Fred was.  He was still standing guard on the top step, so intent on watching the area that he didn’t even know the door was open or that two people were talking.  “He’s good Mike, too good sometimes.”  Jim tapped the man on the shoulder.  “Fred.  It’s safe. We can go inside.”  Fred didn’t jump or move in any spastic manner, he just turned and followed after them.

The door closed and locked . . .


You can also find these stories in “A Zombie Holiday Trilogy.”


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