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"Shuffle, Remember, Repeat"

9/12/2018

Illinois’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction

Sometimes when you walk down memory lane, you need a soundtrack to go along with it. In this rare bit of memoir, I put my iPod on shuffle to see what tunes came up—and to see what memories they happened to stir . . .

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"Motorbreath"

8/21/2018

The Rock N’ Roll Horror Zine #2

Heavy metal! The 1980s! Rip-roaring rage and crazy chaos! This little tale is guaranteed to make you bang your head and throw up those devil horns . . .

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"11 Steps"

8/17/2018

Home Sweet Home: A Millhaven Anthology

A young boy is told to never go into the attic at his grandmother’s house—so naturally, he does . . .

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"Memorease"

8/7/2018

Illinois’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction

In life, we find love; in our memories, we cherish it . . .

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"The Basement" / "Bogeyman" / "Poor Nathan"

6/20/2018

Drabbledark: An Anthology of Dark Drabbles

Within these pages are 101 tales of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction from 87 new and veteran voices of speculative fiction.

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"Serial Serendipity" (Reprint)

5/1/2018

The Sirens Call #38, Straight-Up Horror!

Being a serial killer isn't all it's cracked up to be . . . or so I've been told. There's a lot of planning involved—and in spite of it all, some things are just left to a strange bit of chance . . .

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"WEERD"

4/21/2018

Barnes & Noble

Welcome to the worrisome works of Patrick Winters, where weird worlds are weaved, one wicked word at a time. This short story collection features sixteen yarns of dark fiction, ranging from the odd and zany to the morbidly twisted. In these pages you'll come face to face with cursed carnival organs, devil dogs, seriously killer toothaches, talking toilets—and plenty of other oddities that are just plain WEERD. Now, find a comfy spot in your nearest padded room, crack this sucker open, and try to enjoy . . .

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"Tempt Me Not"

4/20/2018

The Big Book of Bootleg Horror, Vol. IV

Our desires can define us. Consume us. Change us . . .

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"Bogeyman"

4/8/2018

Trembling With Fear

Fears change just like we do, as this drabble goes to show . . .

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"It Happened on Hump Day"

4/1/2018

Grotesque Quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 2

If you’ve ever had a particularly rough day at work, then you might be able to relate to this strange story . . .

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"Phi Tai Hong Tong Klom"

3/25/2018

Trembling With Fear

Life and death, love and indifference — the haunter and the haunted . . .

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"Poor Nathan"

3/4/2018

Trembling With Fear

We never know exactly when our time of passing will come, as this drabble goes to show . . .

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"Family Time"

3/3/2018

Ghostlight, the Magazine of Terror - Winter/Spring 2018

A family’s day of fun and games takes a strange turn in this short story . . .

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"The Cold" (Reprint)

2/28/2018

Dreams of the Past: 2017 Anthology

The wintery winds are cold and the heart of a cruel man is even colder in this tale of dark fantasy . . .

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"Curses and Shit"

2/25/2018

Shit Fest

It really hits the fan in this short story filled with chaos and caca . . .

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"First Date"

2/4/2018

Trembling With Fear - Valentine’s Day Edition

Love is in the air with this special Valentine’s Day drabble . . .

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"Ahp"

2/4/2018

Trembling With Fear

A young boy has an unlikely encounter in the Cambodian forest of this flash piece . . .

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"Sympathy for the Demoness"

1/8/2018

Blood Moon Rising Magazine #71

Ashra may be a demon from the fiery pits of the underworld, but she’ll realize there are different sorts of hell when she runs afoul of an unlikely sorcerer . . .

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"Shrieks in the Snow, Shrieks in the Night"

11/1/2017

Unoriginal Magazine #5

A deserter may have more to fear in the dark of the woods than he would have faced on the battlefield in this piece of dark fantasy . . .

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"Roogcha"

11/23/2017

A Little Death For The Holiday, SFM Storytime

So, you think Thanksgiving with your family is a nightmare? Read this story, and you might end up thinking otherwise . . .

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"The Basement"

10/15/2017

Trembling With Fear

Something absolutely horrible lurks in the basement of this drabble . . .

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"Thoughts in Bed with Pain" (Reprint)

10/1/2017

Infernal Ink Magazine, Vol. 6 Issue 4

When a young woman's marriage starts to go south, her dreams of the perfect man begin to lead her towards some dark temptations...

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"The Cold"

9/8/2017

Fantasia Divinity Magazine #14

The wintery winds are cold and the heart of a cruel man is even colder in this tale of dark fantasy . . .

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"Daniel's Scream" (Reprint)

9/2/2017

See Through My Eyes

This account of a childhood experience with the seemingly supernatural leaves people screaming . . .

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"Bad Spirit"

8/14/2017

Tales of the Weird West #4

The Gravedigger rides again! And this time he's on a desperate mission to save a boy from a terrible creature right out of Native American myth. And it's hungry . . .

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"Diao Si Gui"

7/23/2017

Trembling With Fear

Regret is for the living and vengeance is for the dead in this quick ghost story . . .

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"His Bright Muse"

7/12/2017

Sanitarium Magazine #52

A blossoming romance shows signs of wilting as dark secrets come to light in this Victorian era tale . . .

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"A Long Way from Dolly"

7/10/2017

Drabble Harvest #8: Dear Ashley in the 24th Century

In this drabble, the troubles of love and cloning in the 24th century are broached through a "Dear Ashley" correspondence . . .

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"Little Bastard"

7/3/2017

Schlock Magazine, Summer 2017

If you've ever had a killer toothache, then you just might be able to relate to this weird story . . .

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"Me, My Zombie-Self, and the Blonde Girl"

7/3/2017

Strangely Funny IV

What's worse than being an awakened youth? Well, being an awkward zombie after the apocalypse comes . . .

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"Monsters"

6/25/2017

Trembling With Fear

This drabble proves that monsters can take all shapes and sizes . . .

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"The Life and Death of Jacoby Fogg"

6/3/2017

Stay Weird and Keep Writing Print Co.

Things are awfully murky in this poem about the life of poor Jacoby Fogg . . .

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"Max"

5/30/2017

Hellfire Crossroads, Vol. 6

Each of us has feared a Bogeyman at some point, back when we were children. Maybe we had good reason to . . .

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"Texas Awaits"

5/27/2017

Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Issue 10

The mysterious Gravedigger makes his grand return to print with this long-lost journal entry, composed by a figure straight out of history . . .

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"Kaidan"

5/21/2017

Trembling with Fear

In the Japanese language, "kaidan" can be roughly translated as "ghost story," and that's exactly what this quick drabble is . . .

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"The Release"

5/17/2017

Depraved Desires

There's kinky, and then there's whatever this is . . .

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"The Gnarl"

5/14/2017

With Candlelight

A lonesome little girl makes a unique friend in this piece of dark fantasy . . .

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"Harper's Glen"

5/6/2017

Speculative 66, Issue 8

Superstition and local legend are abound in "Harper's Glen;" meanwhile, love is conquering death itself in "Undying."

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"Carly's Seventh"

5/2/2017

The Sirens Call #32, "Hack & Slash"

It's little Carly's birthday, and her father has bought quite the peculiar present for her . . .

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"Amore"

4/24/2017

Living Paranormal Magazine, #2

A romantic vacation becomes a little less lovey-dovey when a unique gift is given from husband to wife . . .

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"Punxsutawney Elegy"

4/24/2017

Literally Stories

Follow a man as he traverses the waste of a post-apocalyptic world, determined to enact a strange sort of vengeance . . .

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"The Spot"

4/6/2017

Flash Fiction Offensive, Out of the Gutter

Romance isn't always easy. Sometimes you have to work at it and go to great lengths to figure things out. In this flash piece, those lengths lead a couple out into the woods on a very special rendezvous . . .

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"Though He Walks"

4/1/2017

He's Risen

The undead have inherited the earth, but one man still wanders in hopes of salvation . . .

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"The Time I Done Pranked Some Spacemen"

3/15/2017

Horror Sleaze Trash

The southern swamps of the U.S. offer plenty of rare sights to see: an array of wildlife, colorful flora, and maybe even an extraterrestrial or two . . .

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"Drag"

3/15/2017

Literally Stories

Troubles arise when an average joe comes home to a strange and unexpected visitor . . .

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"Separated Again"

3/12/2017

Trembling With Fear, Week 9

Fall in love. Split up. Reunite. And in this drabble, it goes to pieces all over again . . .

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"Serial Serendipity"

2/22/2017

Feverish Fiction #3

Being a serial killer isn't all it's cracked up to be . . . or so I've been told. There's a lot of planning involved—and in spite of it all, some things are just left to a strange bit of chance . . .

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"The Pitch"

2/22/2017

Literally Stories

Door to door salespeople have been known for selling a rather odd array of items and offers in the past; this story and its salesman have something extremelyodd to pitch . . .

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"Mental Check"

2/19/2017

Trembling With Fear, Week 6

Ever go to the store and feel like you've forgotten to get something . . . ?

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"Screwed"

2/1/2017

No Safe Word

"Screwing around" can lead to being just plain screwed, if you're caught . . .

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"Old Shuck"

1/31/2017

Sanitarium Magazine, #51

If you hear its howl, run for your life; if you see it, pray for your soul. Old Shuck is in the streets, and it may just be searching for you . . .

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"Goodnight's Alternative Carnival of Curiosities"

1/30/2017

Massacre Magazine, Issue 10

The Vernaldi Organ has a history as striking as its appearance; wherever it has gone, tragedy has tended to follow. But when an enterprising carnival owner gets the opportunity to buy it, its sensational reputation may be too much for him to pass up—no matter the potential consequences . . .

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"Separated"

1/15/2017

Trembling With Fear, Week 2

See just how hard being separated from your loved ones can be in this quick drabble . . .

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"I Have a Very Good Brain, and I've Said a Lot of Things"

1/6/2017

Trumpocalypse

Being the President of the United States isn't all it's cracked up to be. There's always something to deal with: press conferences, meeting with world leaders, zombie outbreaks . . .

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"Merry Mary"

1/5/2017

Dark Dossier Magazine #14

Sometimes, an urban legend turns out to be a little more than just legend . . .

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"Mr. Mean"

12/31/2016

The Sirens Call #30, "Death In All Its Glory!"

Friendship is a wonderful thing. Most of the time . . .

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"Crazy?"

12/20/2016

A Story In 100 Words

Every second changes everything . . .

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"Bad, Bad, Bad"

12/6/2016

Deadman's Tome

Santa Claus isn't the only one who might pay you a visit come Christmastime . . .

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"Krampuslauf"

12/5/2016

Deadman's Tome

A Krampuslauf is a lively celebration that can be great fun — or just terrifying . . .

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"Mrs. Krampen"

12/1/2016

Feverish Fiction #1

Two young men are thinking with their Yule logs when they try a little blackmail on a rather peculiar woman . . .

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"Ah, Love"

12/3/2016

A Story In 100 Words

Love is strange — kind of like this 100 word drabble . . .

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"Beast"

10/31/2016

A Story In 100 Words

In this Gothic little tale, one should be wary of what lurks in the dark — and in the self . . .

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"Superstition"

10/29/2016

The Sirens Call #29, "Hallowe'en"

Superstitions — childish, foolish, and utter hogwash, right? Well, this account of a young boy's Halloween night from long ago may prove otherwise . . .

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"Little Green Man"

10/1/2016

Devolution Z #15

It's the day after St. Patrick's Day, and a group of country boys are on their way back home after a holiday of drinking and good times. But an unlikely encounter is about to bring the good times to a screeching halt . . .

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"Upset" / "Venom" / "Heretic" / "Nuts"

8/31/2016

The Sirens Call #28, "Terrifying Tales"

In this ezine, you'll find one short story and three flash pieces that are short on words, but full of malice, hilarity, and — perhaps — even a little poignancy. Download for FREE and read for yourself!

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"Her Name's Not John"

8/18/2016

Trysts of Fate, #6

There's "toilet humor," and then there's humor about toilets. With this story of a young man's unlikely infatuation, the line between the two gets blurred . . .

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"Chirp"

3/23/2016

Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror: Winter 2016

Ron can't stand the noise of crickets chirping outside his window at night. It bugs him. But the noise soon goes from being a simple nuisance to something else entirely...

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"Gravedigger: Six Feet Deep"

3/22/2016

self-published

These six supernatural-western stories follow the strange, violent, and mysterious life of the title figure, the Gravedigger. Traveling across the United States circa 1800s, the enigmatic man known only as the Gravedigger seeks out outlaws and wrong-doers, greeting them with his revolver and saying his farewells with a freshly-dug grave. Along the way, he encounters the wilder things the Wild West has to offer, including the undead, horrid monsters, and the stuff of legends and folklore ...

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"Thoughts in Bed with Pain"

2/22/2016

Trysts of Fate, Issue 5

When a young woman's marriage starts to go south, her dreams of the perfect man begin to lead her towards some dark temptations...

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"The Stranger"

9/30/2015

Sanitarium Magazine, #37

In an Old West saloon, customers regale each other with stories of a strange figure being spotted throughout the Wild West – and who buries those he goes looking for...

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"Manifest Tragedy"

4/3/2015

The Nightmare Collective: An Anthology of Short Horror Stories

Three friends taking a road-trip to a rock concert come across a hitchhiker who may not be as meek and mild as she appears...

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"Murmur"

10/24/2014

NOOK, self-published

A simple walk through the woods was all that Jacob Crane needed to get away from his troubles – a chance to be alone and to unwind. But he is not alone. Something in the woods is whispering through the trees, and Jacob is listening...

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"Daniel's Scream"

9/20/2014

Sanitarium Magazine, #25

This account of a childhood experience with the seemingly supernatural leaves people screaming...

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"Damned Happy"

8/27/2014

Sanitarium Magazine, #24

The clown at his daughter's birthday party is no laughing matter for a man who has a fear of clowns – especially when the entertainer returns for a party of its own...

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"Caress"

6/30/2014

NOOK, self-published

After the tragic death of his wife, Christopher desperately tries to cope with his loss and with life.

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"Before the Ash"

3/21/2014

Sanitarium Magazine, #19

A young man starts to feel the heat when a mysterious urn and an even more mysterious note are left on his work-desk...

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