Category: Publishing – Short Fiction

“The Weight of One” – Black Hare Press’ anthology Grimdark

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Contracts are signed, so time to start plugging this. @BlackHarePress has accepted my short story, “The Weight of One,” for inclusion in their upcoming Grimdark anthology. This should be a great one, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

“Red Sands at Morning” – Dark Horses

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A shout out to Dark Horses magazine, who have accepted my short story, “Red Sands at Morning.” A bit of a taste:

            Amid the buoys, bits of fishing nets, and jagged tree limbs sat a red sandcastle. Only, not a sandcastle, not really. It certainly had the FEEL of a castle, with walls and swooping turrets and exposed angles that looked defensive in nature. But it was rougher, wilder, and should have been pulverized in the storm had it been built before it. And it certainly wasn’t new; there was no one else in sight.

            “Can we see that sand, Daddy? Please please please…” Alan set the girls on a sturdy tree trunk and made his way through the debris field to the red castle. The closer he got to it, the more sinister it became, with some of the spires topping the thing looking almost razor sharp. It also appeared to have washed in with the rest of the storm junk. As he approached it from the ocean side, there was a clear line between the off-white of the beach sand the solid red of the castle.

A Rabble of Drabbles, Part 1

stay out the damn woodsDrabbles are 100 word stories, and more challenging than they might seem. Much like a poem, every word counts in this form, and it’s not only a fun form to play around with, but also a good writing exercise in general.

I write these on occasion, usually for an antho call or contest. When they don’t “hit,” you’re left trying to place them elsewhere, which can be difficult and time consuming. I’ve taken to sometimes uploading them on sites around the Internet for a variety of reasons. When I get a fair amount of these, I’ll throw up a Rabble of Drabbles, of which this is the first. Check them out if you get the chance, and stick around the sites to read a wide variety of writers.

“Shadows”
https://medium.com/@rich_41534/shadows-a-speculative-b7dab4e21f82

“Case Closed”
https://commaful.com/play/rwaynegray/case-closed/?sh=1

“The Wizard and the Words of God”
https://www.wattpad.com/1189257886-the-wizard-and-the-words-of-god

“Last Halloween”
https://www.booksie.com/667412-last-halloween

“Home For The Holidays”
https://storywrite.com/story/16354928-Home-For-The-Holidays–a-Christmas-drabble–by-Rich1

“Equal Shares”
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/rwaynegray

“Truce” – Black Ink Fiction (publication pending)

Contract’s signed, time to share. A huge thank you to Black Ink Fiction for accepting my short story, “Truce,” for publication in an upcoming issue. More info coming when I get a date…

“Oxi” – Trembling With Fear, 12/19/21

Special thanks to Trembling With Fear, which recently published my short story “Oxi,” a lighthearted tale of medical waste disposal hi-jinx. And semi-illiteracy. This is — I think — the first story I wrote after switching over from writing screenplays in 2020 (thanks pandemic). It was also one of the first to get picked up. Again, my thanks to Editor Stephanie Ellis and everyone else at Trembling With Fear.

You can read the story at https://horrortree.com/trembling-with-fear-12-19-21/.

 

“Our First Embalming” now up on Cosmic Horror Monthly

A huge thank you to@CosmicHorrorMo for selecting my short “Our First Embalming” as the first place finisher in their Nov. 1 Micro Madness contest. You can read this now on their Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/cosmichorrormonthly
It’s also in the December issue:
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666 (Dark Drabbles 11) Anthology

Very excited to have a (very) short piece, “Among the Weeds, Across the Pond” appearing in the upcoming @BlackHarePress anthology 666 (Dark Drabbles 11) (you can pre-order it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HYN6LHW). Thanks to D. Kershaw and everyone at Black Hare Press – this should be a great read!

666 (Dark Drabbles Book 11) by [Black Hare Press, D. Kershaw]

Apocalyptic Monsters Anthology

Based on spotty email delivery on my part (never let a writer set up your tech), I’m just realizing that a short of mine will be in the upcoming Apocalyptic Monsters by Wicked Taxidermy Press. Very excited to be a part of what should be a great anthology!

“The Suggestion Box” – The Drabble, 1/10/22

Very happy to have a very short story — 100 words, in fact — up at The Drabble… and on my birthday! I am grateful to be included in this publication, which is the leading one for the drabble form.

You can read it here:

The Suggestion Box

 

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