Friday, December 7, 2012

If It's Not Any Trouble

This story appears in The Fat City Review.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What Happens When Something Happens

You can find this story in Lunch Ticket #2.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Crows Dance While the Baby Cries

This sci-fi piece was inspired by my love of Philip K. Dick's short stories. You can find it here in Fusion Fragment #19.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Songs Sung Blue

This is a piece that combines two of my loves: good science fiction, and Waylon Jennings. Well, I may have borrowed the title from a classic Waylon song, at least. You can find it in Silver Blade.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


This little story, inspired by the local reservoir, appears in Literary Orphans.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Peephole and Trial

These two poems have been around with me for a long time; "Trail" actually started out as a junior-level creative writing exercise. John Kilma of Electric Velocipede took them a while ago, and held onto them while the journal went through some rocky waters. Thankfully, Klima hung on, and you can find these two odd little diddies in Electric Velocipede #25.

Tillamook Tales

The latest Horace & Wilcox story appears in Verbicide Magazine.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


This quasi-horror story has been republished in Bete Noire #9.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ghost Town

This horror story goes back a few years; I wrote the original version when I was in high school (if not before). A more polished, less crappy version appears in Dark Fire Fiction.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


This short little allegorical oddity was originally rejected; then I received an email a few hours later saying the editor had changed his mind. So that's always good. Anyways, it's appeared in the perfect journal for it: Jersey Devil Press.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pacing Room

This story, which was inspired by something that happened when I was 12 (the raccoon, not the meth), appears in Pithead Chapel Vol. 1 Issue 4.

Death of the Ladybugs

This story, inspired by something that happened each fall at my old apartment, appears in the Linden Avenue Literary Journal.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Celebrity Baby Names; or, Angelina's Adopting Again

Bored at work one day, I read an article about some star's child--specifically, that child's name. This poem was born. You can read it at Ginger Piglet.

Friday, October 5, 2012

For Sale

This story originally appeared in Pink Eye Lemonade. It was inspired by my love of Bentley Little and his off-brand macabre horror. It's not quite a horror story...but it kind of is just the same, much in the way the economy is horrifying these days. And if exposition isn't your thing, then just read the damn story here in the Piker Press.

The Girl From Boston

This story combines two things from my life: my college experience, and my love for the Boston accent. It's been published here in Intellectual Refuge.

Friday, September 21, 2012

San Cerie

This poem originally appeared online in Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and now it appears in their Best of 2012 print issue.

A Natural Swimmer

This story appears in The Hellroaring Review. Thanks to Executive Editor Michael Mattson for convincing me to change the title. The original was a bit of a non-sequitur (that's short for "it really sucked").

Saturday, September 15, 2012


This short piece appears in the Summer 2012 issue of the Oxford Magazine.

Monday, September 10, 2012

War Stories

This little piece originally appeared in The Fear of Monkeys, and has been republished by PressBoardPress.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Playhouse

You can find this story at Fiction and Verse.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Woman in Calico

This horror story, inspired by a dream I had, appears in Inner Sins. I am also the featured writer for the month, and you can read their interview with me here. the month, and you can read their interview with me here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

First Date

This dark little ditty appears in Dark Edifice #2, which you can download for free here.


This story actually further explores a character (first appearing in "Gravel," published about a year ago in Prole) that I'm considering making a novel about. Or maybe not. Whatever. You can check "Burn" out in Steel Toe Review.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Doctor's Things

This story appears in Ink Monkey Magazine #4. You can order it off their site, or from Amazon.

Your Vitroworm and You

This "story" is an experimental piece, originally started in a workshop, and finished a couple years later. It's nice to know there are places like Paragraph Line that'll publish off-kilter, admittedly dark and absurdist stuff like this.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Foul, Strange, and Unnatural

This piece has been reprinted in the August 2012 issue of The Rusty Nail.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


This story, inspired by my dual admiration for the work of Kris Kristofferson and post-apocalyptic fiction in general has been published in Kalkion.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Shark

This story was inspired by my childhood fear of freshwater sharks (bull sharks have been known to swim up the Mississippi as far north as Illinois...). The piece appears in Pear Noir! #8.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

My Father's Bullets

This longer piece is available, thanks to Alfie Dog Limited.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sunday Drive

This odd little thing appears in the Summer 2012 issue of Convergence.

Monday, July 2, 2012

To Good Ends

You can find this quasi-western in Underground Voices.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Elevator Story

This dirty little ditty appears in Gloom Cupboard.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Camels in Indiana

This quirky little poem appears in Rip Rap #34.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dreaming on the River Ur

This poem, inspired by a dream I had a few years ago, appears in the Ann Arbor Review.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Drink With the General

This oddity was published in The Smoking Poet.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Foul, Strange, and Unnatural

This story, title borrowed from Hamlet, has been republished in The Rusty Nail.

Monday, April 30, 2012

West Texas Tears

This story has been republished as an audio recording by The Drum. It is narrated by yours listen at your own risk. (But check out the other pieces on the site, at least.)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Coyote Moon

This is the first story I ever submitted; I wrote it my junior year of college, and it remains one of my favorites to this day. It appears in vol. 48 of Ellipsis: Literature & Art, the literary journal of Westminster College.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Prompt, inaugural issue

It's here! The Prompt Literary Magazine's inaugural issue, featuring some great prompt-inspired pieces, and a cover photo by yours truly. Check. It. Out.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Writing: Part 2 - "Quality" Writing Group

My writing group compatriot Jeff Kohmstedt has written this article about our bi-monthly meetings. You can check it out here. And a not-so-gentle reminder: you can check out his novel on

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Confessions of an Exploding Parakeet

This quirky little story--an homage to a grad school paper I wrote about Dickens and spontaneous combustion, and my loathing of the one and love of the other--appears in HipsterFight! Magazine.

The Coffin Train

This little story appears in The Write Place At the Write Time.

West Texas Tears

This Horace and Wilcox story appears in the Torrid Literature Journal Volume II: The Bare Naked Truth.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Girls

Here's a story published in Gone Lawn #7.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


This story, inspired by a local bridge and its sordid past, appears in the first issue of The Conium Review. You can check out the cover art here, then head over to to get an idea of who else is in it (should you want to purchase a copy...which you should).

Friday, March 2, 2012

At Least It's Quiet Now

This quasi-sci fi story has been published in Xenith, accompanied by some awesome photos.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shipwreck Sadie

This story was a bit of an experiment for me. The fine editors over at Eastown Fiction (who gave me my first publishing credit back in 2009) thought it fine enough to publish. You can check it out here.


This story appears in Stirring.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Paradox Basin

This western oddity appears in Issue 6 of Breakwater Review.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Grandma's House

This flash fiction piece, which initially started as a writing prompt in one of my grad courses, appears in the inaugural issue of "What the Fiction."

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Prompt Literary Magazine

Here's a new journal, on which I am an editor/reader/fan, that you should check out: The Prompt Literary Magazine. As its name suggestions, it's a prompt-based journal: your own prompts, or the ones provided on the site. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, hybrid materials, stuff you can't even categorize--if you followed a specific prompt while writing it, submit it!

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Fifth Kraut

The Fifth Kraut

Here's a great Y.A. novel by a great Y.A. writer. Sound like I'm rubbing it in? I am. But there's a reason, dammit!

(I'm currently reading his next novel-in-progress. Be jealous. Be very, very jealous.)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


This tale of workplace madness has been published in Absinthe Revival.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Misery Lights

This story appears in the first issue of Ever After Review.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Designated Areas

This short piece appears in Blinking Cursor, Issue 8. You can download it (free!) here.