Linear Shift

A widower at his wit’s end. An unexpected mission back in time.

When Peter Cooper has a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general, he’s suddenly catapulted to the year 1942. World War II is in full swing. Peter is charged with changing a single moment in time. If he fails, his personal history may very well suffer. If he succeeds, he will have altered the outcome of the war. But, unbeknownst to him, a secret society looms, threatening to destroy the very time machine he’s used, and ruin any chance of him returning to his children and the life he once knew.

With his personal fate—and the fate of the entire world—in his hands, Peter must be willing to stop at nothing to succeed. Is the once broken man up to the task?

The Borrowed Souls

He killed himself ... or so he thought.

After an uncommonly bad day, Jack Duffy makes the biggest mistake of his life—one that will propel him into an entirely new world—he’ll face challenges much more difficult than any he’s ever faced before. Assigned to collect souls, Jack begins to realize the true impact of his own life choices. With each new soul, another layer is revealed. The deeper into the afterworld he gets, the more power he discovers. With his trainer to guide him, Jack is driven to the edge where he must decide who gets to live and who will lose their soul.

The Borrowed Souls blurs the line between the moral and the unjust—his eternal commitment or the forfeiture of his tremendous power. Which will Jack choose?

Gateway: A Story from the Alteruvium Expanse

alteruvium expanse, gateway, sci-fi, short story, paul b kohler

Robert Paulson and Paul Robertson have real a problem. Each of them have suffered physical or mental injuries, causing moderate cases of amnesia. Hypnosis and other experimental devices are employed—with varying levels of effectiveness—in restoring their memories. As their past and present lives are revealed, it becomes alarmingly clear that they each think they're in the wrong persons body. In the end, only one can exist.

An Anthology of Short Stories: Summer 2014

short story anthology, sci-fi, fantasy, suicide, tragic

An anthology of seven short stories by Paul B. Kohler. The stories range from just four pages long for Gold Rush to nearly 80 pages for Linear Shift, Part 1.

Amy - A toddler’s independent adventure leads to a tragic and unexpected end.

Ruined Sacrifice - Newlyweds James and Alison are on the trip of a lifetime, trekking through the jungle exploring ancient pyramids. Told that a number of interesting structures are off limits, they decide to wander off on their own … only to discover that they’re not alone — and that the ancient past has a dangerous habit of springing back to life!

Afterlife - Wilson Oliver copes with his new reality of dealing with the dead and dying.

Alone - A sleepless night forces Rob McArthur to question what is causing him to lose sleep, life, and whether he’s alone in his feelings.

Gold Rush - A futuristic glimpse of an age old era that time has forgotten.

Lookout Mountain - Depression nearly gets the best of Ian, but his mind saves him before he firmly hits the ground.

Linear Shift, Part 1 - No one said time travel would be easy.

Peter Cooper, a widowed father of two whose life is crumbling around him—until a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general launches him on a risky mission: to go back to 1942 and change a moment in time. The repercussions will almost certainly alter the conclusion of World War II. But will the ripple effects stop there? And what kind of life will Peter return to?

The Soul Collector: Borrowed Souls: Book 1

burrowed souls, jack duffy, paul b kohler, fantasy, time travel, soul collector, grim reaper

... I just sat in the silence, wondering why this day was destined to be so disastrous. There was nothing left for fate to deface.

Jack Duffy is the exemplification of average.

He lives a normal life with a less than desirable job. He's a distracted husband, living in an ordinary apartment, and is married to an extraordinary wife. That’s how he would explain it. At the end of an unusually bad day, Jack's life is turned upside down when he witnesses something truly harrowing. The only thing that can catch him from falling is the soul collector.

His primary concern: Will he be allowed to keep his soul, or will he have to give it back?

An Anthology of Short Stories: Winter 2016

short story anthology, sci-fi, fantasy, suicide, tragic

Notable author, Paul B. Kohler's wild imagination and wicked sense of creativity come to the forefront in his latest collection of expertly crafted short stories. With each one eerily more fascinating than the last, you'll discovery themes ranging from the modernizing of the age-old mythology of Cupid—to the prospects of the soul in the afterlife—to an inconceivable connection of fraternal twins. Each story being a nugget of excitement and something to look forward to!

Linear Shift, Part 1

Linear Shift, time travel, peter cooper, paul b kohler, sci-fi

A distraught widower on his last leg. An unexpected mission back in time.

When Peter Cooper has a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general, he’s suddenly catapulted to the year 1942—World War II is in full swing. Peter is charged with altering a single moment in time. If he fails, his personal history could be jeopardized. If he succeeds, he may very well alter the outcome of the war. But, unbeknownst to him, a secret society looms, threatening to destroy everything, and ruin any chance of him returning to the life he once knew.

With his personal fate—and the fate of the entire world—in his hands, Peter must be willing to stop at nothing to succeed. Is the once broken man up to the task?

Recoil: A Silo Story

Wool, hugh howey, paul b kohler, sci-fi

Recoil: A Silo Story is a short story written in Hugh Howey’s world of Wool.

In a silo where cleanings are a cause for celebration and are handled by a crew of teenage boys, a hazing initiation goes horribly wrong. The silo leadership hunts for the boys to clean – this time without the safety of the silo waiting for them when they finish.

The story is told through the eyes of two teenage girls: Petra and Tavi. Enamored with the cleaning crew, they find themselves on the wrong side of an extravagant manhunt. Unfortunately, they don’t find out what’s really happening in the silo until the final, deadly confrontation.

Perplexia: A Crystal Medallion Short Story

crystal medallion, amnesia, supernatural, time travel, out of body

Who is Evan Mitchell? Is he a doctor, or a mechanic? An author or a cruise director? A terrorist or a thief? Your guess is as good as his.

His mind bending adventure begins when he materializes in a most unusual place with no idea how he got there. His identity is a mystery, and besides the need to discover his very existence, there's nothing that he wants more than to break free from his unforced confinement. His only obstacle: fear of the unknown ... and his lack of clothing.

Perplexia is a place halfway between confusion and hysteria, and it's where Evan begins his psychological journey. Along the way, he'll discover more about himself and his past. He'll race against time-and the odds stacked against him-to find the loved ones that he uncontrollably left behind.