Free Fiction Thursday: Ruined Sacrifice

ႎ I started writing this story after touring a Mayan ruin site while on vacation in June 2014. Hearing about the ancient life and climbing an actual pyramid were very inspiring to the story line. Here’s a quick synopsis: Go into the jungle, they said … Climb an ancient pyramid, they said … It’ll be fun … they said. Newlyweds Alison and James take a trip of a lifetime to visit an ancient ruins site. Their trek leads them deep into a primeval forest where … Read more

Free Fiction Thursday: Gold Rush

ႎ Gold Rush was a flash fiction story I wrote for an online competition in 2013. It won the competition and has gone on to be included in An Anthology of Short Stories: Summer 2014. A futuristic glimpse of an age-old era that time has forgotten. This short story is offered free on this website for one week only. It’s also available in ebook and print, along with six other short stories here. ႎ Oh no! It looks like you missed this one. If you would … Read more

Free Fiction Thursday: Words That Were Left Behind

ႎ Words That Were Left Behind is a short story that has stuck around in my mind for a while. It certainly has legs that can grow into a full novel, but for now, it’ll remain a short piece. Here’s a quick synopsis: Mick and Yvonne’s difficulty communicating with each other spell for troubled waters on their relationship front. Frustration leads to anger—anger leads to abandonment in this mild science fiction tragedy. This short story is offered free on this website for one week only. … Read more

Free Fiction Thursday: Linear Shift, Part 1

ႎ Linear Shift, Part 1 was my first published book. After meeting Hugh Howey in 2013, I was inspired to write a serialized novel. This is the first part of the four-part novel. This story stands alone but is the introduction to the complete novel. Here’s the book description: 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. … Read more

Free Fiction Thursday: Alone

ႎ Alone is a short story I wrote nearly 15 years ago. Although this story isn’t packed full of action, I feel that many people can relate to in some way. It was first submitted to be included in Something to Take on the Trip – A Charity Anthology (no longer in print). It was accepted and published in March of 2014. Here’s a quick synopsis: A sleepless night forces Rob McArthur to question what is causing him to lose sleep, life, and whether he’s … Read more

Free Fiction Thursday: Rememorations

ႎ The Immortality Chronicles (September 2015) was a collection of short stories centered around a common theme: Immortality. There were 12 total stories in the volume, with varying views on the topic. What you are about to read was my contribution to the volume. The Anthology won the award for The Best Anthology Of The Year as voted in the 2016 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll. Rememorations was also nominated for Best American Science Fiction. Here’s a quick synopsis: Is living forever all that it’s … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Hunter/Hunted

ႎ I wrote Hunter / Hunted in just a day back in February of 2015, inspired by the then approaching Valentine’s Day. Although it’s not a terribly long story, it was fun to write and has been a favorite of my readers for some time. When I’ve shared it in my newsletter, or when people read it in its print or ebook form, I receive comments about it in the following weeks. I hope you enjoy it enough to share with someone special Just click one … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Afterlife

Short Story; corpse; death; afterlife, paul b kohler, paul kohler,

ႎ If you’ve read The Borrowed Souls, here’s a nice little “prequel” that I wrote a few years back as a character study for the novel. If you’ve not read it yet, (Come again? What are you waiting for?) then this short piece will not spoil anything in the novel. It was simply a tool for me to expand my knowledge of Wilson and Hauser, and how their unique dynamic could propel the story. It is a short scene early in Wilson’s career as a … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Gateway

ႎ Gateway was originally written to be part of a multi-author anthology, with each contributing tale worthy of being read as a stand-alone short story. If you enjoy this one, be sure to check out all ten on Amazon. ႎ What’s worse? Losing your memories … … or having lost your mind entirely? Robert Paulson and Paul Robertson have a similar fate … neither of them knows anything about who they are, or were for that matter. Just as one believes he’s figured out his alien surroundings, the … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Perplexia

ႎ Perplexia is s short story of around 40 pages that I started several years ago but got sidetracked with other projects. I dusted it off and finished it up. It’s a stand-alone story but is currently being rewritten into a full-length novel, which will kick-off a brand new series! 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 … Read more