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: 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: 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: Amy

free fiction monday: Amy

ႎ A toddler’s independent adventure leads to a tragic and unexpected end. Amy was my first trip into fiction writing, and it sat untouched for nearly 15 years before I dusted it off, gave it a quick polish and submitted it to be included in Something to Read on the Ride : A Charity Anthology (out of print). Later, I included it in my own short story anthology, which is still in print. This short story is offered free on this website for one week … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: The Evil in Devil’s Creek

ႎ I was inspired to write this story after a dozen or so trips to visit my daughter in college. Several of the included oddities along the way are included in the story. The scary stuff was added because of my wandering mind. Owen knew from the start. He should have swerved. A road trip to visit Sheri’s son turns deadly when Owen hits something in the road. What they hit, neither could be sure. As they look for help, their fear climbs when they … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: My Sisters Keeper

ႎ Legal Disclaimer: Stephen Hawking was not harmed in the writing of this short story. OK, the disclaimer isn’t really necessary, but after you read My Sister’s Keeper, you’ll understand. Besides, it’s all just made up worlds inside my strange mind. My Sister’s Keeper is my first foray into the world of twins, and it’s a good one. Not sure if there’s more to come for these characters, but there are certainly more ideas in my mind for other works. So much more. When Stuart … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Lookout Mountain

ႎ Lookout Mountain was a short story – flash fiction, really – that I wrote several years ago. I was experimenting with the mental aspects of suicide. I was included in Something for the Journey – A Charity Anthology (out of print), and is currently included in An Anthology of Short Stories: Summer 2014.. Depression nearly gets the best of Ian, but his mind saves him before he firmly hits the ground. This short story is offered free on this website for one week only. It’s … Read more