Lori R. Lopez

Biography

Lori R. Lopez wears many hats, literally and otherwise. She is an artist who designs her book covers and illustrates some of her tomes. As an author she writes poems, short stories, novels, children's books and songs, as well as a humorous-slash-serious column called "Poetic Reflections" at Fairy Fly Entertainment. She is a musician, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger and animal-lover. A vegetarian, her work often contains themes of conservation, animal rights, and the rights of children. Lori unapologetically takes pride in creatively bending and reshaping the rules of writing when it suits her style.

A horror fan since small, she roamed graveyards as a kid and conducted funerals for dead birds, squirrels, insects and spiders. Lori has received various honors for her novels THE FAIRY FLY and AN ILL WIND BLOWS. She was named on an Examiner.com list of "92 HORROR AUTHORS YOU NEED TO READ RIGHT NOW" for WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH 2014. Her books also include CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, POETIC REFLECTIONS I and II: KEEP THE HEART OF A CHILD and THE QUEEN OF HATS; THE MUDPUPPY and THE FOX TROT (based on childhood experiences).

Her stories and verse, featured in THE SIRENS CALL E-ZINE, on HELLNOTES.COM, and at SERVANTE OF DARKNESS, have been published in anthologies such as DEAD HARVEST, JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION, TERROR TRAIN, CURSED CURIOSITIES, WE ARE DUST AND SHADOWS, BONES II, MIRAGES: TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, MASTERS OF HORROR: DAMNED IF YOU DON'T, DARLINGS OF DECAY, I BELIEVE IN WEREWOLVES, THE EPOCALYPSE: EMAILS AT THE END, SOUP OF SOULS, THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED, and SCARE PACKAGE: 14 TALES OF TERROR. Fifteen of Lori's poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was spawned in a small town called Ripon, located at the heart of Wisconsin. All very innocent-sounding, yet Ripon would become the setting for a horror novel, incorporating local history as well as personal experience. The story takes place on Halloween. I'm hoping I won't be banned from my hometown after finally releasing that book this year. It's entitled TRICK OR TREAT: THE REAPER.
When did you first start writing?
I was always writing and drawing something or other as a kid. Along with reading. I never stopped, but there were times I was writing as a journalist., then songs and Nonfiction. What I really wanted to write was Fiction, and that's what I've been primarily doing since Nineteen Ninety-Eight or thereabouts. Earlier that decade I actually wrote and illustrated two children's books, THE MUDPUPPY and THE FOX TROT. But I've been writing a number of stories and books for teens and adults since Ninety-Eight. Since Two Thousand Eight I've been publishing them, also doing the artwork. I write a poetry column and verse instead of a blog, and I'm still working on that Nonfiction project.
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Books

Spider Soup
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Price: Free! Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
You are never truly alone. While you sleep, nocturnal creatures stir. A couple discovers that things have changed overnight, and they are no longer in control. Their house is full of cobwebs, and they are being moved little by little in this suspenseful horror tale.
Poetic Reflections: The Queen Of Hats
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Series: Poetic Reflections. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,720. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A collection of very unusual verse, ranging from wacky to dark to narrative. Lori R. Lopez writes her own way, whether poetry or prose. This book contains both in an odd yet artful balance.
Spooked
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00)
Two unlucky individuals find themselves trapped in a haunted house, where the spirits are more than restless. They're very disturbed.
Sleep Of Fools
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Are dreams fact or fiction? How well do we know what we do as we slumber, when we are most vulnerable? Can we trust our surroundings to be there once we open our eyes? Can we rely on the shadows not to spirit us away? The answers might startle you as the eyelids of possibility are peeled back . . .
3-Z
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Price: Free! Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.00)
A trio of short but sweet zombie tales ranging from suspenseful to quirky and weird, and finally a deft blend of humor-laced horror, these stories will entertain and surprise you.
Jar Baby
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00)
The creepy tale of a ghoulish baby by Lori R. Lopez. This short story ties in ancient history with modern horror as a museum's mummies rise up for a night of terror and fun at a museum.
The Fairy Fly
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,260. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A Black Widow queen, a big bad Wolf Spider, and a Hit-Mantis are but a few of the obstacles for a spunky little spider who must find his way home through a strange land of giants in this witty fairytale fantasy for kids and adults.
The Fruit Of Thy Womb
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Price: Free! Words: 9,590. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00)
Another unique zombie tale from Lori R. Lopez, the author of "Heartbeat" and "The Lycaning", this time with Fruit Flies and two jaded strangers who learn that they are not as alone as they think.
Poetic Reflections: Keep The Heart Of A Child
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Series: Poetic Reflections. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,740. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(5.00)
A humorous and serious collection of poems, prose and song lyrics by Lori R. Lopez, author of CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, AN ILL WIND BLOWS and more. Based on her "Poetic Reflections" column, this volume contains the first thirteen columns and much more.
Monstrosities
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,380. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A weird boy becomes very twisted while growing up and conducts Frankensteinish experiments on those around him. Chills, suspense, obsession and dark humor await in this novelette by Lori R. Lopez. WARNING: Some content may be disturbing to sensitive readers.
Nuance
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A humorously poignant Cinderfella tale about a spooky carnival and a misfit who discovers the truth behind his sorry circumstances.
Beyond The Stump
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,670. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
The dark harrowing tale of a young woman who must assume her mother's role of Gatekeeper.
Next Door
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Price: Free! Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.00)
Have you ever wondered about your neighbors? A teen learns the terrible truth about the house next door in this comically chilling Halloween frightfest.
Horrendus
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Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
(4.00)
A demonic entity will return at Midnight on All Hallows Eve to claim the lives of a child from each family. A young woman scoffs at the legend and invokes the monster's rage. She must face the truth, that he is real, and stand up to him alone to save her village.
Cereal Box Surprise
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,510. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00)
A ninety-eight-pound weakling orders cereal hyped by a once-famous athlete. During the mayhem that ensues, he discovers heroes aren't always what they seem. And the prize at the bottom of the box might be more of a surprise. Poor Ned winds up in a horror story by Lori R. Lopez!
The Macabre Mind Of Lori R. Lopez: Thirteen Tormentous Tales
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,490. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00)
A dark and light collection of horror tales from the morbid murky madness of author Lori R. Lopez, along with a poem, an introduction on fear, and a conclusion on why writers write . . . all previously published in anthologies, on websites, or individually as E-books . . . gathered in one spectacularly eerie volume! Horror, humor, and weirdities abound. See you on the other side!
An Ill Wind Blows
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,850. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00)
An unusual nonstop adventure of thrills and laughs in search of a magic stone. The witty horror-fantasy novel AN ILL WIND BLOWS will take you inside the belly of a storm who would be king. There an oddball bunch of nutty characters encounter some of the wildest imaginings of author Lori R. Lopez (DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES,
Jugular
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,640. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00)
"Jugular" is a novelette about a woman whose life has never been normal, from childhood to childbirth. Her mother locked her in a box. Her son is a serial killer. Then things take a turn for the worse and she wakes up dead. Or rather, undead. From there it goes downhill. Way down. WARNING: Some content may be disturbing to sensitive readers.
Unnatural
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,250. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
A Thin Man wanders into a world of trouble after the carnival that was his home goes bust. Adrift and alone, missing his sideshow friends, things get pretty freaky when he accepts a job for a doctor who isn't as nice as he seems. The oddities in his barn may bite!
The Lycaning
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
PARTS 1 & 2: This is not your traditional wolfman tale. An inventive and original take on a horror classic, THE LYCANING creates a new breed of the monster and a society transformed by a Werewolf Apocalypse. It is at the same time a story about love and sacrifice. PART 2 delves deeper into the origins of character and plot. Secrets are revealed. Werewolves, humans, and were-zombies clash.
The Wraith
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,140. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00)
A woman becomes intrigued by a brooding figure in one of her poems. She thinks she sees him everywhere she goes, an elusive presence. Is she going mad or is he really stalking her? Find out the twisted truth in an eerie tale that begins and ends with the haunting verse from which the phantom emerged.
Some Thing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00)
A tongue-in-cheek tale about a man who drank the water, another man and his bazooka, and a lady with a loaded gun. Brought together in a showdown between paranoia and reality, three once-ordinary lives will never be the same. This horror fable is based on an actual environmental hazard along the Mexican border and the potential for disaster.
Bad Mood
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,750. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00)
A fictional small town in Wisconsin is the scene of widespread craziness that affects both animals and humans in this humorous sci-fi thriller. A mysterious corporation could be the culprit. Follow three misfits who may be the only "sane" ones left as they search for answers to the infection spreading around them.
Macabre
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A young woman's dream of independence is challenged when her parents depart and she must face her Night Frights. But she is never completely alone, for always the rickety windmill's presence haunts her. And what is in the house with her, playing games, chewing the furniture? Will she ever be able to outrun her fears?
Bloodpath
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
After striking something in the road with his truck, a man follows drops of blood through the forest to a mysterious settlement. Will he be able to save the young woman held prisoner by a primitive band of creatures with large feet? Find out in "Bloodpath", a short story by Lori R. Lopez (DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS).
Fossil
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,200. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.67)
Wellsby Manor has a history of bloodshed, built upon the grave of an evil entity who tormented and ate Stone Age humans then infected the soil for ages. His brutal presence inhabits the mansion, terrifying and slaughtering its occupants. Tobias Pallberry now intends to conduct a seance to contact the spirits of the dead. Those who attend must face a wild night of fright as The Bone Man awakens.
Dance Of The Chupacabras
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,930. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.60)
A dark and humorously scary novel, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS (TOME ONE of the TOME TRILOGY OF TRILOGIES) will take you on a fantastic and eccentric adventure through a shifting desert world in Northern Mexico as two brothers stumble into the roles of heroes and attempt to rescue a young girl kidnapped by El Chupacabras.
Out-Of-Mind Experiences: Thirteen Tales
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,220. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00)
This diverse collection merges an array of genres such as horror and humor, modern and mythic, historic and supernatural. Sometimes gripping, often quirky, these tales are always inventive and thought-inducing. Journey through a broad spectrum of fictional adventures from angry cows to psychotic pets, through portals of terror and gateways of myth and fantasy. There is something for everyone.
Creep
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00)
What terror lurks behind the fence in an ordinary neighborhood? What manner of monster will you see if you peek through a knothole? Something ugly. Something angry. Something with a very large appetite. Take a peek, go ahead. And then run back the way you came!!! You do not want to reach the end of the fence . . .
Bedeviled
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,450. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00)
A delightfully skewed series of disasters as an ear demon hops from head to head, leaving chaos and twisted lives in its wake.
Heartbeat
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
After the Zombie Apocalypse, civilization adapts to troubled times. But can the living and the undead co-exist in peace? A zombie defender must question his principles when a hunter becomes infected by the zombie plague and threatens the boy's mother in "Heartbeat".
Unleashed: Tail One
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Price: Free! Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.67)
Would the tormented pet of a psycho, after witnessing countless abominations, begin to exhibit disturbing behavior? Find out in "Unleashed" what happens when a cat is driven over the edge and beyond the brink.
Chocolate-Covered Eyes: A Sampler Of Horror
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,380. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.56)
Six uniquely eerie tales and a poem by Lori R. Lopez involving zombies, an abused homicidal feline, a gateway to Hell, a haunted amusement park, an ear demon, a possessed windmill, and oh yes — a box of chocolate-covered eyes. Take a bite out of fright! You know you can't resist . . .

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Smashwords book reviews by Lori R. Lopez

  • Abe on April 02, 2011

    The name Alfred Hitchcock springs to mind with this tale as it combines such macabre and creepy elements into a concisely plotted spin down the gruesome lanes of Horror. It is a short story, yet by no means brief in stature and effect, containing twists and stomach-turns of terror. Jerry McKinney has crafted a scene with atmosphere and depth about a man who feels both affection and repulsion for the women who surround him, neither side able to shatter the bond which keeps them together. Is it guilt, paranoia, love, hate, desire, or insanity? Read and find out Abe's secrets . . . the strange hold he has on the ladies in his life.
  • Tears of Love on April 02, 2011

    This tale encompasses elements of family, childhood, and horror; the telling is in the natural voice of a boy who idolizes his big brother and cherishes their simple times together. Then comes an event that changes everything for the siblings as innocence is lost and the horror is introduced into lives already scarred by tragedy. Jerry McKinney's narrative flows like a summer day on the porch with a tall glass of lemonade. "Tears Of Love" is a story worth reading, and will be one to remember! I couldn't help thinking of Stephen King's "The Body" and the film "Stand By Me" that was based on it while reading the first half, for the gentle sense of camaraderie expressed.
  • Death Bonds on April 02, 2011

    Buying a house isn't always a dream come true. Sometimes it's a nightmare. This horror tale could make you think twice about owning a home, when most houses come with a history. Jerry McKinney delivers some scares in "Death Bonds", and will make you question the people around you. How many can be trusted? But then, sometimes loyalty isn't about being friendly or nice . . .
  • Lie Canthropy on July 16, 2011

    BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS The graceful moves and lovely-grotesque changes of the child hold residents of a small community spellbound. They live in awe of her, in fear and ignorance, and blame her for the residents who die after full moons. This is a tale of loathing and wonder, of mysteries and transformations, well told by the talented author Jerry McKinney. It describes a simple town harboring secrets and a dark truth. Why do the people view the girl with fear and hate, yet when she dances they are enchanted? What keeps her apart from them? These answers are revealed in "Lie Canthropy", a mystical tale of terror. Read it and you, too, will be captivated!
  • Feed on Oct. 02, 2011

    Are you famished for a deftly written tale of terror? Then feast your eyes upon "Feed"! There are some fates worse than death. Most people might wish for superhuman abilities such as those possessed by vampires. But is the sacrifice of your humanity worth becoming more than a mere mortal? That question is beautifully addressed in this unusual and eloquent short story by Jerry McKinney. From the start I found "Feed" to be both poignant and magnetic, masterfully word-painted by a true artist of Horror. By the end I discovered myself forever touched through the depth of emotion portrayed. Throughout, I was drawn into the plight of a protagonist who must suddenly hide on the fringes of society as he strives to hang on to his human emotions while slowly and horrifically transformed into something else . . . a mutant; a self-described monster. The author has crafted a very special portrait of a vampire, one that stands out from the mass of fanged Dracula wannabes. This is a character who seems to breathe, even as his human life ebbs. In a cruel twist of fate, he encountered something to live for at the same time that his doom was sealed. That is one of the most heart-wrenching aspects of his misfortune. Another is that Ian becomes more human, more compassionate and caring, a better person just before he will lose the life that too many of us take for granted. Does he eventually embrace a future filled with bloodshed, forced to sorrowfully hunt and kill to feed his growing appetite? Read his story and learn what happens to a man you will not be able to forget. A man who now dreads that rumble of hunger inside, which compels him like all of us to "Feed" . . .
  • In Extremis on Oct. 23, 2011

    MAGNIFICENT AND MOVING Will faith save a priest and a nun from the Zombie Apocalypse? Can faith endure after death? Find out in this beautiful yet horrible glimpse of a parish surrounded by a flock of decaying corpses. The faithful undead congregate outside Father Job's church, lured by the man's powerful voice. Perhaps he speaks their language; perhaps he understands them just a little too well. "In Extremis" by Jerry McKinney is truly like no zombie tale I have read or seen due to the author's exceptional ability to capture a moment in stunning relief through the eyes of a character, while reaching into that character's soul and pulling out the essence of the individual. It transcends the typical Zombie category, along with the Horror genre, by presenting two such characters -- a priest and a nun -- caught up in Hell on Earth. They are selflessly carrying out their mission with loyalty and devotion, even as the world teeters on the brink of doom. Is it faith or courage that keeps them going, as living breathing parishioners are replaced and overwhelmed by the walking dead? The author's attention to detail enhances what reads like a distinctive yet classic story of Good versus Evil. However, upon McKinney's horrific Armageddon-scape, there are no guarantees of survival or salvation. The horror is believable and down-to-earth, gritty and hard-hitting. You may cringe, but you cannot look away. The humanity in his words, on the visages of his fictional progeny, will keep you reading until the end. This writer knows how to deliver true horror, the kind to be savored and read again, the kind you will remember. The kind that will become part of your life. And leave you wanting more.
  • RoadKill on Nov. 09, 2011

    There are actually people who dine on roadkill, so let this be a warning to them! You are what you eat or so they say . . . I found this story amusing as well as a frightfully good horror tale. It makes me glad I'm a vegetarian.
  • Gerald's Car on Nov. 09, 2011

    Not owning a vehicle might be the least of your worries when it comes to a sweet ride like Gerald's. But perhaps it is not so much a car as a conscience. Or perhaps this car will drive you . . . a little bit mad!
  • Christmas Spirit on Dec. 02, 2011

    "Christmas Spirit" is another fantastic glimpse of horror from Jerry McKinney, a deftly descriptive author who weaves a spell with each of his creepy nightmarish renderings . . . Feeling on top of the world, planning a special night, a man is forced to confront his existence in all of its stages -- from childhood through to the future. It is said that we must study the past in order to learn from it. Chad's lesson may have come a little too late. In shades of the classic Dickens tale "A Christmas Carol", this yuletide story of ghosts who take a man through time will give you a holiday chill. It isn't pretty, but there is a message to this madness. A warning to heed the lessons of the past. And appreciate the good things we are fortunate enough to find along our journeys through life.
  • Tick on Dec. 21, 2011

    TICK, TICK, TICK. Clocks that beat like a pulse through the day are like metronomes underscoring, perhaps directing, the rhythms of our lives. When you can't shut the sound out of your mind, it can be annoying. On an office wall, it can be distracting. Or far worse. It's a good thing digital clocks are silent. "Tick" is another psychological twistful thriller of a tale by Jerry McKinney, an author whose imagination knows only leaps, no bounds, and whose talent for storytelling -- as well as writing prowess -- keeps me and other fans lining up with hungry eyes for more. Will Colin be driven insane by the murder of his spouse and the ticking of the clocks? Only Time will tell . . .
  • Patchouli on Dec. 24, 2011

    Neighbors can be peculiar. They can be mysterious, unfriendly, or a little too friendly. But if your neighbor smells like "Patchouli", you had better pack up and move!!! Unfortunately for Stu, he works as the building's handyman in addition to being a tenant. The poor guy wouldn't leave if he could though, because one whiff of the pungent plant's fragrance and he was hooked. As the days progress, he finds himself in quite a "stew". The woman next door seems to have some eccentricities. Or perhaps she doesn't really live alone . . . This is another of author Jerry McKinney's well-wrought tales. He knows how to weave a story that will make you wonder until the end. And then he may leave you breathless, satisfied, or craving more. But one thing is certain: You will be enthralled and entertained from start to finish!
  • Lie Canthropy (La Mentira del Lobo) on Jan. 10, 2012

    BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS The graceful moves and lovely-grotesque changes of the child hold residents of a small community spellbound. They live in awe of her, in fear and ignorance, and blame her for the residents who die after full moons. This is a tale of loathing and wonder, of mysteries and transformations, well told by the talented author Jerry McKinney. It describes a simple town harboring secrets and a dark truth. Why do the people view the girl with fear and hate, yet when she dances they are enchanted? What keeps her apart from them? These answers are revealed in "Lie Canthropy", a mystical tale of terror. Read it and you, too, will be captivated!
  • Takers on March 18, 2012

    This story will cause you to squirm and wish you could forget the horrible thought of alien worms invading your body from outer space, forcing you to eat anything -- even your own flesh and blood!!! When a blissful family outing is disrupted by a shower of podlike objects, a family's sacred bond of love and trust is forever ripped apart, along with their security. Nothing will ever be the same, for there are some fates worse than death. Jerry McKinney's vivid and imaginative storytelling will lead you through his own distinct version of a doomsday scenario in which a man discovers that a simple organism is his greatest foe. It is no longer the dead who must fear the worm. Thanks to McKinney's "Takers", we will all be having nightmares of the lowly creatures, and should think twice before stepping outdoors, lest we tread where worms dwell -- or worse, have one fall on us from the sky on a peaceful day! Don't bite into a rotten apple. Be careful what you read. And whatever you do, don't open your mouth to scream! Jerry McKinney's worms may be waiting . . .
  • Dug Up on May 31, 2012

    Open this gravely horrific tomb, I mean tome, if you dare!!! These six frightful tales provide everything from a serial killer to uncommon vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. Nothing about these stories will lead you down a familiar path. Although the early works of author Jerry W. McKinney, they do not lack in quality or prowess. From the original brief version of "Feed" through the twisting and writhing of his creepy visions, culminating in the long version of his vampire masterpiece, we can see the natural storytelling ability of a true horror artiste unfold. He is proof that a gifted writer is born and can simply begin to create when the time is right. Here you will find the first strokes of magic conjured by Jerry W. McKinney's special touch, his natural way with words and sense of description, a style that will get into your mind and toy with your perceptions. Some of these images may keep you up at night. Others might give you bad dreams. A few of them will crawl into your brain and never leave.
  • Flesh & Blood on June 14, 2012

    THAT WHICH DOESN'T KILL US . . . Even if it's the end of the world as we know it, life will still go on. That's the message in this deceptively simple tale by Jerry W. McKinney, who writes with an uncanny gift for capturing reality in all of its gritty and sometimes garish glory, with a lean yet descriptive style that reaches out and touches your heart while gripping you by the throat. Sometimes he rips your heart right out of your chest. In this story, families are not safe when the people around them begin to act "funny". A boy and his father are at the center of McKinney's moving drama, which employs a zombie apocalypse as a conflict and yet is breathtakingly down to earth. Events span months rather than days, but the story is narrated in an effortless manner with immense perfection and skill. This is one of the author's finest creations, and one you cannot easily forget. A reminder of how fragile our flesh-and-blood existence can be at the best of times. When everything has changed around us, it might be the only thing we have left. Or the very thing that threatens us most. Read this if you love horror, zombies, or just an excellently written story with emotional impact and depth of character. Read it because if you don't, you will have missed a vital experience.