Rebecca M. Senese
Based in Toronto, Canada, I write horror, science fiction and mystery/crime, often all at once in the same story. Garnering an Honorable Mention in “The Year’s Best Science Fiction” and nominated for numerous Aurora Awards, my work has appeared in TransVersions, Deadbolt Magazine, On Spec, The Vampire’s Crypt, Storyteller, Reflection’s Edge, Future Syndicate and Into the Darkness, amongst others.
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The Eyes Have It: A Science Fiction Story
Only a crazy person would go up against the security of the Chak’hala to steal the Eye of the Moon. Or only the cursed sister-in-law of a crazy person, which is how Molly feels after hearing the hair-brained scheme from her brother-in-law, Mickey. But the promise of a nice payday overrides Molly’s usual caution.
Until the caper goes awry & the Eye turns out to be more than she bargained for.
The Language of Dance: A Science Fiction Story
Attempting the Dance has been the only way for Humans to try to communicate with the alien B’akHalna. Over the decades many dancers tried and they all failed. They all died.
Now Delna steps into the ring. This is her chance to dance the dance of her life. Her chance to shine. Her chance to bridge the gulf.
Her chance to talk to the aliens. Her chance to die.
One More Puff: A Mystery Story
Lifelong friends, Jimmy and Bobby come to the big city to live their dreams, only to share the pain of failure on the streets. Yet despite it all, they have their friendship. Until the cigarettes do Bobby in. Or do they? Unconvinced, Jimmy searches for answers and then justice to avenge Bobby’s one final puff.
Music Man: A Science Fiction Story
Inspired by the music of his childhood, Tony dreams of a life of melody. Shunted into Nav school and working as an apprentice in the space docks blunts his dream. Then one fateful day he takes a different way home and hears the strains of music calling, reminding him what he left behind.
Can Tony take the leap to fulfill his dream? Is he willing to pay the price?
"Music Man" is a short story.
A Retribution of Soul: Book 3 of the In-Between
After the destruction of the first vampire’s sacred book & the implosion of the vampire clans, Sebastian Lockhart finds his new power growing.
But as his family is targeted by a vampire bent on vengeance, Sebastian is tested by visions of the dead and the instability of his new abilities. Sebastian races to save his family before the vampire can destroy them. Before he loses his mind & his soul.
Body of Art: A Horror Story
Lake View Gallery owner, Sam Lee, struggles to survive after the famous Layton Family Gallery opens down the street. When some strange paintings by new artist Gloria sells within hours for any price he asks, Sam realizes her paintings are his salvation. Can Sam keep Gloria stable enough to keep painting? Why does her work fill him with horror and dreams of blood? Is his business worth his sanity?
Zombie Safari: A Horror Story
After a lacklustre zombie apocalypse, Stacy’s dad sinks his savings into an abandoned theme park to create the Zombie Safari But how safe is it letting cars drive through a park of zombies? What happens if someone opens a window? How can two of them manage alone? They need more than a sign saying ‘Don’t Feed the Zombies.’
"Zombie Safari" is a short story.
Bargain Hunter: A Horror Story
Queen of the bargains, Mariella gets more than she bargained for at the new Bargain Kingdom when they kick her out. Everyone swoons over the amazing prices, except her. Mariella sees they’re no bargain!
Soon shoppers disappear after a special After Hours sale. A sale Mariella`s friend Sondra plans to attend. Now Mariella must strike the bargain of a lifetime to save her friend & neighbourhood.
A Remembrance of Flesh: Book 2 of the In-Between
Bitten by a vampire, Sebastian Lockhart lives stuck between human and vampire, In-Between.
Now the other In-Betweens view Sebastian as a freak. After a disastrous raid on a vampire nest the remaining In-Between turn on him. Hunted by everyone, Sebastian races to find the legendary book of the first vampire, rumored to provide mastery over the human race. Can he destroy it or will it destroy him?
Hide: A Horror Story
Pauline has been invited to the biggest hide and seek game in the neighbourhood with the cool kids! The pressure is on. As the new kid, Pauline counts while they scatter. As evening turns to night, Pauline searches the nearby housing construction site. No kids, just a stray barrette and a broken yoyo. Where are they, Pauline wonders, are they the only ones playing?
"Hide" is a short story.
Download Complete: A Science Fiction/Mystery Story
Investigating a body, Detective Megan Kershaw finds it’s a discarded Mech with a mind swipe chip. She traces it to Denton Weathers, the richest man in the city. After, Megan receives a commendation and her partner is murdered. Can Megan discover the real answer behind the destruction of this Mech or will she become the next victim?
"Download Complete" is a short story.
With A Bite: 5 Vampire Tales
Sink your teeth into these 5 vampire tales: Who did her mother meet on a bridge at night before she died? What kind of gym promises everlasting youth? How can a vampire adjust when the future is now? What’s a vampire to do when he’s phobic around blood? How can a dentist save his practice when his only patients come after dark?
A Reluctance of Blood: Book 1 of the In-Between
College student Sebastian Lockhart lives a normal life of classes, friends and dreaming of the lovely Alexa Hammond. But a vampire attack interrupts his regular life. Now the sunlight gives him searing headaches. His revulsion for blood turns to craving. But he’s not a full vampire yet. Stuck between vampire and human, he struggles to stop the horror from taking over. Can he ever be human again?
Beyond Control: Prequel to the Beyond Saga
A genetically engineered Assassin, working for the Gemini Corporation, Nadia prepares for her latest job: the “accidental” death of another company’s doctor. But a simple reconnaissance reveals rivals for her job. As she races to intercept them and complete her mission, Nadia finds herself questioning her orders... and her life. Includes a preview of “Beyond Reach.”
Moon Dream: A Science Fiction Story
Even as a child, Julia Threswald dreamed of visiting the moon. But the world economy collapses around her, throwing everything into chaos, dashing her chances to go to the moon.
Julia despairs until she realizes her dream could lead her, and her world, out of the darkness into hope.
If she can find the strength to realize her vision of walking on the moon.
"Moon Dream" is a short story.
Evacuation Day: A Science Fiction Story
When Peggy Osterhouse walks into Grenville Groceries, she expects Mr. Grenville to follow her to the evacuation like all good citizens. After all, Mr. Grenville and his special talents will be needed on the trip.
But Mr. Grenville has different ideas, especially for dealing with a construct like Peggy Osterhouse.
And he’s not afraid to use them!
"Evacuation Day" is a short story.
Salazar the Horrific: A Super Villain Story
Desperate for an accounting job, Marvin’s search leads him to work for Salazar the Horrific. A self-appointed Super Villain, Salazar schemes away in the recesses of his subterranean lair beneath a non-descript house in Etobicoke. But when Salazar’s plans for world domination begin to come to fruition, Marvin finds he must do all he can to stop Salazar from becoming truly horrific.
Ella Saves the World: (A Sort of) Super Hero Story
Growing up normal in a world of super heroes sucks; Ella knows from personal experience. When everyone else can fly, lift cars or walk through walls, how can a normal girl fit in? But when something threatens to destroy all the super powers, leaving all the super heroes powerless, it’s up to normal Ella to save the day!
Dust in the Wind: A Tiffany Waters Paranormal Mystery
Clothes shopping isn’t the way Tiffany wants to celebrate making detective on the drug squad. But neither is taking down a crazed man chewing on a woman’s arm. When he dies in custody, full of a strange, new drug called “Fairy Dust,” Tiffany finds herself caught between saving a girl and her brother and a territorial drug gang.
To Grandmother's House: A Horror Story
Walking to his grandmother’s house, Thomas meets a strange man named Wolfe. When Wolfe makes the boy late, he offers to meet Thomas’s grandmother to explain. Caught between grandmother’s odd tasting cookies and Wolfe’s toothy grin, Thomas waits for the outcome of a visit that might just be his last.
"To Grandmother's House" is a short story.
The Haunting of Melsbury Manor: A (Sweet) Ghost Novella
Charlotte and her maid Trudy stalk the halls of Melsbury Manor, alone since the last tenants fled. But now new tenants are moving in, Andrew and his son Mark, and their presence threatens the careful equilibrium Charlotte has developed. Will she be able to escape them? Just who is haunting who?
A Touch of Fear: 5 Light Horror Stories for the Faint of Heart
For those who like their horror light, here are 5 tales to give just a chill. Discover a new recipe, find a wayward husband, dig up an extra appendage, learn a new craft, and find the perfect pet. These stories bring a shiver as they leave you with a smile.
Includes: "How to Cook Husbands," "Wolf's Bane," "Leg Me Call You Sweetheart," "Living with the Dead," and "Puppy Love."
Who Killed Santa?: A Christmas Mystery Novella
Disillusioned public defender Jamie Lister gets a call for a new client on a snowy evening. Mary is accused of killing her husband. She claims innocence and insists her husband is Santa Claus.
Can Jamie discover the truth or is Mary lying to get away with murder?
Rite to Life: A Science Fiction Story
In a harsh world, Iris fights to earn the right to bear her children in the Challenge. Already successful with two daughters and a miraculous boy, she wins once more. But when her eldest daughter, a sensitive girl, must fight for her child, Iris discovers the price of the Challenge is too high.
Zombee A Go-Go: A Horror Novella
During a trip to Zombee A Go-Go, zombie wrangler Jay meets Melanie the zombie tamer. She wants to learn wrangling but he ain’t teachin’ no matter that she’s both sweet-looking & feisty. When Melanie heads off to learn her own way, Jay follows & helps her escape from the largest zombie herd ever. When the herd turns toward the Go-Go, Jay must work with Melanie to save the Go-Go from zombies.
Dog Daze: A (Sweet) Horror Story
After a bad breakup, Lucy would rather groom dogs than date. But when her friend sets her up with a new guy in town, Lucy finds herself interested until timing turns everything into a dog’s breakfast.
Should Lucy risk her heart? Or her life?
"Dog Daze" is a short story.
Wolf Play: A Horror Story
Theodora needs just one more year of work at the Wolf Play Club to clear her debt, then she no longer has to work with the grabby customers or the rotten management. But one night she’s faced with a table of howling men just waiting for the show, but they’ll take Theo as an appetizer.
Can she survive with her job and her life intact?
Bloody Aversion: A (Sweet) Horror Story
Excited by his new life as a vampire, Dennis has one tiny problem. Okay, one huge problem: his fear of blood. Finding the right therapist is only the first step. As his sire’s patience thins, Dennis finds his challenges multiplying when his therapist issues a demand of his own.
"Bloody Aversion" is a short story.
Living With the Dead: A (Sweet) Zombie Story
Margie doesn’t understand why they have to take smelly grandma with them as the family packs for a night trip. After a tire on the van blows, Momma suggests camping for the night but they are awoken by shambling, groaning figures.
Can Margie give these zombies a new purpose before they eat her family?
To Di(n)e For: A (Speculative) Horror Story
Meredith accompanies her husband to the Mystery Meal Restaurant, “where the dinner is murder” so Meredith reads from the marquee. To impress an important client, they dine with clone-grown constructs of killers. It’s the latest in fine dining entertainment and it may end up being the last dinner of their lives.
“To Di(n)e For” is 6,000 words.
Needle Point: A Horror Story
Only severe shoulder pain could drive Sandra to try acupuncture. But the sight of the tiny needles in her skin is more than she can bare and she flees. Soon the pain in her shoulder is the least of her worries. She’s sure she feels something, something like a needle.
How can she get it out, especially when no one believes her?
"Needle Point" is a short story.
Snow Bind: A Horror Story
Eva took her mother’s advice: if you’re going to have affairs, be discrete. So the little cabin in the woods is a perfect spot for a rendezvous with Tommy. But Eva didn’t count on a snow storm.
Tommy’s going to pay for her ruined suede boots, just as soon as she finds the cabin...
"Snow Bind" is a short story.
Shake, Rattle & Stomp: A Tiffany Waters Paranormal Mystery Novella
Unconvinced that a crushed car is an accident, patrol office Tiffany Waters find herself rescuing a known gambler from a hulking shadow bent on destruction. When her visit to persuade him to cooperate ends in the man’s death by a monster, Tiffany races to find answers while the beast turns its attentions to its new target: Tiffany!
“Shake, Rattle & Stomp” is 19,900 words.
What Happens in Vegas: A Horror Story
Dane Reynolds returns on a late night flight from his vacation in Vegas but his wife doesn’t meet him at the airport. Puzzled, he heads home to an empty house and a changed life. What happened to him? How can he reclaim his life or does he even want to?
Back in the Day: A Horror Story
Vincent longs for the good old days of castle and cloaks when vampires were feared and not accepted. In this bland future of equality with humans, Vincent finds himself hunted by a vampire hunter. The chase stirs Vincent’s blood until he realizes the danger. Can he outwit this hunter? When did he become the prey?
"Back in the Day" is a short story.
The Whitest Smile: A Horror Story
Wilbur Morris ran a failing dental practice until a thief with horrible plaque buildup and halitosis breaks into his clinic. Now Wilbur is the dentist to a new list of clientele who insist on evening appointments. When his interest in one attractive patient leads him to a cemetery, Wilbur realizes it'll take more than flossing to save him.
"The Whitest Smile" is a short story.
Leg Me Call You Sweetheart: A (Sweet) Ghost Story
Being dead is a hard enough adjustment for new ghost Dominic Gianno when he discovers a woman’s leg in his casket.
Unable to let it rest, Dom and his new ghost friend Vic head out of the cemetery to find the owner of the leg and before he knows it, Dom finds himself fighting for a woman’s life.
Death ain’t what he thought it would be!
"Leg Me Call You Sweetheart" is a short story.
The Elf Who Saved Christmas: A (Sweet) Horror Novella
Giljagaur loves his life. Santa returns from fishing & demands this be the best Christmas ever. Soon the Elves work overtime with glassy eyes. Mrs. Claus begs for help, then recants. If Santa isn’t Santa who is he?
Escaping the terror, Gil must rescue the real Santa & regain the North Pole before evil takes over Christmas and the world.
Wreck the Halls: 5 Christmas Horror Stories
Add some horror to your ho ho ho with these 5 gruesome Christmas tales. A boy waits for Santa... with an axe! Who is the man in red and why is he stalking Randy? Sinister reindeer cause trouble for Billy. Santa finds more than presents under the tree. Forget shopping, try to escape the mall alive this Christmas Eve!
Tales of Possibilities: 10 Science Fiction Stories
In this ten story volume of science fiction stories explore reawakening after a murder, changing faces and changing bodies, losing your Self, chasing a fugitive and smuggling yourself, and discover what happens when you forget to shoot the dog.
Fear Itself Volume 1: 10 Horror Stories
In this first ten story volume of horror tales, visit a new home, a candy store, walk in the rain, do a little cooking, file some papers, head down to the farm and more. Horror lurks in every corner.
O Christmas Tree: A Christmas Horror Story
For his first Christmas with his new wife, Darren and his friend Stan search for the perfect tree. With a borrowed saw, they head off into a beautiful pine forest, certain to find the best one. But the trees have other ideas.
Just who will be decorating who?
"O Christmas Tree" is a short story.
He Knows: A Christmas Horror Story
At the first sign of snow Randy knows the man in red is coming. Not even the bars of an insane asylum will stop him. It’s up to Randy to close off the only entrance to stop the man in red.
Will Randy find the strength to beat him?
"He Knows" is a short story.
Billy & the Reindeer: A Christmas Horror Story
Billy first saw the giant metal reindeer at the mall shopping with his mother for Christmas. Because he was a good boy, she bought him a toy version. Soon Billy dreams of the reindeer coming down off their pedestal and stomping on people who bother Billy.
But what happens when he can’t control them?
"Billy & the Reindeer" is a short story.
A Very Zombie Christmas: A Horror Story
As if working Christmas Eve in the perfume department at Wellingsons isn’t hard enough, Melissa has to contend with a zombie outbreak.
Now the shoppers aren’t just hungry for bargains, they’re just hungry and Melissa must find a way to survive long enough to close the store.
No refunds ‘til January!
"A Very Zombie Christmas" is a short story.
Waiting for Santa: A Christmas Horror Story
On a quiet Christmas Eve, Timmy waits for Santa. The lights on the tree are twinkling and Timmy’s set out the cookies and milk. Everything is prepared as Timmy waits to make his appeal. He’s even pulled out the axe to make sure Santa listens...
Timmy doesn’t want to have to ask twice.
"Waiting for Santa" is a short story.
The Santa Murders: A Christmas Horror Story
Startled by corpses under the tree, Santa turns to Mrs. Claus to solve the mystery and save Christmas. Mrs. Claus soon realizes the strangeness of the killings as her own past catches up with her and she must face the consequences of her actions. Actions she took without Santa’s knowledge. Can she stop the killings and save herself and Santa?
"The Santa Murders" is a short story.
Who Do You Think You Are?: A Science Fiction Story
After finishing her latest assignment, Stacy finds her Self has been stolen. With only one day left in her temporary personality, Stacy races to find her lost Self and remember her job while avoiding a killer bent on stopping her.
Can she reclaim her Self before she forgets everything - including her life?
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