Fred L. Taulbee, Jr


4 July 2014 (I swear I'm going to barbecue later)

English teacher, writer, filmmaker.

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I published two short stories in 1994, including "Six Bullets to Kill" in Innisfree and "The Last Tree" in Child Life Magazine. I recently published "A-Haunting We Will Go" in Bete Noire, available here:

I have an MA in Literature and MFAs in Creative Writing and Film Production. I worked in the film industry for about two years, and it culminated in directing Gothic Vampires From Hell. Forgive me for it. I directed it in the style of the producer. It is available on Netflix.

Where to find Fred L. Taulbee, Jr online


Party of the First Part
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,900. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
A writer's hands are insured by his publisher, and the insurance agent assigned to him won't let him do anything with his hands that might jeopardize his career.
I Am Bathroom Tile
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A single man reflects on women in general as he and his friends celebrate another's coming wedding, which will leave our hero the last single man in his circle of friends.
Imagined Conversations with Ex-Girlfriends
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A successful man looks back on some of the women who made him the man he is.
The Flesh is Not Weak
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A freed slave who practices voodoo but has found God decides to put a complex spell on a Confederate soldier whose diet includes humans.
Ana and the House Are One-A Novel of Horror
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 64,300. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Five women meet for a reading of the will for their grandmother, who disappeared mysteriously two years before. During a seance they learn that one of them killed and buried their grandmother in the basement. Panic ensues as they try to figure out who killed her before their grandmother's ghost kills all of them, while each one struggles with her burgeoning telepathic powers.
Don't Quit Your Night Job, June
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young man struggles with consecutive relationships because he always imagines them leading down certain paths and they don't go there, and then he meets June.
Bedroom Sets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young man experiences several live-in romances looking for the right match.
Sometimes a Cigar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Middle age never hit a punk rocker so hard. I wrote this story after about four years of teaching fiction, some of which was about metaphorical emasculation, so I thought why beat around the bush--pun intended--so why be metaphorical and wrote this story about a man who wakes up one day to find IT gone, not cut off, just not there anymore.

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Smashwords book reviews by Fred L. Taulbee, Jr

  • You Only Live Once on Aug. 01, 2012

    Snider has written some good into a couple of old cliches--no offense Ms. Snider--and it's something few writers can do. King even did this once, and I have to admit to not liking his version much. This, however, is quite different and refreshing, with a new spin and a good voice. My only problem is its length, but it wasn't a painful length. Definitely worth reading and paying for...not like the other two stories I bought with this batch, because Snider also knows grammar and mechanics and other basic writing tools. Any problems I had with the writing were that I would've written some phrasing here and there a bit differently. I know it's a horrible thing to have to mention about a writer, but it seems a lot of aspiring writers are under the impression that grammar is not important. I look forward to checking out Snider's other work.
  • Fools and Cthulhu on Sep. 27, 2013

    Morgan Drake Eckstein’s “Fools and Cthulhu” is a good story, especially if you’re a Lovecraft completist, and if you are, good luck with that--good luck even if you’re just a Cthulhu completist. I take great pleasure in supporting anything that says the Necronomicon is not real. I’m a huge Lovecraft fan, and have a collection of at least two faux Necronomicons. I might have to doublecheck, but I could swear this short story here alludes to one specifically. There is one rambling sentence that rambles so much I can’t even tell if it is a true run-on or just rambling, and I rarely see semicolons in the work of literary masters, and I admonish them in amateur fiction. The story does take a turn near the end when some characters seem to appear, but I’m not even sure if they do, and also when the main character starts what I might be mistakenly calling his conjuring. In this section the story is told and not shown. It reads for those who already know what the main character is doing, and if that is okay with you then the story is fine. A few minor problems I would expect a selling author not to make, but an interesting topic and story, even though a bit confusing make for chancy purchase depending on your tastes.
  • Possibilities on Dec. 08, 2013
    (no rating)
    I love a vampire story and I love a good bar, but I couldn’t even finish this story. Besides the fragments allowable in fiction and called style, and the lack of a comma before a coordinating conjunction--understandable in print medium where ink is money--the author misspelled Jameson at least twice and described it as amber, when it is more of a yellow. This means the author didn’t even take the time to look up how to spell it. That’s five seconds she could’ve put into this story to make it better. And then came an obvious “feed” instead of “fed.” Then, I looked back at the author’s description of the story--mistakes there too, a missing letter. This wouldn’t be such a harsh review if the story were free, but it’s for sale. And if this is the quality of writing my fellow writers wish to put up here, then something needs to be done about it. There are many steps in the writing process, and revise is at least three steps--revise, revise, revise. I’m in a quandary here. I want people to come to Smashwords and find quality writing, and I know I am probably going to get angry retaliative reviews, but this is a rough draft for sale. Make it free or revise it.
  • Old Bones and New Flesh on Dec. 09, 2013

    Wow. I’ve only read about a dozen stories by my fellow Smashwords writers, but I also read a ton of short stories from the masters. I also teach literature, sneaking in Ellison, King, Heinlein, Lovecraft along with Hemingway, Poe and Hawthorne. This story has the most potential for being exceptional, above par. The story picks up much more when dialogue starts, and the three major events that occur should probably be more relished in the writing. The first time it happens, the author takes his time, but the second and third times he tends to gloss over it too much. Seems to me we might also enjoy the final one more if we had more reaction or thoughts from the last person. What makes this story exceptional is that I liked it--and you’re not going to like this--though it was full of grammatical errors. I’m sorry to say it: missing apostrophes, a semicolon where there should be a colon, and other minor errors, but glaring errors. I wouldn’t worry about it if this were free, but it’s for sale, and I paid for it. The major problem with the work is that it reads like a story told. Some show-me-don’t-tell-me would really flesh this story out so to speak. We don’t get in to their heads except for a few times. The author tells us everything. I would read more by this author, but I would definitely sample for quality writing first.