James Pratt

Biography

James Pratt likes to create realistically flawed but basically decent characters and have them cross paths with serial killer angels, redneck vampires, slithering horrors from other dimensions, and the end of the world. He also likes to write stories that demonstrate how the ever-present darkness threatening to wash over the world like a wave of endless night can be held back with a little courage and a big shotgun (assuming one hasn't already used both barrels, of course). Some take place in the distant past, others in the far future, and still others somewhere between eight minutes ago and twelve minutes from now. Whether sci-fi, adventure, or straight-out horror, the running theme is that the universe is very, very big and we are very, very small.

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Books

Horrible Stories for Terrible People, Vol 2 - Obscura
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,310. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This short story collection is written in the vein of early 2oth century weird pulp tales. Stories include an Earth where monsters worship Godzilla and humans are a distant memory, a man who tracks down and has a conversation with the Lord Almighty, and the incarnation of ultimate evil tries to determine which replacement candidate best personifies the evil of the modern age.
Horrible Stories For Terrible People, Vol. 1 - Monsters
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,690. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Horrible Stories for Terrible People, Vol. I is a collection of 15 monster-themed short stories. Ranging from straight-out horror to tongue in cheek, denizens include a rockabilly vampire whose idea of heaven is 24-hour truckstops, two men fated to cross paths on the night of a full moon, and an imaginary friend who might not be so imaginary after all.
Cthelvis and Others
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,250. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
This collection of fifteen Lovecraft-inspired tales spans time and genres. Ranging from high fantasy to the far future, they are all linked by a common theme of the alien unknown. Among the stories' inhabitants, you will find a cursed play that maybe a doorway to another reality, the dark secret of the forgotten patients locked away in the bowels of a seaside asylum, and the King of Rock n' Roll.
We Stand at the Gate
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Price: Free! Words: 4,140. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.63 from 8 reviews)
Beyond a mythical kingdom's southermost borders sits the supernatural wasteland known as the Blight. Two soldiers, members of a garrison charged with protecting the kingdom's borders against the horrors of the Blight, are on sentry duty one dark night when one regales the other with a very strange tale. His tale hints at what lurks at the very heart of the Blight.
Imagine That - Tales of Places Strange and Fantastic
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Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 32,180. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
This collection of strange tales ranges from high magic to monster romance to weird western. Stories includes "The Devil's Outhouse", "The Awkward and Ill-Conceived Death of Baron Kritzler", "The Haggard Brothers Go to Town", "Emissary of Decay (A Tale of the Devil's Outhouse)", and "Tolkien World".
Singularity
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Scientists race to perfect a technology that will allow the human race to survive as the universe is laid waste by an unknown force. But is it already too late?
Emissary of Decay (A Tale of the Devil's Outhouse)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ex-Confederate solider turned gunslinger Jacob Burden's adventures continue in that strange realm some call the Devil's Outhouse. Still searching for a way back to the town of Purgatory, Jacob makes a bargain with a sorcerer that leads to a confrontation with a dangerous new enemy. Startling revelations await in the Devil's Outhouse.
The End Is Nigh - Tales from the End of Days
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Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 13,320. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
This collection consists of five short stories dealing with the end of the world, whether by biblical armageddon, a zombie plague, or something alien and unknowable. The means are irrevlevant. All that matters is the End of Days has come. Stories include "One of Granny's Tales", "I Eat the Living", "You'll Know When You Meet Them", "Halo of Flies", and "The Statement of Tom Carter".
The Awkward and Ill-Conceived Death of Baron Kritzler
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this fantasy short-story, Yorick the vampire and his glum companion Horatio the ghoul are ordered to assassinate an influential baron set to unite the baronies of the Affiliation against the undead-controlled Shadow Kingdoms ruled by their master, the lich-king Nazgoth. Unfortunately when Yorick and Horatio are involved, things rarely go according to plan.
Magic Lantern Show of the Gods
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(3.00 from 1 review)
Featuring characters introduced in the weird western tale "Restless On Boot Hill", gunfighter William Whateley returns to the Old West town of Purgatory at the request of Sheriff Lucas McMasters. When the pair suspect a connection between a spate of violence and the mysterious owner of a traveling magic lantern show, a showdown is inevitable.
The Devil's Outhouse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,260. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
After a bank robbery goes terribly wrong, ex-Confederate soldier turned gunfighter Jacob Burden flees into the desert where he might hope to escape the posse but certainly not his conscience. Somehow, Jacob winds up in a place far stranger than any tall tale and more dangerous than a hanging judge. If he keeps his wits sharp and his pistol loaded he might not only survive but find redemption.
The Angel Of Death Has No Wings
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In a strange future where humans and demons live and work side-by-side, a police detective and his infernal partner are tasked with investigating the improbable murders of corporate and industrial leaders who happened to be powerful demons. When the detective's theory regarding the nature of a very unusual serial killer proves true he must make a difficult choice.
The Haggard Brothers Go To Town
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Even before they were remade by their Pa into something not quite human, the Haggard brothers were the terror of the strange place they called home. When Pug Haggard decides to woo Lenore, the beloved daughter of the infamous necromancer Emo Mulcifer, his brothers tag along to run interference against Mulcifer's undead hordes. The question is, what could Pug Haggard possibly say to impress Lenore?
Shadows Rise Up!!!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In the time of the Blessed Twilight, humans were the mindless slaves of shadow-kind. But then came the parting of the Darkness from the Light and the power of the shadows was broken. Now a clever and ambitious shadow seeks to restore the old ways and tries to convince his fellow shadows to join him in revolution. Will he succeed?
Halo Of Flies
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The end of the world plays out early one morning when the patrons of a roadside diner are startled by the sudden appearance of a naked, bloody, terrified man. The question is, are the man's pursuers really the ones from whom the diner patrons have the most to fear?
"A clown with an axe walks into a church..."
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
"A clown with an axe walks into a church..." It sounds like the start of a bad joke but in a dark future overrun by unspeakable horror, an evil clown with an axe that tells him to kill things might be just what the doctor ordered.
Restless On Boot Hill
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A zombie tale with Lovecraftian overtones set in the Old West. After the dead start to rise in the town of Purgatory, Sheriff Lucas McMasters recruits William Whateley, a gunfighter alleged to have dealings with the forces of darkness, to help him get to the bottom of things.
Corridor
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Engineers attempting to determine the nature of a mysterious alien artifact make a horrifying discovery.
The Black Scarab in "The Sad, Strange Fate of Evil Eye"
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Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Written in the style of a pulp superhero tale, this short story describes the final encounter between an aging superhero trying to take care of unfinished business and his arch-nemesis who is dealing with some issues of his own.
Hyacinth and Orchid in "The Cajun Country Cookin' Caper"
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Written in the vein of the campy 1960s Batman television show, this superhero short story features the crime-fighting duo Hyacinth and Orchid facing the condiment-themed villainy of fast food icon turned costumed criminal Commander Catsup.
One of Granny's Tales
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Old Woman had spent her entire life among the harsh, unforgiving landscape of the mountains. One by one, her loved ones had been taken from her and now she was all alone. When the monotony of her existence is disrupted by a series of strange events, the Old Woman recalls a story told to her by the old Indian Woman called Granny regarding the way Granny's tribe believes the world will end.
Death Comes For The Anglerfish
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
In a bleak future where the Earth is slowly laid waste as aliens harvest its most precious resources, the AnglerFish is a water-breathing mutant who rules the town of Purgatory with an iron fist. When the last uninfected survivors of an alien-manufactured mutagen virus send the gunslinging cyborg known as Edward T. to Purgatory in search of much-needed medical supplies, a showdown in inevitable.

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Smashwords book reviews by James Pratt

  • Half A Man on June 17, 2011

    A funny little story. Interesting concept and a nice, quick read. It could be even better with a little editing but is enjoyable as is.
  • Edible Art and Other Flash Fiction on June 17, 2011

    These were fun and interesting and have inspired me to give flash fiction a try. Thanks!
  • The Sleeping Gods on June 17, 2011

    Not what I expected based on the title but a clever idea, nicely executed and well-written. Great job.
  • Prelude One: Death as a Boy (A "Keeping Up With the Deadlanders" Prequel) on June 17, 2011

    Interesting concept executed in a way that makes me want to learn more.
  • Footprints in the Butter on June 24, 2011

    I expected weird but not this weird. At one point I actually said "Whoa" outloud. This was an eerie and disturbing story filled with eerie and disturbing creatures. The phrase "twist ending" gets thrown around a lot but THAT was a twist ending. I got my money's worth with this one.
  • Malky's Bottle of Christmas on June 24, 2011

    This story contained no ninjas, aliens, or evil robots. I liked it anyway. That's the highest compliment I can give.
  • Mirror on June 26, 2011

    A very creepy story told in less than a hundred words complete with appropriately eerie imagery. Very cool.
  • 03:08 on June 26, 2011

    Very stream of conscious with interesting visuals. "Mirror" is even better.
  • Ultima Thule on Dec. 21, 2011

    Interesting take on the Apocalypse from the Beast of Revelation's point of view.
  • The Curious Case of A. Fly, Esquire on Dec. 21, 2011

    Funny and creative.
  • Improving Slay Times in the Common Dragon on Dec. 21, 2011

    Well-paced and interesting.
  • Trial by Fire on Dec. 23, 2011

    Very interesting "from the monster's point of view" story
  • The Shadow Killer on Dec. 23, 2011

    Weird and spooky. I like urban fairy tales and this one fits the bill.
  • The Day We Joked About The Dead on Feb. 02, 2012

    Funny yet depressing. Or maybe depressing yet funny. Nice, quick story and a good setting for future stories.
  • Outside the Wire on Feb. 02, 2012

    I read "B.E.K.s" in the Abominations anthology and was glad to come across this collection from the same author. Good, solid stories with a nice touch of weirdness to satisfy fans of the dark and bizarre.
  • Body Parts For Hire on April 10, 2012

    A grim, bloody, and weird ghost story where the ghost is the good guy. Very interesting.
  • Aenima on April 15, 2012

    I haven't read much steampunk (by which I mean any), but this was definitely an interesting and well written little story. Neat idea and nice imagery.
  • Snow Witch on April 19, 2012

    Interesting little story, very descriptive language.