Red Jackson

Biography

I love to read the works of Poe and Shakespeare. I like to read the Bible as well as Science fact or fiction. My favorite genre is epic fantasy. I currently write articles about emergency pre-hospital medicine. I write short stories for family and friends. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. My goal is to spend more time outdoors than indoors and more time at play than at work. My secret hobby is the practice of martial arts.

Books

Thirteen Goblins
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Price: Free! Words: 18,930. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(3.00 from 1 review)
Short stories and poems about goblins. Exploring the human condition and how it relates to these mythical characters. Thirteen Goblins is a work that is appropriate for adult audiences.
Wade and Butcher
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,510. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Short stories and poems of terror intended for preteens, teens, and young adults.

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  • The Tale of the Landlady's Mirror on Jan. 19, 2013

    Interesting idea but not a very exciting story. An "antique shop" would be a better setting than the "local dump". This reads more like a description of events than a short story. Good thing for the notes so I could figure out what was being alluded to.
  • Yarn on Jan. 19, 2013

    It was good (I mean bad but good in a really creepy way). It kept me interested.
  • Dreams, Schemes and Themes on Jan. 19, 2013

    Nice satire. I liked that I didn't have to 'invest' too much effort into the reading. I will probably read this again one day.
  • Odin's Gift on Jan. 19, 2013

    A great fable. Enjoyed it much.
  • The Queen's Blade on Jan. 31, 2013

    The first half of the book was too heavy on description and too light on conflict for my liking. The second half was better. It was well written but not thoroughly edited. I had a hard time reconciling "Blade" with the character played by Wesley Snipes (half vampire half mortal man; Blade 1998) and the character "Scar" made me think of the villain in Disney's Lion King (1994). The story itself reminded me of Fool's Errand by Robin Hobbs (another story that I would give three stars to). I liked it enough that I may read more of the series one day.
  • Just for Button: Cleaning Out the Attic on Jan. 31, 2013

    Yes, randomness. This reads like a bunch of elves posting their daily events on facebook. Even elves can have uneventful days. Well, the grammar was good.
  • Memiors Of White Owl on Feb. 14, 2013

    I liked the title. The story reads like a great multiplication of words. It needs to be edited and formatted. There are great blank spaces at the start of each chapter.
  • Worlds Unseen on March 07, 2013

    This was a great read. Rachel Starr Thomson is a wonderful story teller.
  • The Red Man on April 23, 2013

    Good.
  • Horse-Flesh on April 23, 2013

    This story did not feel like a horror story. It was light on conflict. I had trouble deciding where the climax was... at the start?
  • The Unforgettable Names Of the Forgotten Gods on April 23, 2013

    Difficult to read. "There" was often used instead of "their" and several times "were" was used in place of "where". This story should have been proof-read and edited prior to publishing.
  • Plantgirl on April 24, 2013

    Quick and quirky
  • Number Withheld on April 24, 2013

    Nice short story. Well executed.
  • The Day God Winked on May 22, 2013

    This story did evoke a certain atmosphere. I would mention that I found several typos but that would risk making me a hypocrite. Thanks Mr. Jacobs for offering your story for free.
  • Have You Seen Tarum? on May 23, 2013

    Great conflict and atmosphere. I enjoyed the story but at the end if felt a little like a cliche. A slightly different ending would have made this story even better, imho. Thanks for the free read. I will check out your other work.
  • In the Land of Plenty on June 20, 2013

    It was a good story. I wonder where the plot will move from here. This story served the purpose of making me curious about what happens next. It had good conflict from the start.
  • Family Traditions on July 07, 2013

    **SPOILER ALERT!**This story didn't impress me. It was a story of terror but there was little conflict in the story. The terror came from the shock value. The fact that the act could be trivialized and glamorized. It might have been better if written from a different point of view. Maybe one of the characters should have been reluctant or pressured. In a story like this I'm expecting something like "The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell".
  • Second on Aug. 29, 2013

    I read this story online and found it had a formatting issue. There were parts of the story that I could not read. The part of the story that I could read became a little monotonous but that may very well be important for atmosphere. I did find the situation humorous. It just wasn't really interesting to me.
  • Bottoms Up on Sep. 04, 2013

    I felt that the ending could have been stronger. The foreshadowing was very bold and threatened to ensure predictability. Even so, the story maintained conflict and mystery right to the last page. A rewrite, as mentioned by another reviewer, would improve the story but it's pretty good the way it is right now. I would recommend this story for a quick read. Thanks for offering this free short story.
  • Snow Gum River on May 22, 2014

    Good job of eliciting empathy for the antihero, female version of Ned Kelly. I enjoyed the tension and atmosphere of this story.
  • Letters from the Sky on June 30, 2014

    This story was written in the first person present tense. The liberal use of adverbs and dominance of passive voice made it a difficult read. It was too much tell and not enough show.