I’m fifty-seven years old. I live in Quesnel, BC, Canada, with my wife Jo and a 17-pound, blue-eyed, white cat named Mister. I mostly build houses and shops to earn a living but I’ve written dozens of stories, including fantasy, horror, sword & sorcery, mystery, humor, erotica, and science fiction, frequently combining genres. Thirty have been published in small press magazines and e-zines, from the 200-word "The Hole" in Ascent Aspirations, to the 10,000-word novelette "Levels" in Buzzy Mag, published in May, 2012. My high score is four stories to Barbaric Yawp, Some of them are available now as ebooks at Smashwords.
I also dabble in art and photography. I have over forty of my own paintings hanging in my home. I build inukshuks and sell them in a local craft shop. I take photographs of them and photoshop them into art prints.
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(5850 words) After Bryce's eight-year-old daughter tells him she can't remember last summer, or any summer for that matter, he starts to notice discrepancies in the world of his cozy little town. How long has this winter lasted? And why does he feel so cold all the time? A slightly different version of this story appeared in Wild Violet, Feb. 2013.
Inked Inukshuks A Collection Of Images
(46 images) Inukshuks are rock sculptures of the Inuit people of northern Canada. They are used as landmarks, guides, messages, sentinels, or as symbols of appreciation or veneration. The subjects of this book are the miniature inukshuks I built, photographed, and rendered as ink drawings.
Inukshuk Book A Collection Of Images
Inukshuks are rock sculptures of the Inuit people of northern Canada. This book collects some of my best photographs of the miniature inukshuks I've been building for several years,
(2690 words) A time travel story. A short science fiction story about what happens when a scientist's prototype teleporter receiver receives something, despite the fact that the only transmitter is shut off. A slightly different version of this story appeared in Perihelion Science Fiction, Aug. 12, 2013. Not to be confused with "Two Timing". (Similar title, similar theme, different story.)
(2070 words) A time travel story. A short science fiction story about what happens to a scientist when a payload from an unknown source is sent to his teleporter receiver. A slightly different version of this story appeared in Perihelion Science Fiction, Feb. 12, 2013. Not to be confused with "Double Time". (Similar title, similar theme, different story.)
Золотоискатель Пит становится невольным свидетелем злодейского убийства на приисках. В его руках оказываются золотые карманные часы жертвы, благодаря которым судьба Пита меняется коренным образом.
Перевел с английского Boris Seaweed.
(290 words)A flash fiction horror story. A curious man lowers a camera on a cable into a reputedly bottomless hole.
(3600 words) A short horror story about a man who parties on Friday night, and is compelled by a strange, new drug to kill a woman. When he wakes up in the morning it's Friday again and apparently the murder never happened. (A slightly different version of this story first appeared in Midnight Times, #20, Winter 2008.)
(2970 words) When Dwight has an argument with his wife and storms out of the house he is forced to take a motel room for the night. All the motels in the small town are full but at the Lakeside Motel he finagles his way into a room reserved for someone with a similar name. Later that night he has an unusual visitor.
(760 words) A science fiction fishing story.
This story first appeared in Barbaric Yawp, Apr. 2010
10,350 words. A science fiction novelette wherein Detective Frank and his rookie partner are confronted with a headless corpse in a locked motel room. When similar murders occur in other places it seems he will have to accept a supernatural aspect, but nothing is as it seems and he’s in for a wild trip that will take him places he never imagined. This story first appeared in Buzzy Mag, May, 2012.
Forces Of Evil: The Board Game
(6300 words) A horror short story about a young couple at a cabin in the woods who find a role playing board game about defending a warehouse from an army of zombies. By playing the game and losing they shift the balance, giving evil the upper hand. As evil runs rampant in the world they race against time and zombies to set things right.
The Dark Gate
A sword & sorcery thriller novel. At the center of the city of Satyrn the Black Tower rises high. Kharl, the most powerful mage in Satyrn, is building his magical matrix in a secret chamber beneath the Black Tower, where it draws on all the mana in the city and concentrates it for his use. If he can complete his matrix he will open a dark gate and let Shigg'rath, the Dweller Beneath, come through.
A light-hearted fantasy story about Shawn, a university research student with a mission to find the source of gold in the Dragon Mountains. He saves Geezer, an old prospector, from some bandits. Geezer has a special talent for finding gold so Shawn recruits him to help with his mission.
While cleaning the attic in her inherited old house Suzi finds a secret room containing a shelf full of mysterious items and a shrine dedicated to a murder trial from decades ago. The room also contains a booby trap, a spell that compels her to don the long-dead witch's skin like a garment.
A slightly different version of this story appeared in Tales Of The Talisman, Vol.4 #4, Apr. 2009.
(1600 words) Angry at Professor Kline's public statement that time travel was impossible, Nick marched into Kline's lab with the equations to prove that it was possible, only to find Kline was waiting for him with a few surprises. And a time machine.
The Treasure In The Monkey's Fist
A slightly different version of this story appeared in Wild Violet, Vol. 6 #1, Spring 2007.
A fantasy story wherein a young man learns of a fabulous treasure, beats everyone to the treasure cave, and becomes trapped inside by an ancient spell.
A rhyming poem about depression and despair and hope. Although this is another poem about defiance, it is a different kind of defiance, a healthier defiance.
Sid hated cats. Sid liked to party. When a black cat spoiled his party he got upset. A short short horror story about a man who tried to run over the wrong cat.
Dead Man's Ashes
A sequel to "Worse Than An Orphan's Curse", wherein Dar, a young thief, is sent into the darkest part of the city by Peli, King of the Beggars, to recover the ashes of the man who cursed him, so he can exact his revenge on the dead man's spirit.
A slightly shorter version of this story originally appeared in “Tales Of The Talisman”,
Volume 1, Issue 2, Sep. 2005. Darien thought he was pretty clever when he stole the Black and Gold Special Edition 1977 Trans Am before Fast Eddy could get to it, but before he can sell it he has to endure a road trip fraught with mishaps. And what's with that license plate?
Worse Than An Orphan's Curse
A short fantasy story wherein an orphan's curse brings about the death of a ship's captain, but the captain's dying curse is worse. (Yes, the title is lifted from that poem by Coleridge)
Peter Dennis is flattered to be asked by a beautiful artist to sit for her next painting for a book cover. It starts out well but it doesn't go as he'd anticipated. A short horror story.
A slightly different version of this story first appeared in "Black Petals, Summer 2003".
The Eruption At Mount Sarna
Zakk has it made; a legitimate store front selling relics of the past, an illegal operation selling fake artifacts in other cities, and an entire buried city to loot, as long as he can keep it secret. Then the temple is discovered, with a sealed door protected by spells in a chamber below the subbasement, and his regular wizard is unavailable.
The Ghost In The Kettle
A slightly different version of this ghost story was published in Midnight Times # 18, Summer 2007, under the title "In The Kettle".
When Jeff first heard about the ghost at the Phoenix Tire Retreading Plant he thought the old timer was pulling his leg, but when a young coworker told him the ghost wanted to talk to him he had to change his thinking.
Incident In A Tomb
A short H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horror story. When Joe and his cousin Ward broke into a tomb to try out a spell to raise an ancestor they got some unexpected results.
The Hollow Idol's Eyes
It was well known that Aztor, the blind king, would give much for any information that led to his acquiring sight, so when he heard about the magical power of the Hollow Idol's Eyes, and learned the location of the Idol, he sent a large expedition to fetch the eyes. He got all that he wanted and more.
This story first appeared in "Of Unicorns And Space Stations", Winter 1999.
A Clone Of His Own
When Sedric got back to his castle after a disappointing third-place finish at the annual scientific symposium he found his servants dead and the growth tanks in his laboratory being smashed by the henchmen of his arch-rival, Dook. Despite serious setbacks, such as being killed, Sedric uses his science and his magic to fight back. A science fiction/fantasy adventure story.
The Spirit Of The Game
A Thanksgiving Day dinner with a dysfunctional family: the daughter, who has been away at school; the son that never grew up, who earns a living play-testing video games; the widowed mother, out of shape, out of touch; and, in spirit, the father, dead for thirty years.
A slighlty different version of this story appeared in the ezine Wild Violet Vol. 6 #2 Summer 2007.
On Full Moon Night
When the curse of the werewolf takes hold on the night of the full moon, blood will be spilled. A short, rhyming poem (49 short lines) about what it's like to change, experience the hunger, and spill blood.
Robert Jarvis has a problem with losing or misplacing his keys far more than the average person. Fortunately he has one of those little plastic "Key Service" tags on his key ring so they keep getting returned to him. So far the service has been free. Until a strange-looking dwarf shows up at his door asking for a dollar before handing over his keys.
Saul had a wonderful life for a twelve-year-old, with a loving family and a comfortable home, weekends were three days long, and summer vacation was coming, so why was he tormented by a recurring nightmare?
This dark science fiction short short story first appeared in Barbaric Yawp, volume 14, number 3, July 2010.
An alternate history fantasy mystery novel. Berk opened his agency to make use of his magic talent for finding things. On the day he expanded his parameters to include missing persons he was presented with two cases that stymied his talent. In the days that followed more women went missing without a trace, and a serial killer, The Skinner, began leaving more dead bodies on the streets of Agrippina
How can we tell what is real? We only know reality by what our senses tell us, but what if our senses are being manipulated or bypassed? Ted thought he had it figured, but he was wrong. Or was he? This mind-bending science fiction horror short story first appeared in Barbaric Yawp, volume 12, number 3, July 2008.
A rhyming poem about standing up to the devil, about hellfire, damnation and suffering. I wrote this poem a long time ago. There is nothing autobiographical about it.
The Gold Watch
While prospecting a creek in the Cariboo Mountains near Barkerville in 1866, Pete comes across the corpse of a murdered man clutching a gold watch in his hand. Pete decides to return the watch to Sylvia, the name engraved on the back, but the owner of the watch, even though he is dead, has vengeance in mind, and a job for Pete. This story first appeared in Crimson Online Magazine #13, 2000.
When Roland's daughter and his wife Berdine disappear into thin air right in front of his eyes in his own back yard he is shocked. When his eccentric old neighbor comes around and tells him his family has been taken to Elfland he is skeptical at first, but he will go there if he must and face the Goblin King to get his family back. (This story is a modern retelling of an old English folktale.)
The Hole Story
This story first appeared in Tales Of The Talisman Volume 5 #2, Autumn 2009.
Within an hour of the time Tal wakes up in a strange bed with no memory of who he is, where he is, or how he came to be here on this strange, unknown world, he is being pursued as he climbs endless stairs through featureless fog with Neola, the local teenage girl who took him off the Net and nursed him back to health.
This story originally appeared in Midnight Times #23, Fall 2008.
When Jared gets out of the army he discovers that his sister, his only remaining relative, has been missing for weeks. He teams up with her boyfriend and they follow her trail to the home of Jatarkah, a small-time, disreputable wizard, who seems to be responsible for the disappearance of other women as well.
The Emperor Germanicus
Germanicus was groomed to be the leader of the Roman Empire but he died young. Far in the future, Marcus Geni, like many others, believed Germanicus could have and should have become emperor. He believed it so strongly he stole a time machine and made it happen. Sort of. He inserted himself into Germanicus's timeline and made himself emperor, which wasn't quite the same thing.
The Tale Of Orm's Revenge
Inspired by the Sagas of the Icelanders, this sword and sorcery novelette follows Orm as he sets out against Sigurd, who killed his brothers and neighbors, and took their land for the use of himself and his gang. Guided by a prophecy, Orm finds allies and unexpected help, including a magic sword..
Down Among The Hoodoos
An atmospheric ghost story. After many years apart Tom runs into his old friend Lenard, who convinces him it would be fun to revisit their old party spot at The Hoodoos. The gate to the park is closed but Lenard has a 4x4. They set up their music to echo down the canyon like they did when they were young and despite some misgivings Tom starts to have fun. Then the glowing red orb appears.
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- Daddy's World
on Jan. 17, 2013
To the reader it is clear from the start that Jaimee is living in a virtual world, but he is very young so everything is new and fascinating to him; he readily accepts and enjoys and learns from what is presented to him in this normal family life, but inevitably he grows up and notices when things aren't right. He already suspects what his sister reveals, but self-awareness and control don't make him happy. An intriguing look at some of the possibilities and abuses of virtual worlds, with plenty of interesting ideas about artificial intelligence, cloning, personality transfer, raising children, and more. This future isn't so far away.
- The Ten Second Time Traveller
on July 04, 2013
Talk about a case of bad timing. I love the idea, and even though the writing would benefit from a bit of polish this concise little story is definitely worth spending the time to read.
- Mapping the Silence of Dreams
on Dec. 30, 2013
Dreamscapes and a gunslinger, how could I resist? A good solid story with some interesting concepts, lots of action and enough excitement to pull you all the way to the end before you realize you've just read an entire novelette.
- Future Crime
on June 15, 2014
A good addition to the library of any time travel fan. This novel is full of big ideas, with a fascinating concept and an eclectic mix of characters. Always interesting, frequently exciting, with a rather uncomplicated plot, but an exciting and satisfying ending..