James Hold


"First you're an unknown, then you write one book and you move up to obscurity." — Martin Meyers

I published my first book in 2004. It became an immediate collector's item. I know this for a fact as I have several hundred copies collecting dust in my attic. Critics everywhere said it belonged right up there between Ernest Hemingway and Robert E Howard—on an alphabetical bookshelf.

My influences include Rocky & Bullwinkle, 1950s sci-fi movies, and silver-age comics.

I live in Texas with my Princess wife, and cats Rocky and Dusty. You can contact me at jamesroyhold@gmail.com.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
In kindergarden. A...B...C... Then somewhere in my 30's I decided to make sentences.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Publishers and agents rejected my submissions. Still I figured there had to be SOMEONE out there who'd like this stuff, so free and indie it was.
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No Milk Today
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When farmer Noone's cows stop giving milk, Akkadia uncovers a sinister plot to ruin the dairy industry.
Free Bird
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 1,680. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A ticked-off ornithologist, after being ticketed in a speed trap, trains an avian army to deposit their noxious droppings over a city, bringing business to a standstill. The mayor calls on Akkadia, the Abracadabrical Amazon, for help.
Shakin' All Over
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Moo Fanchu is dead, but his disciples live on as evil mad scientist Lex Moothor plots to conquer the world from the safety of his subterranean lair. Can Akkadia, Houston's Mystical Maid of Magic, save her City? Or will she fall victim to the Forces of Darkness that threaten mankind with Evil from Without? "Without what?" Just go along with it, okay?
At the Crossroads
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Becky Trilogy #3 -- This is a sequel to STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN and HIGHWAY TO HELL. Please read those stories first. Becky finally finds the answers she has been seeking. But is it too late to do her any good?
Highway to Hell
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Becky Trilogy #2 -- This is a sequel to STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. Please read that story first. Haunted by nightmares, Becky returns to the old house where she makes an unpleasant discovery.
Stairway to Heaven
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Becky Trilogy #1 -- A mixed bag tale emulating the style of Young Girl Mystery stories from the 1930s with a few modern horror tropes tossed in. Four hot cheerleaders are trapped in a spooky house along with a horny professor. Can they survive the night, or will the house (and the professor) have their way with them?
Fly By Night
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 8,710. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
People say it's bad luck for a black cat to cross your path. But suppose it's a Cat of Many Colors? What then? Mr Fax had been swindling collectors for a long time. Tonight would be his final rip-off, after which he'd go someplace where no one could find him. With a little help from the cat, that's exactly what he did.
Good Vibrations
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
What do cats think about when their humans aren't around? What thoughts occupy their minds when no one is there to disturb them? Unfortunately for the Cat of Many Colors leisure moments are few when next-door neighbor, Christina Preston, is menaced by a fiend intent on harming her in this follow-up to "Will It Go Round In Circles."
Cosmic Hitchhiker Mama
Series: Skeletons From An Empty Closet. Price: Free! Words: 150. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
I used to move around a lot thinking new places meant new beginnings. I came to realize it wasn't the location that needed changing; it was me.
Eternal Foreign Vampire Mama
Series: Skeletons From An Empty Closet. Price: Free! Words: 170. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
I wrote this poem for my wife — twenty years before we met. I always knew she'd be beautiful.
Sunshine Goddess Mama
Series: Skeletons From An Empty Closet. Price: Free! Words: 190. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
I went through a phase during my radical student days where I embraced atheism. At the same time I also tried embracing a girl named Drue Ellen Munsch. She had straight blonde hair and wore tiny shorts. Neither effort panned out. Years later I went back to church, and where Ellen went I have no idea. I first published this poem in my book INCIDENTAL CONTACT.
Series: Skeletons From An Empty Closet. Price: Free! Words: 140. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A little something from a time long ago when I missed someone who was far away.
Point Panic
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western
A thief, a killer, a wandering legend, and a witch's curse come together on a stormy mountain top... And the Yegua Kid must somehow make sense of it all.
The Monster Mash
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western
Mad scientists are nothing new to the Texas west, as the Yegua Kid discovers while crossing an alkali flat.
Walk Don't Run
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western
A spiteful old woman learns there are some things beyond her control.
Series: Skeletons From An Empty Closet. Price: Free! Words: 170. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A little poem looking back on life. A remembrance of days gone by.
Wipe Out
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western
Sometimes the strangeness that follows the Yegua Kid crosses the border into neighboring states. Here we have a cowboy town on the Texas-Oklahoma line, an Indian girl looking for work, a bigoted oilman, a shaman out to avenge his people, and the Yegua Kid caught in the middle of it all.
Dead Man's Curve
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western
Dan and Jean have a falling out with both sides hitting rock bottom.
I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Can a lone girl save Earth from an invasion of extraterrestrial spiders bent on taking over the planet? Read it and see.
Can't Buy a Thrill
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
There’s a fundamental difference between men and women when it comes to shopping—namely, women browse while men purchase.
Incidental Contact
Price: Free! Words: 55,780. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
When O'Ryan asked the genie for a tall chick with long legs and big eyes, he forgot to specify she should also be human. So he ended up with an ostrich. A sweet and loyal ostrich, mind you, but an ostrich all the same. Now O'Ryan must seek out the genie and have him correct the mistake. Their travels take them many places and they encounter many strange adventures along the way.
Polk Salad Annie
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
"Polk Salad Annie, the gators got your granny." And more. A tale of lust and cruelty in a backwater settlement along the Trinity River.
A Question of Temperature
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A madman does battle with a great fish. Perhaps not as dramatic as "Moby Dick," but it's a heck of a lot shorter.
Muh Na Muh Na
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust. Price: Free! Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Buck Stardust recounts an adventure from his early days in the Philippines. Falling foul of the law, he must get a job or else face jail time. He finds work as a pedicab driver and the usual Buck mishaps follow.
Ralph & Seiko
Series: Purrfect Parables. Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Years ago I taught a religion class at church. I wrote this story for that class. In it, a proud man learns a lesson in humility from an unlikely source. The story, while told from a Christian perspective, is not meant to preach or proselytize. The point, if any, is ethical in nature and could apply to almost any belief system.
I'm a Girl Watcher
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Professor Fudd has an idea for a great experiment. The Board of Regents is all for it. So what could possibly go wrong?
When a Man Loves a Woman
Price: Free! Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
From the Karankawa Indians who live on the island of Matagorda off the Texas coast we get a story of undying love and devotion.
The Heart of the Matter
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Religious
Don learns a lesson about forgiveness, that it's not easy to forget, and some scars never heal.
Serves You Right To Suffer
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
It's not sound advice to hang onto a grudge. The results can weigh heavily on you. Inspired by a song from the J Geils Band.
Psycho Killer
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 640. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Does David burn...with anger? His reasons are justified. Besides she brought it on herself. And he planned it perfectly. So what could go wrong?
So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When you make a deal with the devil someone always loses. The Law - cold, inflexible words on a piece of paper. Contract with the Devil - an agreement to exchange one's soul in return for diabolical favors. McVnzbx - the fool who made the deal. Finster - the demon who offered it. Jo - the young girl who adjudicates the deal. The Cat of Many Colors - silent witness to all that went on.
Dream Lover
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
People told Professor Hugo his taste in furniture sucked. That could be because a vampire is occupying his ottoman. Will the professor give in to "the magic of her charms," or can a "cat of many colors" convince him he needs a makeover?
Yellow... Bird?
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust. Price: Free! Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
At a seaside park in sunny downtown Manila, a wronged girl seeks revenge. Can Buck Stardust set her troubled spirit at rest? Or is no man safe from the terrible vengeance of the Yellow Bird?
A Nickel For Your Thoughts
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust. Price: Free! Words: 4,970. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Science and Technology join forces to threaten Mankind. Can Buck Stardust thwart the evil scheme of Apex, the Anthropoid Annihilator, or is Earth doomed?
Buck Stardust vs Dracula
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust. Price: Free! Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The title says it all. Buck Stardust, expat Texan, meets the Lord of the Undead himself. Quite possibly the world's first cowboy vampire tale set in the Philippines. "This story has a real bite to it." -- Vlad Tepes, The Cape Town Incisor
Amy, A Bull
Series: Purrfect Parables. Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
What's in a name? Perhaps nothing. Or maybe everything. It all depends on which side you're on. A story for all ages.
A Matter of Taste
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,130. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Sometimes treasure can be lying at your feet. You just need to know what to look for.
Osage Can You See
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Yegua Kid is accused of bank robbery and only the testimony of the town bum can clear him.
Coyote Pass
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A short Western tale about stolen gold and Apache vengeance.
Off the B-10 Path
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Yegua Kid faces a Wild West serial killer. YEGUA is pronounced YAY (as in the cheer) WA (as in "water".)
The Quick and the Deed
Series: The Yegua Kid. Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
This is a short story about the Old West. Some may judge it too short. It came from a dream, and dreams can be vague at times.
Let It All Hang Out
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When a politician is unjustly accused of criminal misconduct, a paranormal investigator attempts to prove it was the work of a devious doppelganger. "Let It All Hang Out" was a 1967 hit by the Hombres.
The Leaky Faucet
Price: Free! Words: 50,130. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
NaNoWriMo 2015 book. Last updated 2015-11-12 11:07:04
Goal reached!
A free-flow art experiment that plumbs the depths of tolerance. A NaNoWriMo entry. DEFINITELY NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
The Defense Rests
Series: Purrfect Parables. Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A magical mouse, about to be eaten, promises to grant a cat special powers in exchange for his freedom. A "Purrfect Parable" for all ages.
Handy Man
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 490. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
All things considered, it had the makings of a fine day. A "Cat of Many Colors" Tale
The Girl Can't Help It
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A monster lives beneath the city streets. It does not like to be disturbed.
Bakora, the Tree-Headed Monster
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust. Price: Free! Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Buck Stardust faces the fight of his life when he encounters a giant monster and a copyright lawyer on a remote Philippine island. For fans of kaiju movies in general and Godzilla movies in particular.
Another Saturday Night
Series: Cat of Many Colors. Price: Free! Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Love can be found anywhere--even on a movie screen. A "Cat of Many Colors" tale.
Wade in the Water
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 7,150. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The Police are stumped by a baffling dismemberment case. They turn to Akkadia, the Abracadabrical hero of "The Cowering Inferno" for help. "I laughed so hard I fell to pieces." -- Patsy Cline, The Seance City News
Out of Texas 6 : Bag's Gotta Brand New Papa
Series: Out of Texas. Price: Free! Words: 40,890. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A subtlety nuanced work, which can be enjoyed on any number of levels, although sitting would probably be the most comfortable. -- Fannie Setzwell, The 'Bar K' Lounger
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James Hold's favorite authors on Smashwords

Andre' Mwansa
Latest book: Being Friends With Margo. Published August 16, 2017. (4.43 from 7 reviews)
Angela Hope
Latest book: Two Sides. Published January 14, 2017. (5.00 from 3 reviews)
Ann Michaels
Latest book: Zora. Published January 4, 2017. (4.25 from 4 reviews)
Jacob Mossberg
Latest book: The Vampire of Levantine. Pre-release—available October 31, 2017.
Jonathan Antony Strickland
Latest book: Nonsense and No Sense. Published August 20, 2017. (4.00 from 2 reviews)
Linda Arditto
Latest book: Excerpts from The Diary of John Beaumont. Pre-release—available December 18, 2017.
Malcolm Torres
Latest book: The Pirate, Part I: The Traitor. Published March 18, 2017. (4.75 from 20 reviews)
Mike White
Latest book: Newcomer: Chapter 10. Published September 25, 2017. (4.00 from 4 reviews)
Nathan Allen
Latest book: Hollywood Hack Job. Published August 23, 2017. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
Nick Nova
Latest book: I Knew Him Before He Was Evil. Published July 9, 2016. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
Steven Bevell
Latest book: The Dragon. Published May 21, 2017. (4.50 from 4 reviews)
Tag Cavello
Latest book: Secluded Worlds. Published May 26, 2017. (5.00 from 2 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by James Hold

  • Seagulls Love Donuts on Aug. 23, 2015

    I first read this on the old AuthorStand site. It was good then and it's still good now.
  • The Tiny Town of Hèrrre on Aug. 23, 2015

    I download a bunch of RGM's stuff a long time ago and only now got around to reviewing it. It's a very good story, as is most of his stuff.
  • Super Heroes NOW! on Aug. 23, 2015

    This was part of a contest on the old AuthorStand site. A good story, funny, and it placed well.
  • When My Guitar Gently Screams on Aug. 23, 2015

    A fun tale, creepy and with a dark humor.
  • The Hunger and the Cold on Aug. 23, 2015

    This was creepy. I don't usually like this sort of stuff but I could easily picture what was going on. It was like seeing a movie, so kudus there.
  • A Man And His Ass on Aug. 25, 2015

    A nice story. It works best when read aloud. If reading straight off the page I noticed a few minor errors. Not that I'm pedantic about such things but a few jumped out. A misuse of "your" and "you're." A couple of times where a period would work better than a comma. And several times where the punctuation and capitalization involving quotes was incorrect. But again, a nice story.
  • Beware.....The Moon is Full on Aug. 27, 2015

    A tale well told. I could have done without the parts where the werewolf gnaws his victims, but I'm squeamish that way.
  • A Reckless Moon on Aug. 27, 2015

    Finding one's soul mate takes time and patience. A lesson for us all.
  • That Damn Moon on Aug. 27, 2015

    Well, as Jim Morrison said, "Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel." I see this story has a "4" while the others are "1" and "2". What happened to No 3?
  • The Wild on Aug. 29, 2015

    I'm not familiar with the genres of anime or gaming, but I do like [and write about] cats so I did find this interesting. It was well-told and the characters felt authentic.
  • Pulchritudinous Book 1 on Sep. 01, 2015

    Well-told. Children should enjoy this.
  • Handbook for the Holy Warrior on Sep. 01, 2015

    I'd call it more an 'essay' than a 'story' or 'poem' but that is neither here nor there. It does present an interesting argument and that should be complimented.
  • The Incredible Life and Death of Rover the Space-Dog of Destruction on Sep. 01, 2015

    Humorous story about a master plan for destruction gone awry.
  • The Moneylender Of Levantine on Sep. 01, 2015

    Gruesome little tale about a couple of bad guys. To say more would spoil things.
  • The Outrageous Obnubilation of Oscar Oaks Objectification of Orbs on Sep. 01, 2015

    A subtle ending, a bit on the naughty side.
  • A Divine Tale on Sep. 04, 2015

    Not bad at all. The ending got me thinking about Easter Island, although I'm not sure if that was the author's intent.
  • Twas A Good Day To Die on Sep. 04, 2015

    Not exactly a cheery tale, but well-told and effective. It could use a rewrite to correct some grammar issues, but those are minor. Overall a good job.
  • A Week And A Day In The Lives Of Two Angry Young Men on Sep. 04, 2015

    Not exactly a silver spoon in his mouth, was it? Well done presenting two points of view. Wickedly funny.
  • The Towering Inferno Versus The Mighty Quinn on Sep. 04, 2015

    A resourceful heroine vs a supernatural demon. Enjoyed it a lot.
  • Claude The Unhappy Caterpillar/Popo The Cheeky Monkey/Sselmorg The Fire Breathing Dragon on Sep. 04, 2015

    This was definitely...different. It went on a bit longer than necessary, but still it entertained.
  • The Ten Second Time Traveller on Sep. 04, 2015

    Cute tale. Clever ending.
  • The Lake of Glass on Sep. 04, 2015

    Very, very good. It is so nice to read this type of horror story without all the jaw-breaking adjectives others throw in. Josh Shiben knows exactly the right words to use for maximum effect.
  • The Staring Stranger on Sep. 06, 2015

    A weird encounter with a creep on the subway. Well-told.
  • You Are The Monster on Sep. 14, 2015

    THIS MIGHT BE A SPOILER. An interesting look at the minotaur legend.
  • The Ghost Of A Chance on Sep. 14, 2015

    JAS presents an interesting tale. I admit I struggled with it at first, but I took a deep breath and tried again. The interesting part is that the first narrator has an unreliable memory and one needs to take that into account when reading the 2nd half.
  • Ya Can't Catch A Kipper With A Spider on Sep. 14, 2015

    A funny little tale with a clever resolution. It reminded me a bit of the 'Dan Turner' stories by Robert Leslie Bellem.
  • The Viewing on Sep. 14, 2015

    I liked the story but the ending felt like there should be more. I want to know what the narrator did next.
  • Land Sharks on Sep. 22, 2015

    Interesting crime drama with a likable hero. Story is easy to read and flows like a TV episode.
  • London Shadows (Penderry's Bizarre, #1) on Sep. 22, 2015

    The book is fun and easy to read. It contains just the right balance of humor and horror.
  • The Forever Team on Sep. 23, 2015

    Sad, touching, a little humorous. Very good.
  • The Fool and the Fiend on Sep. 28, 2015

    Strickland strikes again! There's enough stuff here to spawn a dozen stories. Moral is 'Don't get overconfident, no matter what the circumstances.' I enjoyed this line early in the story: 'The amount of time she'd spent creating fresh aliases and finding new places to live was one of the dirtier and mundane parts of her existence.' Something I never thought about.
  • A Shady Murder on Oct. 06, 2015

    The story is okay. One complaint: you tell us the villains are "shades" but you never explain exactly what a "shade" is. Or, if you did, it went over my head. A few lines of explanation would make it better.
  • Brother Dearest on Oct. 13, 2015

    Rather creepy...in a sick way.
  • Josie's Ghost on Oct. 13, 2015

    A ghost story reminiscent of "Carnival of Souls."
  • The Wellington Bureau: A Quartermain Mystery on Nov. 01, 2015

    An interesting story. Not bad at all.
  • The Unforgettable Names Of the Forgotten Gods on Nov. 07, 2015

    Hilarious little story. Loved the ending. And "the middle finger of death."
  • A Fools Revenge on Nov. 07, 2015

    Good tale. A greedy wizard's plan backfires on him. One correction: "Darafon made a packed..." The word should be "pact."
  • The Sleeper With The Restless Eyes Who Sleeps Beneath A Sleeper on Nov. 07, 2015

    When I was a kid we used to play on the railroad tracks atop an embankment. My grandfolks warned us the ghosts of dead hobos who'd been struck by trains haunted the rails. JAS must have heard the story as well.
  • The Perfect Proposal on Nov. 09, 2015

    I'd say she made the right choice. "I have no reason to ever except your proposal." Should be "accept."
  • No Good Deed on Nov. 09, 2015

    A nice little oddity with an unexpected ending.
  • Doomsday Diary on Nov. 09, 2015

    Nicely told. I could see this as a TV episode.
  • The Hole on Nov. 09, 2015

    A creepy little tale, although I am not sure I understand the ending.
  • The Town that Disappeared on Nov. 09, 2015

    Kind of Lovecraftian, kind of Bermuda Triangle-ish. Very well told. There's some bad formatting on the PDF, but nothing too serious.
  • The King of the Dumps on Nov. 18, 2015

    They must have left this scene out of the movie... Terrific job! The Brute surely met a crappy end.
  • The Interview Room on Nov. 23, 2015

    Good story. Enjoyed it.
  • Under the Floorboards: A Short Horror Story on Dec. 04, 2015

    Very good, creepy little tale. It captures the Philippine spirit well, (cell phones, crowded buses, bad roads, mosquitoes) but that's to be expected. I have been there and stayed in some villages where I heard similar tales. I also write some stories set in the Philippines, specifically my "Buck Stardust" series on Smashwords. Please feel free to check them out.
  • Have You Ever Nogged A Nag? on Feb. 17, 2016

    Strickland strikes again. This time with an inside tale Mr Fleming forgot to tell us. Great job, as usual.
  • Dead Man's Chair on March 14, 2016

    Good job.
  • Front Land on March 14, 2016

    Good, but creepy.
  • The Disappearance of Rose Hillard on May 30, 2016

    An absolutely amazing story, powerfully told, about Nature setting the truth straight. It unfolds slowly, dropping hints as to what happened, ultimately revealing a sickening evil deed. I wish I could give this 6 stars.
  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on June 02, 2016

    This is an excellent story. It is so grounded in real life it doesn't come across as fiction at all. Very believable and very well written.
  • The Ark Angel Ronald's Quest for Chaos on June 02, 2016

    It only goes to show you should never let an angel watch Quentin Tarantino movies. Great line : "As for the poet, well, his stuff was still crap, but that's poets for you!"
  • Shaping Glass: A Reality Zero World Story on June 02, 2016

    I liked this. It was very well-told and slightly different from the other fantasy-magic stories being produced today. Tal and Carmine reminded me a bit of Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser, which isn't a bad thing at all.
  • Adam The Office Ninja on June 02, 2016

    Funny story with an unexpected ending. I wouldn't blame Graham if he did put a hit out on Lloyd.
  • My Idea For An Ideal Heaven on July 09, 2016

    Funny. Progresses nicely to a inevitable, if bleak, outcome.
  • Inhuman Freedom on July 25, 2016

    I'm not sure I totally grasp what's going on here but it's interesting nonetheless.
  • Temporal Anchor (World Shards 2) on July 25, 2016

    Same comments here as for "Inhuman Freedom" story. There's something going on here, but I can't say what. (My fault, doubtless.) Hopefully it will clear up as the series progresses.
  • Tunneler's Tale I (World Shards 3) on July 25, 2016

    Sometimes these tales are too short for me to get what is going on. It's like I'm just on the verge of getting it, but it's just out of reach. I did understand this one though and it wasn't bad at all. One might say the WS series is densely written, and this reader is a little too dense to fathom them. Highly recommended though for the challenge.
  • A Bright Lady, Surpassingly Fair on Aug. 05, 2016

    Good tale. Effectively told & atmospheric. One small complaint would be an over-use of the word 'very'.
  • Power of Prayer, (A Pastafarian Sermon) on Sep. 18, 2016

    In his uniquely whacked-out way, Mr Jenkins presents a good case against the selfishness of prayer for personal gain. A very good satire which I would have awarded a much higher rating if not for his Pastafarian beliefs conflicting with my own Rice-a-ronian tenants.
  • Abraham on Sep. 18, 2016

    Honestly there's little here that a reader couldn't pick up for himself through a reading of Genesis. It's works okay if you think of it as a sermon or lecture meant to be read aloud. But as a read-only piece it could do with some editing and tightening. This is not to say there's anything particularly wrong with it. If someone is unfamiliar with the story of Abraham then this is an okay start.
  • Drained on Sep. 20, 2016

    This got off to an excellent start but then it just fizzled out. The ending was anticlimatic and a much better use could have been made of the artificial plant. The writing and grammar are praiseworthy. It's just disappointing that a much better story could have come from such a promising premise. If judging the story as a whole I would award it a low score, but for style and premise I'm giving it 4.
  • Humanity's Death: A Zombie Epic on Sep. 20, 2016

    This book is definitely 'epic' and it features a lot of 'zombies.' The author writes in an easy style and the action moves along at a good clip. There's a cinematic feel to it, so you can easily imaging yourself reading a movie.
  • The Blood Calls You Back on Sep. 20, 2016

    Quick and breezy reading. Lots of subtle humor as the hero tries to figure out what's going on.
  • Newcomer: Chapter 1- A Serial Flash Fiction Novel on Sep. 24, 2016

    Interesting start. Will wait to see how it progresses. One possible error: In the first paragraph, the character's name is "Cali." In the second paragraph it changes to "Ran." Then it goes back to being "Cali." I chalked it down to a typo.
  • Storm on Sep. 25, 2016

    There's really not a lot to this story. That in its own way makes it a pleasant slice of life. Just an everyday occurrence that happens in any family, someone gets hurt and people wait in the hospital to see if they'll be okay. Lots of it is understated which makes it all the more effective.
  • We Have To Move on Sep. 25, 2016

    Okay little story-poem-whatever, but the format is not very reader-friendly. At least to these old eyes anyway.
  • Newcomer Chapter 2: A Serial Flash Fiction Novel on Sep. 30, 2016

    It's getting interesting. The mystery is building nicely.
  • Newcomer Chapter 3: A Serial Flash Fiction Novel on Oct. 08, 2016

    Good. Just correct first sentence : "demon" to "demons"
  • Theibes House on Oct. 09, 2016

    It's always nice to discover a fellow Texan on Smashwords. That aside, the story is well-told and it keeps your interest. It was well edited as well and I didn't see any spelling errors or grammatical mistakes. Good job.
  • The Corpse on Oct. 16, 2016

    Definitely told from a different POV.
  • The Beast Of Renshaw on Oct. 16, 2016

    Very good and effectively scary.
  • Six Pack. New American Western on Oct. 20, 2016

    Good one. Politically incorrect as all heck, but good.
  • A Family Reunion: A Different Kind of Ghost Story on Oct. 23, 2016

    This was a nice little tale, cute and enjoyable. However the part at the end that you labeled "Forward" really ought to be "Afterword."
  • Not so squeaky clean on Oct. 23, 2016

    A fun reading experience.
  • The Ku Klux Klown on Oct. 23, 2016

    Brief and to the point. Well done.
  • The Author and Reader on Nov. 06, 2016

    Good story. Only complaint is the formatting is a tad off kilter.
  • Motive on Nov. 06, 2016

    A very good story. There are a couple of spot where names need to be capitalized but that's a small complaint.
  • Homicide Hotel (In Memory of Kathryn Martini Lissy) on Nov. 06, 2016

    A police procedural effectively told. "Mike bumped into Tina. Tina was a black seductive woman, who Mike sometimes bonked when bored with his wife Cathrine." This struck me as so funny and at the same time so wrong. It reveals much about the character. I know this is ESL but there are some errors with grammar and punctuation which, if corrected, would make this a perfect tale. One glaring error is where people say "Am" instead of "I am."
  • Along Came Sally on Nov. 16, 2016

    Funny little tale of the word word at the wrong time. Well done, although it still needs work on grammar and capitalization. Since you asked about my "Incident Set in Stone" story, I took all my "O'Ryan" tales, added two more, and put them out as a book on Amazon Kindle. It's called INCIDENTAL CONTACT if you'd like to look it up.
  • Kill The Problem on Nov. 16, 2016

    Very good. A believable, if somewhat unlikely escape for the wife.
  • El Sapo Blanco vs. The Wendigo on Nov. 16, 2016

    Nice concept. I love El Santo. But the story is too rushed.
  • The San Belvedere Incidents on Nov. 16, 2016

    Well told, atmospheric, with a suitably creepy ending. It reminded me a lot of the pilot episode of the original Dark Shadows series (on YouTube) along with some documentaries on the ID channel.
  • Murder Mystery on Dec. 09, 2016

    Good story; very compact.
  • Prey on Dec. 09, 2016

    Well done.
  • My Persuasive Friend on Dec. 19, 2016

    I don't generally read this sort of literature, however it was told in a straight-forward manner that despite its graphic nature did not offend . The English was well-written and that is a plus.
  • No Difference Used or New on Dec. 19, 2016

    Interesting closing line.
  • Sagarika on Dec. 19, 2016

    Interesting although odd love story.
  • Fanta Claus on Dec. 21, 2016

    Cute concept, and well-told. I felt it was a little too long for a child to sit through.
  • Sophie's Night Life on Dec. 21, 2016

    Since you were kind enough to review one of my stories I want to reciprocate in kind. That said, I did not understand this one at all. The writing was clear and the narrative flowed, but I could not grasp the point. Probably my not being a 'young adult' had something to do with it. As this review does not give you a fair shake, I'll try out a few of your other stories and see how they go.
  • Years From Now: the Reunion on Dec. 23, 2016

    Not a bad story. From high school, thru life, back to high school reunion. It shows things don't always turn out as expected.
  • Misfortunes' Windfall on Dec. 26, 2016

    Interesting and captivating "Cinderella" style tale with mystical overtones. Two shrine keepers with supernatural abilities help out a girl. There's no real reason for their doing this -- or maybe I missed it -- but she goes along with it and things turn out well. The what and how are open to interpretation, so the readers can their own conclusions.
  • Room 332 ( For Addicts Only ) on Dec. 26, 2016

    Very good story. Much unexpected humor. I should not have laughed but I couldn't help myself.
  • Obsessed on Dec. 26, 2016

    Well done. An effective thriller about a psychotic killer seeking revenge for an alleged wrong done to him.
  • The Blood Source on Dec. 26, 2016

    An undercover agent goes on the run utilizing a variety of disguises to bring a drug dealer to justice. A well-told procedural using several POVs.
  • Sex Sells...Sometimes on Dec. 26, 2016

    Amusing encounter with a werewolf. It's a straight forward tale and, logically, doesn't make a lot of sense. Which adds to the charm.
  • Newcomer Chapter 4: A Serial Flash Fiction Novel on Dec. 28, 2016

    I'm hooked on this series and plan to follow it through. Sadly I didn't see much happening in this installment. It just Cali thrashing through the woods, then falling asleep. Hopefully part 5 will pick things up.
  • The Ten Commandments (Ten Benchmarks for Purposeful Living) on Dec. 28, 2016

    Interesting, instructive, thought provoking.
  • Zora on Jan. 07, 2017

    The story is well told and it builds a great atmosphere but it feels incomplete. Perhaps this is the beginning of a series. I noticed what, to me, seemed like some unnecessary capitalization, "Smokey" and "Kaleidoscope." Also some comma and dash usage. Ann's bio give no hint of where she is from so I don't want to criticize since this may be how it's done in her place. A promising story and I hope to see more like this.
  • Gone Fishin' on Jan. 08, 2017

    Cute story where boy reconnects with a childhood friend. It would have worked just as well without the erotic parts. Then 13-yr-olds could have enjoyed it as well. I didn't understand the title at first, but then i re-read the intro and it became clear.
  • Snake Charmer on Jan. 08, 2017

    Interesting tale with sufficient detail to make it real. Just another harried event in the life of a cop. I admire the hero's restraint in not shooting the old couple at the end.
  • Heart-Shaped Box on Jan. 08, 2017

    Creepy tale about as creepy guy. The girl should be grateful he walked out.
  • The History Of The Su'Varock Mines on Jan. 11, 2017

    This was a challenging story. It's long, Packed with info, complicated, and has no dialogue. I was glad to read the author plans on expanding this into an epic narrative as it all seems too condensed in its present form. Still, a fun and interesting reading experience.
  • The Fury of Sentinels on Jan. 12, 2017

    I don't understand why this is tagged as 'adult' since it contains only a few mild profanities which fit the action and are not thrown in for gratuitous sake. I like the early part describing the damaged cyborg's struggle to repair itself enough to return to its crashed ship. There are a couple of confusing parts where incorrect use of quotation makes makes it hard to follow the dialogue. All in all it is a good story that keeps ones attention to the end.
  • Paradigm Shift on Jan. 12, 2017

    A woman if forced to live a life she does not care for, where she is respected, but not appreciated. A young man reawakens long suppressed feelings deep inside her... A good short story where one can only feel sympathy and sorrow for the heroine.
  • The Fog Below on Jan. 12, 2017

    Christian sermonette in the guise of a short story. Nothing wrong with that. One grammar point: In the opening you say "where all of her family was." I think it would be better if you'd said "where all of her family were."
  • I Walk My Dog Every Morning on Jan. 12, 2017

    Man negotiates with pimp to free a prostitute. Interesting.
  • None Cares for Me on Jan. 12, 2017

    Good story, but this is the same story as Akhadya's Paradigm Shift. Is the author using two names or is someone plagiarizing?
  • Newcomer: Chapter 5 on Jan. 17, 2017

    "The crow was a good listener, or at least, it was really hard to tell if it wasn’t." I liked that line. In fact, I liked everything about the story. While it's still vague, the introduction of the crows brings us to a turning point where Kali is no longer roaming about with only her thoughts to tell the tale. I expect things will really pick up from here onward.
  • Knock! Knock! (A Message From The Grave) on Jan. 20, 2017

    Good line: "...his wife (Felicity) who was nothing but the opposite of her name to him now." Perry would do well to mind his own business from now on.
  • Finding Mr. Harikami on Jan. 20, 2017

    This story is well-written and error free. Perhaps one of the best I have encountered as far as style and grammar goes. I applaud the author for his skill. That said, I did not understand a thing about what was going on. Mystery and weirdness piled atop more mystery and weirdness. There was a resolution of sorts, but I haven't a clue what any of it meant. Compelling and interesting, but completely over my head. I encourage everyone to read this. Perhaps they will not have my limitations.
  • The Punt on Jan. 29, 2017

    Disagree with previous reviewer. The writing is not dreadful and is easy enough to understand. That said, it could use an overhaul. Difficulty arises when the author throws in a bunch of lots of internal dialogue and footnotes buried in brackets that tend to jumble the tale. These stylistic tricks distract from the narrative and interrupt the flow. Still it isn't all that bad and if the author is attempting to be original, then he definitely succeeded.
  • Dinner With My Girlfriend Parents on Jan. 31, 2017

    Great story. Just goes to show that no matter what you say, it's going to land you in trouble.
  • The Arches of Orkney County on Jan. 31, 2017

    A good story, well told.
  • A Chance Meeting in the Night: Joy and the Devil on Jan. 31, 2017

    Interesting religious tale, well told.
  • Shadows! Oscar Petey and the Duel of Knights on Jan. 31, 2017

    Weird little tale of magic crossing into everyday life.
  • Two Professionals on Jan. 31, 2017

    I like the author's style: short chapters that tell just enough information to get by, but don't go into overabundant detail. However, that said, I confess I did not understand the final paragraph at all.
  • The Choice on Jan. 31, 2017

    I think she made the right choice.
  • In The Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose on Feb. 03, 2017
    (no rating)
    Please publish a PDF or mobi version.
  • Two Minutes Guy on Feb. 03, 2017

    Poor Willie. Sometimes the race doesn't always go to the swiftest.
  • The Darkness Within on Feb. 03, 2017

    3 tales, all very short. Some of the endings come abruptly and it's up to the reader to fill in the missing details.
  • When Big Ben Stopped (Short Story) on Feb. 03, 2017

    One of those 'frozen time' stories you see occasionally in TV and movies. It's all right but I feel more could have been done with it, perhaps showing the man trying to react with the non-moving people or animals as he waits for things to sort out.
  • Maid for a Dragon on Feb. 03, 2017

    Cute, funny, and clever.
  • Reunion on Feb. 04, 2017

    Nice effort. A bit sappy, but no harm in that.
  • Ud the Mortal on Feb. 05, 2017

    I got confused a couple of times when it focused on Ud. His multiple personalities were (to me) difficult to keep straight and I had to go back and re-read some passages. I very much enjoyed when it shifted to Mr Williams perspective. Those parts came across much clearer and one could identify with his confusion. The writing is good thought and it is worth taking the time to enjoy the tale.
  • Sin - Rebellion Within on Feb. 05, 2017

    The author employs a rather loose definition of "rebels" for which some people might want to substitute their own word. That aside, the author brings up a number of good points worth pondering.
  • Brother's Keeper on Feb. 05, 2017

    I had trouble getting into this at first. I couldn't understand what was going on. But I stuck with it and things sort of fell into place. It turned out to be a "not bad" story and I'd recommend it to others.
  • Isis: Samurai Goddess on Feb. 05, 2017

    Interesting story of the comic book variety, action with some touches of humor.
  • To End with Ashes on Feb. 05, 2017

    First tale: man makes ill-worded request. Second: man relives the past Third: man feels remorse over lost pet All are well written although I didn't catch the terror or Lovecraftian elements the previous reviewer mentioned.
  • Room Service & Other Short Stories on Feb. 05, 2017

    The stories are okay but I was distracted by the way the author jumped from one tense to another. Needs to be all present or all past tense.
  • A Guide to the Book of Nehemiah on Feb. 08, 2017

    A very clear and concise summary of the Bible book. A good introduction for new readers.
  • Bianca on Feb. 08, 2017

    Liked this. Author showed great skill at intermingling characters.
  • Innocence Lost and Other Stories on Feb. 08, 2017

    Wow. Some weird stuff here.
  • Body and Soul on Feb. 08, 2017

    An interesting premise which the author handles well.
  • Plane Crash Part-III on Feb. 08, 2017

    A sweet and touching tale.
  • Plane Crash Part-II on Feb. 08, 2017

    Yes. Bring on part 3.
  • Plane Crash on Feb. 08, 2017

    They are such a sweet couple.
  • Abducted on Feb. 09, 2017

    Good story. Safer to be insignificant than the big shot everyone targets.
  • Unexplained Disappearances: Missing Persons Cases Examined And Dissected: True Stories Of Unexplained Disappearances And Missing People on Feb. 09, 2017

    It just goes to show there's a lot of evil individuals in the world.
  • Net Zero on Feb. 12, 2017

    This is a weird, far-out piece of fiction. It reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode where a murderer warned against having him executed or else... I've seen variations on the concept but this is one of the better ones. Well written, clear, and understandable as opposed to the kind you have to go back and re-read several times and still not know what's happening. In short, a good effort deserving your time and attention.
  • The Eilean Mor Mystery on Feb. 12, 2017

    Well done, although I could see the Lovecraft elements throughout. The letter at the end wasn't really necessary, or at least the last part of the letter could have been effectively omitted, but if this draws more people to the world of HPL then it served its purpose. I've read several speculations as to what 'really' happened, but this tale offers as good an explanation as any.
  • Suicide Forest on Feb. 12, 2017

    How sad and depressing that the protagonist could not find the strength to go on after an unsavory event in his earl life. A well written tale that effectively conveys the mood and sorry of the main character.
  • Hotel Horror Story on Feb. 12, 2017

    Good story. Creepy events with no explanation, but plenty of room for speculation. Do wish we could have learned the mayor's connection to it.
  • Phone on Feb. 12, 2017

    Yikes! Creepy and scary.
  • Ultimatum on Feb. 12, 2017

    Wow. That Zaman is a real creep.
  • The Pennsylvania Pickle on Feb. 12, 2017

    This was a funny tale, well told. I have also posted some (i hope) humorous superhero tales on this site and I'm glad to meet a fellow practicioner.
  • When A Murder Plot Goes Wrong on Feb. 13, 2017

    A whimsical look at a man who plans a murder, only to have God teach him a lesson about forgiveness. A fun little tale with a subtle message tucked in the folds.
  • Superkid and the Mutant Plants on Feb. 14, 2017

    I decided to give this a try since (a) it was free and (b) I've also posted some superhero fiction with my heroine Akkadia. I should have started with Book 1 to get a proper feel for the character. It's a little over the top--I suppose "camp" would be the word--but not to an annoying degree. I had a fun time reading this so I'll go back to the beginning as time permits. Good job, Lucky.
  • Suitable Groom on Feb. 14, 2017

    Another good effort. I really like Mr Borah's style of writing. It is very business-like. It is short, terse, and tells us what we need to know without unnecessary fanfare. He gets straight to the point and omits all the padding others might use to extend the length.
  • Subscription Addiction on Feb. 15, 2017

    Creepy, sick, and horrifying cannot even begin to describe this story. Wonderfully short and visceral. Very good job...although I don't think I'd want either character as my sweetheart.
  • Seriously Stupid Criminals on Feb. 15, 2017

    All criminals are essentially stupid. The idea of a criminal mastermind is a myth. These however are some real dunderheads. Although the man who committed robbery with a cucumber should get some browinie points for creativity.
  • Plan B on Feb. 16, 2017

    To Ms Moni : I have withdrawn my earlier review.
  • Suitable Groom on Feb. 16, 2017
    (no rating)
    To Ms Moni: I apologize and withdraw my earlier comment.
  • The Haunted House on Feb. 17, 2017

    A good tale, predictable but well told. It has some grammar and usage errors that need correcting.
  • Murder On B Flat on Feb. 17, 2017

    The ending is fairly abrupt and there are many grammar and usage errors in need of correcting. But it is a good murder mystery and the villain isn't obvious.
  • Minor Characters on Feb. 17, 2017

    At a dinner party, some writers talk about bringing their characters to life. Three characters from one author's book do just that, emerging from the book and taking possession of real people. Eventually they commit murder. Good story but some grammar and usage errors halt the flow. Best if read aloud.
  • Prayers & Answers on Feb. 18, 2017

    A non-religious story that strongly reveals the power of prayer. Or perhaps it's about thinking positively, then getting up off your rear end and doing something about it. (Lyman's method of fighting is somewhat akin to the methods employed by the gaunt-faced grappler in my "Out of Texas" series, if I may be forgiven for giving a plug to my own stuff.) A humorous tale, or perhaps whimsical is a better word, with two likable stars and one very commonsense football coach.
  • Probable Claus: A Storybook Park Short Mystery on Feb. 18, 2017

    Ashling is itching to find her stolen Santa statue. Story is told in clear direct and uncluttered English. It tells you all you need to know and skips what you don't. The mystery, for me anyway, was fairly obvious but it did not take away from my enjoyment.
  • Pipe Smoke on Feb. 20, 2017

    Interesting, although I'm not sure what it means.
  • Party Ship Of Death on Feb. 20, 2017

    "Heaven and Hell are outmoded concepts. This is whatever you make it." Reminiscent of an old movie "Between Two Ports." Enjoyed it.
  • Artifact on Feb. 20, 2017

    A wonderful little tale. I enjoyed reading this. One slight suggestion however--the author tends to overuse some words. Here, for instance: "He went back to the other chamber, gathered all the surviving glowstones, and brought them back, then he went to the descent basket and got all the unused glowstones too. He set them all up where he thought they’d be most effective, then activated them all to maximum brightness." The word "all" could be effectively eliminated from each sentence and the text would be fine.
  • The Thing In The Shack on Feb. 20, 2017

    A few yucky moments there.
  • Invasion on Feb. 20, 2017

    Yes, James Jenkins is right that it's not an original plot. Few plots are original. The trick is in how well you present it. In which case Rik does as good a job as any.
  • Selection While Waiting at The Airport on Feb. 20, 2017

    A cute little romance. Mr Borah teaches me so much about customs in India.
  • My Dear Sister on Feb. 20, 2017

    "Envy for her pears" should be "peers." Sibling jealousy is never a pretty thing.
  • Green Eyes on Feb. 20, 2017

    Score one for the cats.
  • Incident In A Tomb on Feb. 20, 2017

    Lots of HPL references. I liked that.
  • The Gold Watch on Feb. 20, 2017

    Well...a watch tells time...and time is treasure...so I guess it makes sense in the end.
  • The Sitting on Feb. 20, 2017

    I wouldn't mind knowing how she did it myself.
  • Mysterious Woman on Feb. 25, 2017

    ‘’Let’s see the profile...’’ I said peeking on the screen. ‘’Eww’’ in unison. That was great. Poor Marcus really is having a HARD time finding a date.
  • The Dream on March 18, 2017

    Nice little story lesson. ‘’I have a dream’’ Martin said to the Guru who was closing his eyes in the name of meditation. ‘’Oh, want to be a doctor someday?’’ Nice MLK reference there.
  • Author Vs Character on March 18, 2017

    Nice concept of the character talking back to the author. Challenges the whole POV concept.
  • Why Blame Others on March 18, 2017

    Interesting reflection. Like the song "Margauritaville" says: "It's my own damn fault."
  • Prey on March 18, 2017

    Karma at work.
  • An Uninvited Guest on March 26, 2017

    The story is well told, although I would have preferred it be written in past tense instead of present. However the ending violates a no-no that has been in effect among writers and editors since the 1930s. Not that people don't continue to do it, but it really is frowned upon. Still, 4 stars for everything leading up to it.
  • The Pirate, Part I: The Traitor on March 26, 2017

    Jack is getting himself into some deep doodoo. None of the lead characters are very likable, nor are they very intelligent, but they're engaging enough to wonder what's going to happen. The writer writes with authority on Coast Guard matters and the story moves along nicely.
  • A Jinni's Love Story on March 26, 2017

    Nice tale, well written. Could have been a little shorter though.
  • Again: A Short Story on April 03, 2017

    The writing is good. Relatively short sentences, strong verbs, few adjectives. Enough description to get the point across. That being so, I did not understand the final two chapters at all. Still, 5 stars for everything leading up to it.
  • Three Directors on April 03, 2017

    Varun was a jerk. He got what he deserved.
  • Agony of Writers on April 03, 2017

    Basically, the story says if we do our best, that should be reward enough.
  • Mobius on April 03, 2017

    Story is all right but I kind of guessed where it was going.
  • The Last Violin on April 03, 2017

    A good mystery well-told.
  • The Southern Passover Seder: Haggadah shel Dixie on April 03, 2017

    A clever bit of satire.
  • Haunted on April 03, 2017

    A clever bit of humorous haunting. Better than a lot of the current ghost movies out there.
  • Maya's Nirvana on April 06, 2017

    Well told. The ending was completely unexpected.,
  • Something In The Darkness Knows My Name on April 06, 2017

    Well done. The author has a good command of the English language.
  • Turn on, Tune in, Drop Dead on April 06, 2017

    I'm sorry to say I didn't find this as good as the author's other work. It reads as though a different person wrote it. Basically it feels rushed. Also he needs to put the dialogue in separate paragraphs; not run several conversations in the same paragraph. Also the ending came out of nowhere and appears to have nothing to do with everything before it. Whatever the author was doing in his previous stories, he needs to go back to it.
  • Like Lambs on April 08, 2017

    Didn't find this funny at all; thought it was rather sick.
  • The Quantum Theologist on April 08, 2017

    I liked this. A bit of sardonic humor.
  • Never the Twain on April 08, 2017

    Not bad. A bit different.
  • Pivotal Moment on April 08, 2017

    I liked the opening line: "now the air wrapped the planet like a soiled blanket..." Nice bit of imagery.
  • Death in the Australian Outback on April 08, 2017

    Good effort with numerous laughs. Only complaint is some of the acronyms are a bit forced.
  • Newcomer: Chapter 6 on April 14, 2017

    Very good.
  • Graffiti on April 15, 2017

    Clever little tale.
  • Deadly Breakup on April 30, 2017

    Wonderful. It just goes to show the truth will come out in the end.
  • Sand on April 30, 2017

    Good effort. Realistic western tone and setting.
  • Late By Ten Years on April 30, 2017

    A sad tale.
  • Murder in a Foreign City on April 30, 2017

    Mr Borah is a naughty man.
  • Growing Up on May 01, 2017

    A nice gentle story about growing up.
  • Harmony's Magic Pyjamas on May 01, 2017

    I enjoyed this. Rodgie was a good friend.
  • Stone Cottage. Wagtail Lane on May 01, 2017

    A sweet bit of nostalgia...or a look ahead. I like Boots a lot.
  • The Hungry Pig on May 01, 2017

    Cute pig.
  • Storm Warning on May 01, 2017

    I'm glad Cus Cus survived.
  • The Ibis & the Kitten on May 01, 2017

    This was a nice story. It had a strong air of realism to it and it seemed like a typical thing for a kitten to do.
  • Sticky Notes on May 03, 2017

    Cute tale of budding romance.
  • All Was Well on May 03, 2017

    An odd little tale.
  • Strange Life on May 03, 2017

    Poor Manshi. Happiness for one comes at the expense of another. Good line: "sat on the chair like a sack of sand."
  • A Weight Off My Chest on May 05, 2017

    Touching. Emotional. Heart breaking. All that and more. Nothing wasted, just heartfelt emotions laid bare.
  • The Witness on May 05, 2017

    An odd little incident straight out of the Twilight Zone. Still, if I were Aaron I'd keep my curtains drawn.
  • Will You Marry Me? on May 05, 2017

    Surprise. Reaction. Crisis. Pondering. Understanding. Love, devotion, and surrender. Facing the facts and taking responsibility. And realizing things may not be all so bad after all.
  • Church Girl on May 05, 2017

    Such a nice sentiment: "you might be my missing rib." Still poor Marcus seems to be having an awful time of it. But then, if he ever does get lucky, that'd be the end of the series. And we wouldn't want that to happen.
  • Something Scary on May 08, 2017

    This brief tale is well told, but I am confused about the line: "I executed a quick rip roast." Unless the author means that his hero killed a fast-moving slice of cooked meat, it should probably be changed to say "riposte."
  • A Bloody Mess on May 08, 2017

    This is a good story and it is quickly read. Style-wise I saw a few spots where sentences within the same paragraph repeated themselves, but that could be just me and I could be wrong. It's all a matter of taste. Which, for a werewolf tale, is perhaps the whole point.
  • Alien Optimism, a Little Bigotry and Wonder on May 11, 2017

    What a masterful twist ending! Mr Strickland come through again with another great tale.
  • Exotic Dancer on May 12, 2017

    The continuing saga of Marcus and his quest to find happiness by losing... His unfortunate encounters remind me of the Bud Bundy character from "Married With Children."
  • The Sky Fell on Alabama on May 12, 2017

    Well researched and informative article about government interference making a bad situation worse. I heard someplace the only creature on Earth to have been killed by a meteorite was a dog in Africa. On a stylistic note, the article could be trimmed some 75 or 80 words to produce a tighter version. The author uses a lot of that's, all's, had's, and just's which could be eliminated without affecting the flow of the text.
  • Dallas Breaks Universal Law on May 12, 2017

    A nice speculation, only Asimov's fictional robots were more like androids, actual thinking machines with 'positronic' brains that could process information on their own, where the thing in Dallas was a guided mechanical device incapable of independent thought.
  • Where's My Sandwich? on May 14, 2017

    Cute tale.
  • End of the line on May 14, 2017

    Story is all right but you need to pick one tense and stick to it. Mixing past and present tense is distracting.
  • The Blue Rose on May 14, 2017

    Story is good but it would be better if you wrote in past tense. Stories tell what HAS ALREADY happened. That means past tense. On the spot newscasters tell what is happening. That means present tense.
  • The Smile of Anubis on May 14, 2017

    5 very good stories all written in wonderful English. It was a pleasure reading this.
  • The Farmer , Cow and Bull on May 15, 2017

    This was flat out surreal.
  • The Man With A Big Belly on May 15, 2017

    Very strange little (well, BIG actually) tale. I liked it.
  • The Z Gas on May 15, 2017

    A short gruesome war tale. I found one typo: "scrabbling" should probably be "scrambling."
  • I Love You Darling on May 18, 2017

    Nice. Poem 1 asks a difficult question. Poem 2 poses a problem all fathers face.
  • Murder Pact on May 18, 2017

    Good story. Good points at the end.
  • The River on May 19, 2017

    Awesome short.
  • Cosome on May 19, 2017

    A tale about making soup. Or it starts out that way, then escalates into something else entirely.
  • Fire! on May 19, 2017

    The author paints a vivid picture of a civilization on the moon.
  • 17+ on May 19, 2017

    People should not imitate what they see in the movies.
  • Past Fiddle Creek on May 21, 2017

    I generally don't like lengthy poems but these held my interest. Very good.
  • The Black Witch on May 21, 2017

    I don't usually go for this sort of other-world, other-time fantasy stuff but this wan't bad. Mr Jones is a promising writer and should do well.
  • The Gunshots Heard Around the World on May 21, 2017

    Intriguing tale, terse, and open-ended.
  • AI Civil Rights: Addressing Artificial Intelligence and Robot Rights on May 21, 2017

    Why not wait until such AI entities actually exist before we get on these soapboxes? This is jumping the gun on something that may never happen.
  • Falsehood on May 25, 2017

    A bit longer than Mr Borah's usual tales. I like how he revealed his powers at the end.
  • The Dragon on May 25, 2017

    The story is very compact, terse, almost like a parable. What it specifically is about is open to question.
  • Secluded Worlds on May 26, 2017

    It's nice to stumble across poetry that is actual poetry and not an endless string of rhyming words that make no sense. Bravo to the author.
  • Arrival of Darkness on May 29, 2017

    These are good stories and Ms Wallace writes well. I'm giving this 4 stars because I'm not clear on the first story, which may be my own fault and therefore not fair to the author.
  • Quantum Writer on May 29, 2017

    Very interesting story. Reminded me a little of something Harlan Ellison might write, only this made more sense. Not that it's immediately clear either. You have to think with this one. Or at least I had to.
  • Bekenamen on May 29, 2017

    Wow! Absolutely terrific horror tale. Anything with cats draws my attention, not that they always pay off, but this one did in spades.
  • Sweetbreads for Johnny on May 29, 2017

    I'm not a fan of zombie stories since I think it's an over-done genre. But since I like Rath Dalton's way of writing I took a chance. Glad I did. Very enjoyable, some sly humor, and highly recommended.
  • Mister Fixit on May 29, 2017

    The opening sentence sets the tone perfectly.
  • Aunt Shirley on May 29, 2017

    Very intense.
  • The Monster on May 29, 2017

    I'm not sure how I feel about this. It's well told and the intensity is high, but it left me feeling uncomfortable.
  • The Locked Door on May 29, 2017

    Wow. This reminded me a bit of Lovecraft, only it didn't have all the archaic adjectives and it had a female protagonist, something HPL would never have dreamed of. I always liked the weird house genre and this story fits the bill. I just have to ask of the author, did anyone ever nickname you "Creepy"?
  • Our Ancient Foe on May 29, 2017

    The subject of the Biblical Satan as presented in Scripture (and not the Hollywood version) has long fascinated me. I have addressed the subject in several of my own stories. Mr Buckel presents a well-researched treatise on the topic which anybody regardless of their personal belief system would do well to read.
  • Girl-Friend For Hire on May 31, 2017

    Poor Marcus. Someday his luck just has to change, only that would mean the end of the series.
  • Lady in the Park on May 31, 2017

    Amazing how other people's sense of misplaced pride can prove tragic for others.
  • The Breakfast Tart Princess on May 31, 2017

    "his legs were like squished balls of cookie dough, and his hooked nose was green and lumpy enough to offend a frog" What a wonderful piece of description.
  • Late in the Day on May 31, 2017

  • Miranda Swigg Screamed on May 31, 2017

    Very moving. Well told.
  • The Final Fate of Mary Ford - A Short Ghost Story on June 02, 2017

    I don't believe I've read a story before told from this POV. It was interesting and held my attention to the end.
  • Professionalism on June 11, 2017

    Liked this.
  • Aurora: A Novella on June 11, 2017

    Liked this.
  • Simon Says - Everyday Murder on June 11, 2017

    Somewhat different. I liked it.
  • Never Trust A Woman on June 11, 2017

    It has a funny ending that I enjoyed.
  • The Job: A Darklight Chronicle on June 11, 2017

    I liked this. Not verbose. Told simply and well.
  • Zombie Management on June 11, 2017

    I don't like zombie stories but this was an exception. Mike White always produces funny, readable, and interesting stories.
  • Transfiguration on June 11, 2017

    Interesting and well written. A commendable effort.
  • 猫と蛙 Cat and Frog on June 16, 2017

    The story is fun, but I found it distracting since it alternated between Chinese (?) or Japanese (?) characters and English. It would have been easier to read if there were an English-only version.
  • The Unfortunate Events of Secret Strangers on June 16, 2017

    Stories all felt incomplete to me.
  • Bliss (choice & change) on June 30, 2017

    Good story. It tells us things in life happen and we have to choose how to deal with it... Not that the choices are easy however.
  • Just One More Story on July 02, 2017

    Well told, although a bit predictable.
  • Newcomer: Chapter 7 on July 04, 2017

    This story gets stranger with each installment. Robotic crows and Candy Cane. It's like some re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, only more far out. I have no idea where it's going.
  • Duane's Secret on July 05, 2017

    Interesting story about a weird sort of luck.
  • My First And Last Time on July 12, 2017

    Poor Marcus. Veni, vidi, morti. Some great lines here: "old and only married to my hand" and "We went to a chemist, bought packets of different flavor of condoms, and she joked asking the cashier if the store had a fitment room." Hate to see this series "come" to an end, but I suppose it was fated.
  • Simpson Woods on July 14, 2017

    A good effort, well executed and entertaining.
  • Newcomer: Chapter 8 on July 14, 2017

    Interesting. I think we're finally getting some clues.
  • Wife. Daughter. Dessert. on July 14, 2017

    I don't like to criticize but the story is sort of flat. It presents a real creep villain and a somewhat sympathetic victim, but the action at the end (for me) came out of nowhere. I didn't see any hint for the person doing what they did. But it is well-written and perhaps I simply missed it.
  • Scarlet Oaks and the Serial Caller on July 14, 2017

    An interesting and intriguing tale. I haven't finished it but am well along. One thing though, which may be a formatting or vetter problem, but every time the text uses italics, the font size shrinks. This is very distracting and it strains the eye. Hopefully this can be corrected.
  • Tristan Merryweather, Cheltenham's Finest Supernatural Detective: The Brag of Gold on July 19, 2017

    Great stuff. Highly enjoyable.
  • False Witness on July 19, 2017

    Enjoyable legal outing.
  • The Guest on July 22, 2017

    A wonderful little chiller. With the exception of one "Holy crap!" the language excellently mimics the style of Victorian era ghost stories. A solid effort.
  • Fetish on July 22, 2017

    Nice procedural. Shows there are weirdos everywhere.
  • The Woman In Red on July 26, 2017

    This was a very well told vampire tale. I never realized they considered mosquitoes as competition.
  • The Third Wish on July 26, 2017

    Enjoyable tale. Smoking hot genies always get my attention.
  • A Psalm of Life on July 29, 2017

    This didn't click with me. It's not as good as his usual work.
  • He Wants a Solution on Aug. 09, 2017

    I liked this.
  • I Knew Him Before He Was Evil on Aug. 09, 2017

    Very interesting, but creepy. I liked this.
  • Mountaintop on Aug. 09, 2017

    Very strange tale. I liked it.
  • Prestige on Aug. 14, 2017

    Not bad.
  • Monstrous Planet on Aug. 14, 2017

    Pretty good effort. Held my attention.
  • Purpose on Aug. 14, 2017

    An brief reflection about being there for each other.
  • Life's Little Melodies on Aug. 14, 2017

    I found the story interesting, although there were a few times where I got lost; seemed like there some abrupt shifts here and there. Or maybe it was just me. Anyhow it wasn't bad.
  • The Fine Print on Aug. 15, 2017

    Terrific slice of dark humor. Loved the part about the batteries.
  • Being Friends With Margo on Aug. 17, 2017

    Hilarious final sentence. ROLF!
  • She Chose Me on Aug. 19, 2017

    True. Happened twice with me. Cats choose their people.
  • Flexa vs. Doctor Maelstrom on Aug. 20, 2017

    Interesting story. Nice lead character.
  • Tales of the Heart on Aug. 27, 2017

    Three interesting quickies. Well told, although I'd prefer they were told in past tense and not present.
  • Crossroads: Ultra-short Stories of the Absurd on Sep. 04, 2017

    An interesting collection of short pieces. Best though if not read in one sitting.
  • 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die on Sep. 04, 2017

    I don't like books that presume to tell me what I "MUST" do. Such attitudes come off as snobbish and condescending. Of the 100 books listed, I have read 11. Yet I consider myself well-read. I have seen the movie versions of some so maybe that might count for half a point. There's some cheating going on since it lists individual plays of Shakespeare and later recommends the complete works. Also I can't see why Chesterton rates 3 entries. And unless I missed it I didn't see any mention of HG Wells. And why on Earth would JOY LUCK CLUB make the list? It hardly seems like essential reading. The PDF version is poorly formatted. There are many blank pages which only make the going slower. I applaud the author for including HP Lovecraft, but am disappointed he didn't find a place for Edgar Rice Burroughs or Ambrose Bierce. I could easily have left out John Steinbeck to make room for them. Still one can appreciate the effort that went into compiling this list, so even though I don't agree with most of it, I will give it 3.5 stars for effort.
  • Playboy Meets Bitter on Sep. 04, 2017

    Although it's listed as being in English the story is in Tagalog. Best I can make out with my spotty command of the language it's about a tomboy girl who falls in love with a gay guy whom she at first believes is another girl. (My Filipina spouse had to help me with some of the translation.) My overall impression was "not bad." If you have a friend who can translate for you you might find it interesting. If you like stories that take place in the Philippines, you might want to check out some of my "Buck Stardust" adventures available on this site.
  • Puns That Even Made The Cat Groan on Sep. 04, 2017

    Puns can be found everywhere, from Edgar Allen Poe to the Hebrew Bible, making them perfectly respectable no matter what the literary snobs may think. This is a nice collection. Like the baseball player who took his pet snake to the game, it's mostly mitt and hiss. [That's a line from one from one of my own books so don't anybody steal it.] Works best if read a few at a time.
  • Me and A Dozen Plus One Ghost Stories on Sep. 16, 2017

    This longer-than-usual offering from Mr Borah presents 13 ghostly/supernatural tales told from a first person perspective. They are not particularly scary, but they are eerie and sometimes humorous. If the author truly experienced these encounters then he has lived a most interesting life.
  • Newcomer: Chapter 9 on Sep. 16, 2017

    The series continues to hold my interest.
  • Inspirational Stories on Sep. 16, 2017

    Only "The power of love" actually qualifies as a story. The rest are more in the nature of observations and anecdotes. Still I like that the author quietly presents his points without hammering them home or stating the patently obvious. (Something that other "big name" writers do all the time.) I look ahead to reading more from this author.
  • Fire In The Mind on Sep. 16, 2017

    I enjoyed this book, my only complaint being it is in EPUB format while my eyes work better with PDF. Altho it did not strike me as particularly original, the material was handled with skill and freshness. It would make an interesting movie. I appreciate the aptness of the title, being about telekinesis and human combustion. Interesting characters make for a rewarding reading experience.
  • Taking A Knee on Sep. 27, 2017

    a tuff lesson learned.
  • Newcomer: Chapter 10 on Sep. 27, 2017

    Mike: I wanted to post a review of your story on GOODREADS but could not because it looks like there is another author of the same name and his stuff is overriding yours. Strongly suggest you contact them and get it straightened out so you can get credit for your stuff there.
  • It's Still Good on Sep. 27, 2017

    A very strange story. I liked it.
  • Death Watch - A Horror Short Story on Oct. 02, 2017

    Very good opening sentence.