James Hold

Biography

"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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Series

Out of Texas
A Siamese Cat Assumes Human Form and Makes a Name for Himself in the Great State of Texas

Out of Texas 5 : Itinerary

You set the price!
Secrets of Akkadia
Akkadia, super-hot cutie and master of mystical arts, battles evil in all its many forms

The Cowering Inferno

Price: Free!

Wade in the Water

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Shakin' All Over

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Free Bird

Price: Free!

No Milk Today

Price: Free!
Skeletons From An Empty Closet
At some point in a writer's life he inevitably tries his hand at writing poetry. This usually occurs at an early age when he either hopes to impress an out-of-reach girl or because he's fallen under the delusion that everything matters and he must contribute his two cents to the subject. Those with sense file these efforts in a secret place and do not inflict them on the public. Others lack such humility. If there is any value in exposing these undertakings, it's to show that everyone was young once, and that beauty, truth, and meaning are to be found in the eye (rather than the mind) of the beholder. Someone asked why a lot of these things have "Mama" in the title. It comes from a Ten Years After song called "Choo Choo Mama." It sounded cool so I started using it also.

Seaside

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Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red
My stories are generally light. Here are some that are a little darker. A little redder.

Maybe Baby

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It's All Over Now

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Radio Flyer

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Psycho Killer

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The Adventures of Buck Stardust
Buck Stardust Finds Adventure and Romance in the Philippines

The Supreme Torture

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Funeral For A Friend

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Rudy's Rock

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Purrfect Parables
Children's Tales for Young and Old Alike

Rocky's Tail

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The Defense Rests

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Books

Out of Texas 12 : The Iron Claw of Destiny, Part One
Series: Out of Texas. Price: Free! Words: 24,100. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Famed extraterrestriologist and UFO investigator Erik Von Fritz falls prey to the unscrupulous dealings of Professor Fudd, PhD, and it falls on the gaunt-faced grappler and his friend Jo to keep him out of trouble.
Out of Texas 11 : Wooly Bully
Series: Out of Texas. Price: Free! Words: 3,450. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A fun day with J and Jo at the shopping mall. Jo goes to buy a training bra. A mad scientist's hunchbacked assistant sees her and is overcome with lust. It leads to a wild chase through the different store departments, resulting in unpleasant encounters with shoppers and ending with a reuniting of two lovers... not to mention a dissertation concerning Thomas Hardy's cat.
I Should Have Known Cheddar
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 4,980. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Detective Frank Bureau returns as he teams with Akkadia to solve a baffling string of robberies committed by a mad inventor and his killer robot.
Out of Texas 10 : All You Need Is Love
Series: Out of Texas. Price: Free! Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A mad scientist creates a humanoid monster using DNA illegally obtained from professional wrestlers. To track the beast J takes on his "EL 7" identity. What follows is a "El Santo / Blue Demon" movie parody as he and Jo confront the mad scientist and his monster at their hideout. Can the two survive an encounter with the deranged creature? Read and find out.
They Can't All Be Winners
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Akkadia, Houston's Mystical Maid of Magic, is invited to join a superhero group after some of its key members leave to pursue other ventures. At the same time, Toro-Zorro plots her destruction using his golem-like Loda Bull. See what happens when this assemblage of super friends sets out to avenge her. "The author has a definite stranglehold on the subject." —— Theodora Nugent, the Amboy Duke
Out of Texas 9 : Have Ring Will Grapple
Series: Out of Texas. Price: Free! Words: 26,020. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
As Jon Raas struggles to revive the dormant STW wrestling promotion, J-man continues his role as a cross-town courier finding new adventures at every turn.
Out of Texas 8 : Destroy All Wrestlers
Series: Out of Texas. Price: Free! Words: 45,490. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
The fabric of life is not without wrinkles. Just as the gaunt-faced grappler is reconciled to accept his losses and move on, faces from the past return and throw everything into disarray.
Out of Texas 7 : Back to Square One
Series: Out of Texas. Price: Free! Words: 26,940. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
As the floodwaters of Tropical Gale Kim recede, Houston sets out to recover from the devastating effects of the storm. Meanwhile, the gaunt-faced grappler, having sustained a major injury during his run-in with the criminal Usuzi organization, abandons his "J-man" identity and returns to his cat form to allow himself time to heal. For both it marks a rebuilding process and return to square one.
Cosmic Valentine Mama
Series: Skeletons From An Empty Closet. Price: Free! Words: 160. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
A Valentine poem I wrote for my wife 10 years ago. Arguably the most romantic thing I've ever written.
Strange Kind of Woman
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 9 reviews)
When the Abracadabrical Amazon falls victim to a cold, her servant Ziggurat must take up the mantle and—find her a doctor. At the same time, Ho-Li-Kau, the Malevolent Mandarin of Montrose, plots to take over Houston's city council. Can Ziggurat, with the help of another mystic, the daughter of Dr Weird, prevent this from happening? Or will he die frying?
No Milk Today
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.88 from 8 reviews)
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
(4.88 from 8 reviews)
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
(5.00 from 10 reviews)
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?
Cosmic Hitchhiker Mama
Series: Skeletons From An Empty Closet. Price: Free! Words: 150. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
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
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
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
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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.
Seaside
Series: Skeletons From An Empty Closet. Price: Free! Words: 140. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
A little something from a time long ago when I missed someone who was far away.
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
(4.67 from 12 reviews)
There’s a fundamental difference between men and women when it comes to shopping—namely, women browse while men purchase.
Incidental Contact
You set the price! Words: 55,780. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
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
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
"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
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
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
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
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
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
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.
When a Man Loves a Woman
Price: Free! Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
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
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
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
(4.63 from 8 reviews)
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?
Yellow... Bird?
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust. Price: Free! Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
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
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
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
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
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
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
What's in a name? Perhaps nothing. Or maybe everything. It all depends on which side you're on. A story for all ages.
The Leaky Faucet
Price: Free! Words: 50,130. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
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.
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
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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.
Wade in the Water
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 7,150. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
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. You set the price! Words: 40,890. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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
Rocky's Tail
Series: Purrfect Parables. Price: Free! Words: 670. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
A children's story. Grade 5 and up. Chris and Matt stage a home invasion.
Maybe Baby
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Buddy and Holly spend a quiet, romantic evening at home. Both get a big surprise.
Radio Flyer
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
It would be news to no one to say that college kids do stupid things at times. My dorm room buddies and I were no exception.
The Cowering Inferno
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.25 from 8 reviews)
A comic book without pictures. Superheroine Akkadia must stop the villainous Moo Fan-chu's scheme to put Houston's restaurants out of business.
Out of Texas 5 : Itinerary
Series: Out of Texas, Book 5. You set the price! Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
After the trying events of OOT 4, the gaunt-faced grappler hits the road to try and clear his head.
Out of Texas 4 : Josie and the Alley Cat
Series: Out of Texas, Book 4. You set the price! Words: 35,600. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
"In that rare subgenre of Christian literature concerning cats that take human form and enter championship wrestling tournaments, OUT OF TEXAS 4 definitely rates in the top 10." – Merry Baker, The Kitchen Science Monitor
Rudy's Rock
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Fans of Bill Haley and the Comets may be disappointed to learn he and his band do not appear anywhere in this story. It does however feature Buck Stardust, a scantily clad damsel in distress, and some creepy flesh-eating caterpillars. That and the Philippines only mountain ski lodge. So please enjoy.
Pinky the Polka-Dotted Pig
Series: Purrfect Parables, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is one of those "be careful what you wish for" tales. Pinky has polka-dots. She doesn't like them and wishes they would go away. They do, only not the way she planned. For ages 6 and up.
Funeral For A Friend
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Death is a grim reality in the Philippine countryside. For Buck Stardust, it's even worse when he tries to bury the body.
Out of Texas 3 : Remember the Aloe, Moe
Series: Out of Texas, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 25,810. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
The gaunt-faced grappler begins the six-week Easter season by entering a tournament to crown a new STW champion. Along the way, he must also wrestle with the question of which of two women he truly loves.
The Rooster King and His Sun
Series: Purrfect Parables, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sometimes you're better off NOT keeping your mouth shut. A story for ages 6 and up.
The Supreme Torture
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The evil Doctor Goldjob subjects Buck Stardust to the most hideous torture ever conceived. Can the tenacious Texan survive?
The Celestial Op
Price: Free! Words: 470. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A nod -- and a wink -- to Dashiell Hammett. A nameless operative for the Celestial Detective agency investigates a crime scene.
Buck Stardust's Not-So Great Adventure
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
At last it can be told: the full story of Buck Stardust's undercover mission to foil a terrorist plot.
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Andre' Mwansa
Latest book: The Past Always Catches Up To You. Published July 10, 2018. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
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Latest book: I'll Never Listen to You Again!. Published June 22, 2018. (4.87 from 23 reviews)
Angela Hope
Latest book: Kind Jack. Published June 26, 2018. (5.00 from 5 reviews)
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Latest book: Zora. Published January 4, 2017. (4.25 from 4 reviews)
Conrad Abong Franco, Jr
Latest book: One Hundred One. Published September 18, 2018.
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Latest book: Facts and Fiction. Published September 2, 2018. (5.00 from 1 review)
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Latest book: Hunter. Published September 23, 2018.
Jonathan Antony Strickland
Latest book: Things To Do When You Become A Zombie!. Published May 30, 2018. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
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Latest book: The Pirate, Part III: Big Daddy. Published March 25, 2018. (5.00 from 11 reviews)
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Latest book: Newcomer: Chapter 11. Published December 13, 2017. (4.00 from 2 reviews)
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Latest book: Hollywood Hack Job. Published August 23, 2017. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
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Latest book: I Knew Him Before He Was Evil. Published July 9, 2016. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
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Latest book: Hazel. Published June 2, 2018. (4.60 from 5 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.
  • 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.
  • Glassman on Sep. 01, 2015

    I liked the story although it felt like it left off just as it was getting started. I want to know what happens next.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Pastor and the Pumpkin Schnapps on Oct. 15, 2016

    Terrifically funny yet understated. The reveal at the end is a big surprise.
  • The Mudman of Mount McKinley on Oct. 15, 2016

    Cute little tale.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dinner For Two: A Thriller Short Story on March 22, 2017

    Nice to see Filipino writers on the site. A good effort, although I guessed the outcome midway through. Look forward to more by this author.
  • The Unfaithful Wife on March 24, 2017

    Interesting twist.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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

    Excellent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How I Met Your Mom on Oct. 23, 2017

    There are two sides to every story, and the man's side is always exaggerated. But along the way, there's philosophy: "if life is a journey then we all have one same final destination." Tender romance: "I swear I like you more than waking up late." And enlightenment: ‘’You’ve been stalking me?’’ ‘’No, I’ve been following you secretly’’ ‘’That’s stalking’’ All in a brief 770 words. One thing though, Andre; where you wrote: ‘What’s that supposed to me?’ I think you intended to say "mean." A good story and I did laugh. On another note, Andre, you need to sign on at www.goodreads.com and make yourself known there. Your Smashwords listings show up there after a day or two and I've been duplicating my reviews of your stories there. It's another opportunity to get some exposure.
  • Starring in Roanoke on Oct. 30, 2017

    I follow this series mainly because I have a Filipina wife. That said, I often find the tales confusing and have no idea what they are about. From the title I thought this might have something to do with the lost colony of Roanoke, but if it did I missed it. A bit of unsolicited advice would be to do away with all the parentheses and brackets and let the story speak for itself. You don't need to translate Tagalog slang if you use it in the right context. Otherwise it only distracts from the immediate story and adds to the difficulty of understanding.
  • I Choose You on Oct. 30, 2017

    Funny : "When I was a kid I used to think GUNPOINT was an actual place, the media was always like ‘seventeen year old boy die at gunpoint, seventy year old man die at gunpoint,’ so I used to ask my mom ‘why the hell do they go there?’’ A rather toughing tale actually about friendship and stuff.
  • The Bloody History Of The Su'Varock Mines on Oct. 30, 2017

    Is this a revision, or a reposting? The title sounds familiar as does the story. I liked it despite a rough spot here and there (my fault I'm sure) and it's good to see the author active again.
  • Atlas of the Serpent Men (A Tale of Conan of Cimmeria) on Nov. 11, 2017

    This is an interesting story that captures Howard's atmosphere. However, are you quite sure CONAN is in the public domain? I can open any book of REH's work and see a long list of people claiming rights to the property.
  • The Collapse of the Theory of Evolution in 20 Questions on Nov. 12, 2017

    "The theory [of evolution] maintains that life came about by chance, by itself, and through natural conditions." Nowhere in Darwin's writings is it ever suggested that life came about by chance. The theory concerns how divergent species came about after life formed. Your premise is wrong from the get-go.
  • Whistle and I'll Come to You on Nov. 16, 2017

    Nice story. It was equally nice when MR James first published it in 1904.
  • You're Better Off Dead on Dec. 15, 2017

    This is an interesting procedural investigation of an apparent suicide. It says a lot about vanity and ego and other peoples perceptions. Very well done.
  • Flirting With Death on Jan. 28, 2018

    This was very good. Andre continues to improve with each outing. I like these crime/police procedurals he does. Detective Hunt was delightfully sarcastic.
  • Smells Like Wrong on Feb. 15, 2018

    "Time fly’s, and time is not just money. Time is life. No one even gets to, like, do anything at night. Well, except thieves, and strippers and prostitutes and porn stars and Bill Gates." Four not-so-bright high school kids visit a haunted house and (maybe) learn a lesson about life and perception.
  • Smells Like Wrong on Feb. 17, 2018

    Reviewing the revised version. A nice touch adding the ghost with tentacles.
  • Charlotte Brown's Patchwork Quilt on Feb. 28, 2018

    A beautifully written story. I can only hope it was true. My mother passed last year and it was not pretty. When she lost interest in her pet dog we knew the end was near. Angela's story gives me hope that maybe there were things happening beneath the surface of which we were not aware.
  • Let's Hope the Future Doesn’t Sound This Bad on March 12, 2018

    Wild stuff. Enjoyable. But weird.
  • Fit to Live on March 23, 2018

    Story was poignant and moving. I liked the sentence 'The item in the window—a Beretta M9—was the color of February.' I'd like to give it 5 stars but the ending line about S.C.A.F. lost me. I didn't understand it and I feel it was key to the whole thing.
  • The Pirate, Part III: Big Daddy on March 30, 2018

    Jack continues to find himself up to his neck in deep doodoo. The story captivates and keeps you reading. My ONLY complaint (and there has to be one if I'm being honest) is I don't like the story being told in the present tense. Generally I skip such books because I can't get into them. It's a philosophic difference in that movies tell what IS happening but books tell what DID happen. Mr Torres has the storytellers skill to make me overlook that complaint.
  • Dancing Della on April 12, 2018

    An interesting use of gin bottles. I liked the idea because I'm a fan of the 60s psychedelic band Thirteenth Floor Elevators and they had a guy on electric jug.
  • The Vampire Cats on April 12, 2018

    I was drawn in by the title. It was though a bit misleading. Still I enjoy stories about cats and it had a touching ending. Young readers should like it.
  • Gobbles - The Hungry Cat on April 12, 2018

    A cute story anyone who ever had a cat should identify with. Thank goodness Jack had only one cat.
  • Vorgoth on April 29, 2018

    I liked this. An above average horror tale.
  • Random Thoughts ... Through a Coloured Prism on April 30, 2018

    I enjoyed this. Parts of it reminded me of Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules For Life. Some personal observations and remembrances, often touching, other times teachable. A good effort.
  • Hell's Father on April 30, 2018

    An interesting work. I had heard of Tertullian but was not aware of him in this context.
  • God the Eskimo on May 04, 2018

    Interesting twist ending; not sure I understood it though. This was a good line: "He could actually hear Pastor Johnson smile."
  • Men, Women, Dogs and Bitches on May 06, 2018

    Although I generally enjoy Mr Borah's stories, I must honestly say I did not care for this one. Mayank is a total cad and I am sure someday a jealous husband will find him out and shoot him.
  • The Hitchhiker on May 06, 2018

    It has an interesting ending.
  • The Blonde Goddess of Tikka-Tikka on May 18, 2018

    Nicely captures the feel of pulp-era adventure stories. Nice to read an author putting out something other than dragons and zombies.
  • The Valley of Despair on May 18, 2018

    Very much in an ERB vein, altho I doubt ERB would have used a German as his hero. Typical jungle lost city adventure, which is not a knock. Done well, these can be very entertaining.
  • On a Winter's Eve on May 18, 2018

    One tends not to think of HPL and REH in the same sentence but the two did carry on an extensive correspondence and REH did write some creepy enuf tales when he could find a market for them. This story adequately adopts that Lovecraft-with-muscle style while hanging on to certain mannerisms exclusive to the master.
  • Prisioner X on May 20, 2018

    Author needs to resubmit this. It is poorly formatted and badly punctuated. I would like to read it but in its present form I cannot.
  • 100 Words on May 28, 2018

    Much as I can appreciate the discipline that goes into writing a 100 word piece I do not see where these are necessarily 'stories'. The prose ones come across as introductions or openings to what should be longer works.
  • Shady Stories on May 28, 2018

    Not bad.
  • Things To Do When You Become A Zombie! on May 30, 2018

    "...feel it in your fingers and toes (and no... love was most certainly not all around you!" Wow! A reference to an old Troggs tune. Very good. A useful manual for what to do when you get zombified. Funny & cynical. I liked it.
  • Anuradha on June 05, 2018

    Well told and moving.
  • Hazel on June 05, 2018

    A nice short fantasy. I enjoyed it.
  • Looking for a Wife at 13 on June 08, 2018

    Nice. Enjoyed the humor.
  • Into the Astral Lands on June 14, 2018

    Wow! This was really good. I hope you post more of these.
  • Stories for an Ignorant Man on June 16, 2018

    I liked the one about giving up shame best.
  • My One Legged Friend on June 19, 2018

    A sweet story where an act of mercy proves rewarding to all.
  • I'll Never Listen to You Again! on June 24, 2018

    A fun little tale.
  • We Need A National Bird on June 30, 2018

    Very clever tale with punny names and a weird premise. It's one of those stories that's so right up my line that I wish I had written it. Congrats Mr Wooldridge on a job well done.
  • Kind Jack on June 30, 2018

    A fish with a lisp. I liked that.
  • Fenny My Hero on June 30, 2018

    Children should not have to pay or suffer for the mistakes of their parents.
  • The Moon Awakening on July 01, 2018

    “Rate this pain for me… Will you? One being, none and two being, prolonged agony …” Talk about extremes!
  • Mr. Lewis and Edgar on July 01, 2018

    "an air of optimistic pessimism" I don't know what that means but at the same time I understand it completely.
  • Diablo Canyon on July 01, 2018

    Interesting. Now what?
  • The Seize on July 02, 2018

    Very good. Well written. I'm not at all into zombies. The genre is so overdone. But this held my interest to the end.
  • English in Plain English on July 02, 2018

    A helpful intro for those learning the language or just starting out to write.
  • Questions on July 02, 2018

    I had a dad like that, very blunt in his answers, never sugar-coated anything. I look back and consider myself fortunate for it.
  • The Past Always Catches Up To You on July 15, 2018

    Nice sort of i-know-what-you-did-last-summer plots. Kids do some thing stupid and try to cover it up. The usual results follow. "Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.”
  • Short Stories 2 on July 15, 2018

    Three flash fiction pieces centered on dining out. They show promise but are much too short to give a fair assessment.
  • Smaller Hearts on July 15, 2018

    Dwarfish car salesman in love. What more do you need to know?
  • Well, We've All Got to Make a Living on July 15, 2018

    The image we carry of our parents doesn't always match the reality of things.
  • The Case of the Mailed Man on July 15, 2018

    Wonderful dark comedy about a blind medical examiner. "...it is my professional opinion that this man was decapitated – to death!"
  • The Cosmos of Despair on July 16, 2018

    Well-written lost world adventure in the Burroughs / Merritt tradition.