James Hold


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

I published a book in 2004. It became an immediate collector's item. In fact, 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 wife, Princess, 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.
Read more of this interview.


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.
Incident Set In Stone
Series: Incidental Contact. Price: Free! Words: 23,500. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
For your Halloween pleasure. Poetry and peril prevail at a creepy castle on the outskirts of Fredericksburg. Is the menace real or imaginary? Only O'Ryan and his ostrich can unravel the mystery. That is, unless the combination of beer, bratwurst, babes, and beatniks proves too much to handle. A weird-menace 1930s pulp style homage to Hammer Films' The Vampire Lovers.
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?
Incident at the Houston Public Library
Series: Incidental Contact. Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
O'Ryan takes a break from his genie hunting activities to spend a quiet day at the library. It turns out to be anything but.
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.
Incident In The Widow's Chamber
Series: Incidental Contact. Price: Free! Words: 4,010. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
When a cunning widow draws O'Ryan into her web of intrigue, he must play detective to clear himself of a murder charge.
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
Incident On Pluto Beach
Series: Incidental Contact. Price: Free! Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
O'Ryan and his ostrich come to the aid of an eccentric scientist whose deadly "heat ray" invention has been stolen. Can O'Ryan recover the weapon in time, or will he fall victim to the fatal allure of the professor's super-hot secretary? A "weird menace" adventure.
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.
Incident At An Amarillo Art Gallery
Series: Incidental Contact. Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A "weird menace" adventure. Can O'Ryan and his ostrich uncover the horrifying secret behind a weird rock that causes madness to those who gaze upon it?
Bakora, the Tree-Headed Monster
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust. Price: Free! Words: 6,680. 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
Incident In The Guadalupe Mountains
Series: Incidental Contact. Price: Free! Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Love, adventure, weird menace, and a touch of magic follow O'Ryan and his ostrich when they visit West Texas.
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
Rocky's Tail
Series: Purrfect Parables. Price: Free! Words: 670. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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
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
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.
Too Much Monkey Business
Price: Free! Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A research lab is established to examine the Million Monkey theory. As time goes on, two students decide to hurry things along.
The Cowering Inferno
Series: Secrets of Akkadia. Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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. Price: Free! Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
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. Price: Free! Words: 35,600. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
"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
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
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
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. Price: Free! Words: 25,810. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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.
My Dinner With Anne's Dray
Price: Free! Words: 340. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
People should always be open to new dining experiences. For all the epicureans out there.
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
Sometimes you're better off NOT keeping your mouth shut. A story for ages 6 and up.
Will It Go Round In Circles
Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Strange doings at the Preston residence. Christina man's up while the rest of the family gets down.
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
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
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
At last it can be told: the full story of Buck Stardust's undercover mission to foil a terrorist plot.
See You Later Alligator
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Mohammed Alligator hopes to make a tasty snack of a Filipino cutie. And only Buck Stardust can save her.
All the World's a Sage
Series: The Adventures of Buck Stardust, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Intrepid explorer Buck Stardust must stop a runaway infestation of plants from taking over the world.
It's All Over Now
Series: Psycho Killer and Other Tales Told In Red. Price: Free! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Rowena thought her troubles were over. But they were just starting.
The Horse of the Seven Fables
Series: Purrfect Parables, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 990. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A story for all ages. A greedy cat learns a lesson in patience.
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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.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Collection on Aug. 23, 2015

    Good job. Followed the theme well. I enjoyed 'Wrath' best.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • World Peace on Oct. 06, 2015

    An interesting reminiscence. Cynical, yet truthful. Good job.
  • 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."
  • No Sense And Nonsense on Nov. 07, 2015

    For as much as I enjoy JAS this was just too weird. I give it 4 stars for sheer chutzpah.
  • 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.
  • Sherman's Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23, 2015

    Nice story. I write a lot of cat stories too, so it naturally appealed to me. Perfectly cat-logical ending.
  • 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.
  • Heroes of Destiny on May 31, 2016

    A good start to an interesting series. It will be interesting to see how this progresses.
  • 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.
  • In Search of the Nobility, TX Wildman on Sep. 18, 2016

    Always willing to check out work by a fellow Texan. The book reads well. The characters are not terribly likable at first but they come around. The ending is suitably sad and fir the most part it is all handled well.
  • 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.
  • Hacked on Sep. 24, 2016

    I read this 3 times and still don't understand it. Maybe it's just me being dumb. It is interesting and well told, but it left me baffled as to what it's supposed to be about.
  • 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.
  • Tales of Night Shade on Oct. 16, 2016

    "the Earl of Campbell" ??? That's got to be a TX joke. Good one.
  • 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. on Oct. 20, 2016

    Good one. Politically incorrect as all heck, but good.