R. D. Earle


R.D. Earle is a Southern-based writer who specializes in suspense and science fiction.


Hopelessly Devoted
Price: Free! Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This psychological thriller examines a young restaurant employee named Seth and the girl of his dreams, the beautiful and seductive Helen. For years, Seth has obsessed over Helen, watching her every move but knowing that he can never be her man. When she brings her Valentine's Day date to Seth's restaurant and hints at her plans for later, Seth decides to stop her.
Pachyderm and the Cheerleader
Price: Free! Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Pachyderm is an overweight superhero who protects the citizens of Midway. When he rescues a beautiful pro football cheerleader, she falls for him...which leads to danger when his enemies find out and target her.

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  • Angels Unawares on July 17, 2012

    In this "Twilight Zone" type story, we are introduced to Thom Staples, who is driven to cynicism by a family tragedy. Years later, while working as a psychiatrist in a mental hospital, he encounters a man named Gabriel who claims to be an angel. Staples is ready to write it off as a delusion until the patient proves that he is far more than what he appears. Like the character of Dr. Staples, we all face hardships and tragedies in life that force us to make a choice: Do we have faith, or do we shun God instead? Why would a loving God allow such painful events in the first place. Setzer uses the framework of a fictional story to address these issues and to remind us that there is always more to life than we as human beings can know. Highly recommended.
  • The Siege of Peter Marak on July 17, 2012

    Stoney M. Setzer's unique niche is writing stories reminiscent of classic "Twilight Zone" episodes, marked with a Christian worldview. He uses pulp-style thrillers with traces of sci-fi fantasy or horror elements to communicate an underlying message. Often his main characters are ordinary people who find themselves faced with extraordinary problems. In "The Siege of Peter Marak," the title charcter is a widower who develops a mortal fear of germs. He responds by becoming a hermit, hoping to avoid germs by avoiding people. When a sick woman knocks on his door, claiming to be in danger, he has to choose between his fear and his conscience. Not only is this story suspenseful and gripping, but it also forces us to consider what we would do if we had to choose between someone else's safety and our own. It also has a section at the end in which Setzer gives his readers insight into how he got the idea for this story, sort of like the commentary feature on a DVD. Highly recommended.
  • The Other Woman on July 17, 2012

    As with many of Stoney M. Setzer's other stories, the set-up for "The Other Woman" reads like a "Twilight Zone" episode. The main character is a man who has just announced his engagement. The next day, a woman he has never met comes to his office...begging him to dump his fiancee and take her back. Predictably, his fiancee is less than thrilled, but in this case, there is an added problem: He can't remember this other woman--at all. Christian themes and moral decisions appear frequently in Setzer's writing, and this time he focuses on committed relationships. What happens when that commitment is tested for the first time? While this story does not have the same "pulp thriller" vibe of Setzer's other works, it does keep the reader engaged (no pun intended) to see how the situation gets resolved.