Adam Hughes


I was raised in central Indiana, where I now live (again), work, and play. I'm a chemist and mathematician by training and an IT professional by trade. I love to write and am continually amazed by the simultaneous complexity, simplicity, and beauty of the English language.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just love to write and create new worlds and characters. There is no better to hone my craft than to practice it, and laying my work before as many eyes as possible can only help me improve my storytelling.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing's greatest joy is the opportunity it provides to create new worlds and stories, and to share those with others.
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Where to find Adam Hughes online


They Sat Outside Eating Cake
Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Settling a dispute in any group setting can be darn near impossible ... unless you have an objective measure for resolution that everyone can agree on. For the Dames of Dwale, a local ladies group that might well have stepped out of YOUR town, peace was elusive until they figured out how to use their husbands' survival instincts as the ultimate arbiter. What will the next Reconciliation bring?
Alive on Opening Day
Price: Free! Words: 44,420. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Literature » Sports
Dan Hodges was on the verge of the life he'd always wanted: a beautiful girlfriend, high school graduation just ahead, and a promising baseball career. Then, in one ill-fated moment, it all vanished. Dan clawed his way back over the course of a grueling year but, just when he was ready to reclaim his world, darkness descended again. Can he emerge one more time ... Alive on Opening Day?
The Touch Comes Second
Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A genetic mutation imparts ever-lasting life to James, but also leaves him thousands of years removed from his family in a world where humans have evolved past emotions and touch. Desperate to regain what he lost, James travels back in time to reunite with his dead wife and to sire the son they never had. Will he find what he's looking for?
Wish It Away
Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Holiday » Family
Jeb hated Thanksgiving, because his family always made the holidays hard. It hadn't always been that way, though, because when he was younger, Thanksgiving was a golden occasion filled with love and food and warmth. Someday, he hoped, he would finally achieve his dream of becoming a cowboy and spending his holidays in the canyon or on the range. Then, he might really have reason to be thankful.
Heartland Hike
Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
My mother always told me not to pick up hitchhikers, but the old man had looked so harmless that I couldn't pass him by. Now I understand just how right Mom was.
The Birthday Wand
Price: Free! Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Gabbie wanted nothing more than to see her Grandpa on her fourth birthday, but Mommy said he wasn't feeling well and couldn't make the trip. He did send Gabbie a shiny wand, though, and she was just SURE that it had magical powers. As it turns out, Gabbie was right.
Quite Alert
Price: Free! Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
Having a baby is a joyous occasion, an affirmation of all that is right with the world and a marker of hope for the future. But what would happen if your newborn could talk, and tell you how he feels? As Alan is learning, some things are better left unsaid.
Doll in Satin
Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Sam had been devastated by the death of his sister in a house fire two months earlier. His turbulent sleepwalking, trying desperately to reach his dead sister, had terrorized his wife Kelly for two weeks, and now the couple would pay the ultimate price.
Spring Beans
Price: Free! Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Denny loved odd years on the farm, when corn fields swallowed his house and made him feel like he was alone on an island. Well, almost alone, as Marge was always there to tell him how wrong he was, about everything. After nearly 60 years of wedded bliss, though, Denny finally figured out how to solve his marital problems. That beautiful corn would be his salvation.
Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
It's said that where ten or more gather in prayer, their collective voices will be heard. Sometimes, though, you're alone, so you might need to improvise with whomever, or whatever, you have at hand.
Price: Free! Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Carrie had never babysat Tommy Hobson before, but she needed gas money and was glad to have the gig. She had hoped for a quiet evening to finish her homework, but little Tommy let her know right off the bat that he was not like other children.
Mother Me ... Then Leave
Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Thomas knew all along that he was playing a dangerous game. Adultery was always seedy business, and that was especially true when there were children involved. The thing was, though, that he just couldn’t help himself. He had an uncontrollable compulsion that needed to be fed, and the Internet made it so easy to satisfy his hunger. In the moment at least, it felt very right.
Widow's Walk
Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Millie was not too thrilled about moving to Indiana when her husband took his new job, at least not until she came across the online listing for the old house. She was drawn in by the haunting image of the stately home, and she knew that the place would change their lives forever. Guided by a young woman who lived more than a century before, Millie and her house did, indeed, become inseparable.
It's In the Cards
Price: Free! Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Sports
Mark was giddy: not only was tomorrow his wedding day, but it was also Opening Day of the baseball season. To celebrate, he hunkered down with a box of forgotten baseball cards and was taken on a quick journey back to his childhood. He never expected that cardboard gold to afford him a lesson in fate, but that's exactly what he got.
Grandpa's Slippers
Price: Free! Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
When Jack was alive, he drove Janie crazy with his puttering around the house, and most of all with his baseball cards and the way he roughed up her carpet with his slippers. Since Jack died, though, Janie has been riddled with grief and guilt. Now, with a little help from his lost Grandpa, Janie's four-year old grandson Charlie is ready to help her move on.
Come With Me To The Tree
Price: Free! Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A tiny snake once lived alone in paradise until two creatures stumbled upon his oasis. The coarseness of one and the beauty of the other made the snake realize that he didn't want to be alone, and the world was never the same.
Snowed Out
Price: Free! Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Literature » Sports
Dan was as close to the Major Leagues as he could possibly get without actually being there, but his path was blocked by Freddie Head, a cagey veteran. When Dan found himself in financial straits, he needed a miracle to finally make it to the Bigs, or he might have to pay his debts in flesh. A freak Opening Day snow storm and a favor from his wayward twin gave Dan a shot at what he most desired.
Tales From the Hot Stove
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Every season of the year can affect a human being's thought patterns, but nothing plays on our darkest emotions quite like the depths of winter. What follows are a handful of the nuggets that rattled loose from an addled brain in January of 2014 as it tried valiantly to ward off the fever that threatens to melt it down whenever snow and ice entomb our world.
High Heat
Price: Free! Words: 5,030. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Literature » Sports
Chandler Rossi once was a hotshot baseball prospect who had the world in front of him ... until the world found out he couldn't hit the curveball. Miserable and desperate, Rossi made a deal that would take him to unbelievable heights and sentence his only son to eternal damnation. Now, with Rossi circling the drain, his boy has a Hell of a story to tell.
Rat Farm
Price: Free! Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Horror » General
All Howard had wanted to do was celebrate the Miami Dolphins' Super Bowl victory. He never thought that a post-game party on a yacht off the Florida coast could go so wrong, but it had, thanks to a flash tropical storm. With a dwindling food supply and fighting the boat's rat population, Howard had to make some desperate decisions ... and make them fast!
Quality Food, Home Delivery
Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Christian had been a thorn in Judy's side ever since the foster showed up at her home three years earlier. When child protective services showed up on her doorstep, she knew the runaway Ugly Duckling was out to cause her more trouble.
Relationship Status: Terror
Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
It had been a long week, and Anna crashed hard when she finally got home on Friday night. She awoke to a twisted mashup of social media and reality that would change her life forever.
Vengeance on Gold Mountain
Price: Free! Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Literature » Western
Huang was the father of Deadwood's growing Chinatown district, but he also harbored a secret that everyone wanted to know. Stanley was determined to pry the truth from the old man at all costs
In His Own Bed
Price: Free! Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Walter and Ora had lived a good life together on their farm, but now she was gone. It was time for him to take care of his affairs and reunite with his one true love.
Winter Witch
Price: Free! Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Eli was something of a skeptic, but he wanted to believe, and he loved Peg. So, on a dark winter solstice, he set out to find the fabled West County Witch of boring old Pewter County. When his car skidded off the road, Eli realized that he might not be prepared for what he would find.

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