Ronald Linson

Biography

Born and raised in western Connecticut, Ronald Linson now lives in New York City. He earned a degree in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College of the City University of New York, and has found that he prefers writing to database management.

He writes mainly science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but has been known to dabble in other genres. Many of his short stories and poems can be found at http://www.bewilderingstories.com.

In November 2017, he won first place in the On the Premises Mini-Short Story Contest #35, under his real name, Morgan Schafer.
It can be found here: https://onthepremises.com/minis/mini_35/

He has a number of projects in the works, including a YA fantasy novel and collaborations on a children's series and a short story, "Overworked: A Legal Fiction," with Deidre J Owen.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading series, the longer the better. Off the top of my head, I love Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time," Taylor Anderson's "Destroyermen," John Ringo's "Black Tide Rising" (among others of his), and Piers Anthony's Xanth series, just to name a few.

I also enjoy singular novels like Stephen King's "IT," Neal Stephenson's "Reamde," Arthur C. Clarke's "Childhood's End," and Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One."
Describe your desk
Funny question, but okay.

It's brown and made of wood, with seven drawers.
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Where to find Ronald Linson online

Twitter: @ronlinson9

Books

Faux Paws
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,710. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2023 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Sometimes, life can be taken at face value; other times, there's more than meets the eye. Is your house pet just an average cat, or is she a witch's familiar searching for her companion? Was that animal you encountered in the woods just a bear, or was it a mysterious cryptid? Beware how you approach the animals in this collection of tales, because jumping to conclusions may prove to be a faux pas!
Innsmouth Cinema: An Eldritch Triple Feature
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,450. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2022 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Out-of-work set designer John Fjord meets his fate in old Hollywood; young fans Kevin and Dale find themselves seduced by the mysterious charms of twin Hollywood starlets; and friends Drew and Mike stumble upon more than they bargained for when crashing a modern movie set. Innsmouth Cinema presents the story of a B-movie dynasty as told in three thrilling tales by three thrilling talents!
The Good, the Bad, & the Cute: The Secret Ways of Dolls
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,120. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2021 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Modern or antique; benign or malevolent; porcelain, stuffed, articulated, or life-size, dolls have long been a subject of fascination. This eclectic collection of diminutive tales explores the many enchanting facets of these inanimate curiosities and their secret ways. But then again, "inanimate" is just the assumption...
To Be a Dark Mother: A Shared Experience in the Patchwork Lands
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,640. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2021 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The Lord of the Lake deeply adores all his Dark Mothers, but he has developed a particular fascination with his next bride-to-be. In this shared experience, five separate voices cry out into the cosmos to tell their woeful tales. Come explore the depths of love, passion, hope, and hopelessness as the saga plays out in this bleak, dying corner of Ronald Linson's Patchwork Lands.
Time Served
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,030. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2020 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Ralph Goodman has been sentenced to five years hard time. Imprisoned in the past -- no bars, no walls -- he wonders if this was, in fact, a death sentence. However, with a little unexpected assistance, Ralph might just make it back alive.
Little Boy Lost: More Tales of Youth Disrupted
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,990. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2020 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
This multinational anthology has brought together authors from across the US, Canada, and the UK, with genres including horror, fantasy, drama, sci-fi, and even a little romance. What binds these stories together are the disruptions: losses of innocence, of people, of hope...of one’s mind. Fraught with peril, emotion, and journeys most incredible, this collection of tales is sure to draw you in.
Little Girl Lost: Thirteen Tales of Youth Disrupted
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,900. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2019 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
This anthology has brought together authors from across America and Canada, representing genres ranging from horror to fantasy to science fiction. What binds these authors and their stories together are the disruptions: losses of innocence, of people, of hope...of one’s way. Fraught with peril, emotion, and journeys most incredible, this collection of tales is sure to draw you in. Don’t get lost.
Agent of Change
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2019 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A temporal agent is sent back in time to prevent a mass murder/suicide. When the shooter unexpectedly dies, however, the agent discovers the shooter is trapped in a freakish twist of time. Regardless of any efforts to correct the mistake, the man is doomed to die that same day...every time. Can the agent and his team save both the man and the timeline?
Overworked: A Legal Fiction
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2018 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Business
(5.00 from 1 review)
Law student Joshua Jacobs is exhausted! He's deep into his final semester, the Bar Exam looms large on the horizon, and the family drama just won't quit...why did he think he could work part time, too? Another night of study and he might just lose his mind! Overworked: A Legal Fiction, by Deidre J Owen & Ronald Linson.

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