Sam Seudo


Sam Seudo was born in the United States but spent his childhood traveling the world. He attended university in New York, survived graduate school in Rhode Island, and now lives and works in San Francisco. His day job puts food on the table. Writing makes his soul happy.

Sam Seudo is currently on an e-publishing hiatus. He can still be reached by email with feedback, questions, comments, well-wishes, or death threats at


Son of the Green
Price: Free! Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Ian’s estranged mother walks back into his life with a simple request. At least it would be simple…if it did not require him to start believing in magic again. Like any sensible adult, Ian stopped believing long ago. But when bizarre events begin to occur at the same time as his mother’s reappearance, Ian is forced to wonder if maybe the impossible is a little more possible than he thought.
Wishes and Regrets
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Born with a gift that no human should possess, Darrel has lived a life of wonder. Now terminally ill, he has one last desire. While Darrel’s gift has allowed him to fulfill so many of his wishes, it also caused an unspeakable tragedy that left him forever filled with regret and cost him his true love. Is it too late to find closure, or has fate conspired to do Darrel one last favor?
Family Secrets
Price: Free! Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Kieron Bell has endured years of emotional abuse while caring for his bitter, ailing mother. But when she dies, Kieron is left without direction in his life. He embarks on a journey of exploration into his mother’s past and discovers a hidden story of tragedy…with a supernatural twist. As Kieron finds out, sometimes stirring up family secrets can have deadly consequences.
Price: Free! Words: 5,320. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Psychiatrist Owen Hanks’s new patient, Conrad Davis, is a superhuman ex-police officer - formerly depicted by the press as a veritable superhero. Then something changed, and - without explanation - he began to take lives rather than saving them. Owen feels safe because his patient’s powers are being suppressed. But he’s about to learn that - even now - Davis might not be as harmless as he seems.
Ana of Acheron
Price: Free! Words: 5,590. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Born in the undersea city of Acheron, Rafa’il transports often illegal cargo between cities for a fee. Unable to connect with others, Rafa’il was plagued by loneliness until he discovered the drug called “ana.” Now in addition to avoiding law enforcement and legitimate transporter agencies, Rafa’il struggles with the threat of addiction. It’s a battle that he’s losing…and may not even want to win.
The Land Never Promised
Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Earth has been invaded. The few human survivors live in ghettoes, constantly guarded by brutal overseers. One young man finds a sense of purpose as a smuggler. He also uses this activity to distract himself from the terrifying uncertainty regarding humanity’s final fate. That, and the feeling that the invaders have some specific and sinister purpose for him that has yet to be revealed…
The Gatekeeper
Price: Free! Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Matteo specializes in exorcisms, using techniques from his checkered past. His latest case is straightforward - or it would be if he weren’t distracted by that very past coming back to confront him. Matteo suddenly finds himself in a race against time to save a girl’s life; all the while deciding whether or not to re-enter a world of sex, magic, and deceit to avenge the murder of a former friend.
Price: Free! Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a near future, humans have created a virtual reality “Heaven.” But eternal bliss may not be all it’s cracked up to be. When a disillusioned young woman is confronted by a lover from her past, she discovers that preserving her free will might cost her everything.
Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
What do you do when you find yourself facing eternity in limbo? A ghostly young man takes it upon himself to guide others through the transition from life to afterlife. In the process he explores the meaning of living…from a dead man's point of view.
Price: Free! Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Set in a near future, “Sanctuary” depicts a conversation between a Catholic deacon and a man who is plunged into an existential crisis when circumstances call his humanity into question.

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Smashwords book reviews by Sam Seudo

  • The Chosen Voice on Jan. 20, 2013

    “The Chosen Voice” describes sharp and driven student journalist Christine’s attempt to launch her career by interviewing Darren Brown, a young man with a remarkable talent and a mysterious past. It is set against the backdrop of an intricate and well-thought out world that combines a smattering of Western fantasy tropes with distinct Japanese cultural influences, all within a setting that is modern in a way that makes it easily relatable. The story proves to be highly enjoyable. At the end I was left eager to find out more about the details of the fictional setting and its history. The narration is concise but richly descriptive, and it boasts a good sense of humor. The passage of time felt a little disjointed at certain points in the story, but it flowed smoothly overall. As for the major characters, I did not find Christine particularly likeable, though I felt that this was the author’s intent. It did leave me feeling less than convinced about her journalist skills, as her antagonistic approach to other characters seems like it would be counterproductive in getting people to be open with her. She is well-written, however, and her characterization is consistent over the course of the story. I was also very curious to find out more about her past and about what might have led her to become the type of person that she is. I hope to learn more about her in subsequent appearances. In contrast to Christine, Darren came across as much more likeable and even charming, even as he admits to being a habitual liar, who has chosen to run away from his responsibilities. Though much of the mystery surrounding him is elucidated within the pages of the story, we are left with the tantalizing knowledge that some of his secrets have yet to be revealed. Both characters are depicted as believable and three-dimensional, even though we have the limited space of a short story in which to get to know them. On the whole, I was impressed with “The Chosen Voice” and I look forward to reading the other stories in the “Treading Twisted Lines” series.