Sherry Donacy


Sherry Donacy was the first pen name of Lazarus "Laza" Hart (they/them). Some of these stories are being adapted as screenplays.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the heart of the Deep South in a small town. I spent the summers on my grandparents farm where I was allowed to be myself and pursue my own interests. The rest of the year I was with my minister parents being told all my interests were Satanic. When I was with my parents I had nightmares about my grandparents and when I was with my grandparents I had nightmares about my parents. It got to the point where I didn't know what was real anymore. The only way I could differentiate was to cling to my fantasy and create my own universe where everything made sense. I would hate to see what a Freudian would make of this mess but it let me keep my sanity. I have a fairly solid grasp of reality at the present but when I think back to those times all I can remember is the brightest lights and the darkest shadows. I know this is what gave my writing its voice.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I always loved to be read to as a child, although my favorites were the ghost stories my grandfather told me. But sadly I do remember the first story I ever read. Usually my grandfather would read age appropriate material or gloss over the most grisly parts. I picked up one of his library books that he had checked out to read to me. This was right after I had learned to read. I opened it up to a picture of a scarecrow and began reading a story obviously meant for young adults who were far older than me. I was riveted and couldn't stop reading until I was done. There were these two drunken brothers who made asses of themselves. They were killing their neighbor's cows and tanning their hides. Their neighbor came over to tell them to stop and they killed him and hung him out as a scarecrow. This "scarecrow" disappeared and popped back up in their bathroom closet. It chased them around for a bit before the one brother got away. He came back to the house only to find the other brother's flayed back drying on the roof. I didn't sleep at all that night. For probably a year after, every time I went to the bathroom I checked the closet for scarecrows.
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Where to find Sherry Donacy online


Old Nick's Imp (a holiday flash fiction story)
Series: Weird Supernatural Horror, Story 7. You set the price! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
"Honey, you know the true meaning of Christmas. It's not Santa Claus and it's certainly not some Shelf Elf summoned by a magic book." Her parent's would not hear Kristy's childish pleas to believe a little magic still existed in the world... but another entity certainly had.
Cannibal Lovers (a flash fiction story)
Series: Weird Supernatural Horror, Story 5. Price: Free! Words: 430. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Poetry » Female authors
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
A little piece of dark, experimental avant garde noir. By 'little' I mean one paragraph. Make of it what you will and let me know if you like it. I generally write prose or poetry, this is something in between, more stream-of-conscience.
Difficult Child
Series: Weird Supernatural Horror, Story 4. Price: Free! Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
"Alouette, gentille alouette. Alouette, je te plumerai..." The jack-in-box began to play against the impact of his finger tips, its cloth body spasming on its spring in laughter at the terror in his eyes. "You wouldn't want to get locked in now would you?" ~Jayden doesn't belong, he has never belonged. An old soul born in the wrong age, plagued by undefined dreams bleeding into his reality.
Crimson Veil
Series: Weird Supernatural Horror, Story 3. Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
"Tod's final exam in World Religion was coming up and he had decided to write it on western occult theory. Cool right? Wrong. Tod was a bit... impressionable. Spending the last eight weeks looking up every quack in Seattle who wore robes as an excuse to go commando had obviously fried what little brains Tod had left." Strong language warning.
A Halo Too Deep (a flash fiction story)
Series: Weird Supernatural Horror, Story 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
An horrific cautionary tale invoking the attractions, rebelliousness, and fears of adolescence. A nine year old boy spends the day with his mother and grandparents at the beach, concerned what the girls from his school will think. But his glimpse of the sun halo known as a sun dog will change his young life forever. Will he learn that beautiful creatures are not always good before it is too late?
Isaac's Bible (a flash fiction story)
Series: Weird Supernatural Horror, Story 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
Why is it every fifty-five and a half years on the solstice, children in Florence Parish start to go missing only to turn up with no memory of the event on the day after? (Addressing some of my initial reviews, I have updated the story. The sentence structure and astromathematics remain unchanged but my misleading descriptors are updated or properly hyphenated. My thanks for the suggestions.)

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Smashwords book reviews by Sherry Donacy

  • The Unforgettable Names Of the Forgotten Gods on Sep. 22, 2013

    Oh my gods! An adorable, profane, very enjoyable little piece of tongue-in-cheek. If Monty Cook and R.A. Salvatore had a baby with Monty Python, I believe the result would look something like this. I don't think I could label this piece if I had too: alternative history? new mythology? dungeon equipment guide? Whatever you call it, I have rarely enjoyed any comedy quite this thoroughly. Well done Jonathan! You are the master of puns. The only reason I'm not giving this story five stars is the few spelling errors that I encountered, so my only word of advice would be perhaps to give it another proof read before you post your next story. And I sincerely hope it is another this epicly hilarious!
  • A Week And A Day In The Lives Of Two Angry Young Men on Sep. 22, 2013

    An interesting study in dark humor. At first this story grabbed me as very Victorian since few writers use 'proper' diary from as a literary style anymore. Wilber reminds me of a Dickens story while Sebastian is straight from Lovecraft. But as the story plays out I found myself transported to the land of cult movies to live out the remainder of the gripping prose in Pulp Fiction. Entertaining, demented, and dark. This story would not be for everyone, so my thanks to Jonathan for the content warning. Still, as the story drew to a close I had to laugh. The writer's attention to detail in spelling and structure have greatly improved since the first story I read. Well done Strickland! Three cheers to the King of the Leprechauns!
  • The Bell Tower on Sep. 27, 2013

    All and all, not a bad read. A young woman has survived the burning of her village by four undisclosed horsemen. While gazing down from the bell tower, she attempts to make sense of what has just happen and why she is the only survivor. The story seemed to have no resolution, which only heightened to drive home the poignant fact that many times there are no answers after an act of such horrific terror. This fantasy/horror flash-story hides some very intense and universally true political statements veiled by an intensely emotional atmosphere. There are a few (and only a very few) grammatical and structural errors, mostly involving the plural tense of certain nouns (horsebacks, for instance) and a couple of sentences I had to reread. But overall, nothing that I felt dramatically detracted from the pacing or the message. Well done Palvi! And may I see more of this genre from you in the future.
  • Daisy's Demons on Sep. 27, 2013

    Okay, I read... a lot. My favorite genre just happens to be horror. That said, I have rarely read any story that I so thoroughly enjoyed! Perfect pacing, absolutely no errors, a believable and haunting cast. Daisy is a little girl who made a deal with her monsters. Now all they want is other kids to play with. And with Daisy being just a little off and constantly bullied, there are no shortage of playmates. This story is absolutely worth every bit of this five star rating. And I coincidentally have a confession... I think Daisy may be based off of my childhood. Okay, just kidding. But I certainly hope that Alice graces us with more perfect horror in the future.
  • It: The First Legend on Sep. 27, 2013

    Exceptionally well written. For a succinct piece of flash fiction, it certainly seems to tell a much longer, darker, grislier history. I am reading this in advance of the second story in this "It" series which also grabbed my attention. My only word of advice on this story is to follow the Smashwords style guide. This is a five star story, no doubt. But it wont make it into the premium category without the initial copyright agreement being attached.
  • The Second Legend of It on Sep. 27, 2013

    I liked both these stories. They seem to capture that primordial childhood fear of what lurks in the dark while translating it to an adult level. This story is a bit more lighthearted than the first, being narrated as it is by a child. This child challenges the monster to a board game. I love the abruptness of the trick ending, very clever. It would almost cause this story to transcend into the realm of black humor if not for the sense of hopeless terror it invokes. I look forward to reading more of Xavier's horror. Again, my only suggestion is to add the Smashwords agreement to the front so you can these fabulous stories out to a broader audience. Your public awaites!
  • Beyond The Fence on Sep. 28, 2013

    An entertaining, succinct little piece of flash-fiction. If I say much more than the author's description then I'll give away the trick ending. About the only other thing I could add in way of a hook would be: if you ever wondered what those weird hyper-religious folks around the corner were hiding, this is probably it. Very poignant, disquieting, and I must say that I have rarely read a tale that told this complete a story in 500 words. A word of advice for Rish (and my only word of advice) would be to post the Smashwords agreement in place of your own and to add a cover, even if it be just a cheesy Paint cover. That way you can get this awesome story into Smashwords' Premium Catalogue and get your well written works out to your awaiting public! I'll definitely be waiting for more horror by Rish.
  • Lurking Shadows on Sep. 28, 2013

    Very well done Sophie! I know many full grown college graduates who can't write as well as this. There were a few issues that weren't so much spelling as proper usage (to rather than too, etc.) and the section beginning "I walked through loads of muddy puddles..." would benefit from being broken up into several paragraphs. But the story was well paced and enjoyable. I can't wait to see what you give us as your writing matures.
  • Aldedaros on Sep. 28, 2013

    A truly original, truly horrifying concept. A man, unhappy with his life, finds the seediest bar he possibly can locate and drinks away the night. Before long, another of the bars patrons pulls up the next stool and offers to show the man what the world is truly like. While this story mixed elements of my favorite writers from Lovecraft, to Poe, to King; I could not help but wish I could read the story in its original Portuguese. Sadly, I felt much of the narrative was lost to the clumsy word structure. While I would say this story is a worth a read, be prepared for a few head scratchers as you try to figure out what the words in front of you mean in that combination. While I would give the concept (and probably the Portuguese edition) five stars, I have to judge this work based on what is front of me and for that reason I feel it is a three star story. I do hope to see more of your work in the future, Mike. I would perhaps give your next translation another proof read or have a friend proof read it.
  • A Week After Forever on Sep. 28, 2013

    I'm impressed. I happen to be a fan of zombie stories, despite the fact that almost all of them seem to run together like undercooked eggs. I evidently have a subconscious fear of the zombie concept, since I have had recurring nightmares of such an apocalypse since my childhood. I say all this as a personal backdrop to my review. Delenn has done a wonderful job of writing a story within the zombie genre without falling into the potholes many others have. Her story is original and her characters are fully fleshed out. And this story is as much a cautionary tale, one that will no doubt give me nightmares beyond just zombies: there are worse things to fear than the undead, monsters that walk among us in reality. Without giving away the authors trick ending, Delenn's monsters make zombies seem benign.
  • Beyond The Fence on Sep. 30, 2013
    (no rating)
    Just an addendum to my first review. Love the cover and welcome to Smashwords, Rish.
  • Dragon Fights For Good: We Walk As One on Oct. 01, 2013

    I love legends, myths; the obscure truths on the fringes of our reality. In every myth is a little truth, a little glimpse further into our humanity. Maria has brought the legend of the dragons into out own day and age, weaving a well written tapestry of believable characters interposed around the central independent stories that comprise the myth. Entertaining enough for children, enthralling enough for adults; this is one read I can't recommend highly enough! Welcome to Smashwords, Maria. I'll be anxiously awaiting your next read.
  • The Realisation on Oct. 02, 2013

    Not a bad read and an excellent intro to the Halloween season. Appropriate for all ages. I enjoyed the quirky, believable characters that embody everyone from my own click as a kid (I'm Elsa, by the way). If you haven't guessed the identity of the little girl, I wont spoil it. It is hard to write in this particular genre without seeming a bit cliché. I don't mean that to sound like a critique, I could see this story as one of R.L. Stine's television shows.
  • The Righteous Government on Oct. 04, 2013

    I do agree with the other reviews, this story updates 1984 into our own time and our own issues. Believable characters, heartbreaking twists, and the overall feeling of dis-utopia in a world where our decisions and individuality come to nothing. A powerful and moving statement and I can't wait to see more of your writing, Verity! Welcome to Smashwords.
  • iWitness on Oct. 04, 2013

    I agree with Shayne in most respects, but for me the 'stop start' writing added to the first person narrative. An entertaining and worthwhile read with a trick ending that will leave you speechless... well done, Elizabeth!
  • The Blessed on Oct. 05, 2013

    Again I will say it... it amazes me how, in the right hands, the themes I always thought exhausted beyond salvation can be breathed new life. The LL sisters have done just that with this charmingly alarming little tale. Vampire, check. Vampire hunter, check. Brand new spin that blew my mind, check. A young female priestess takes it into her own hands to exterminate an entire vampire coven. The setting seemed so believable, I would almost say this was set in Cathar France during the Bubonic Plague. At first, what impressed me was that both the vampire and the hunter seem to be so equally matched: one has light, the other dark; creatures of the day, creatures of the night; strong conviction, a century of knowledge. But then the sisters throw a wild card into the equation that completely tips the scales. A marvelously entertaining read. I look forward to many more from LL Watkin.
  • The Tale of the Mogollon Ghost Tribe on Oct. 10, 2013

    Another excellent intro into the Halloween season! This story reminds me very much of the ghost stories my grandfather used to read to me as a little girl. The writing is excellent for children and entertaining enough for adults. Let us never grow too old to be unwilling to appreciate the innocence of childhood...
  • Mr Tv, Please Let Me Out! on Oct. 13, 2013

    This is SUCH a good concept, I can't believe I've never read it from anyone else. The description is pretty much self-explanatory. This story is written like a television script, which adds another layer of weird to this story that I have to say I liked very much. Two words of advice to the author, there were a few spellcheck typos here and there (on instead of in, etc.) and to make it to the premium catalogue, you need to add the Smashwords Licensing Agreement. Otherwise, marvelously executed and well done!
  • Anniversary on Oct. 14, 2013
    (no rating)
    I really like the concept of this story, a husband murders his wife with the telephone on their anniversary. That said, there are quite a few typos. "Drug" should be "dragged", I noticed some places where spaces were missing between words or sentences, some run on sentences, etc. A purely functional note for the author: why is he waiting in the restaurant? I get the feeling he's having an affair but it's a question raised that is never resolved. And the last thing is just a functional note for your story: for Smashwords you need to include a copyright notice and the Smashwords Licensing Agreement at the beginning of your story. I apologize if it seems like I'm picking this story apart, I know criticism can be hard to take. I do sense vast potential in your writing, Jeff. If you just make these few changes, this will be a great little piece of flash fiction, and flash fiction is one of the hardest genres to write well. I look forward to many more stories from you in the future. Just give them another proof read and possibly have a friend check them to see if there is anything else you missed (I myself find I absolutely need a second pair of eyes after re-reading my own story four or five times).
  • The Awful Tale of the Minnesota Diarrhea Ghost on Oct. 18, 2013

    Very funny... erh... diarrhea this. It made me laugh from beginning to end, in fact it made me laugh so much the Minnesota Diarrhea Ghost struck me too. An excellent tale for the season and appropriate for all ages (despite and mostly because of the toilet humor).
  • The Half-Eaten Boy on the Stairs: A Poem on Oct. 18, 2013

    A very well written poem in an excellent cadence, creepy and beautiful in the vein of Poe. There are few Gothic writers who can pull off quite this depth of poetry anymore. I shall most certainly be waiting for more. A warm and heartfelt welcome to Smashwords, John!
  • Service Provider on Oct. 22, 2013

    There is something about Daley's style that grabs me. I think its the clean, succinct, and descriptive text. I'm glad with the darkening of the season that Daley's writing has also darkened. While I liked his first Halloween release, I find this one to be ever-so-thoroughly unique. Yes, when I read the word 'vampire' in a story I cringe for humanity. Don't get me wrong, I love vampires. Heck, I've not seen the sun in so long I might be one myself. But Hollywood has driven the stake into the heart of my beloved dead undead. I am glad to say Daley has done something unique here, something that in all my dark perusing I have never seen. He has breathed new life into this stale dusty crypt and I would love to see a novel length version of this very original concept.
  • A Slight Delay on Oct. 29, 2013

    What is left unsaid in this story screams louder than anything the author states. I am not sure why that is even more disturbing to me, but it's enough that it is. In the grand tradition of Hitchcock, Rish has left me scratching my head, terrified for no reason of airplanes and bunnies. Perhaps what we have to fear next time we take a trip is not our plane crashing but that long delay after we land...
  • Green Eyes on Oct. 29, 2013

    I am quite impressed with this little tale. The man likes killing cats, the man drops acid, the man starts seeing the cat he just tried to kill all around that evenings party. Witty and poignant although I would be lying if I said I didn't see the end coming early on. Still, the end was well set up so I can't complain. My one critique would be with the first paragraph. The rest of this story is so well written I think I know what the author was trying to do there. He has a rather jumbled run on sentence describing the chaotic feel of this drug fueled bash. For me though, it was confusing and caused me to reread it three times before I drunk it all in (no pun intended, okay maybe a little).
  • Warm October on Nov. 01, 2013

    I'm not sure I would categorize this as horror but being unable to categorize this at all, I suppose that epitaph is as good as the next. Delightful little story and for once I completely agree with the hippie, this is one bad acid trip. If you think the words in this review to be a bit critical, just remember: this is opposites day after all... I can't praise this story highly enough. With the exception of two errors I caught along the way, a well presented story, striking cover, and unbelievable narrative. Whatever you smoked to come up with this, Lana; puff, puff, pass it this way.
  • The Short Trip on Nov. 01, 2013

    Okay, anyone who knows me (I mean REALLY knows me) knows I have a very bizarre sense of humor. This story kept me intrigued up until the end and even though I wondered if that was the course this little tale was taking, I still laughed quite literally out loud. I hate Dr. Who, no offense. But I certainly love the dry wit behind Daley's offering...
  • Anniversary on Nov. 01, 2013

    Agreed Jonathan. I don't mean to be mean. And I must append my early review by saying, not only did Jeff correct the few things in this story I had pointed out but he also reviewed one of my own tales and gave it an adequate rating. This impressed me enough to check in and see if Jeff had taken any of my advice. He is a professional and five star writer and this story itself has been raised to that level. It still has a slight few typos but if I give it five stars, that brings my overall review to four right?.. "Oh bother," said Pooh as he fell into the vat of muriatic acid...
  • Remorses on Nov. 24, 2013

    I agree with Carter's review of Skinner's other story, In the Woods. While I feel Remorses is a rather good piece of flash fiction, quite a bit was lost in translation. Perhaps Google Translator is a bit to blame here. Still, Remorses reads better than the few other stories I've read by Skinner and is worth three minutes of your time. A rather sadistic piece of horror through the eyes of one of the most evil men this world has ever known.
  • Jacob's Closet on Dec. 24, 2013

    Well done Jeff! I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It grabbed me from the first sentence as it would anyone living in these dark days. For whatever reason, this line just grabbed me, "What was waiting for her was nothing but nothing wasn't nothing it was a something." Yes, I must agree with Jonathan, that flip in narrative halfway through is a stroke of genius! Now for my two critiques... punctuation and spelling. As thought out and well executed as the narrative is, those pesky grammar bugs kept biting me as I was reading. Oddly, I didn't feel the mistakes detracted from the pacing or narrative. Definitely worth the read and every bit of four stars. I look forward to many more such stories from Mr. McDargh.
  • Love & Secrets on Dec. 24, 2013

    Interesting, intriguing, alarming. I think I know this old couple! And yes, I like the subtle tie-in to Jacob's Closet. While I still found the odd misspelling here and there, overall better written than the subsequent two stories. It makes you wonder how deep the tie-in with Jacob's Closet really is... Since there is nothing like 4.5 stars on here, how about I round up.