Apocalypse All the Time (published January 1, 2017 by Literary Wanderlust) Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism. Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop…one way or another. Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.
Not Quite so Stories (published March 1, 2016 by Literary Wanderlust) The traditional explanation for myth (including such works as the relatively modern Just so Stories by Rudyard Kiping) is an attempt by humans to explain and demystify the world. That's crap. We may be able to come to terms with small pieces, but existence as a whole is beyond our grasp. Life is absurd, ultimately beyond our comprehension. The best we can do is to proceed on with our lives in the face of that. The stories in this collection proceed from this idea, examining how the different characters manage (and/or fail) to do this.
The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (Published April 17, 2014 by EAB Publishing): Don’t you hate it when you may (or may not) be trapped endlessly in a Village Inn with your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, coincidentally your ex-best friend? That’s the kind of day Cassandra is having. In a homogenized world that is left mostly empty so everyone can feel comfortable, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes explores the fictions we tell ourselves, and the fictions we tell ourselves about the fictions we tell ourselves.
Bones Buried in the Dirt: This novel in short story form was published by River Otter Press on January 1, 2013 (available at Amazon.com, Tattered Cover, and Melancholy Poet Books). The individual pieces together tell an overall story in the voice of a young boy named Peter. Ranging from Peter at age four to Peter at age twelve, the stories focus on the sort of moments in childhood that get buried in the mind but never fully get absorbed, the moments that constantly come to mind later in life and shape what sort of individual people become. Read more...
"Mission Instructions May Differ, but That's No Reason We Can't All Have a Picnic in the Park" published July 26, 2017 Philosophical Idiot.
"International Incidents and White Beans, Not to Mention a Duck" published May 17, 2017 in the Flash Special May 2017 17.5 issue of Blue Fifth Review's Blue Five Notebook Series.
"All I Wanted Was Coffee, but Van Gogh Had to Play His Little Game" published June 23, 2017 at Jellyfish Review.
"90% of All Sourdough Turtles Break Apart in the Water on Their Very First Trip to the Sea" published February 15, 2017 in True Truth Serum Vol. 1 from Truth Serum Press. Also as Kindle, Kobo, ePub, NOOKBook, and iBook.
"Big Wheel Keeps on Turning, Little Wheel Abandoned Its Spouse and Children to Pursue Its Dreams of Becoming a Part-Time Mime in Spain" published January 22, 2017 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.
"Time is to Space as Frankfurters are to that Guy Who Hangs Out at Home Depot Asking If You Want to Borrow His Punky Brewster DVDs" published February 2017 in Blink-Ink #26 Space.
"Michael Rennie was There the Day I Forgot my Bus Pass, But He Told Me Which Metro Line Went to the Ziegfeld Follies" published November 28, 2016 in issue #26 of The Harpoon Review.
"Continental Breakfasts Sound Fancy so You Don't Realize It's a God Damned Muffin and You Should Have Just Gone to Tim Hortons" published September 25, 2016 in the September/Motel issue of Flash Frontier.
"Turns Out The Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program Was Not for Fleeing Tax Evasion Charges" published September 22, 2016 as part of the cake theme at Pure Slush.
"Just Another Day" published September 24, 2016 in the Fall Issue of Midnight Circus.
"In the Beginning, Good Always Overpowered Taxidermied Chipmunks and Free Frosting Wednesdays at Applebee's" published August 23, 2016 in Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12. Also available as an ePub, an iBook, Kobo, Nook, and on Kindle.
"Night at the Bar- A Predestination Choose Your Own Adventure" published May 27, 2016 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.
"Lord Rutherford's Gold Foil Disco Suits Were a Big Hit in Vegas But the Beryllium Earrings Were Simply Gaudy" published June 15, 2016 as part of the mirror theme at Pure Slush.
"An Endless Series of Meaningless Miracles" published June 22, 2016 as an excerpt from Not Quite so Stories in issue 12 ("In the Age of Miracles") of Midnight Circus.
"Tony Robbins Told Fred to Follow Others' Dreams Instead of His Own Because They Thought Bigger" published June 10, 2016 in tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11! Available at Lulu in print, as an epub, as an iBook, for Kindle, for Kobo, and for Nook.
"Exxon Stole my Oatmeal" published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.
"Polident Commercials for Indentured Servitude" published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.
"Deliberately Missing Henry Kissinger" published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.
"Marc Summers Instigated the Bloods and Crips War so He Deserves Everything He Gets" published March 23, 2016 as part of the suit theme at Pure Slush.
"Hernández de Biedma Owes Me a Weekend" published May 4, 2016 in the Spring Quarterly – (Spring 2016 / 16.4) of Blue Five Notebook.
"The Inappropriate Name of the Faded Glory Product Line" published September 5, 2015 in issue 21 of of birdy.
"In the Dark" published July 16, 2015 in the Summer 2015 issue of The Lincoln Underground.
"To Kill a Mokkingbird II - Kill Harder by Ahrrper Leeeeee" published February 5, 2015 in Cease, Cows. Thanks to Jon Konrath for letting me use the title and inspiring the story.
"The Declaration of Insufficiency: Getting Quality Work Out of 'The Jeff'" published in issue 20 (December 2, 2014) of Hobo Pancakes.
"Remembering the Grunch at Christmas" published November 26, 2014 accompanying photography by Donigan Artworks in issue 7 of Vintage Boudoir Magazine.
"Working the Phones" published December 2, 2014 accompanying photography by Donigan Artworks in the Winter 2014 issue of Ms. Bombshell Magazine.
"Shell Game Hustle" published in the fall 2014 issue (# 29) of Bachelor Pad Magazine.
"Overfull: Bile and Cider" published August 1, 2014 in the Too Much anthology from Unknown Press.
"Glancing Blow" published October 27, 2014 in the special "Phantom" issue of The Lincoln Underground.
"Home Invasion: Single Guy Problems" published in the summer 2014 Invasion and Occupation Vol 4 issue of Midnight Circus. Subsequently republished in the Midnight Circus Anthology Year One.
"Benjamin Franklin was pissing on my apartment building door" published in Thumbnail 5.
"Pancakes Ain't the Boss of Me" published March 19, 2014 in the spring 2014 Rejected Dreams issue #3 of Midnight Circus. Subsequently republished in the Midnight Circus Anthology Year One.
"Regarding my Term Paper about the Dani tribe of Papua, New Guinea" published December 20, 2013 in Cease, Cows.
"The Things We're Made Of" published November 18, 2013 as part of Sundog Lit's special "A Fight Between Friends: Texts Inspired By Michael Seidlinger’s The Laughter of Strangers" series.
"The Side Grind" in EAB Publishing's Midnight Circus issue #2: Classic Lit on the Side (and see my behind the scenes commentary on this story over at EAB Publishing). Subsequently republished in the Midnight Circus Anthology Year One.
"Home Improvement" published in issue #4 of C4: The Chamber Four Lit Mag.
"They're All Out To Get Me" published in the April issue of The Fat City Review.
"The Des Moines Kabuki Dinner Theatre" published June 4, 2013 in Bartleby Snopes (story of the month winner for 2013). Subsequently included in issue 10 of the magazine (available here in print or here as a pdf).
"The Bricklayer's Ambiguous Morality" published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Lincoln Underground.
"A Bourbon Poetry Submission," published in the bourbon poetry anthology Small Batch from Two of Cups Press (presale now open).
My review of The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men by Gabriel Blackwell, published November 13, 2013, on InDigest's blog.
“'Your Lifelong Dream' On 'Marge vs. the Monorail' and the enduring timelessness of The Simpsons"published August 15, 2017 at The Dot and Line.
My guest post about my ideas for stories, published June 2, 2013 on The Story Prize's blog.
"Hiding the Hacker Instinct: Or, No Oppressor Strategy Can Be More Successful Than Training the Oppressed to Oppress Himself/Herself," published (under the pen name Phineas Phreak) in the Summer 2011 issue of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.
"a security hole at s-cwis" published (under the name Phineas Phreak) in the Winter 1998-1999 (Volume 15, Number 4) issue of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.