My Writing

Books:

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.

"Not Quite So Stories" by David S. Atkinson on Ganxy

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...

Short Stories:

"No Way Out Once Inside," to be published January 5, 2018 at Ellipsis Zine.

"Sir James Frazer Determined the Maytag Repairman was a Modernization of the Flying Dutchman Legend, but he Forgot by the Time He Sobered Up Enough to Find Paper and Never Wrote it Down," to be published in Kleft Jaw #11.

"Plumbing Facilities in the City of New Orleans May Be the Most Memorable Thing About the Trip" published October 13, 2017 at Philosophical Idiot‏. 

"John Henry Was a Blue Steel-Providing Man" published October 3, 2017 at Friday Flash Fiction.

"Counting Cards Without Using Numbers" published October 5, 2017 in issue 9 of Boston Accent Lit.

"The Only Reason We Were Drinking Mellow Yellow in the First Place Was Because it Was Only 49 Cents" published October 21, 2017 in Occulum.

"Coriolis Was Not One of Shakespeare's Better Plays Regardless of Any Titular Character's Desire to Serve the Public," to be published in an upcoming issue of Thrice Fiction coming out in late December 2017.

"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.

"God Bless Us, Everyone" published March 19, 2017 in issue 167 of Squawk Back.

"There is Some Significance to These Things, Even When Cut off From the Original Structures of the Past" published in the Spring 2017 issue of Midnight Circus.

"Histamine" published in the May 2017 issue of The Airgonaut.

"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.

"Desperately Seeking Sea Level" published in the November 2016 issue of The Airgonaut.

"Ten Gallon Hats Full of Cottage Cheese and the Grassroots Movement to Free K" published December 13, 2016 in Freak Pure Slush Vol. 13. Also available as an iBook, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and an ePub.

"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.

"Finnegan on the Case" published May 31, 2017 in This Zine Will Change Your Life.

"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.

"The Fox-Trot Is Not One of the Twelve Steps" published August 26, 2016 at 50-Word Stories.

"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.

"Jesse's Damn Bacon" published March 24, 2016 at Cheeseburger Nebula.

"No Way to Run a Railroad" published April 20, 2016 in issue 24 of Literary Orphans.

"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.

"Lunchtime Doubly So" published July 1, 2015 in the 38th issue (Vol. 10, No. 2) of Wilderness House Literary Review.

"Hollidays Gone Wrong" (no, that isn't a typo) published March 22, 2015 Bartleby Snopes. 

"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 Philosophical Problem of Original Jam" published July 16, 2015 in Apocrypha and Abstractions

"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.

"The Semi-Secret Night World of Randy Rubinowski" published in the Fall 2014 (Vol. 5) "While the Moon Shines" issue of Midnight Circus.

"Shell Game Hustle" published in the fall 2014 issue (# 29) of Bachelor Pad Magazine.

"Not Wearing the Pants in the Family" published August 20, 2014 accompanying photography by Donigan Artworks in the Behind the Boudoir Doors Special Issue of Vintage Boudoir Magazine.

"Somebody Misplaced Montana" published in issue 17 (September 2014)  of Used Gravitrons.

"The Las Vegas Strip Disappeared This Morning" published September 9, 2014 Smashed Cat Magazine.

"And Now a Word From Our Sponsor" published August 15, 2014 in Paragraph Line.

"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.

"In Pursuit of Art: Drinking NyQuil at Pharmacies" published May 23, 2014 at Paragraph Line.

"Our Job was Just to Give Them a Show" published in the Summer 2014 issue #6 of Ms. Bombshell Magazine accompanying photography by Donigan Artworks.

"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.

"I contemplate the humble potato" published April 14, 2014 at Cease, Cows.

"Rewriting James Reed" published April 4, 2014 in the Revenge of the Scammed Anthology to support Eddy Rathke.

"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.

"There's a rabbit living under my kitchen sink...." published January 3, 2014 in Paragraph Line.

"Regarding my Term Paper about the Dani tribe of Papua, New Guinea" published December 20, 2013 in Cease, Cows

"Trying to Explain" published November 22, 2013 over at This Zine Will Change Your Life.

"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.

"Turndown Service" published in the Spring 2014 issue of The Writing Disorder.

"Kidnapping with Margaret Thatcher" published in Rooster Republic Press's flagship bizarro anthology Tall Tales with Short Cocks vol. 4 (Kindle edition can be found here, print edition here).

"Home Improvement" published in issue #4 of C4: The Chamber Four Lit Mag.

"Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! Monkey!" published in Vol. 8, no. 2 of Wilderness House Literary Review.

"Happy Trails" published June 10, 2013 in Martian Lit.

"They're All Out To Get Me" published in the April issue of The Fat City Review.

"Changes for the Château" published in Issue 4 (May 2013) of Swamp Biscuits and Tea.

"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).

"Cents of Wonder Rhymes With Orange" published March 2013 in issue no. 7 of Thrice Fiction (pdf copy of issue available here).

"The Bricklayer's Ambiguous Morality" published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Lincoln Underground.

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Poetry:

"To Be Opened After The World Ends" published May 22, 2015 at Enclave as part of their #finalpoem series.

"A Bourbon Poetry Submission," published in the bourbon poetry anthology Small Batch from Two of Cups Press (presale now open).

 

Reviews:

My review of Person/a by Elizabeth Ellen, published June 7, 2017 at The Lit Pub.

My review of My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers by Fiona Helmsley, published March 22, 2017 at Digging Through The Fat.

My review of Movieola! by John Domini, published June 8, 2016 at Entropy.

My review of I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows, published May 23, 2016 at The Lit Pub.

My review of Tyler’s Last by David Winner, published May 10, 2016 at Change Seven Magazine.

My review of Daughters of Monsters by Melissa Goodrich, published March 21, 2016 at The Lit Pub.

My review of Kathy Flann’s Get a Grip, published March 2, 2016 on The Lit Pub.

My review of Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman, published October 22, 2015 at [Pank].

My review of After the Gazebo by Jen Knox, published October 6, 2015 at Change Seven Magazine.

My review of Last Mass by Jamie Iredell, published June 25, 2015 at The Lit Pub.

My review of The Devils That Have Come to Stay by Pamela DiFrancesco, published June 18, 2015 at [Pank].

My review of What Lies in Wait by James H. Duncan, published June 15, 2015 in Issue No. 8 of Buffalo Almanack.

My review of Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, published April 30, 2015 at InDigest.

My review of American Past Time by Len Joy, published December 29, 2014 at [Pank].

My review of The Memory Hunter by Jon Konrath, published September 11, 2014 at InDigest.

My review of Hagridden by Samuel Snoek-Brown, published August 18, 2014 at InDigest.

My review of Black Cloud by Juliet Escoria, published August 4, 2014 at The Lit Pub.

My review of Don’t Tease the Elephants by Jen Knox, published July 28, 2014 at InDigest.

My review of If There’s Any Truth in a Northbound Train by Ryan Werner, published July 7, 2014 at InDigest.

My review of What Happened Here by Bonnie ZoBell, published June 25, 2014 on [PANK]’s blog

My review of Above All Men by Eric Shonkwiler, published June 20, 2014 at Sundog Lit.

My review of Victoria Hetherington’s I Have to Tell You, published June 19, 2014 at InDigest.

My review of Four Fathers by Tom Williams, Dave Housley, BL Pawelek and Ben Tanzer, published June 5, 2014 at InDigest.

My review of Nine Rabbits by Virginia Zaharieva, published May 9, 2014 at Entropy.

My review of John Domini’s The Sea-God’s Herb, published May 2, 2014 on InDigest's blog.

My review of An Untamed State by Roxane Gay, published April 21, 2014 at Sundog Lit.

My review of You Are Sloth by Steve Lowe, published April 15, 2014 on [PANK]’s blog.

My review of Bald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu, published April 4, 2014 over at HTMLGIANT.

My review of Lost in Space by Ben Tanzer, published March 24, 2014 on The Lit Pub.

My review of Tollbooth by Bud Smith, published March 11, 2014 on [PANK]’s blog.

My review of Don't Start Me Talkin' by Tom Williams, published February 10, 2014 on InDigest's blog.

My review of Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits by Robert Vaughan, published January 24, 2014 on HTMLGIANT

My review of The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller, published January 20, 2014 on The Lit Pub.

My review of Orphans by Ben Tanzer, published January 8, 2014 on Sundog Lit's blog.

My review of Nick Antosca's The Hangman's Ritual, published December 8, 2013, on Sundog Lit's blog.

My review of Hill William by Scott McClanahan, published December 4, 2013, at The Lit Pub.

My review of Spencer Dew's Here is How it Happens, published in the Volume 34, Number 6 (September/October 2013) print issue of American Book Review (accessible online here).

My review of The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men by Gabriel Blackwell, published November 13, 2013, on InDigest's blog.

My review of The Laughter of Strangers by Michael Seidlinger, published October 28, 2013, at The Coffin Factory.

My review of The Aversive Clause by B.C. Edwards, published October 22, 2013, on [PANK]’s blog.

My review of Thunderbird by Jon Konrath, published October 7, 2013, on The Lit Pub.

My review of Red Moon by Benjamin Percy, published July 29, 2013, on The Lit Pub.

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Articles/Essays:

'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.

"Short Stories Present a Divine Singularity," published on the blog for Atticus Books as part of National Short Story Month.

"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.

"Ethical and Legal Pitfalls Hidden in Inventorship" published in the September 2007 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer.

"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.

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