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Short Stories

Hair Baby and Other Weird Tales is my collection of weird tales. 

I've been fortunate enough to have my short stories appear in the following anthologies.  Click on the anthology title to purchase it from Amazon. 


"Untitled" appears in Letters from the Dead

"Knock Once for Yes" appears in Through the Eyes of the Undead

"Goldfield Has Gone to Hell" appears in The Zombist

"Amun's Curse" appears in The Scroll of Anubis

"The Dark Ride" appears in Horrorology

"Space Freaks" appears in Tales From the Void

"BLT Summer" appears in Baconology

"Time to Eat" appears in Zombidays: Festivities of the Flesheaters

"Being Neighborly" appears in Zombies Gone Wild!

"Picking Up the Pieces" appears in No More Heroes

"Tipping the Odds" appears in The Snuff Syndicate










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Scissors

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