Progress in Reverse


Sometimes progress isn’t going forward, but going in reverse. There are times when we must stop, back up, maybe even print out that manuscript and set it on fire. I wouldn’t recommend that last part, but hey, whatever works.

I’ve been struggling to write a story with a rapidly approaching deadline. My muse finally decided to arrive, but rather than fill my head with beautiful prose, I was motivated to delete the three pages it took me all week to trudge through.

The choice was difficult. I worked hard to write those three pages: I was getting closer to the required word count, the story was moving along, and it was leading where I ultimately wanted it to go. But it didn’t feel right. The character seemed to stumble wherever I put him. I was giving him bad ground to walk on.

Frustrated and in remorse of wasting a week’s work, I shook it off and kept at it. In one night I replaced those three pages with plenty more and my writing mojo is back in full swing. The character is walking through the story with ease, no longer tripped up by the events obstructing his reality.

I took three steps back and dashed forward with the speed of a raging (some creature I haven’t thought up yet).


30th Publication!

I’m excited to announce my 30th piece of short fiction published, The Thirty Second Burn included in Damned Words 20 on Pen of the Damned. Damned Words is a collection of flash fiction by the dark minds behind Pen of the Damned, each story exactly 100 words long, inspired by a photograph. There are some killer stories in this collection well worth the read!
Where angst and horror flow freely…
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The Storm Within — Part Four

Author John Potts Jr. has a great blog with free to read horror fiction, and he’s given Pen of the Damned a wonderful mention! Check out his blog and his work. Great stuff!

Collection of Endless Nightmares

In case you missed it (shame on you):

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Karen’s Explorer inched to a stop in front of the Parish home.

“Do you believe officer Emmert’s voicemail?” Asked Allen.

“Not really,” returned Karen.

“You don’t sound so sure.”

“Because I am not. Think of it: a time lapse of three hours is less believable than everything else we have heard.”

“It would explain why emergency services arrived hours after he did.”

She turned to him and scoffed.

“That is fictional at best. He was—and probably still is—in shock from what happened and it is logical that he is exaggerating that fact. I mean, you don’t go into a home for less than ten minutes and come out and have it be hours later. It just doesn’t make sense,” Karen opened the door and stepped out into the frigid twilight. “Are you ready?”

“Always,” said Allen.

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Rebirth – Pen of the Damned

I’d like to welcome our newest member to Pen of the Damned, A.F. Stewart! Read her introductory story, ‘Rebirth’ at It’s truly a beautifully written story!
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