Hide and Seek

As I recover from the flu, I'm finding my creative juices are flowing. Here's a little Tuesday Terror for you! The terror that she felt inside her heart Succumbed to numbness as she hid her fear. Behind her, something ripped her child apart. A sofa kept its image from the clear. The panic sinking deeper … Continue reading Hide and Seek


Flash Fiction Saturday: Sweet Revenge

Unfortunately, Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors will have to wait one more week. We all have the flu in the Byers household. Here's a little revenge piece to end your Saturday with ... Soumya painted on the bed. The thousandth time her canvas, red, Exploded in the splotchy scene- A dying man bereft a spleen. Eternity, … Continue reading Flash Fiction Saturday: Sweet Revenge

Jacksonville State University

Greetings! It's been an exciting week. I had the privilege and honor of speaking at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. As an alumnus, it felt great to come back to where I received my undergraduate degree and my Master's. A former English professor, Dr. Joanne Gates, invited me. I was able to speak to … Continue reading Jacksonville State University

Ode to a Mortuary Stench

Ok- things have been insane. Sick kids, sick wife, sick self ... I've also been super swamped with wonderful responsibilities in the fields of art and poetry. Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors is being worked on. I'm sorry this is late, but I wanted to share something on Flash Fiction Saturday. It's brief and humorous. Until … Continue reading Ode to a Mortuary Stench

Vampyre: A Flash Fiction Saturday Short

Greetings! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I'm working on Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors right now. You can rest assured the tale will continue next Saturday, Grendel's honor. For now, here's an adventure off of my well worn path. I decided to give free style a try. In honor of the release of … Continue reading Vampyre: A Flash Fiction Saturday Short

Happy Birthday to Stitched Smile Publications!!!

Greetings! We've made it to 2017, and as Stitched Smile Publications is about to have a birthday celebration, I thought I'd compose a little birthday ditty ... Happy New Year to all!!! The doctor's fingers pulled the thread; The needle wove within- Endangered species of the dead Evoked a wicked grin- He stitched a smile … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Stitched Smile Publications!!!

Twas the Night Before Yuletide or Santa vs the Reindeer

My Saturday flash fiction blog and Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors will return on January 7th, 2017. I'll be taking a breather for the holidays. But to tide you over, here's another way to look at "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Seasons greetings from Midgard and me! Twas the Night Before Yuletide or Santa vs. the … Continue reading Twas the Night Before Yuletide or Santa vs the Reindeer

How Grendel Stole a Christmas …

How Grendel Stole Christmas Christmas in the Hall but not the Spirit of the Feast Came to pay a visit, no, instead a vicious beast Barreled down the doorway shifting shape and size in bounds Scattering the party as they fled beyond the grounds Grendel had awakened to the noisy revelry Sounds of someone singing, … Continue reading How Grendel Stole a Christmas …