Short Story: The Erebus Plant

~This story is part of my short horror story collection Dead Elise & Other Stories, which you can download an e-copy of for free ~ September 12 Midnight Somwýr Estate, Study I return from the excavation site empty-handed and disheartened. Where Mr. Wallace promised ancient secrets, we found only dusty ruins. Empty ruins, after half a …

Short Story: One Cup to the Dead Already

~If you haven’t already, consider downloading a free copy of my collection Dead Elise & Other Stories~ Jean-Charles’s palm was slick with sweat around the rapier hilt. He looked at Léandre, desperately hoping that his friend would step in and interrupt the duel before it started. He had always been able to get Jean-Charles out of …

A poem about summer

She stands upon a summer meadow, The blossoms swaying in her shadow. A happy, care-free, barefoot lass, Her toes dig in the dew-wet grass, Grasping at life and fertile earth. The very air whispers rebirth, And promises of sunny days, and memories that never fully fade, And fleeting, loving moments in the shade; Or ‘neath …

New Story Out: His Embrace

“Though he had made no sound in coming, she knew he had appeared. His very scent enveloped her, musky and warm like an intoxicating drink. She shut her eyes, surrendering herself to his embrace.” Dear all, Go read my gothic flash fiction story ‘His Embrace’ over on Love Letters to Poe. It’s a quick, free …

NaNoWriMo – Week 4

November has passed, and that means it’s time for my final NaNoWriMo Post. (Actually I had intended to post it yesterday, but my internet was down.) My novel didn’t quite hit 50’000 words, simply because I ran out of story on November 26th, giving it a final word count of 43’488. There are some scenes …

New Story Out: A Murder of Crows

“Everywhere she went, she saw another omen, or another sign of something that did not fully congeal with reality as she had always understood it. Simple things, like the way crows were always staring at her, or the cockroach that crawled out of a frozen microwave meal packet, or the violent thunder that began one …

NaNoWriMo – Week 2

Here we are, then. Half-way through November and my word count is just over the half-way mark. 25’000 words that feel, for the moment, like a complete and utter mess. Hopefully I’ll be able to fix it in revisions, though. Judging by my very vague outline, I’m nearing the half-way point of that, as well, …

NaNoWriMo – Week 1

After about a full week, the word count of my NaNoWriMo project is resting at 16’095, well ahead of the projected 13’336-word average for 8 days in. If you follow me on Twitter (@SturkTim), you may have seen that I’ve been tweeting daily word count updates. Despite the relatively high count, the novel itself still …