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 …

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 …

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 …

On ‘Christmas in Barcelona’ and the Horror of Helplessness

Let’s talk about horror, and the loss of control. All horror may not necessarily be about the loss of control, but I think it’s fair to say that much of it is just that. We see it, for example, in that trope where the twist reveals that the whole town, even the people you thought …

New Short Story coming soon.

My story, Beneath the Arctic, is soon to be published in the Black Hare Press anthology DEEP SEA: A Journey into Cosmic Horror. Here’s a pre-order link for the ebook: https://readerlinks.com/l/1052017 Check it out. -T.E.S. UPDATE (2020-06-23): The anthology was meant to come out on June 16th. It hasn’t, and the amazon page is currently …