30-Day Flash Challenge, Day 5     We were supposed to have four solid days of good weather. We got about twelve hours, then the snowstorm hit, and for two hours, we sat hunkering down in one of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail designed for the thru and section hikers. Taylor’s smartphone finally got… Continue reading Asylum

The Lobster

30-Day Flash Challenge, Day 1 Once upon a time, it was Priscilla’s doll blanket. Then, looking for a way to help my diving prowess and get a bit more exercise, I took the navy blue cloth and created the lobster. I squint into the water, see it undulating at the bottom of the pool. Under… Continue reading The Lobster

In the Ice

A hobby turns into an obsession.     MONDAY Taking pictures of the fractured ice was fun for Scott until the face appeared. Months ago, he began icing his forearms and hands before going to work each morning. As a massage therapist, he had recurring bouts of achy joints, and submerging his arms into icy… Continue reading In the Ice

Very Bad Doggy

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 100     “Don’t tease him today, okay, Tommy?” Timmy pleads. Timmy and Tommy have been best friends since second grade. Now both boys are in fifth grade and walking home from school together. Ordinarily, they walked James Street to school. But for the past two weeks, they decided… Continue reading Very Bad Doggy

3:14 AM

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 98     Days later, I will remember this was the night I first peered inside the SUV, the flashing blue lights. My sleep patterns are not nearly as satisfying as they once were. I used to adore my sleep. Now, it seems the fairy has grown stingy with… Continue reading 3:14 AM

Mrs. Henderson

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 97     Twenty-Eight Years Ago I’ve lost the thread of what she is trying to tell me. All I know is I’ve done something wrong. I must have. She seems furious at me, and my seven-year-old brain is frantically searching for the magic phrase that will dissipate her… Continue reading Mrs. Henderson


Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 92     “I told you we need to use the stopper. It skitters away too quickly otherwise. I already regret sharing my affliction with Zach. The instant I approached his bathroom vanity sink, he pulled the plug from the basin and refused to let me have it; he’s… Continue reading Zach

Zeke Vs Zombies

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 88     Zeke shrugs the backpack off and makes himself as comfortable as he can. He is lying on top of a jungle gym. The zees (Zeke refuses to call them zombies) can’t climb. He’s only seven feet above the asphalt surface of the playground, but he knows… Continue reading Zeke Vs Zombies

Monolith 3; Tammy’s Choice

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 79 The monolith sat, waiting patiently for centuries. It was sentient, but it would have blushed at such high praise. It felt no need for flattery. There was only one thing that fulfilled it, and it had been a long time since it had that treat. It ached to… Continue reading Monolith 3; Tammy’s Choice

Categorized as Horror

Heating Pad

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 75 And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe It was the heating pad controller that inspired so many nightmares and haunted thoughts during my three-week self-quarantine. The heating pad… Continue reading Heating Pad

Reynaldo the Rat

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 66 His reactions were shock, followed by horror, then disgust – all in rapid succession. It wasn’t an enormous rat, nor was it small – if the man had to venture a guess, he would say the rat was average-sized. However, the thing that was not average was the… Continue reading Reynaldo the Rat