Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Indiana Horror Review 2014", published by JWK Fiction

What is it with the Hoosier state that inspires authors from all over the world to dredge up their darkest visions to make readers tremble and shudder? Could it be the ghost towns that dot the landscape? Or do we fear the living ghosts that walk its cities, large and small, that breed and fester on dashed hope and creeping dread? Or do their dark writings mirror the thoughts we thought we had buried deep beneath layers of civility, exposing them for what they are, reflections of the darkness all around us, propagated through us and our offspring, who emulate and improve on our own wickedness?

Indiana Horror Review 2014 Authors

Dona Fox 
Essel Pratt 
Murphy Edwards 
D. S. Scott 
Lemmy Rushmore 
S.L. Dixon 
Gary Murphy 
Tony Bowman 
Timothy Frasier 
CS Nelson 
Mathias Jansson 
Jon Wesick 
Judith Skillman 
John Ledger            
Stuart Keane 
Roger Cowin 
John Stanton 
James Park
Charie D. La Marr 
Mike Jansen 
Lori R. Lopez 
Nienke Pool 
David Slater 
T.S. Woolard
  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: James Ward Kirk Publishing (December 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692343105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692343104

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"Cellar Door III: Animals / Hell II Citizens" by JWK Fiction

Cellar Door III: Animals is an anthology with the theme "Inner Beast" - poetry and horror fiction about animals both beast and man, depraved tales of our biggest fears and morbid spins on our worst nightmares. Hell II: Citizens includes stories about life in Hell - depraved demons and creatures for your entertainment. A powerful collection you're sure to love. Both anthologies continue a popular series.

  • Publisher: James Ward Kirk Publishing (November 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Floppy Shoes Apocalypse: A Clown Horror Anthology

Maybe Floppy Shoes Apocalypse editors Alex S. Johnson and John Ledger didn't invent clown horror, but as this new anthology demonstrates, they appear to have perfected it. Featuring a wide range of stories and poetry by such authors as Lisa Dabrowski, Dona Fox, Mary Genevieve Fortier and Stuart Keane, Floppy Shoes Apocalypse sheds new light on the dark side of the circus arts. A thoroughly entertaining read.--Jim Rose

  • Publisher: J. Ellington Ashton Press (November 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Friday, October 31, 2014

Journals of Horror: Found Fiction

From Found footage is a genre of film making, especially horror, in which all or a substantial part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings, often left behind by missing or dead protagonists.

Terry M. West and Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. present a revolutionary approach to the horror fiction anthology. JOURNALS OF HORROR: Found Fiction is a collection of terror inspired by the mechanics of the found footage horror film. In JOURNALS OF HORROR, the stories presented are horrific encounters committed to paper, item or device and discovered later. Each tale is a case file that has been transcribed from some type of unearthed diary. These tales can be discovered anywhere.

This anthology is filled with some of the hottest talent in the horror fiction genre: P.D. Cacek, Todd Keisling, Glenn Rolfe, Robin Dover, DS Ullery, Essel Pratt, Michael Thomas-Knight, John Ledger, Paul D. Marks, Sonja Thomas, Paula Cappa, Stuart Keane, Darryl Dawson, Crystal Leflar, Lori R. Lopez, Michael Seese, Jeff O’Brien, Matt Hayward, Joseph Ramshaw, Michael McGlade, DJ Tyrer, Wesley Thomas, Regina West, Evan Purcell, Robert McGough, Erik Gustafson, Christopher Alan Broadstone and Robert Holt.

  • Publisher: Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. (October 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MTB67GY

Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Bones III", Published by JWK Fiction

There are bones of the dead everywhere, and they’re sharp. Under your feet as you walk across your yard, in the cement of buildings, under the foundation of your home, in the coffee you drink, in the food you eat. Science estimates 100 billion human beings have lived and died. There are bones everywhere. There are skeletons everywhere, from universities to unnamed places we really don’t want to know about. We love skeletons as we are walking skeletons. There’s an old phrase about skeletons in the closet. What if the skeleton in your closet is real? When we look at strangers, friends and family we fail to see the skull behind the face. And the eyes of skulls are dark and deep. These works of art, poetry and short stories cut deep. To the bone.

James S. Dorr
Mary Genevieve Fortier
Robert Edward Petras
C. Rowe
Mathias Jansson
Judith Roney
DJ Tyrer
Patricia Anabel
Jerry Langdon
Jerry Langdon
Lemmy Rushmore
Richard King Perkins II
Judith Skillman
Jane Blanchard
Alex S. Johnson
David Slater
David S. Pointer
Lemmy Rushmore
DJ Tyrer
Michael Tugendhat
Flash Fiction
Tonya L. De Marco
Rachel Anding
Matthew Wilson
Essel Pratt
Alessandro Manzetti
Magenta Nero
Russ Bickerstaff
Short stories
Scáth Beorh
T Maxim Simmler
Steve Foreman
Phil Sloman
John Ledger
Alexander Sawyer-Irish
Dona Fox
David Schütz II
K.Z. Morano
Sheldon Woodbury
Kerry E.B. Black
Michael Kellar
Josh Pritchett
John W. Dennehy
Barry Rosenberg
Roger Cowin
Lesa Pascavis Smith
Doug Rinaldi
Michael Faun
Mike Jansen

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Burning: Dreadtime Stories for the Wicked Soul
Venture forth into the autumn woods and share in the atmosphere of these Halloween tales. From the dark fantastic to the brutal depths of the imagination you’ll find just the classic tone you’re looking for from authors like: Andy Bove, Roy C. Booth, Christina Engela, Dona Fox, Samantha Gregory, Jim Goforth, Sharon L. Higa, Stuart Keane, Axel Kohagen, Michael Noe, Essel Pratt, Samuel Reese, Aghori Shiavite, R. J. Spears, and Brian Woods.

  • ISBN-10: 1502745712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1502745712
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"In Creeps the Night", published by J.A.Mes Press
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls creep through pages of spooky flash fiction. Discover critically acclaimed authors that will make your skin shiver and have you flinching at bumps in the night. Whenever the mood strikes for something creepy, this collection will leave you looking over your shoulder.

  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J.A.Mes Press (September 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O1QN14G

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rejected for Content Splattergore
The most hard-core, profane, gory, explicit short stories available. each carries a message and some of those messages are unpleasant and terrifying. RFC is a collection of stories that other presses refused because of their shocking content, but each is a solid, well written piece that deserves a home. Demons, Evil people, sea monsters,the unknown: there is something here to offend the most hardened reader. Featuring: Essel Scott Pratt, Alex S Johnson, Mathias Jansson, Dr. Reverend Lance Carbuncle,Toneye Eyenot, Lisa Dabrowski, Mark Woods,
Jeremy Maddux, Amanda Lyons, Kerry G.S Lipp Matthew Arkham, Jason Hughes,
Christopher Ropes, Susan Simone, Michael Fisher, Jim Goforth, Todd Misura, Stuart Keane, Dona Fox, (Editor's Choice) Kevin J MacLeod

Warning: Explicit sex, Gore, Violence,Depravity. Over 21 please.

  • Publisher: J Ellington Ashton Press (September 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

JWK Fiction Best of Horror 2013

JWK Fiction Best of Horror 2013
Featuring some of JWK's best published pieced of 2013, JWK Fiction Best of Horror 2013 features my piece from Ugly Babies Vol. 1, titled "Immaculate Deception".

"This is a collection of the very best horror fiction and poetry published from anthologies and collections in 2013."

From the Inside Flap


Scathe meic Beorh God of the Winds
Anna Taborska Out of the Light


Paula D. Ashe The Mother of All Monsters
William Cook Return of the Creep


James S. Dorr The Sidewalk
Chantal Noordeloos Angel's Grave


Paula Ashe  Because You Watched
A Henry Keene Justine


Julienne Lee The Gate
Paula Ashe Bereft

Pinprick Scathe meic Beorh


Facsimiles! To My LoraLee          
Wisping Words! 10/04/12 11:07pm


K. Trap Jones Chalk
Michael Lindquist Ashtray Kiss


Greg McWhorter The Horror at Engle Farm
Kerry G. S. Lipp Misery




Glenn Rolfe The Neighbor           
Mike Jansen Brood Carnival


William J Fedigan Happy as Cotton Candy
Greg McWhorter The Twilight of Men's Lives


Lily Childs The Ossillatrice Shift
Philip Harris The Bone Boy


Michael Randolph Luminescence           
T. Fox Dunham Moving Past the Ashes


Dan Dillard Henrietta's Skirt
Essel Pratt Immaculate Deception


A. Henry Keene Delores
Glenn Rolfe  In the Basement of the Amazing Alex Cucumber        


Dona Fox The Door           
Dona Fox Me and My . . .
Dona Fox Magur
Dona Fox The Wonder Cave
K. Z. Morano Wooden Lips

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers, by Horrified Press
Nightmare Stalkers & Dream Walkers contains my short story titled, "Makin' Bacon", which brings a frightened woman face to face with a nightmare and leaves her husband a tasty surprise.

"Nightmare Stalkers & Dream Walkers attempts to invade the dream world, bringing back the weirdest and most terrifying tidbits—all for the amusement of the reader. The authors in these pages have dared to draw from their dream worlds, beating a path through the wilderness of the human subconscious in order to take us to places better left unexplored. But that's okay. Fiction can't hurt us. Neither can dreams. This much we know. We believe it. And yet, somehow, fear lingers, because we cannot be sure... Can we ever fully trust the hidden part of ourselves that seems to have a life of its own? Can we ever feel one hundred percent comfortable with those elusive shadows that flit in and out of our minds, leaving no trace in our memory? We can't help but wonder about dreams... What are they…? -Lindsey Beth Goddard: Author of Quick Fix: A Taste of Terror"

Product Details

Horrified Press
July 26, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.66 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ABC's of Zombie Friendship by Essel Pratt
Illustrated by catt dahman

Bonds of friendship exist eternally within the confines of children's hearts. Neither a move to a new town nor an unthinkable expiry can remove the bond that joins true friends together. Not even when one becomes a zombie.

Matt doesn't allow the death and reawakening of his best bud Tate to dissuade him from adventures of youth. In the ABC's of Zombie Friendship the lads remain close and the alphabet expresses their bond one letter at a time.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fractured Realms: A charity Anthology in Aid of the Autism Trust By Horrified Press

Fractured Realms: A charity Anthology in Aid of the Autism Trust includes a poem written by me, titled "If I Had One Wish".  The poem strays from my usual horror and fantasy roots.  Then again, what is more horrifying than finding out a child will suffer from autism for the rest of his or her life?

"Extraordinary people marked ‘not normal’ come from all different walks of life. For far too long, a shroud of darkness was thrown over those who’ve had boundless potential to transcend greatness; shunned and cast out through the misjudgment forced upon them. People enduring isolation from being trapped inside their own minds. People labeled with an ASD-Autism Spectrum Disorder. Seeds of greatness cannot be cultivated through judgment and condemnation. Imagine a world never having heard the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Never seeing the extraordinary art of Michelangelo? What if Sir Isaac Newton hadn’t discovered gravity, and laws of motion that would be relevant 300 years later? And for all the writers out there…were you aware that Lewis Carroll—author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’—fell under the umbrella of Autism? So to all of you, who are reading this, ask yourself… “Is Autism a disorder, or is it a gift?” Through their short stories and poetry, a collection of talented authors have tackled that question."

Horrified Press, at the direction of Suzie and Bruce Lockhart, compiled an amazing collection in this book. I am proud to be part of this collection and the cause that it supports.

Product Details

Horrified Press
June 14, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.77 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Demonic Possessions, by JWK Fiction

Demonic Possession", published by JWK Fiction
In Demonic Possessions, my story "Wicked Possession" takes a witchier approach to possession. 

Beware demons. They live amongst us and within us.

  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: James Ward Kirk Publishing (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Friday, June 27, 2014

Final Reverie, published by J. Ellington Ashton Press
After many changes, Final Reverie is finally released! This book became a part of me quite quickly, and I have been in love with it since the beginning.  As my first full novel, I could not wait to share it with the world!

My debut novel, Final Reverie, is now available on kindle and paperback. Join in on the adventures of Franklyn and Chij as they embark on an epic journey and battle true evil.
"Mother Nature’s shrieks were heard across the realm when man’s technological burden ushered Armageddon upon her flesh. The malevolent urges within her magical aura escaped with a vengeance upon the lands, much of it finding solace in a concentration of power within the nefarious vessel of Nafets. Her only hope for a future of peace was to release her own virtuous magical aura upon the land, spreading it far into the hidden reaches of her peaks and valleys.
Two heroes, Franklyn – an adolescent boy, and Chij – his wolf brother, travel the land with a sole purpose of helping those that cannot defend themselves from the creatures that lurk and feed upon the weak. In a twist of fate, their carefree days come to an end when tasked to search out Nafets and destroy his hold upon the world, and once again balance out the yin and yang of magical existence.
Throughout their journey, Franklyn and Chij encounter heroes of the past that guide them toward the final battle, as well as Atrin - an aspiring adversary that wishes to overthrow Nafets and claim his seat upon the throne of malevolence.
Franklyn and Chij endure an emotional journey filled with blood, tears, and self-discovery as they encounter the unexpected and become entangled in an expedition that will test their abilities and emotions further than ever before."

Available now:


Monday, June 23, 2014

Misunderstood: An Anthology for Those Hiding Behind a Mask of Hope
Misunderstood: An Anthology for Those Hiding Behind a Mask of Hope is a special project I have been working on.  Although I have one poem included within, this book is the sum of some fantastic up and coming writers.  Each was brave enough to share their inner feelings in both poem and story form.  The editing may be rough in parts, the grammar may not be perfect.  It isn't meant to be.  Instead, I allowed the raw nature of the submissions to shine through the feelings that were emitted onto the page. 

"Being a misunderstood youth in today's society can mean many things to many people. For a parent, it can be a confusing time. We often attribute misunderstandings to their use of technology, in lieu of the imagination that we expressed at their ages. For our children, it can be a frustrating experience. They desire relief form the pains they endure each and every day, whether emotionally, physically, or in secret, yet they fear the stigma of a drug induced cure. This book is about the frustrations, fears, facades, and frailties that our youth is faced with each and every day. It is an attempt to express the power of hope and desire for relief. The contributors within have agreed to share their bravery in the form of pictures and words, reveling the reality behind the mask that our youths wear each and every day."
The contributors to this project are each new to the writing business, but their passion that is shared within is unmatched.  Please feel free to review the book, not on the overall visual content, but on the emotional content that is within.  After reading each piece, I urge you to then read their bios at the end to get a feel for the people that were brave enough to share their innermost thoughts.

Co-Written by Mike McSurdy and Andrew Buttillo

Michelle Haynes

Peyton Pratt

Franklin K. Johnson

Jordan Smith

Elektra Schubert

Andrew Buttillo

D. Souza
Jordan Baxter

D. Souza

Andrew Buttillo

D. Souza

Jordan Smith

Essel Pratt

D. Souza

Jordan Smith

D. Souza

Mike McSurdy

Jordan Smith

Mike McSurdy

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Undead War: Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse (Dead Guns Press) (Volume 2)
The Undead War: Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse, vol. 2 is a collection about those hat should not have survived.  Those that our society claims are abnormal in comparison to normalcy.  My story, "XMB3", was originally written for a charity anthology that sadly never happened.  However, I kept it in a safe place as I waited for the perfect opportunity to submit.  Luckily, this anthology came along. 

"The Undead War means a battle of survival for the remaining pockets of humanity. It's the only thing that matters these days. Survive and win at all cost. The old ways of life mean nothing anymore. Those God-forsaken 9-to-5 jobs, the bills, the corporate empires, politicians bickering over stupid crap, all those laws on the books and everything that meant anything were swept aside. That includes those nice big screens televisions, computers, jewelry, gold, those fancy cars and the money that everyone slaved their asses off to get - it don't mean a damn thing anymore. When those things came back to life, the governments said they were going to eradicate the undead, the zombies, zekes, ferals, walkers or whatever those damned things are being called these days, but instead the governments the world over just collapsed. There's nothing left of the old ways of life just the surviving and dying. Everyone here has got a story of the horror of the old days, the days after and everything in between. Everyone here survived, or maybe they didn't but this book might help you survive the hordes and remember those dark days. All you gotta do is just get to reading and maybe you'll learn something. Read the tales from the Undead War from these survivors: Tim Tobin, John L. Thompson, Joseph Rubas, Dave Fragments, Kameryn James, Ryan Neil Falcone, Chris Limb, Matthew Wilson, Kenneth James Crist, Greg McWhorter, M. Leon Smith, Jordan Mierek, Cindy Rosmus, Matthew Howe, John X. Grey, T. Fox Dunham, Paul Dick, Richard A. Becker, Gary Murphy, Essel Pratt, David S. Pointer, Ginny Bowman and Shane DeMink."

  • Series: Dead Guns Press
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149477030X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494770303
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Silent Scream
Silent Scream is "a brilliant collection of short stories from a group of very talented indie authors" and includes my short titled, "Canopic Servitude".  I originally wrote the story for another anthology,  however it was rejected due to the abundance of fantastic submissions.  I was a little saddened by the rejection but used the upbeat tone of the rejection to rework the piece.  It wasn't long before Silent Scream came along and I submitted.  I was ecstatic to see the piece was accepted. 

"A collection of short terrors from the minds of various talented Indie Authors. Sit a spell and discover what happens when a storekeeper decides to change locations and realizes she has to move more than boxes. Then discover what happens to a young lad dying to shed his boyhood only to discover a most unimaginable horror. Also, discover a world where ferocious felines with a hidden agenda over power two local residents and resurrect their mighty king and queen. With much more to explore, Silent Scream has something for everyone."

Monday, May 26, 2014

We Are Dust and Shadow, published by JWK Fiction
We Are Dust and Shadow, published by JWK Fiction, includes my short story titled, "Journey of Self Through Purgatory Fields".  The story follows a recently deceased woman that traverses her way through purgatory while searching for the light at the end or the darkness that will consume. 

When I decided to write something for this, I had many ideas but none seemed to stick with me.  So, I just wrote and this story was born. There a a lot of fabulous writers within and I am humbled to share the pages with them.

"A group of wonderful horror poets and writers collaborated to bring you this anthology about life, death and being dead. We all die."

  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: James Ward Kirk Publishing (May 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Vignettes From The End Of The World, published by Apokrupha
Vignettes From The End Of The World, published by Apokrupha and edited by Jacob Hadon, features my short story, titled "My Father's Flannel".  This collection limited all submissions to only 500 words with a theme, as I am sure you guessed, focusing on the last minutes of the world.  With so many submissions, it is fantastic to see the various visions of the end. 

This Anthology is quite special to me, as it marks the 16th book that  have been published in, as well as the first that my step-son, Cameron Shifflet, has been published in.  Along with others, such as KZ Morano, T. Fox Dunham, Guy Anthony Demarco, Terry M. West, Kenneth W. Cain, and others, this has turned out to be a fantastic collection!

As always, if and when you read this, please leave a review on Amazon and please tell everyone about your favorite story within.

This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
Not in a bang, but in a book.

58 flash fiction stories of the final hours. Passion, pain and horror of the end of days, all in short vignettes.

Featuring stories from:

Christine Morga, Essel Pratt, Cameron Suey, T. Fox Dunham, Guy Anthony De Marco, Mandy DeGeit, Jessica McHugh, Kristopher Kelly, E. Catherine Tobler, Jamie Lackey, George Cotronis, William R.D. Wood, Lee Clark Zumpe, Lincoln Crisler, Eryk Pruitt, Michael H. Antonio, Kallirroe Agelopoulou, Steve Calvert, Rebecca J. Allred, Darcie Little Badger, Erik B. Scott, Terry M. West, Glenn Rolfe, Josh Strnad, J.A. Martin, Darryl Dawson, DJ Tyrer, Joana Eça de Queiroz, Lex T. Lindsay, Arno Hurter, Cameron Shifflet, J.P. Freeman, Marie DesJardin, Dusty Wallace, Doug Murano, Ken MacGregor, Victoria Dalpe, Kelda Crich, Pedro Iniguez, Joey Capora, S.R. Mastrantone, Damir Salkovic, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Jason Sharp, Leslianne Wilder, Jennifer Loring, Bryce Hughes, L.C. Mortimer, Rebecca Barbee, E. E. King, David Turnbull, Richard Thomas, Rose Blackthorn, K.Z. Morano, Adrian Ludens, Kenneth W. Cain, Michael Haynes, Michael Penkas

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Serial Killers Quattuor, Published by JWK Fiction
Serial Killers Quattuor, published by JWK Fiction, features my short story titled, "Thus is Life".  I have been interested in the minds of serial killers for as long as I can remember.  This isn't the first serial killer story that I have written, but is the only one written specifically for a book that revolves around the breed.

The entire book is fantastic, and I strongly urge everyone to check it out.  Once finished, please leave a review on Amazon, and be sure to share you favorite tale.

"You, me, the general public, have a fascination for true crime accounts of people like Bundy, and fictional depictions of similar characters in television shows such as Criminal Minds and Dexter. We have a macabre interest in real life serial killers and can't comprehend the pure lack of remorse of these monsters. But yet we can't get enough. So we watch these shows and buy these books and read about these abhorrent yet fascinating criminals. Serial Killers Quattuor is one such work that fulfils our insatiable obsession with serial killers in this terrifying and bloodcurdling short story collection."

Vekah McKeown
William Cook
Dan Weatherer
Carl Fox
Sheldon Woodbury
DJ Tyrer
Eric Nash
Paul Mannering
Michelle Augello-Page
Jonathan R. Daniels
Essel Pratt
Dona Fox
S. MacLeod

  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Publisher: James Ward Kirk Publishing (April 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JK4KV06

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guide to Being a Successful Facebook Admin

the Guide to Being a Successful Facebook Admin is an experimental piece that I worked on in order to familiarize myself with the world of self-publishing.  Although I am not sure whether I will continue down the journey, I am happily confident on the process.

This guide is meant for those that have encountered issues while attempting to administrate various Facebook pages and/or groups.  As an admin myself, I know that the task is not always the easiest, especially when the trolls arrive.

I look forward to the feedback that is received, and would love to hear your success stories!

Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, Published by Seventh Star Press

Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, Published by Seventh Star Press, is one of my favorite anthologies that I have written for.  The story within, titled "Brothers" has evolved quite a bit since it was accepted into the anthology.  In fact, it became an entire novel, with the possibility for two prequels.  Just recently, the novel, which will be titled FINAL REVERIE, was accepted for publication by J. Ellington Ashton Press.  I would love to hear your feedback on the short story, as well as what you think might occur within the novel.

"How far would Gandalf have gotten without Shadowfax? Where would the Vault Dweller be without Dogmeat? And could the Beastmaster been the Beastmaster without his fuzzy allies? Animal companions are more than just sidekicks. Animals can be heroes, too! 
Found within are twenty stories of heroic action that focuses on the furries and scalies who have long been the unsung heroes pulling their foolish human buddies out of the fire, and often at great sacrifice—from authors both established and new, including Frank Creed, S. H. Roddey, and Steven S. Long. Whether you’re a fan of Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Science Fiction, or just animal stories in general, this is the anthology for you! So sit back, kick your feet up, and find out what it truly means to be the Hero’s Best Friend. "

Featured in Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions: 

Joy Ward: “Toby and Steve Save the World” 
Frank Creed: “Dusk” 
Cassie Schau: “The Hunter’s Boy” 
Steven Donahue: “Grit” 
Jason Cordova: “Hill 142” 
Herika R. Raymer: “Dook”.. 
Essel Pratt: “Brothers”. 
Lisa Hawkridge: “Ezra’s Girl”. 
S. H. Roddey: “Look What the Cat Dragged In." 
Steven S. Long: “The Wolf Sentinel” 
Laura Anne Ewald: “Memorandum” 
Cindy Koepp: “The Hat”. 
Ian Hunter: “Scarheid in the Glisting”. 
Steven Grassie: “The Masterless”. 
David Wright: “Wind of Change” 
Renee Carter Hall: “The Emerald Mage”.. 
Nick Bryan: “The Violet Curse”.. 
Lillian Csernica & Kevin Andrew Murphy: 
“The Restless Armadillo”. 
Douglas J. Ogurek: “Stuck on the Squigglybounce” 
Sheila Deeth: “Passage” 

  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press; 1 edition (February 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English