Strange Bird: or, Why I Decided to Publish An Old Story

My horror novella Strange Bird is available for Kindle at Amazon. Price: $1.99!


This tale was first published in 2003 by Aphelion, a webzine of science fiction and fantasy.

Why publish a novella on my own? The answer in short is that I love this story. I wrote it during a time in my life when I was living in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. I was keen on developing a fictitious county where the real bordered on the unexplainable. So, I wrote a series of stories and short novels that took place in Weyrd County, NJ.

I have long since moved out of The Pine Barrens, but I have not forgotten the sense of mystery I experienced walking the back roads at night or the only ghost I ever saw there who walked down a hallway in the rented house where I lived. Living in The Pine Barrens taught me something about the sense of place, a thing all writers experience wherever they choose to live, and how if you dig deep enough in one place as a writer you can reap story gold.

So, here I am ten years later self-publishing a novella I wrote after reading yet again advice from Asimov, or maybe it was Heinlein, or maybe even Bradbury who said something about not letting your stories gather dust in a drawer. Strange Bird was born out of my love for unknown, out of my sense that a current secret and vast runs through the world regardless if we choose to acknowledge it.

Recently, I interviewed for an adjunct English professor position in a community college. Afterward, I had a nice chat with one of the full-time faculty members who writes and teaches courses on science fiction and fantasy.

“You have had a good start with your stories and poetry publications,” he said, referring to my CV. “What kind of stories do you write?”

“Fantasy and horror, mostly,” I told him. “I set out to write a New-Yorker-style story, but then things go horribly wrong for my characters.”

“Nothing wrong with that,” he told me.

No, no there is not…

You can find Strange Bird: A Novella the Kindle edition at

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30/30 Project Tupelo Press Day 3

Here is today’s poem at the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project. Be sure to visit and donate today. Small non-profit presses like this one struggle to stay afloat in this ever-changing world of mergers, acquisitions, and consumption. When you donate you are not only helping Tupelo Press but its authors as well. And be sure to include an email address in the donation form along with a poet’s name (mine or any of my esteemed fellow poets) in the space marked “in honor of.” That way we can email you a note of thanks and arrange to send you some free goodies!

Tomorrow, I will be posting  a cut-up poem with words and phrases taken from the Declaration of Independence in honor of July 4th.

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