After all of the fuzzy warm feelings that I’ve conjured up online for the stories many of you have come to enjoy, you might be surprised at how much of a ‘dark’ individual I can be a times. Hehehe! I can’t help it. I was an 80’s kid, and growing up during the slasher flick era was AWESOME! We’re talking “Halloween”, “Nightmare On Elm St.”, “Friday The 13th”, “Child’s Play”, “The Howling”…my friends and I were the kids who got together in somebody’s basement every weekend, turned out all the lights, and blazed through whatever we could afford from the local video store. I was that kid with the ‘Fangoria’ magazine subscription and the fake vampire teeth. As much as I absolutely LOVE writing romance and erotic fiction, my foundation has always been one part Horror, one part Science Fiction, and one part Comic Books. I was practically a character from “Stranger Things”! Hehehe! (If you haven’t seen that on Netflix…you need to remedy that as soon as possible!) So,Continue reading »

The Auranades Episode 7 Wild Prolog After the school bell rings for the end of class, the students are soon filling the hallway with their laughter and chatter. Chad meanwhile exits his Bio class with a pass for a class tour to the new jungle exhibit that opened just outside of town. Since Ray hadn’t been to class due to prep games for the third football game coming up this week, he figures he will head straight over to the Libretta café. However, just as he turns the corner at the lockers, he bumps into someone, knocking her books from her hands. Chad reaches down to help her until he looks up to see it’s Ray’s girlfriend, the school reporter Rita Allen. “Sorry I ran into you like that,” Chad quips, “I was just looking for Ray so I could tell him about how you’re plotting some scheme against me.” Rita Allen glares at him before looking around to pick up the rest of her things. Chad then notices anotherContinue reading »

Just in case your dream tank was empty and you were running low on a steady stream of total nightmare fuel, then you need to look no further than artist, Joshua Hoffine, for a full service fill up! If you haven’t heard the name or seen his work before, then read on, horror fans. This is one visual artist who is sure to stir up a few fearful thoughts and a collection of goosebumps…all with a single picture. Featured in magazines and news circulations, Joshua Hoffine’s special brand of ‘horror photography’ have grown extremely popular over the past few years, and he gets more ambitious with each following project. His work has been called ‘disturbing’, ‘jaw dropping’, and downright ‘unsettling’, by many…and yet those feelings of dread and repulsion only seem to add to their utter fascination with his art. With his impeccable eye for detail, mixed with heavy doses of passion, patience, and ingenuity…even the harshest critics have to praise him for the photos’ creativity and creepy vintage appeal.Continue reading »

“The Elixir” “Danny? Are you sure you’re alright?” My mom asked me at the dinner table. “You’ve hardly touched your beef brisket tonight. I thought it was one of your favorites?” “Huh? Oh…” I mumbled in response. I looked down to notice my hand limply holding my fork, the prongs doing little more than pushing bits of uneaten food from one side of my plate to the other. “I’m sorry, Mom. I guess I’ve just got a lot on my mind at the moment.” I forced myself to take another bite or two, but I only did it for the sake of being polite. “Can I be excused? If you don’t mind…I think I’d rather lay down for a bit and warm up the rest of dinner later. Ok?” With a look of serious concern, she weakly said, “Ok, Honey. If you’re not hungry.” Then added, “Are you sure you’re not coming down with something? There’s a few nasty flu bugs going around town…” “I’m ok, Mom. Really. I’m notContinue reading »

Chapter 3 – Quartz, Onyx and Ruby “Wait!” He hopped to my side as I was heading home. “You can’t wander in the streets like that. You’ve got blood all over your clothes and on your face” As annoying as it was, he had a point. The punctures were still dripping blood and it was obvious that I wouldn’t even walk one kilometre before getting stopped by police and most likely arrested. But still… he’s the one who put me in this situation! And where the hell is he going with that? “Maybe you should have thought about it beforehand” I said harshly. “Look… I’m really sorry, ok? I mean it. I still think you’re an ass, but I didn’t want to harm you.” “Why, thanks!” I rolled my eyes and started walking again, but he hopped ahead of me and stopped me. “C’mon, just let me make it up to you. We’ll disinfect your cuts, and I’ll find you some clean clothes to wear instead of those bloody ones.Continue reading »

While Comsie is away wrestling with an army of small children, the rest of us have to keep things ticking over here. So it’s time for another review! As you might guess from the title – this book is very gay. JT lives in Clearwater, Florida. He has a loud best friend called Heather, and gorgeous boyfriend called Seth that JT thinks is way out of his league. But he won’t be able to attend college without a scholarship, and the alternative is being trapped in Clearwater forever, working at his parents’ gas station. Then Seth springs a surprise on JT – a beauty pageant for teenage drag queens, with a college scholarship as first prize. JT is more than reluctant. His one drag queen performance, at his high school talent show, ended in disaster and humiliation, and he’s been too traumatized to try it in public again since. But with no other options for escaping Clearwater, JT agrees to enter, and he, Heather and Seth hit the road. It’sContinue reading »

While spending my nights writing new material and doing all I can to avoid sleep, I’m constantly pushing myself to try something new with the stories I’ve told over the years. Something different. Something original. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But, thanks to the awesome collection of fans the Shack has gathered over the years, I’ve realized that I can’t even touch some of the great ideas and amazing talents that they’ve come up with all on their own! Not only showing a true appreciation and loyalty to the source material, but enhancing it ways that I’ve NEVER even thought of before! It is because of them that the Shack is now preparing to spread out into areas of entertainment that I didn’t think were possible a few years back. The readers have been wowing me with what they can do all on their own, and because of their efforts, I’m more inspired than ever to keep up with them! The very first big attempt to allow readers toContinue reading »

—— Saturday —— Yeah…so its been like a week and I didn’t put anything down. Didn’t have much to talk about really. Winter Break is kind of like a short summer and its funny, but, I often fall into a kind of routine when I’m on break. I feel better when I know what to expect, I guess. I’m not big on surprises. I actually am dreading the start of high school because of this. Its a new term and it scares me. I am kind of weird, I guess, for a teenager. I get up at 6:00 AM. Shower and brush my teeth. Feed Chester (our cat), empty the dishwasher and put away the dishes. Sometimes I’ll fix some oatmeal for myself or get the eggs out for Dad if he left a note that he’ll want to cook breakfast. I get up before my Dad does often just to see him off to work and help him with coffee and stuff. Mundane things comfort me, I guess. TheyContinue reading »

So maybe I should have expected the weird looks that I got from the other guys and girls at the party. I mean, I’m just some stranger that walked into their private party out of a cornfield and waded my way through the fog to randomly say hi out of nowhere. I get it. But despite my shaky legs and sudden drop in body temperature… I didn’t want to let them see me being nervous. Confidence. That’s the biggest part, right? So… yeah. I’m going to be confident. The music was still playing in the background, but everyone that caught sight of me fell silent. Then, one boy kind of snarley’d up his upper lip and asked, “Ummm… do we know you, kid?” “Oh.” I said, trying to keep my voice from trembling. “I don’t think so.” Some other boy grinned, “Who invited the fetus?” The main boy asked, “Yeah, what are you doing here, fetus?” Ok… so this isn’t going too well so far. But I just smiled andContinue reading »

  Huff… huff… huff… According to my watch, I had only been running for about six and a half minutes before my legs began to feel weak and my heavy breathing was making me more dizzy than fueling my muscles to keep going. I hadn’t gotten as far as I had hoped with my first sprint. I could still faintly see the shadow of Valley Oaks behind me, a few lit windows shining hazy beams of light out into the fog. I think I was far enough down the road where no one could look out the area and see my escape, but I made sure to keep my eyes open for any traffic headed in either direction. The last thing I needed was some dang goofy teacher driving by and catching me on the side of the road. Before leaving, I had polished up my sneakers really good! And I even brought plastic bags to wrap around my feet once I got out of sight so I could keepContinue reading »

“Hi. I’m Preston. Preston Miles.” It feels silly sometimes, saying that to myself in the mirror over and over again. But the book I’ve been reading said it would help to practice. Picking it up to look at the bookmarked page again, I attempted to make sure that I was doing it right. It says that I need to stand up straight. Look people in the eye when I talk. And I should smile. Smiling is the easy part, I think. I focused my eyes on my own reflection, and let out a short breath as I brought my pearly white teeth into view. Ok… so it says I should speak clearly and with confidence. Project loud enough to be heard. I forget that part sometimes. I’ll talk louder from now on. Or… at least when I remember. So… right. Clearly… loudly… and with confidence. “Hi…” No wait. More enthusiasm than that. “HI! I’m Preston! Preston Miles!” Cool, right? That sounds cooler. “Hi! I’m Preston!” Wait a minute, my darnContinue reading »

Over the next few weeks we were busy with school and deliveries, so much so that our parents started to worry about us. “You guys never talk about your friends any more. What’s up with that?” Danny’s mom asked us one Saturday. “And what about the Cubs? You used to talk about them non-stop. Is something wrong?” I froze. I had no answer. Fortunately, Danny thinks a bit faster than I do. “No, Mom, we’ve just been working harder on our studies. Jerry and I are trying for a company scholarship. If we can get a few ‘A’s we might get a full ride at IIT.” “Is that true, Danny? You want to go to the Illinois Institute of Technology? That’s my alma mater!” “Yeah, Mom. I know. That’s why we’re taking AP Chemistry this year and AP Physics next year,” Danny said. + + + ED: It was true that we were taking AP Chemistry, but only because our guidance counselor talked us into it last August when weContinue reading »

Was it my muscles that were trembling with this much activity? Or was it the pounding vibration of my over-excited heart that was doing that, shaking like an out of control jackhammer in my chest, rattling my bones until I could hardly get enough breath in my lungs to stay conscious? I was soooooo ready to fall apart right in front of him, but I was too scared to hesitate as Alex spun me around in the center of the dark room. Wow. I can remember the unrestricted shiver that ran through me as I heard the classroom door close behind us. It was like stepping off of a steep cliff and suddenly being launched into rapid freefall without end. I’ve never felt anything like this before. I doubt I ever will again. I was literally panting for breath, giggling nervously as Alex’s hand swiftly pulled me close and clung to me by wrapping his arms around my waist. There was just enough of the military lights outside the windowContinue reading »

You’ve seen this before, haven’t you? In a book, in a movie, in a TV show? This particular character, this particular situation, this particular action scene, this particular kiss under the stars? Nope… it’s not Deja Vu you’re experiencing. It’s what is commonly (and often negatively) referred to as the story cliché. And you will run into them time and time again in the future, guaranteed. The more you read, the more you’ll see them. As a writer myself, you’re probably thinking that I’m going to sit you all down and write an entire article about how you can cleverly get passed writing clichés and work your way around them to create the most incredibly unique, one-of-a-kind scripture in all of literary history! Right? Wrong! (How’s that for a plot twist?) I’m not going to do that at all. In fact, I’m going to do the exact opposite. So get comfortable, and let me tell you what I’ve learned over the years about the awful cliché of avoiding clichés. I’mContinue reading »

Episode 6 Flaunt Prolog At the Libretta café, students are in and out of the bookshop café during the lunch period. Chad is at their usual table with a huge chemistry book as he is trying to grasp the concept of chemical equilibrium. However, he can’t quite get the point of it all at the moment. “Ugh. I don’t get this at all,” Chad muses, as he leans forward over the book on the table. “Well I know if anyone understands Chem, it’s you, C.K.,” Ray Torres says, appearing at the table. He takes a seat on the opposite side, “so I know it must be something else here you can’t understand.” “Oh hey, Ray,” Chad replies as he sits up, “I guess sometimes things can seem so simple but turn out to be a lot more complicated. Besides, it’s hardly ever one-plus-one for me these days.” “I get the feeling we aren’t exactly talking about chemistry,” Ray says with a curious grin. “Maybe it’s what kind of chemistry we’reContinue reading »

1- Buzz Aldrin, the 2nd man to ever walk on the Moon? His mother’s maiden name was ‘Moon’. And the 1st man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong (Neil A.), spelled backwards is ‘A.Lien’! 🙂 2- Young actor, Noah Schnapp (‘Will’ from the Netflix series, “Stranger Things”), is also the voice of ‘Charlie Brown’ in the “Peanuts” movie. 3- Your average ‘professional’ Youtuber makes anywhere from 50 cents to 1 dollar for every 1,000 views their video gets! One hundred thousand views might mean 100 dollars. One MILLION views might get you up to 1,000 dollars per video! Per month! Considering they could probably upload two or three videos a day over a 30 day period if they wanted to… that adds up to a LOT of money pretty quickly! (Goddamn you, Jacob Sartorius!) :O 4- There are more than 370,000 pieces of random ‘space junk’ orbiting the Earth at this very moment. Some of it is random space debris, some are detached rocket pieces, and some are fromContinue reading »

“Ok, Ma’am??? I need you to calm down, alright?” I urgently shouted into the phone as I heard her losing her control again and getting hysterical on me. “I need you to speak clearly and give us an address. We’ll send someone out to you as SOON as we possibly can, alright!” She cried, “I don’t… I don’t have any way out of here. I don’t understand what’s happening…” “I understand that you’re scared. But we can’t help you if you we can’t find you. I need to know where you are.” I said, hoping that the calmness of my voice would somehow get her to stop shaking long enough to give me a location. After a few more sniffles and tears, she finally got up the nerve to say, “I’m at 957 West Belmont! Top floor!” Excellent! “Ok… Mary, was it?” “Yes…” She whined, helplessly. “Do you have a safe place to hide out for a little bit? We’re doing all we can here at the station, but IContinue reading »

Chapter 7 – Revelations *** ~~~ Trevor ~~~ *** “I’m gonna tell everyone you two are a pair of fags!” Alex spat. “If my leg weren’t all fucked up, I’d pound you both into bloody pulps! Fucking pansy assed faggots!” Roger and I didn’t know what to do at that point. We were both scared and Roger squeezed my hand so tight I lost feeling for a second. For a few minutes, all I could do was stare at him as he seemed to tower over us. “You guys… I swear, it makes me sick to watch you! Why don’t you both just go hide, so us normal people won’t get infected by your sickness!” Alex continued. Eventually, something Roger had told me earlier broke through the fear. “You’re just jealous, Alex. I’m not sure you want to go telling everyone something that’s really none of their business… or yours for that matter!” I told him rather smugly. “Why the fuck would I be jealous? Besides, it is their business.Continue reading »