New Short: Ancient Grains

New Short: Ancient Grains

I’ve got a new short story coming out next month called Ancient Grains.  Believe it or not this story came bout from a writing contest that I entered a while back that was calling for supernatural horror shorts that had bread as the subject matter.  I thought that the premise was so strange and challenging that I gave it a shot, and what was eventually written was a version of this story!

The inspiration for this story came from a bit of ghoulsish trivia that I read about how people in the middle ages would consume ground up mummy (and perhaps other human remains) because they believed that they contained revitalizing and/or magical powers.  Go ahead, google it and you’ll see what I mean.  Add to this the fact that I’ve become quite the avid sourdough baker this past year and you’ll agree that this story was kinda inevitable. 

Full of fun imagery edging toward the gross out I hope you find this short story as much fun to read as it was to write.

Pulp Gem

Pulp Gem

I discovered this little gem while scouring old pulp magazines for the next Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers book club item.  I thought it had some great use of language and was a fun little tribute to the grandfather of horror himself.  Enjoy!
The Light of Day

The Light of Day

There are different kinds of writers out there.  Some sit down and hammer out a story, one at a time, while others like myself dabble across a ton of different stories seemingly simultaneously.  I tend to think that if you are rating these styles in terms of efficiency the former would end up producing things on a more regular basis, while the latter will see intermittant flurries of activity.

I’ve written quite a bit lately, and while some stories are going out to calls for submissions, many were just written for fun.  Most of the time when this happens I squrril them away into my Google Drive, and await for a call for a submission that matches the content that I’ve created, or for some distant day when I’ve written enough stores along the same theme or world to bundle them together and release an anthology.

But several of the authors that I follow release their shorts as stand along products on Amazon, and I thought that was a cool idea.  Releasing stories for a couple of bucks allows them to see the light of day, instead of just languishing in my digital folder.

So bare with me as I dust off some old gems and throw them out there for you all to enjoy.

-Matt

Another Year Begins

Often times when I publish anything on my obscure little blog here I feel as though all I am really doing is talking to nobody. My grey cells composing sentences for the ether of the Internet, and nothing else. And sometimes that is a comfort just as much as it is a punch to the gut. But here we are in 2022, and I’m at it again.

There are just certain things that I can’t help but gravitate toward in my life.  My fascination with bugs, my love for windy days, and writing fun little works of fiction. With this new year I hope to find the time to enjoy all of these things.

My Kindle Vella series is a good start. I’m five episodes in, and having fun flying by the seat of my pants. Taking a page from Stephen King’s book, I’m setting the stage and letting the characters really fight in my mind. It’s been fun seeing how they can find their way out of the jams I put them in.

Here is a link to that Vella series of mine:  https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09GH5J1SY

But I’m addition to this I want to continue to build up the number of publications I have to my name. So finding a monthly submission, and writing to those specs will be a goal of mine. If I do 9 in a year I’ll be happy.

Then there is editing my novel. Yes that’s right, my novel. Did you know I wrote one? No one did. It’s sat finished in my Google drive for years now. Waiting to be edited and cleaned up. This year is going to be the year, and if I have to Sept publish it, so be it.

And that’s it. There you go. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Jack. May we all have a great 2022!

Office Monster

Office Monster

There once was a monster from under the sea,
Who decided to live a life like you or like me.

So he got a job at an office right quick,
as a Junior Sales Associate under Sales Manager Rick.

But selling software turned out to be a contemptuous map,
of needless policy meetings and jargon-laced crap.

The break room could hardly store the sea monsters lunch,
and when he tried to make friends they all ran in a bunch.

The VOIP phone they told him to use,
required fingers and thumbs, not fins, suckers, and hooves.

And while he found the smell of gull droppings quite charming,
it seemed that the others only found it alarming.

They weren’t happy at all that he brought them all snails,
they flat out refused to taste the brown glossy trails.

The keyboard and mouse were too hard to find,
once he covered his desk with seaweed and slime.

and don’t get them started when his skin got too crusty,
and he set off the sprinklers, man, humans were fussy.

His Outlook messages were also a mess,
with most of them written in old Norse at best.

But HR assured all that he should just be,
and noted the poster on diversity.

But after a week under those flickering lights,
the sea monster decided to give up the fight.

So when Rick asked him to come in on his precious free day,
to fill out reports that weren’t due anyway.

The monster puffed up, grunted, and then lifted his tail,
and sent something unpleasant by in-office mail.

The monster just couldn’t be human, this was a fact.
So he turned in his notice, and never looked back.