“Skeleton Key” – Patreon and Substack

“Anything else I can help you with?” I asked Mrs. Hix another time through her door.” “The annual spikes in rent. They smother us like clockwork.” “I know. I’m sorry, but that’s out of my hands.” “Then I’ll give you more. I need a lock of your hair.” “Ma’am?” “I can summon you through otherContinue reading ““Skeleton Key” – Patreon and Substack”

October – Cover and Chapter One Excerpt for Patreon

Now available for Patreon members: a preview of my forthcoming third novel’s cover and chapter one excerpt. Not every photo tells the same story, but the place in Saul’s looks less like a place and more a story everyone knows. Similar places in other parts of the world hold a similar message in fields likeContinue reading “October – Cover and Chapter One Excerpt for Patreon”

“All Clear” – a Bigfoot Yarn

The radio’s song scratches back into the truck’s speakers. Gerry adjusts his ballcap and shifts into gear. The twin mufflers reverberate underneath the license plate printed with CHEROKEE NATION and the dinged fender stickered with 9/11 NEVER FORGET and International Association of Fire Fighters. The country singer sings how killing time is killing him untilContinue reading ““All Clear” – a Bigfoot Yarn”

“Bloodsuckers” on Patreon for Father’s Day

“Come on. Let’s check the Four-Zero.” “Bloodsuckers,” William Auten As soon as the rusted lock clicks off and the barn doors open, more hot moisture billows around them. Matt pushes back his ballcap. Winches, tools, sawdust soaking oil spots, and fiberglass clippings litter the broken-up concrete floor. Water plops from the ceiling and slides offContinue reading ““Bloodsuckers” on Patreon for Father’s Day”

A Fine Day Will Burn Through – Cover and Layout Preview for Patreon Members

Get a first gander at the cover for A Fine Day Will Burn Through: Stories by joining Patreon. Hollywood and Japan. The South and Midwest. Outer space and back home. Past and present. Myths and truths. Expectations and desires. Animals and humans. A storage locker and a softball game. A school play and an artContinue reading “A Fine Day Will Burn Through – Cover and Layout Preview for Patreon Members”

“Home Improvement” Audio and Text for Patreon Members

Starting with floors and paint, he renovates the kitchen after a month of smaller projects while he’s on leave. But do we need track lighting? his wife asks. Their yellow lab stands half sentinel, half coworker who never works because of drink, food, nap, or bathroom breaks. William Auten, “Home Improvement” “Home Improvement” (1,000-word shortContinue reading ““Home Improvement” Audio and Text for Patreon Members”