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James Van Pelt

An interviewer asked the author if he wanted to be the next Stephen King: he said, "No, I want to be the first James Van Pelt."

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James Van Pelt fell in love with Zenna Henderson, Ray Bradbury, Ursula le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey and a host of others when he started reading. In elementary school, he told his mom he wanted to grow up to be a Ray Bradbury, like Bradbury was a job instead of a person. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld and many other venues. Stories have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies and gathered in five of his collections. He has been a finalist for the Nebula, the Sturgeon Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He recently retired from teaching high school English (37 years), to write full time.

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Weaponized Ghosts of the 96th Infantry

Published Oct 31, 2018 · 1,212 words (5 minutes) · 212 views

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Happy Halloween, everyone! This story completes my spooky-themed pieces for the Halloween season. I've written a few ghost stories. Here the justice is most poetic. JVP

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Origin of the Species

Published Oct 26, 2018 · 5,183 words (19 minutes) · 313 views

Fantasy Horror Humor Love

This is the 4th of the Halloween-themed stories for October.  David Hartwell reprinted it in The Year's Best Fantasy 3, and the story was honorably mentioned in Datlow/Windling Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.  Anyone who attended an American high school should understand why werewolves and bad moons are a part of "Origin of the Species." JVP

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It was a cloudy evening in Arizona on the night of the full moon. The clouds and the moon playing hide and seek really brought out the colors in the sky with the moon’s halo dispersing through the clouds. Perfect time for capture.

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Late Homework

Published Oct 18, 2018 · 859 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 264 views

Fantasy Horror

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Miss Hathaway's Spider

Published Oct 11, 2018 · 4,568 words (17 minutes) · 344 views

Fantasy Horror Humor Literary Fiction Satire Strange

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The Experience Arcade

Published Oct 5, 2018 · 1,094 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 307 views

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What Weena Knew

Published Sep 27, 2018 · 6,933 words (26 minutes) · 1 like · 358 views

Classic Literary Fiction Science Fiction

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A Wow Finish

Published Sep 21, 2018 · 6,598 words (24 minutes) · 285 views

Literary Fiction Science Fiction Love Strange

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Friday, After the Game

Published Sep 8, 2018 · 5,160 words (19 minutes) · 285 views

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