Dec 28, 2018 · 5,968 words (22 minutes)
In order to prevent him from flunking a test that will affect his grade negatively, Dinsdale "Dinny" Dog is prepared to undergo a re-do of his assignment. But whether he is prepared to deal with the rigours of daily life in Gennett, Anthropomorph, to do it is another matter entirely.
Dec 27, 2018 · 3,653 words (14 minutes) · 1 like
A podcast original at Pseudopod back in 2011, here's the full text of the story. A horror yarn about the things we're left, the legacies of the past, and possible futures we may not have chosen for ourselves.
Dec 20, 2018 · 888 words (4 minutes)
I worried that this story would bother my more Christian friends. No one said anything, but I get the occasional suspicious look. Someone told me once that the way to write a science fiction or fantasy story is to look at who the science fictional or fantastical change impacts the most. What bigger change has occurred in the world that could rival the Christmas story? JVP
Dec 17, 2018 · 1,024 words (4 minutes)
On his tenth birthday, Clark fell from the butte overlooking Highway 7. What happened next surprised everyone. His parents cautioned him to hide his secret, which he did despite the many stories we've read that report a different outcome.
Dec 16, 2018 · 1,981 words (8 minutes)
As a part of my writing group's Christmas celebration, we each wrote a seasonal story for the last meeting of the year. We'd read them aloud while sipping punch and eating cookies. Weird Tales published it in 1998. The math on people's ages in the story isn't accurate for 2018, but in 1998, this story was just possible. It is my favorite of the Christmas stories I wrote. JVP