Sparrow in a Tin Can – Two teenage boys watch a Vermont pastor burn down the town church and soon discover they’ve missed the last train to The Rapture and are now alone with the murderous few who didn’t make the cut.
Coming Spring 2023 published by Winding Road Stories
Back in 2013, I was writing lots of stories about Jack the Ripper. Maybe a phase lots of writers go through based on some of the rejection letters I got. A little story was picked up by a now-defunct publication called Penumbra. I got paid a pro-rate, my first real sale. $89. Recently the story got picked up as a reprint by MetaStellar. The story is called Heaven’s Shutting Gate. It’s about a time traveler who decided he’s going to kill every serial killer. Which proves easy for known killers, such as Bundy, or Manson, but more difficult for unsolved cases such as Jack The Ripper. Check it out below. Fun Fact. This story was the moment a writing friend/mentor taught me the industrial-sized power of editing. He moved the ‘rules’ this time traveler follows to the front of the story (I had them buried somewhere in the middle). You’ll see it makes for a chilling beginning. Just who was this brilliant writer? Christian McKay Heidicker who went on to win the Newberry Award.