Come Back to Me
"Come Back to Me," appeared in the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of SNReview. The story is an early character study of two of my principal characters in my forthcoming novel, and is based on the famous ghost story of Kate Morgan, who some say still haunts the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California.
Watch a live reading of this story at BookPeople in Austin, TX
The Final Bow
"The Final Bow" won the First Annual Southern California Review Fiction Prize! The story appeared in the Spring 2009 (Volume II, No. 1) issue of Southern California Review. The final selection was made by guest judge Chris Meeks.
The Southern California Review is the recently renamed Southern California Anthology, established in 1982, and has published authors such as James Tate, Alice Fulton, John Updike, and Joyce Carol Oates. It has been described as "a literary review that contains an eclectic collection of previously unpublished, quality contemporary fiction, poetry, and interviews with established literary people, published for adults of all professions, particularly those interested in serious contemporary literature."
The Looking Glass
"The Looking Glass" was published in the 2008 fiction anthology Coach's Midnight Diner. This particular piece started out as an experiment in language. I had just finished reading a short, very dark novel by Joyce Carol Oates and wanted to see how well I could create atmosphere with language. The characters came out of one of my languishing novel projects, and, to my amazement, they took on new life within the context of a seamy Victorian landscape. Although it did gain some recognition in national contests, it took a while to find a home for it.