The Mojave Cycle

I took this photo in the Mojave Desert, and used it for for my story, The Mojave Cycle. Thanks to Mojave He[art] Review for including it in their latest issue.

The desert finds a fun way to feed itself with the use of the Hawaiian Motel. I hope you read and enjoy.

…Try hitchhiking, muddy and naked? Nothing sounded reasonable; he felt thrown into an open-aired invisible cage with no way out. Exhausted, Caleb decided to go back to the Hawaiian to rest and think of his next move.”

Crossing the Queen

Thanks to Close to the Bone for publishing my latest short piece Crossing the Queen “Cigarette smoke curled around Veronica’s right wrist like a translucent gray handcuff. She uncrossed her black-stockinged legs, stood up, and dropped ash into the blood that pooled around Allen’s head.”

Crossing the Queen is heavily influenced by film noir, as are many of my stories, but Veronica and Allen are named after Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd of This Gun for Hire, The Blue Dahlia-written by Raymond Chandler, and The Glass Key. I do imagine the two characters looking like them. I hope you enjoy!

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