Vree’s Beginnings Again, Chapter 2

This is another edited repost from my old blog Vree Erickson, in which I wrote more about Vree’s backstory. (Vree is a character that appears in many of my stories.) * * * I mentioned last week that Vree’s last name was Erikson in the very early publications of my stories. The spelling changed to … Continue reading Vree’s Beginnings Again, Chapter 2

Fantasy Short Story 008-2023-0329

Those of you who know my books and have followed my previous blog know that my “Ghost Dogs” short story, which I featured last week at Fantasy Short Story 007-2023-0320, became the basis for my “Night of the Hell Hounds” story. Recently, I found an older version of “Night of the Hell Hounds” that features … Continue reading Fantasy Short Story 008-2023-0329

Fantasy Short Story 007-2023-0320

Many years ago I wrote a story for a high school English class. My teacher helped me to understand story structure the best she could, but it was enough to create an aha moment that aroused my interest in writing more stories. The more stories I wrote, the more my interest in the craft grew. … Continue reading Fantasy Short Story 007-2023-0320

Fantasy Short Story 006-2022-1031

It’s Halloween. “Bones In the Sand” is another short story from the 1990s. I wrote this one in 1991 for my children, especially for my son. Now it’s here for the rest of the world to read. And it has skeletons in it for all you bone lovers to enjoy on this Halloween. Enjoy. It … Continue reading Fantasy Short Story 006-2022-1031

Two Short Stories 004- and 005-2022-1030

Tomorrow is Halloween. To prepare for the occasion, I perused some of my old spooky tales, and now I’m posting two stories for your reading pleasure. “Secrets” is a quickie about someone with secrets sitting with a fortune teller. It began in the 1980s and grew only so far and stopped, so I left it … Continue reading Two Short Stories 004- and 005-2022-1030

Fantasy Short Story 003-2022-1004

Halloween grows closer and I’m in a ghost story mood. This short story about young Vree Erickson and a ghost appeared earlier this year in my post of June 6. Vree Erickson’s pleasant expression changed to surprise, then to shock mixed with fright. The air in the dugout became thin and dry, as though an … Continue reading Fantasy Short Story 003-2022-1004

Fantasy Short Story 002-2022-0922

I call this story “Into the Void” and wrote it in 2007. It’s a bit strange and reflects the fiction I was reading at the time. It’s no secret that current culture and events seep into every writer’s work (and every artist’s artwork). * * * Ronald Parker’s cell phone vibrated on his leather belt … Continue reading Fantasy Short Story 002-2022-0922

Fantasy Short Story 001-2022-0901

I call this story “Different Perspectives.” * * * The coffeehouse window Larry sat beside reminded him of sitting in his car at the car wash. Except, this wasn’t Get Wet Express. This was another rainy day in Ridgewood, at Mabel’s, on Monday, around eight-thirty in the morning, and he sat across his sister Elaine, … Continue reading Fantasy Short Story 001-2022-0901

Beginnings, Chapter 4

The first story I wrote that featured Vree as the main character was a 1972 short called “Ghost Love.” It was based on an earlier story about two 12-year-olds named Haley and Owen. SPOILER ALERT: Owen died in the story and came back as a ghost. Vree’s version became a little darker than the original. … Continue reading Beginnings, Chapter 4

Beginnings, Chapter 2

Last week I mentioned that Vree’s last name in the early publications from my high school years was Erikson. The spelling changed to Erickson when I began writing about her again later in life. Other changes were Ravenwood to Ridgewood, Myers Ridge to Russell Ridge (I moved Myers Ridge farther west), and the twins Dave … Continue reading Beginnings, Chapter 2