Tragic shorts—sometimes short on romance.
As a novelist, I intend to write dark historical romance. As a short story writer, I intend to write tales containing at least one of the following elements: history, suspense, the supernatural, or romance. Some stories are heavier on certain elements than others. You’ll only have to read to find out.
“Do You Hear the Coffin Bell?” will be republished in an upcoming issue of Suspense Magazine.
“The Writer’s Glass Slipper” will be published in an upcoming issue of The Weird and Whatnot.
“A Most Charming Couple” will be published in Corvid Queen on August 7, 2020.
Published Short Stories (Alphabetical):
Premise: Mary Smith thought she found a love match in George Blackbourne–until he passed away from a fatal illness. She grieved for her dead lover, but not for the reasons anyone thought. She loved him, yes, until she found a secret that shattered his near perfect image–a mistress and his child.
Now Mary keeps a secret of her own as she goes through the motions, mourning for a man who splintered her heart into pieces. Until the coffin bell rings, and the dead returns to life, revealing an even darker truth.
“I’d Rather Lose My Head” was published in the first issue of Magazine of History & Fiction in December 2018.
Premise: In this historical re-imagining, Anne Boleyn’s heart aches for what she’s destined to never possess–true love. Her fancy has been captured by the amorous attentions of a courtier named Henry Percy, but a jealous King Henry VIII thwarts their romance through the scheming Cardinal Wolsey. Anne’s fury abounds, unable to recover the love she’s lost, as the tyrannical King ignites his courtship with her, but she won’t give into him so easily. She’d rather lose her head than come to him willingly.
“Lady of the Rain” was published in April 2019 on Literary Yard.
Premise: Patience is a spinster with an interest in Roman antiquities. However, being a woman in Victorian England, no man wishes to hear her theories on pagan goddesses and ancient lore—except for her uncle, an archaeologist returned from his most recent excavation. He brings with him an artistic masterpiece, a gift for Patience’s father, but as soon as the painting is carried into her family’s home, strange things begin to happen.
“On the Water’s Edge” was published on November 9, 2018 by Fiction on the Web.
Premise: Frederick Wilde was always running, whether it was from his father’s blows or the woman who loved him. His feet only stopped when he stumbled upon a lake buried deep in a forest. There, he saw a reflection—but it wasn’t his own.
Premise: Lady Emmeline is a grief-stricken woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She knew passion once, long ago. Now, she suffers from the repercussions of her choices. When her childhood friend, Agatha, writes to her, her husband gives his consent for her to visit the home she hasn’t seen in years. There, she helps Agatha through the grief of her deceased brother, who happens to be her former lover. But he might not be as far away as Emmeline thinks, and he has a message for her to hear.
Premise: Set in a rural village in Victorian England, Kitty waits for her beloved, a poet and a dreamer, to return from London. He promised to return to her once he found success, but instead, she receives a letter about how distance has not made his love grow fonder. Kitty is crushed by his rejection, but an apparition, a woman in white, might guide her to the love and belonging she seeks…
Premise: Henry VIII is an ailing king blinded by the charms of his young, pretty wife, Catherine Howard. Catherine finds passion—and excitement—in the arms of her younger paramour, but a love letter forces this scandal from the shadows of her bedchambers to the politics of the Tudor court. Will Henry VIII believe his rose does indeed possess a thorn?
“The Scent of Lavender” placed as a runner-up in the 2019 Spooky Samhain Contest. This story was published in Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly in the Spooky Samhain 2019 Edition.
Premise: When a ghost appears at Thomas Haskett’s bedside, he believes its nothing more than an opium and alcohol-fueled nightmare—until he learns the next morning that his lover’s body was found beside the Drury Lane Theatre.
“Secrets in the Poison” was the feature story in Issue 181 of Squawk Back in December 2018.
Nash Powell is poisoned before he makes it to the altar. Who murdered him? His mourning fiancé, his longtime friend, or his loving sister? The murderer might not be obvious, but one thing is certain—there’s secrets in the poison.
Premise: It starts with a tick–or when the clock ticks no more. Someone’s dead, a loved one close to you. But who can it be? You stare at the hands, no longer pivoting, frozen on the minute a soul left a body. But who’s soul? Who’s body? Only time–and Death–will unravel the answer, but if only you could count the seconds.