My newest eBook went live today. Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum: Flash Fiction. It includes four flash fiction stories and an introduction that is in its own way a story. It’s a little introduction to the Morbid Museum and the curator of the museum, Mister Siris Grim. There will be one, or possibly two, more installments of Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum leading up to the release of the full collection of short fiction titled The Morbid Museum. This will be a collection of horror, true crime, science fiction, and other genre fiction curated around the theme of death. So exciting!
The first story in this new release is titled “Clyde.” It’s about the ghosts of the Pac-Man game from the perspective of Clyde, the orange ghost. Fun Fact: the orange ghost in the Ms. Pac-Man game was named Sue. The next story is titled “Highway 491.” This is a real highway that goes through New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah (partially). Prior to 2003 it was called the Devil’s Highway because it was U.S. Route 666. What kind of spooky things happen on the Devil’s Highway? You’ll have to read to find out.
The next story is “Blue Ridge Mountain Hop,” a ghost story set in the Appalachian Mountains which are sometimes called the Blue Ridge Mountains because of the misty hue they reflect during certain times of day. This is followed by the last story “Jesse’s Lament.” This is a tale about a young man during the Civil War feeling homesick and missing his twin brother. This story takes place during the Battle of Gettysburg on Culp’s Hill. “Blue Ridge Mountain Hop” also includes some apparitions from the Civil War which is why I put those two together.
This new eBook will be available for free this week on Wednesday, July 4, only. The promotion is in celebration of Independence Day and will only be available for free on that day. As always, reviews are greatly appreciated, and any feedback will be heard and considered. Who doesn’t love free stuff? If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download the app for free to any device from the App Store or Google Play Store. I hope you enjoy the stories and I hope you’ll keep an eye out for any future works I publish. I promise more are coming. You can check the Projects page to see what else I’ve published.
Of the many spiders in the world, there are a small number whose bites are considered clinically significant. This means the bites are very harmful to humans. The two most well known are the Brown Recluse, also known as the fiddle back, and the Black Widow, sometimes called the southern widow. The third lesser known is the Hobo Spider. A bite from the Hobo Spider is not as severe as the Brown Recluse but on rare occasions, victims can display other symptoms. Mainly, they can mutate and turn into the Hobo Spider-Man.
The Hobo Spider-Man is a most interesting creature. He scavenges trashcans and dumpsters for food and alcohol. He will often stand on street corners asking for change and if the person is unwilling to give, he will use his webbing that he shoots from his arm to restrain them long enough for him to search their pockets and run off with whatever he finds. He has been known to build webs in alleys to catch rival hobos so he might have no begging competition.
When police chase after him, he scales the wall of a building with ease to avoid imprisonment. Yes, the Hobo Spider-Man is a menace to society, so be cautious and steadfast so that you don’t get bitten and become the Hobo Spider-Man.
I have a new eBook that will be released on Monday, October 16. It is available for pre-order and it will download automatically on Monday if you do. It is only $0.99 and includes two versions of one story. The original was first published in 2015 in my collection of short stories, Killers, Monsters, & Madmen. The second version is the story in its entirety. There was a lot of the story cut out for the first publication and now you can read the whole thing. This story will also be included in my forthcoming collection of short fiction titled, Morbid Museum.
There will be other eBook coming throughout the next year leading to the release of the new collection. These will be a series called Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum. “The Ghosts Inside” is available only on Amazon Kindle. There will be free promotions now and then and I will inform everyone of these free deals. Be sure to find my on social media: @jamespackwriter and tell me what you think of my writing or what you think of me. Please be kind but honest. I will post some of my writing here on my blog as well as all kinds of other things to keep me writing.
You can also find my book of poetry, Pariah Bound: The Lonesome Poetry, in both eBook and Paperback formats. Check back regularly for free promotions and giveaways of this title as well. I also do a little music production which I will be posting something about in the near future. I will be hosting some panels at the Tucson Comic Con in November and I will share more details about that as we get closer to the convention. Let me know if you’ll be there!