Fiction Friday: The Panel Moderator

This was a fun story I wanted to develop as a comic book to sell at conventions. It was published locally in November 2018 in Tucson, AZ for a used book stored, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

Who maintains order at conventions around the world? Who keeps celebrities on topic during Q&A sessions? Who fights menacing villains to protect the safety of convention goers everywhere? That’s right, it’s The Panel Moderator! The Panel Moderator travels the globe attending every convention to uphold Truth, Justice, and Nerd Way of Life.

The Panel Moderator basks in the glory of yet another successful convention.

“Ah, the Exhibitor Hall is lively and energetic this morning.”

“Panel Moderator! Panel Moderator!” A young boy called from far off.

“Hello Billy! How are you?”

“Panel Moderator, he’s back and he’s doing mean things again.”

“Who’s back, Billy?”

“The Photo Bomber! He jumped in my picture with the guy dressed like Batman.”

“That Dastardly Devil! Don’t worry Billy, I’ll stop him!”

“Go get him Panel Moderator!”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Exhibitor Hall, a man in a dark cloak lurks behind a crowd of onlookers as photos are being taken of Storm Troopers. The man in the cloak runs, jumps, and flies through the air covering many of the troopers as several photos are taken.

“The Photo Bomber strikes again! MWAHAHAHAHA!”

“Stop there you Pathetic Plague on Picture Takers!”

“The Panel Moderator! I hoped I had gotten your attention when I bombed little Billy’s photo with that pointy eared dork. Now come and get moderated by the Photo Bomber. MWAHAHAHAHA!”

As the Panel Moderator charged at his enemy, the Photo Bomber opened his cloak to reveal several flashbulbs that ignited simultaneously. With his nemesis discombobulated, the Photo Bomber escaped.

“That Flashing Photogenic Fiend! I must find him before he ruins another innocent child’s photo!”

Will the Panel Moderator find the Photo Bomber before he claims another victim? Will the Storm Troopers be able to Photoshop the villain out of their pictures? Will Billy have another chance to pose with Batman? Keep an eye out for the next installment of The Panel Moderator!

Free eBook Fridays: March

On our next installment of Free eBook Fridays, we have a short collection of short stories, “Dollar Tales From the Morbid Museum: Flash Fiction.” I self-published this collection on June 30, 2018 as an eBook. Today only, until midnight, the eBook is available for a free download. Once a month I offer one of my eBooks for free in the hopes that those who download it will read it and write a review on either Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews are not mandatory, but an honest review will help promote my works and are greatly appreciated. Get your free copy before the promotion ends. Download Here.

The purpose of the Dollar Tales collection is to build up the anticipation for the full paperback collection that is coming soon. I publish a couple of stories as an eBook for a dollar and get feedback on the stories. I also have a few stories published in online magazines which will be included in the paperback edition. This process has helped me outline and figure out exactly how I want to present all these stories in one collection. Not simply a collection of stories with a similar theme but a story within a story. That’s why I created the idea of the Morbid Museum.

The Morbid Museum is curated by Siris Grim who holds a fascination with death; the prevailing theme of the Morbid Museum. He acts as a kind of narrator between the exhibits and each exhibit has a number of stories. I had not figured out this part when I published the first two collections of the Dollar Tales series but the next one coming in April will be a part of one of those exhibits. I also hope to have a couple other stories published in magazines before completing the final collection which will feature approximately 20 stories. Enjoy your free copy.

Visitors to the Morbid Museum seek the dark and twisted corners of the world. They are both terrified and intrigued by the unknown. Tales of killers, monsters, and madmen are curated by the Master of Death, Mr. Siris Grim. Mr. Grim collects the darkness that everyone attempts to hide and displays it within the corridors of his gruesome gallery. Who will be next to purchase a ticket and walk the halls of the Morbid Museum?

Spooky Stories in Online Magazines

I am excited to tell everyone about the several stories I’ve had published to online magazines. As I mostly write horror fiction, it felt obvious that many stories would be published in the month of October. And to continue the spooky season, I am sharing the links to these stories on my blog. I have shared the links on my social media and some of you may have already seen these, but I want everyone to know. These stories will also be included in my forthcoming collection of short fiction “Morbid Museum.”

The first story published was “The Demon’s Favor” as a feature in the October issue of Uncaged Book Reviews on page 40. They primarily publish reviews of horror novels, but on occasion offer some short fiction. The next story, “Ceres” was entered into a contest on The Bold Mom Blog. The Bold Mom is a horror promoter. The submissions for the contest end on October 23 and that’s when voting begins. There are currently 30 entries and will possibly have more. I post a link when the voting starts so you all can vote more my story “Ceres” which is about pirates and hungry creatures.

My most recent publication was “Where the Bullfrogs Gather” on Jitter Press. This story is featured online and will be part of a printed collection. Details about the paperback edition are coming soon. I’ll let you all know when it’s available. My collection of short fiction won’t be ready until I finish a few more stories, but I will have another eBook available soon featuring a few short stories. I also have my novella “The Tommy Gun” in final editing stages. Just in the writing world I have a lot going on. The rest of my life is busy too. Happy spooky reading!