“Zombie Ship”

Check out this genuine B movie schlock that blends horror, historical fiction, and a touch of science fiction into one ghastly adventure.

Although a painstakingly slow return to the surface was necessary after such a deep dive, the final phase of this recovery for William Benson and James Martin was cut short. Always cantankerous and unpredictable, Lake Superior had settled into restlessness under a twisting indigo sky. The potential ramifications of the clandestine and illegal visit to the wreckage of Edmund Fitzgerald also motivated those present to encourage brevity. Continue reading ““Zombie Ship””

“Voodoo at Mount Vernon”

Mount Vernon was soaked in dismay, exposing all to heartache.

Washington was dying, but that didn’t stop his doctors from administering a gruesome regiment of bloodletting and archaic medicines.  Continue reading ““Voodoo at Mount Vernon””

“A Dead President and His Dinosaur”

The ghost of Franklin Pierce and a shaochilong walked into a bar.

The ghost of Franklin Pierce and a shaochilong walked into a bar. The raucous crowd fell silent.  Continue reading ““A Dead President and His Dinosaur””

“Andrew Jackson in Heaven”

Keenly aware of his misdeeds, he was pleased to find himself in paradise.

Andrew Jackson was in Heaven. Keenly aware of his misdeeds, he was pleased to find himself in paradise. A simple cabin in a pleasant valley awaited him.

Jackson ignored the fact that William Henry Harrison possessed a spacious lodge on a nearby mountain. However, he became quite taciturn when John Quincy Adams reached the eternal kingdom. A multitude of angels received that scoundrel, despite his corrupt nature. Adams was granted exceedingly luxurious accommodations.

Initially unsure as to the reason for his poor treatment, Jackson realized the troubling truth when John C. Calhoun arrived.

“This is decidedly not Heaven!” Jackson cried.

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Andrew Jackson

“Tippecanoe, the Time Machine, and Tyler Too”

With another sudden burst of light, Tyler and the ghastly apparatus disappeared.

The time machine flashed into existence in the midst of the Battle of Tippecanoe, directly between William Henry Harrison and Tenskwatawa. Those present on the battlefield that morning were absolutely wonderstruck.

None other than John Tyler stepped from the contraption.

“Harrison! Stop this! You’ll end up in the White House and last only 31 days!”

With another sudden burst of light, Tyler and the ghastly apparatus disappeared.

Both the American soldiers and Native American warriors remained paralyzed with bewilderment.

Harrison finally regathered his determination and logic.

“Tenskwatawa!” he cried. “Sorcerer and prophet! Such magic is powerless against the United States!”

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William Henry Harrison

The Fountain

I hope you brought a change of clothes – preferably a youth size. We’re going into the fountain.

Twister Sister Lit Mag recently published “The Fountain”, a short story that I wrote in November of 2016. If you teach American History long enough, you’ll also start to find some interesting footnotes that the textbook never visits in a totally satisfying way.

“The Fountain” blends elements of historical fiction with fantasy (with maybe just a touch of the supernatural), although I do employ plenty of creative license. I didn’t want to use any actual historical figures – somehow throwing Juan Ponce de Leon into the middle of this story took away from the fantasy aspect.

That said, I do find the subject matter to be one of the more interesting tales from America in the 16th century – and that’s really saying something considering all the bizarre occurances in the Western Hemisphere during that century.

Click the image below to be taken to Twister Sister Lit Mag and experience “The Fountain” for yourself:

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