A map of the Norse “Eastern Settlement” in Greenland.
I drew this map of the Eastern Settlement (one of two communities in Norse Greenland, existing from roughly 985-1450) back in 2013 for an unrelated project. While not whatsoever perfect (or accurate!), someone reading “The Snowman of Bishops Fell” may at least get an idea as to the location of the action.
You’ll notice a cross labeled “Gardar” just above the separation between the images. This was the location of St. Nikolaus Cathedral (and the residence of the bishop). You may also imagine that one of the three mountainous triangles immediately to the right of that location is Bishops Fell.
Set in Norse Greenland during the 15th century, “The Snowman of Bishops Fell” concerns a band of Norse Greenlanders sent into the mountainous wastelands east of the settlement to destroy an outlaw who seems to have harnessed supernatural powers.
I wrote the first draft of “The Snowman of Bishops Fell” in either late 2016 or early 2017. Continue reading “Coming Soon: “The Snowman of Bishops Fell””
I’m dead, yet I am. I continue. My mind drifts forward.
“Where did you get that sheet?”
Humankind had never ventured this far into the unknown.
A single escape pod drifted listlessly through intergalactic space.
Continue reading ““Drifting””
The creature struggled free from wet newspaper and slipped out onto the kitchen linoleum.
Dinner guests returned to the refrigerator for alcohol.
The door was left ajar.
Continue reading ““A Vengeful Crustacean””
“We know you’re angry over your death.”
Inexplicable difficulties at the extraction facility had resulted in a tentative abandonment.
Human presence on Mercury would cease.
Continue reading ““Ghost Without a Haunt””
“Only five percent of those treated will experience the undesired transformation.”
After custodians had thoroughly cleaned the examination room, a new cohort of patients was ushered inside.
The doctor followed. He hurriedly explained the merits of inoculation.
Continue reading ““Double-barreled Treatment””
Originally written under a pseudonym as responses to a prompt from Nano Horror (@tweetsthecreeps) under #nHorror, these 2017 tweets are taunts sent from a fictitious Pittsburgh serial killer – “Steel City Slayer” – to the police and media.
Dear Pittsburgh Bureau of Police:
The wrong river was dragged.
Steel City Slayer
Continue reading ““Steel City Slayer” Tweets”
“I sure am getting hungry.”
The wagon train raced through the pass, hoping to beat the snows.
Continue reading ““Pass Me the Cooking Pot””