The Headless White Horse: My New Short Story Compilation


Well, it’s finally here.  The short story compilation has arrived, and thanks to Jack Johnson I have a fun promotional video to show it off:

The synopsis of each story in the collection is as follows:

  • “Rust” – Mars is now a prison mining colony where each prisoner has their own mine…and their own robot warden.
  • “Shade” – A lone astronaut is marooned on a harsh world where the sunlight can kill, but the horrid thing living in the only shade may be worse.
  • “Baphomet” – There is no telling what things lurk in the darkness of a forgotten Egyptian tomb, but one hapless bulldozer operator finds out.
  • “Edge” – A paraplegic teen just wants to photograph birds at the edge of the tree line unaware that something lurks in the forest beyond.
  • “Radio” – While on a long trip across the desert, a bored radio listener tunes over to the AM band only to discover a horrific secret.
  • “Siri 6” – In the future, what will our automated internet assistants be capable?
  • “Ruin” – One man’s obsession with righting a past wrong runs him afoul of one powerful entity who tries to show him the truth.
  • “Horse” – A tale told by my father one day when we stopped on a lonely strip of dirt road just south of a trellis bridge.  It still gives me nightmares.
  • “Rakshasa” – A story my oldest daughter swears is true, and if it is I should get a bigger fence.
  • “Dark” – Those afraid of the absence of light often fight an active imagination a curse.
  • “Mitsuki’s Journal” – A journal of one of the main characters of The Terminarch War.  The journal explains how she arrived in the jungle and how she became a hermit.
  • “The Coup” – A tale of the journey the Terrans made from our solar system to the Five Rims, and the evil that desperation causes.
  • “The Shibboleth Code: Chapter 1” – The first chapter in the third book of the Five Rims Series.

If you want to get a copy of it, click the cover to the right —->

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4 thoughts on “The Headless White Horse: My New Short Story Compilation

  1. Interesting group of stories. “Radio” definitely attracts my eye along with “Horse”, “Ruin” and “Edge”

    How long did it take you to work on this compilation of short stories, Roger? It’s unfortunate these days short stories take a lot of flak and treat the art of short stories less seriously than a novel. I’m still an amateur and I’m trying to get my feet in the door with short stories. The problem is that I get so discouraged, filled with thoughts of self-doubt and fear that I quit in the middle of my drafts and never finish them. And I’m trying to get past that but it’s very hard when a person like me is such a perfectionist because I want to create the best work that I can in which I can be proud of.

    • Thank you for the reply.

      This group of short stories have been sitting around for a few years. Many of them, however, are brand new and I had to spend a good six months churning them out. I’ve always lived by the adage “the only thing that will get your project done is bum glue and fingers moving”. I try to write about 500-1000 words per day even if I produce only garbage. Eventually we scrub out all the stinky bits in the revisions. If you have a good germ for a story then run with it. Short stories, I have found, sometimes give us impetus for a new novel as in “Edge”. I have to finish the Five Rims Series first, though…or maybe I’ll work on “Edge” on the side.

      Happy writing!

      • Nice. Really liked the tone of Edge, the casual way things slowly started to seem much more ominous without you or the characters needing to overemphasize. I think out of all of them that probably most made me want to see what happens next. Glad to hear we might find out some day!

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