“Spectral Delivery” started life in early 2013 as a sample story to serve as introduction to my Road Ghosts Trilogy. Its chronological place in the series is somewhere between the second book, Sinking Down, and the third one, Me and the Devil, but it’s meant to stand alone, and contains no real spoilers. The story is included as a part of The Road Ghosts Omnibus and is read wonderfully in the audiobook by Sean Duregger. I’m not including his reading here on the podcast. If you’d prefer his professional reading over this free “read by the author”, then you’ll have to buy the audiobook. You should anyway, it’s worth it for Sean’s amazing reading of three books and this short story.
It’s told from the point of view of Enid, who’s an outsider to the supernatural adventures of Brett, Gonzo, and their friends, but she ended up charming me enough that I revisited her in “Christmas Special“, which is later in the Alien Beer stories series.
P.S. I used to deliver pizzas for a living; the Hey Dudes are real.
“Killer Cure” was my very first Iron Writer story. I wrote it for the third-ever Challenge, in March 2013, using these four elements: A failed superhero, a piano, a boat propeller and a Chechem/Chaka tree. My story won against two other Iron Writer participants, though their stories were quite good. It was such fun to write, it makes me wonder why I don’t do more superhero stories.
A rather personal bit of flash fiction. Looking back, it was foreshadowing about my own imminent transition that would blossom later that year.
Written for the Iron Writer Challenge in January 2015, I took on the following elements: Botticelli, a tiger lily, long hair, and steampunk goggles. The latter two elements demanded that I write a story involving my heroine Ida Stillwell, from my Trans-Continental steampunk books. It turned out to be an origin story that I decided was canon.