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New Short Story – Behind You

Hi all, I’ve resurfaced from an orgy of writing to deliver the following news. I’ve got a new short story out, which was set up as part of a neat publishing deal with Writer’s House. The short story–and those that will follow it–are part of a book imprint I’m now in charge of: Ash Lane Books.

Every month or so, I’ll be releasing a new short. They’ll all be priced at $1.00 unless they have bonuses or are part of a bundle.

Most of the stories will be spooky, but not-quite-horror. I’m not a big fan of writing gore and violence. I do, however, love psychological horror and old fashioned ghost stories.

Which brings us to the weirdness of Behind Youthe first story in the collection. Here’s the official description:

“Here again?” I said. It was the first time I spoke to him.

“Here always,” said James Schubert. It was the first time he spoke to me. He sat in a corner with his back against the wall.

There’s a reason why James Schubert never moves from his spot with his back against the wall. In the days of the California Gold Rush, James saw terrible things. And when he’s finished spinning his tale, nothing will ever be the same.

Can’t you just hear the spooky ghost town wind? Can’t you? I love this story. It was a blast to write. It’s been edited by some pros and I can’t wait to hear what you think.

You can get it for one dollar by following that link, or clicking the cover below. The story runs over 9,000 words, which is roughly 36 double spaced pages.



Thank you all.

PS: for everyone who has asked about other upcoming writing, I just turned in the fifth draft of a novel (cross your fingers), and am hard at work on a much longer project called All The Men Are Dying. 


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  • Bo Emerson May 18, 2015, 11:32 am

    Josh: Bo Emerson here with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Congrats on the new story. A quick note: I thought you (and Alan Glass) might like to know that scientists can now determine whether you are going to die soon by testing your grip strength.
    Here’s the story in the Economist: