Halbert Fiction

Wake up and smell the creepy.

The Fire Tower

   Are you fascinated by abandoned places? If so, you may want to pick up a copy of "The Horror Society Presents: Forgotten Places" which launched in March, 2015. It includes my really weird story, "The Fire Tower", as well as stories by some of today's best horror authors (including William F. Nolan, who wrote "Logan's Run".)

Invidia

  My story, "Invidia" was published in January 2015 in The Four Horsemen's: "Anthology Year Three: Distant Dying Ember". A great collection of stories from authors who have attended AnthoCon.

Papa's wrench and the wind chime

  I was thrilled to be invited to submit a story to Mocha Memoirs Press for their anthology, "The Grotesquerie". They wanted stories that were atmospheric and unsettling. This one launched in February of 2014 in honor of Women in Horror Recognition Month, and all 22 stories are written by women.

luxor decanted

  My story, "Luxor Decanted" is included in Great Old Ones Publishing's very first anthology, "Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification". This was an invite-only anthology, and it was the first time I'd been invited to submit a story. I tapped into my inner Lovecraft for this one. It was launched at AnthoCon in November 2013.

MURDER CONFIT

  My story, "Murder Confit" is in "Anthology Year Two: Inner Demons Out". This collection is published by The Four Horsemen, and anyone who has attended AnthoCon (an annual speculative fiction and art conference which takes place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire) is eligible to submit. It includes a variety of dark fiction, poems, and art by some of today's best. It was launched at AnthoCon 2013.

Give and go

  My story, "Give and Go" appears in Blue River Press' "Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks". All stories in this collection are basketball themed mysteries, and were written by members of the Speed City Chapter of Sisters in Crime. It was released in October 2013.

The creepiest house on witch hazel nook

My story, "The Creepiest House on Witch Hazel Nook" appears in Mystery & Horror LLC's "All Hallows' Evil", a collection of Halloween themed mysteries. It was published in September 2013.

ADVERSE POSSESSION

 

My story, "Adverse Possession" is included in the Grinning Skull Press anthology, "From Beyond the Grave". It was released in March, 2013.

when betsy whispers

 

My story, "When Betsy Whispers" was originally published by the Four Horsemen in "Anthology: Year One", in 2012.

 Many states nickname their electric chair, "Old Sparky". In Indiana, she's "Old Betsy". Can you hear her whisper?

Conjuring the corpse candles

 

My story, "Conjuring the Corpse Candles", was originally published in Static Movement's "Fall Shudders", 2012. Wanted to make something really benign seem scary. The hubby says, "How about one of those old-fashioned hoops, from the kids' hoop and stick games."

 

Challenged...accepted.

Dark CLoud Rising

 

My story, "Dark Cloud Rising", was originally published in "Indiana Science Fiction Anthology 2011".

I've been bummed about not being able to go in the caves for a few years. The government has one explanation. I've another. But, hey, I adore the little brown bat. So whatever it takes...

Like Riding A bicycle

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2", my short story, "Like Riding a Bicycle" was chosen for Evil Jester Press' maiden voyage anthology, "Help! Wanted: Tales of On-the-Job Terror", 2011. So psyched to be included in here with some of the most successful and famous horror authors from around the globe. (What's a nice girl like you....?)

"Help! Wanted is a rollicking, creepy, crazy, and thoroughly unnerving collection of work-related horror stories by the cream of today's horror crop. Each story is as stingingly fresh as a razor cut!" -- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of DUST & DECAY and PATIENT ZERO.

 

Perfectly you

 

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2", my story, "Perfectly You" was co-written with Seattle-based author Mark Souza, and was originally published in the Pill Hill Press anthology, "The e-Pocalypse: e-mails at the End", 2011.

All stories in the collection have at least two authors, and all are told in e-mail format as the world is ending. I had so much fun writing this one!

in loco parentis

 

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2", my short story, "In Loco Parentis" was originally published in the Wicked East Press anthology, "Hannibal's Manor", 2011. My story takes place in a psychiatric hospital in 1949.

The stalker diet

 

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2", my short suspense story, "The Stalker Diet" was originally published in Wicked East Press' anthology, "Ransom: Give Me What I Want and I'll Go Away (maybe)", 2011. How can you pay when the ransom is your peace of mind?

This story is dedicated to Steve. For keeping all my other stalkers at bay.

The scalper

 

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2", my story "The Scalper" is my flash fiction (a little over one page long) that was originally published in the Pill Hill Press anthology, Daily Flash 2011: 365 Days of Fantastic Fiction!, 2010.

 

Stuck in traffic to the Indy 500 one day, my husband and his friend were discussing the guys they knew who get tickets to anything. Anything? Seriously? Let's just see about that.

 

This one is dedicated to Mike. Great seats, Man.

the fiend of the sixth dimension

 

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2", "The Fiend of the Sixth Dimension" was originally published in "Bloody Carnival", Pill Hill Press, 2010.

This story is dedicated to my nephews, Ben, Josh, Kevin & Eric, because they helped me come up with the plot by telling me the scariest thing they could imagine happening at an amusement park, and because I love them.

The Ghost Walk

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2", my story, "The Ghost Walk", was originally published in "Flesh and Bone: Rise of the Necromancers", Pill Hill Press, 2010.

 

This story is dedicated to Steve, because he's awesome, he took me to a French Bistro, a Monster Convention, & the Symphony all on the same day, and because I love him.

'Neath fallow ground

 

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2",   'Neath Fallow Ground was originally published in the anthology, "Back to the Middle of Nowhere: More Horror in Rural America", Pill Hill Press, 2010. This story takes place in my home state of Indiana.

This story is dedicated to my high school friends. Because they are awesome, they make me laugh harder than anyone else can, and they take me back to the middle of nowhere, in a good way.

upon further reflection

 

Coming soon in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy, Volume 2", Upon Further Reflection was originally published in the anthology, "Patented DNA: A Catastrophic Clone Collection", Pill Hill Press, 2010. It is a sci-fi story, with a hint of psychological horror. It begs the question, Can we ever truly separate ourselves from our own evil nature?

This story is dedicated to my "Girls' Night" friends, Laura, Ann and Mary.

The last spectre

 

Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". Something is threatening the ghosts' existence. Told from the point of view of the ghost, this is an atmospheric, gothic tale that delves into the depths of friendship and loss, and the consequences of revenge and regret. Originally published by Pill Hill Press in "Haunted", 2010.

 

This story is dedicated to my daughters. (And to all the nights I've re-assured them nothing in hiding in the closet. Although, one can always hope...)

the bane of existence

Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". The Bane of Existence is my first werewolf story. While researching werewolf lore, I found a few interesting tidbits that I chose to weave into the storyline. I also put some romance in here, because, hey, let's face it, werewolves are romantic. It was originally published by Pill Hill Press, in "Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets: An Anthology of Werewolf Tales", 2010.

These are not your grandmother's werewolves.

This story is dedicated to Steve. For helping shape-shift the story, for the Carpaccio, the wine, the flowers, for catching me first. For everything. I love you.

seizure sundays

 

Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". This story was originally published in Issue 37 of Thug Lit, 2010. It is hardboiled (yes it includes bad language) crime fiction. I wrote it after I lost a client on a seizure Sunday. Really honored to be in this, Thug Lit is hardcore.

This story is dedicated to the PAIR Roundtable for their devotion to helping the most vulnerable in our society. See you next Thursday.

A crowd pleaser

"This compilation of wistful and diabolical short stories proves that women not only challenge men as race drivers today, but as auto racing storytellers, too. They really know their way around the oval and across the keyboard." -- New York Times best-selling author James Alexander Thom.

       

Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". When I decided to write a story to submit for my local Sisters in Crime chapter's anthology, "Bedlam at the Brickyard" I wasn't sure where to start. I don't know much about car engines, or stockcar racing. But I know a lot about what it's like to spend the day sitting in the stands at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hip to hip near mostly fun fans. But there always seems to be that one annoying stranger. So I started there. If you are a NASCAR fan, mystery fan, or both, this anthology is for you.  A finalist for the 2011 "Best Book of Indiana Award in Fiction", it was published by Blue River Press, 2010.

This one is dedicated to my sisters, Sarah, Kristen & Susan. And if anyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw a group of little girls tossing m&m's over the top of the bleachers in the mid 70's, it was NOT us. That's our story, and we're sticking to it.

a used infinity

Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". I borrowed my husband's car once. The talking GPS freaked me out. We went out to dinner that night, and over a bottle of Pinot Grigio and countless oysters on the half-shell, we plotted out the idea of a guy going through a mid-life crisis who buys a used car with a haunted GPS system. Creepy and poignant, this story was first published in the horror  magazine, Necrotic Tissue, Issue 10, 2010.

 

This one is dedicated to my husband, Steven James. For everything.

proof beyond a shadow

Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". This is one of my favorites. It's a courtroom murder mystery. In the courtroom, I relish the art of persuasion. This story made it to the top 16 in a national call for submissions with Mystery Writers of America before finding a home in "Love Kills: My Bloody Valentine" with Pill Hill Press, 2010.

 

This one is dedicated to my mom, for all her support, and because she loves this story so much.

The Bellwether Effect

Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". This was my first attempt at Sci-Fi. It provides an explanation for all the food allergies that exist today, and where our race is heading, including the potential consequences. It was first published in Volume 1 Number 3 of the literary magazine, Midnight Screaming, 2009. 

The house of abandoned characters

Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". At critique group one night, my fellow authors were chiding me for creating cool characters, and then abandoning them. I said not to worry, they'd keep each other company in my House of Abandoned Characters. Anyone who enjoyed the Twilight Zone would like this story. It was originally published in "Coach's Midnight Diner: The Back from the Dead Edition", 2009. 

 

This one is dedicated to my daughters. May they always be the authors of their own story.

Invisible Fences

  Now available in "Wake Up and Smell the Creepy". This was the first short story I wrote. My daughters slept a few feet away from me, while we were visiting an Indiana state park. It was originally published in "Indiana Authors 2007: Inspiration from the Heartland", 2007, New Century Publishing.