The Man with the Finger and the Rank

You will notice this story is by Eric Stringer. Eric is one of my more fun personas. To read his interesting bio, please visit https://harveystanbrough.com/my-personas/. 1 Phase One. Strategic. A man with a finger and the rank to use it sat on a cushioned chair at a console. He looked about. The others, at their own lesser consoles, were not paying attention. Their reports were filed. Their disbelief that the time had finally come was set aside. Barely. Anticipation filled their every pore, the space between their anxious eyes, the dead air at the entrance to their ears. All eyes …

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Adobe Walls

Note: This is the short story I wrote as Nicolas Z Porter, one of my personas. The main character of this one tugged at my sleeve to ask whether I’d like to know the rest of the story. I did, and my very first novel, Leaving Amarillo, was born. Later came 16 more novels, all born of this one little short story. Enjoy! THE AIR IN ADOBE WALLS, ARIZONA TERRITORY, was stifling, and the constant pounding of the stamp mill across the San Pedro River seemed to intensify the heat, drumming it through the walls. Inside the saloon it was …

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A Rough New World

Note: Since I was a little late posting this week’s story, I thought I’d post a nvoella. Enjoy! Ray Acuna was in luck. As he stood in line at the window of the post office, he glanced toward the counter past the two people in line ahead of him. A third, a balding man in a dark-grey pinstriped overcoat that probably matched his suit, straightened at the counter. He seemed to have almost concluded his business. “Thanks, Ms. Miller,” the man said. To the left, a few FBI wanted posters hung from thumbtacks on a cork bulletin board. They were …

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Rabbits & Wild Dogs

Marco and me chased down Joey Bones. It was only a half a block, but it was almost dark. There wasn’t gonna be no moon an’ the sun had been down for awhile. We might still be chasin’ him, but he tripped when he was halfway through the alley. He went down, slid on his hands a little I think. Must’a tore ‘em up pretty bad, but I didn’t get to see that. He tried to get up and get away, but by then Marco was on him. The whole thing reminded me of a scene from when I was …

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Coralín

Note: I started writing my very first novel—Leaving Amarillo—on October 25, 2014. In honor of that recent anniversary, I’m giving away that novel for a limited time. Just email me at harveystanbrough@gmail.com to let me know whether you’d like it in PDF, .mobi, or .epub and I’ll send it right out. And also in honor of that anniversary and of that giveaway, as my first free short story of the week, I’ve selected “Coralín,” a short story that’s derived from the third book in the original trilogy, South to Mexico. The Wes Crowley story outgrew that original trilogy with three …

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