It was two years ago this upcoming Monday, having within days of each other had my first two short stories accepted for publication, I started this whole blog thing.
And why not? I had already written four novels, at least two of which I thought were pretty good. But I'd had no success either finding an agent or getting a publisher.
So I says to myself, I says self, you don't know a damn thing about writing short stories. But maybe, just maybe, if you could write a couple of shorts and get them published, get a couple of credentials under your belt, then maybe the novels would be taken more seriously. And thus "Ohrwurm" was born, my very first short story.
The coolest thing about it was, it came to me almost fully formed. Yeah, I had to sit down and try and put the words in the right order and all. But I knew exactly what was going to happen, I knew who the characters were, I knew where the action was going to take place. Hell, I even knew the song.
I was proud and excited when "Ohrwurm" was selected for inclusion in "Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror" published last March. And if you haven't picked that up yet, please proceed to the link on the right and purchase your copy today.
So, in celebration of the approaching creepy season and the second anniversary of this blog, I'm pleased to announce I've made "Ohrwurm" (which is also available in my collection Adamson's Rock and Other Stories) available as a free download from Smashwords.
You can download the story in the format of your choice (or read it online) by clicking here.
And no, I'm sorry. I can't tell you. I won't tell you. It is a burden I must carry alone.
But trust me.
You'd thank me.