Okay, so here’s the thing: I write subversive short stories. Really. They harbor dangerous ideas, thoughts that could wreck your world. Welcome to KlurgSheld. Most of what you’ll find here is fiction, even some of the conventional posts. For example, there are a few items here by the ‘Bank Shot Blogger’. These posts were written … More Welcome
I’ve reached the end of “Vampire Puppeteer“, the third story in the series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization“, and continued in the short story “Of Two Minds“. I have yet to back through the new story to see if there’s anything I’m not happy with, but the essence is now complete, and I’ll … More Vanquished Vampire
This is the third story in a series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization” and continued in “Of Two Minds“. The first story is about the music teacher who set Mark’s life on its present course, and the second is about the political rally mentioned in the current tale. “Vampire Puppeteer” (Part 3 of … More Short Story: “Vampire Puppeteer”
There have been times in my life when a story insisted on being written, even to the point of taking over my life for a while. This is another such time. Soon after posting “Of Two Minds“, the short story that turned the preceding novelette, “Painful Realization” into the beginning of a series, I realized … More Writing at Gunpoint
In my novelette, “Painful Realization“, we learned that Bert Frensh’s music lessons had indirectly caused his student, Mark Laraby, to get into a fight at a political rally, and then rescued by a county police officer. This story is about what happened at that rally. It is not essential that you read the novelette first, … More Short Story: “Of Two Minds”
The follow-on story to “Painful Realization“, which is about Mark Laraby, a minor character in that novelette, has been on my mind for the past few weeks, even though I have not been actively working on the prose. (I’d posted the opening I started with here.) During this time, I’ve let the scenario I laid … More Layering in Complexity
Whenever I start work on a new story, I spend a lot of time teasing out details about the characters and the situation we first find them in. For this story, I’d established some framing and described AN aftermath of this incident in the Novelette where Mark Laraby was a tangential character. Here, though, the … More Getting Under Mark Laraby’s Skin
Reading about the war of words between Chief Justice John Roberts and President Donald Trump over the asserted existence of ‘Obama judges’ reminded me of a similar spat not so long ago. In 2008, near the end of George W. Bush’s second term, I wrote a story called “Judicial Restraint” to explore what might happen … More Round up the Partisan Judges!