Monthly Archives: March 2013

An Obituary for me?? (A piece of Fiction)

Let me start by saying this is a work of fiction that may have some truths from life found within.  I’m using my own name in this piece as I do not want to take the risk of even making up a name that could impact another person.  Again this is piece of FICTION!!

Shawn Micallef passed way two days ago after living a life of filled with self-reflection.  He is survived by his family, and preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Shawn lived an un-extraordinary life that would too many be seen as a life of tediousness. This was a life that so many in the world come to call a “normal” existence. He did not create any wondrous inventions; he failed to find his riches, and life drives where never truly found.  Instead he lived a life of mainly self-imposed solitude only opening his heart and soul to a select number of individuals.

He had always had tried to connect with people but a self-loathing and fear would keep him from really putting his foot out there. He had been burned as a child when he heard friends and classmates ridicule him for his size as a youth.  Cruel jokes played on his emotions, a reported crush would be found out to be a joke. His kindness and carrying for others seemed to garner more mockery in his mind then friendship.

He may not have had the money available to help charities and people as he wished but he offered an ear to those who needed to talk. People came and went in his life, some staying with him for years, such as his wife. Others would come and go in a flash as life would create a change in circumstances.

He was terrible about trying to keep in touch with those he had befriended. He realizes that part of this was his attempts to make this connection were rarely returned. He felt his life is life was better suited to remain in the background. He was the constant person who showed up for work daily, did his job and went home.

It was toward the end of his life that he reflected back on the world. A world full of turmoil, arrogance, and behavior so outstanding it made any civilized person cringe.  He lived in a world where bullying, crime, assaults, and hatred were rampant at every turn.

A world where original though had been replaced through the internet and the ability to share others thoughts and creations and let that image speak for them. It is what drove Shawn to leave this world. He saw that the modern technology he loved was becoming the downfall of society. People lost interpersonal skills by hiding behind a keyboard, or smart phone.

A world in which people are quick to blame others for their problems, expect others to bail them out of trouble, and be blameless.

It was this sad turn of events in the world that broke the heart of someone who felt so much alone when surrounded by people. A person who made the decision to stay out of the pubic, away from crowds, and hide from public places. He wished to avoid the mocking, finger pointing, and whispers that would come at his expense.

The fact is that this individual did one thing no matter the circumstances of his life and that was to never cave to pressure. He knew what bullying was, he knew about discrimination, but never let that stop him. He lived a life he chose and did not blame others. He lived as he wanted and did his best to treat others with the respect he wanted to see.  Most of all this individual shared parts of his life with others in the hopes others would garner some strength from him.


This story of Fiction is here to show that life is not what we see on Television, that the reality of the world can be more boring, mundane, and lonely then they try to show you. It’s up to the individual to do what they want with their life. They can live in the shadows, or search for the sunlight. They need strength, friends, and family that support them for whoever they are. It’s no ones job for a person’s success or failure other than their own drive.


Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Personal


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LEGENDS of URBAN HORROR, A Friend of a Friend Told Me

UrbanHow many of us have heard about an Urban Legend growing up? It could have been a spooky house in your neighborhood, an old road, or even a grassy field, but most of us have heard of them.  In some cases we wonder about the origins, or what would happen if we really investigated the legends.

Sirens Call Publications has the Anthology, LEGENDS of URBAN HORROR, A Friend of a Friend Told Me, which features ten such stories. The stories will take you into a legend of a writer’s mind and by the time you are through you will want more.

The stories are well written and each has a unique look at an urban legend, which may or may not be true.

The stories you will find are ones such as the four I touch briefly on below.

We often hear of a place as the cause for a legend and stories of an object occasionally are told. Imagine if that object is something that is often seen on a joyous occasion. The occasion is a day when a couple unites to be one, their wedding day.  The outfit I mention is often worn by the best friend of the bride, the maid of honor. Just imagine if there was something associated with that special dress. The dress having a special power that will have others wanting it to be worn, but for a reason some may not see coming.  This story is titled Never A Bride.

Over the years there have been rumors of Rock Bands having hidden messages in their music. Some classic albums were said to have messages of a satanic origin when they are played backwards. Combine this rock and roll history with a reporter on the music scene.  The writer takes a job to check out a band that seems to defy logic and sells out a local club with no internet content anywhere. What will the report find when he investigate this band, will he enjoy their music? Find out in the story, The Delectable Hearts.

Do you enjoy having your fortune told? How about attending a circus, or carnival that comes through the area? How would you react if a fortune teller refuses to tell your future because you are marked?  There could be something to this, and then imagine going through a mysterious labyrinth of a hallway and finding a long lost friend and spending the day with them.  Could live get any better, or are things not as they appear. The story, The Pier, will help you find the answers to the questions and take you on a great ride.

The last story I’m going to touch on is one that could be from almost any town. A tale that starts off with a group of young men having to fulfill a task they are given. A task that will take them to a tree that is well known in the area as being cursed.  Numerous stories are told about this tree and the young men tempt all they know and go to the tree.  What happens to them, are the stories true, or do they over react from shadows?  The only way to find out is to read, The Curse of the Devil’s Tree.

There are six other stories within the pages of, LEGENDS of URBAN HORROR, A Friend of a Friend Told Me. These stories will have you thinking back to your childhood, your local town, and about any legends you may know. I know I think back to on a trip I took when in college to the Paulding Light in beautiful Upper Michigan.  I may not have had the experience as the people within these pages, but that trip gives me goose bumps after reading these ten stories. As I wonder, what if.

Here is a list of each story and it’s author.

Bunnyman by Sean Keller (Twitter at @danke_sean)

Never A Bride by Lisamarie Lamb

The Pit by K. Trap Jones

The Kindness of Strangers by Kimberly A. Bettes

The Delectable Hearts by C.M. Saunders

The Pier by Morgan Bauman

Hairy Man Road by Austin Fikac

The Bridesmaid by Matthew Borgard

The Curse of the Devil’s Tree by Alex Chase

Marrow by Jon Olson

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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Reviews


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