NIGHT NOISES (Escrire, 2017)
One of my short stories (2,561 words) for Halloween a few years ago, and it’s still–simple as it is–one of my favorites. About a young woman, a dog and a bat.
As a young girl, Cindy used to have nightmares about things in her closet, monsters hiding that reveal themselves in the deep dark of night. She thought she’d grown out of that. What happens when they come back… for real?
A few comments from readers:
“That was good. I thought I was going to cry when DELETED SPOILER PART. I love happy ending horror stories. Kinda creepy how I relate to it. I live in an old house, in the country, by myself, I had a German Shepherd until he passed away, my family worries about me being alone, I’m not hot but I don’t think I’m ugly either. Glad this had a good ending for several reasons. LOL.” –Brittany Stone
“I love it! Suspense and of course the bit with the… DELETED SPOILER PART OF HER COMMENT.” –Sarah Odendahl
“Love it. It’s really good!” –D. Denman
“Wow! Scary… DELETED SPOILER PART OF HER COMMENT.” –Renee McDaniel
“I enjoy your writing… you’re great, Dennis!” –Lory Case
“Good and Scary… you sure know how to build up the suspense. Whew.” –Margie Casados
“I like it!” –Deanna Elliot
“Great yarn! Thanks and Happy Halloween!” –Chris Lord
Laurie was new to town but not to shopping. She was the consummate bargain hunter and always scored big with sales savings. Then she had one of those days that forever marks you. And nothing is ever the same again. A short story for Halloween and the holiday shopping season.
A few early-reader (pre-publication) comments:
“Well written! The story flowed well and kept me eager to read on!” –Margaret Pypher
“Good lord I’m never shopping for bargains again!! Brilliant!” –Rea de Miranda
“Coooool. I lolled a few times too. Can’t wait to share.” –Nina Anthonijsz
I’m a writer and ghostwriter. Some projects require research that includes going through old pictures. One such project was with a client who was the last of her bloodline. She was 91 and told me, “These are for you. Maybe something in there,” she pointed a gnarled, crooked finger at the stacks, “will be useful in […]
I love stories and words. Especially ones like sonder, which for me is both a word and a story. [Consider watching the video… it’s well worth two minutes thirty-nine seconds. I warn you that the thoughts it engenders might (hopefully) last much, much longer.] There’s a moment—usually early morning with a second cup of coffee—when […]
WISHBOOK (Booknology, 2017)
Jack Carpenter takes a whimsical but realistic look at relationships, especially the way men engage with women. Sure, it’s quirky—written by a new author in a slightly offbeat way—but if you can stick with it for 2 ½ to 3 hours, we promise, applying what you’ve read will make you happier. Based on real-world experiences and interviews with women from all walks of life, WISHBOOK provides men with 10 common sense but often forgotten ideas to improve their relationship with the woman in their life. If you follow just three of the suggestions, we guarantee your relationship will improve. WISHBOOK is a fun book about a serious topic. It should be read and embraced by every man who wants to make a difference in—or rejuvenate—their life, love, and happiness.
Jack hails from Oak Harbor, Washington. He attended the United States Naval Academy. Following graduation, he served for 20 years in various ships and Pentagon tours culminating in command of a Tomahawk Destroyer. His business experience includes executive leadership positions in the Information Technology industry. He resides with his lovely bride in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
From Dennis Lowery
Before you look at the cover and title and form an opinion—what you think it is about—please, read the Afterword from the book. [You can also read how the title came about here.]
Before you look at the cover and title and form an opinion—what you think it is about—please, read the following from the book. [You can also read more about it here and how the title came about here.] AFTERWORD As you now know, the author—Jack Carpenter—chose to treat the topic […]
Sorry but this story is no longer free. It’s available at Amazon for only 99 cents:
SORRY! This short story is no longer free. It’s available for purchase for $0.99. Here’s just a few pre-publication comments about the story: “Well written! The story flowed well and kept me eager to read on!” –Margaret Pypher “Good lord I’m never shopping for bargains again!! Brilliant!” –Rea de Miranda “Coooool. I lolled a few […]
“…never again shall you cover your shoulders. I declare your scars to be medals of gallantry greater than any I could bestow, and it is my will that all look upon them and learn the nature of courage.” ― Eloise Jarvis McGraw
“A true saying it is: Desire hath no rest, is infinite in itself, endless, and as one calls it, a perpetual rack, or horse-mill.” That was written by St. Augustine b. 353AD, d. 430AD, as cited by Robert Burton in his 1621 work titled, Anatomy of Melancholy. He was talking about what is known as the […]