Creature Feature: Damnation at Toluca Ranch

Through Halloween, The Monitor is running a nine-part series of mine featuring illustrations by various artists. Called Creature Feature, the column consists of retellings of local legends about strange beings. This week’s story was “Damnation at Toluca Ranch,” illustrated by Carlos Ortega-Haas (ink) and Charlene Bowles (color). Damnation Page 1 Damnation…

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Creature Feature: The Ghosts of Fort Brown

Ramping up to Halloween, The Monitor is printing a nine-part series entitled “Creature Feature.” Published each Thursday, this column features my retellings of creepy tales of ghosts, ghouls and cucuys from deep South Texas, with illustrations by a variety of local artists. The fourth of the stories, featuring art by Christopher Hernández,…

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SQ Mag to Publish “To Brave the Mountains”

After a couple of years of shopping it around, I finally found a home for my fantasy story “To Brave the Mountains” in any upcoming issue of SQ Mag, an international speculative fiction e-zine.  

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Creature Feature: Devil’s Lagoon

Ramping up to Halloween, The Monitor is printing a nine-part series entitled “Creature Feature.” Published each Thursday, this column features my retellings of creepy tales of ghosts, ghouls and cucuys from deep South Texas, with illustrations by a variety of local artists. The third of the stories, featuring art by Marco Sánchez,…

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Bloody Feathers

Out of the Gutter On-line has published my dark horror/fantasy story “Bloody Feathers” as part of their Bareknuckles Pulp series. Warning: contains frank language and violence.  

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The Monster of Donna Lake

From The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge (Absey & Co., 2011) News of the latest deaths spread like wildfire throughout the student body of W.A. Todd Ninth-Grade Campus. Text messages were forwarded frantically; beneath desks, hundreds of fingers flailed away at diminutive keys, while misty eyes risked casual glances…

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The Body by the Canal

“There’s a dead body by the canal.” I glanced up at my brother Fernando.  A couple of hours ago I had let him go across the breezeway to Speedy Espericueta’s apartment, just to get him out of my hair.  It was Friday, but there was no school, so I was…

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Lord Tlacuache Brings Fire to Man

Lord Tlacuache Brings Fire to Man from Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Rio Grande Valley Lord Tlacuache, the Great Opossum, ruled this land in ages past, when animals still spoke and mankind had not yet usurped the earth.  He was a kindly king who governed by…

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Iron Horse, Mythic Horn

Iron Horse, Mythic Horn from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge They was all four of them sitting in a cantina in Lordsburg when I found them, the queerest group of heroes you ever seen: a white man, in his forties, wearing a battered old slouch hat pulled low…

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The Black Dog

The Black Dog from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge The first time Charlie López saw the black dog was also his first day in the white kids’ second-grade class. But its seemingly supernatural form was just another in a string of amazing occurrences in the town of Driscoll…

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