Welcome newcomers! Wondering what my short stories are about? I can help with that!
1. The Phoenix Crossroads (fantasy)http://www.silverthought.com/mcbrayer01.html
This was my first published short story of speculative fiction. It was the result of a Writer's Digest online workshop focusing on fantasy and science fiction writing. Set in a fantasy world not unlike ancient Greece, it's about two unhappy people and a town with a most unusual landmark. It's called the phoenix pit and it has remarkable effects.
2. Soulless (science fiction)http://www.silverthought.com/mcbrayer02.html
Jeff Soesbe wrote a short story published in Byzarium called "Cat, Owl, Cigarette". It's a beautiful bit of flash fiction that really struck me as a writer. I thought to myself, Soesbe was probably inspired by a real relationship, then likened real people to animals, BUT one could also imagine him choosing two, seemingly random, unrelated creatures and tossing them together in a story for the fun of it. I asked myself if I could do the same thing. My next thought was...so a robot and werewolf walk into a doctor's office...they're there for their soul implants... This story was born!
3. Grandmonster (horror)http://www.wilywriters.com/blog/?p=1610
If there is any kind of formula involved in my approach to short story writing, then I can say many of them marry my true life experiences with something of a crazy speculative nature. This is the perfect example. I combine something from my childhood...with a monster. Grandmonster is currently included in the book called FUTURE IMPERFECT: Best of Wily Writers, Volume Two.
4. The Artist (horror)http://www.misanthrope-press.com/pages/tgh-pdf-detail/Title_Goes_Here%3A_Issue_Eight_.pdf_Edition?previous_url_id=0
The Artist is inspired by my childhood, which was full of drawing. It was my favorite thing to do. The story is also my idea of an X-File. It's about a child, whose drawings come to life! Unfortunately, "Title Goes Here" (yes, that's the publication's actual name), is not free to read. You can download the PDF for $3.95.
5. Genesis (science fiction/ super hero)http://infectiveink.com/?p=352
I'm a comic book nerd. There's no way around it. One day I got to thinking, what if their were super powered young people alive during the civil war era?
6. Showtime with Sashahttp://beta.coastalcourier.com/multimedia/1811/
In addition to speculative fiction, I also write weekly movie reviews for the Hinesville, Fort Stewart and Richmond Hill newspapers. The reviews appear in print and in video format. The "show" is called Showtime with Sasha. Above is the link to my review of "We Bought a Zoo."