The Graveyard Slot is available free at Medium!

October 29, 2015 Writing Comments (0) 675

My zombie-tastic short story The Graveyard Slot is now available, free in its entirety, over at Medium. Here’s how it opens!

Richie’s TV was on the fritz, and Mom was parked in the living room watching her American Idol or The Apprentice or So You Think You Can Castrate a Dachshund or some other bullshit. He had to pull the old Magnavox from the back closet of the basement, its plastic belly bulging with tubes and capacitors. It was hidden behind three dusty boxes of old magazines that Richie relocated, swearing under his breath. When he wrapped his arms around the Magnavox, strands of sticky spider web clung to his hands like a mummy’s wrappings. They tore free with a sound like Velcro, and Richie swore he felt hairy legs scramble across the backs of his fingers.

Medium is a great site for readers, and I’ve been experimenting with using it to publish fiction. This is the first time this particular story has been available anywhere for free, and I hope you enjoy.

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Nainaine of the Bayou

January 28, 2015 Publications, Writing Comments (0) 644

Download free for Kindle (.mobi)             Download free for other e-readers (.epub)

This story first appeared in Black Treacle magazine in August, 2013. I encourage you to go read it there and support them.

NELL WATCHED a beetle trundle past her shoe. The white lady gurgled like a backed-up sewer, and then she was quiet and there were only the wet smacking sounds of Grandmother eating.

The white lady’s gun lay in the dirt. Nell thought about taking it, but it was too heavy and too long–at least twice as long as the rifle Mama was teaching her to shoot. Instead she dragged it into the shadows and hid it beneath some scrap wood. The spyglass on top looked valuable, but Nell didn’t have time to salvage it.

Nell raised her head to scan the wooden walls of Fort Jefferson. They were in terrible danger this close, she knew, but Grandmother got the woman’s throat before she could raise an alarm, and the rest of the fort was still and quiet. It wasn’t the first time Grandmother’s hunger had got them out of trouble. Continue Reading

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The Graveyard Slot (an excerpt)

May 29, 2014 Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writing Comments (0) 720

A few days remain to pre-order Black Chaos, the new zombie anthology from Big Pulp! Black Chaos includes 25 new zombie tales from indie and small-press authors, including my brand-new story The Graveyard Slot.

As an incentive, I’m sharing the first few pages below. If you’d like to read the whole story, pre-order Black Chaos from Big Pulp. Note that the pre-order page is an Indigogo campaign, but the book is not contingent on reaching any financial goal. You’ll get whatever you order, no matter who else signs up.

Also note that my usual policies apply: I’m happy to sign anything you want me to sign, as long as you find a way to get it in front of me, and if you buy the book and tweet a photo of it (with or without you) at me, @keeltyc, I’ll reward you with some yet-to-be-determined prize. I’ve been thinking a drawing of your choice, but no one has yet taken me up on this offer so who really knows?

So that’s it for now. Enjoy!

The Graveyard Slot

By Christopher Keelty

Richie’s TV was on the fritz, and Mom was parked in the living room watching her American Idol or The Apprentice or So You Think You Can Castrate a Dachshund or some other bullshit. He had to pull the old Magnavox from the back closet of the basement, its plastic belly bulging with tubes and capacitors. It was hidden behind three dusty boxes of old magazines that Richie relocated, swearing under his breath. When he wrapped his arms around the Magnavox, strands of sticky spider web clung to his hands like a mummy’s wrappings. They tore free with a sound like Velcro, and Richie swore he felt hairy legs scramble across the backs of his fingers. Continue Reading

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Coming in June: Big Pulp’s BLACK CHAOS Zombie Anthology

April 30, 2014 Personal, Writing Comments (0) 562

For he being dead, with him is beauty slain,
And, beauty dead, black chaos comes again. 

Twenty-five new zombie-themed stories from indie and small-press authors–including The Graveyard Slot, the newest short-story from from Yours Truly!

Big Pulp‘s zombie anthology BLACK CHAOS is coming in June, but you can order your copy now by supporting Big Pulp’s Indigogo campaign.

A $20 commitment gets you an actual paperback copy–yes, you read that right. Paper. Made from dead trees. It’s the perfect thing to read when the zombie apocalypse arrives and knocks out your electricity–also makes a great gift for your power-shunning survivalist relatives.

As always, if you want a signed copy I’m happy to provide the signature–just find a way for me to apply a pen to your copy.

If you’d rather embrace modern technology, the eBook edition will only run you $10. That’s less than you’ll spend for a baseball bat with a nail driven through it.

You’ll also know you’re supporting a great market for indie fiction–Big Pulp relies on readers like you so they can afford to pay writers like me. If that’s not reason enough for you, well then maybe you’re the zombie.

In the next couple weeks I’ll share more about The Graveyard Slot. For now, go take a look at the anthology!

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In case you’re new around here: Free Fiction!

August 15, 2013 Personal, Writing Comments (0) 568

Free fiction! Just a reminder, you can read two of my short stories totally free on the web.

The Watchers in the Dark is a Lovecraftian homage that people tell me is actually pretty scary. It’s about a guy who gets only a glimpse of a misshapen creature in the back yard of his antique farmhouse, and how that vision drives him sort of crazy. Read free at Jersey Devil Press.

Nainaine of the Bayou is about a young girl named Nell and her zombie grandmother, searching the swamp in a flooded post-apocalyptic New Orleans for the witch, Nainaine Laveau. It’s free at Black Treacle.

If you really like those, you can also pick up my first short story, Toll Road, for less than a buck anywhere eBooks are sold.

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