Free Reads

Here is a listing of Michael’s short stories that are available to read for free on the internet. Just click the title and enjoy!

“Cold Hand in Mine” (link opens a pdf) appeared online and in Khimairal Ink. Published in October 2009 and set in western Oklahoma, it is the tale of a spirit sent back to help the living deal with their friend’s transition to the next stage of existence.

“Doors Through the Places You Live” (link opens a pdf) is a science fiction tale of two salvagers as they roam the haunted decks of derelict ghost-ship. Will they survive the restless spirits, and if so, what will they bring back to their own ship? This story appeared in Ray Gun Revival #55.

“Ectobytes,” appearing in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Chaos Theory: Tales Askew, is the story of a group of paranormal investigators who must deal with a spirit that uploads itself in to one of their computers. Will they unravel the mystery of the ghost and set it’s spirit free, or will the ghost upload itself into one them next?

“Far From the Fields” is a science fiction short story in the November 2006 issue of Ray Gun Revival. During a scouting mission on a dead world, Robert Wilson’s past comes back to haunt him. Will he make the easy choice or the right one?

“The Foundling” is the cheerful little tale of the ghost of a murdered child, the spirit of a shopping mall made manifest, a talking parking lot totem, and making the family of one’s choice. An urban fantasy set in Minneapolis, this short story was available online in the Spring/Summer 2006 issue of Chaos Theory: Tales Askew.

“In Darkness Dwell the Warriors,” a little tale about haunted sailing ships and alien invaders, appeared online at The Nautilus Engine, February 2011.

“Melpomene Run” (link opens a pdf) is a science fiction novelette. It appears online in the August 2006 issue of Ray Gun Revival. An emergency courier run to an endangered colony turns deadly for Lt. Lisa Cochrane as she uncovers corruption, intrigue, and sabotage all around her.

“Memory” follows Lucza Antreus, a woman whose mind and soul has been placed in a nearly indestructible body, as she seeks forgiveness and redemption for single-handedly causing the fall of an entire galactic civilization. This story appeared in the February 2011 issue of Ray Gun Revival, and was also recorded for the Beam Me Up! Podcast and can be heard in two parts: Part One / Part Two

“Out Among the Singing Void” is a science fiction and urban fantasy
crossover piece set in a future version of Minneapolis. Appearing in print in Fictitious Force #3 in November, 2006, it tells the story of Maria and William, a married couple long separated by time and space, and their journey to find their way back to each other.

“Over the Bridge,” an urban fantasy set in Minneapolis and St. Paul, is the happy tale of a snarky Goth-girl, a snarly Unseelie, a dead body, and the Mississippi River. It appeared online at The Harrow in July 2007.

“Protect and Serve” tells the story of Constable George Wellner, who protects the citizens of Morningside, Minnesota, whether they are space aliens, vampires, or other fantastic creatures. This piece appeared online in June 2007 in Bewildering Tales.

“Rainfall,” set in the intersection between Minneapolis and the faerie realm, was published online in the February 2006 issue of Deep Magic. Described by Tangent Short Fiction Review as “a breathtakingly beautiful story of a love that transcends time and space, a pure, self-sacrificing love,” this tales follows the lives of the all-too-human Robert and Zoe, an exile from the Summer Lands, as they encounter each other through the years.

“Secret” combines elements of horror and modern fairy tales while exploring what it means to grow old alone. It appeared online in From the Asylum in January 2007. This dark tale was nominated for a 2007 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award in the category of Horror Short Story.

“The Shipmaster’s Widow” is a flash fiction story of love lost to a neutron star and lives left with unanswered questions. It appeared at 365 Tomorrows in February 2010.

“Strangers on a Bus” gives the reader a small glimpses of what it means to be disabled, and explores how much people need other people. This piece of creative non-fiction appeared online in the literary journal Breath and Shadow in January of 2009.

“Tenari” (link opens a pdf) is a fast-paced space opera and high-adventure story that appeared in Ray Gun Revival #44 in July 2008. While on a raid, Pirate-Captain Kathleen Reed and the crew of the Black Manta discover a ship full of children drifting in space and encounter an enemy from the Captain’s days as a Naval Officer.

“Weaving Threads” was published online in Drops of Crimson in June 2009. This urban fantasy story tell the tale of a young Minneapolis girl who feels trapped in the desperate life she leads and the storytelling spider who helps her see her way to freedom.