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.

“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?

“Fast Gliding Down the Rails” is a short horror story set on the defunct Minnesota Zephyr dinner train. When the aging tourist train decides to avoid being decommissioned by slipping through time and traveling forever, how will the passengers on the cursed train survive? Appears in Longshot Island’s December 2017 SF issue.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“We Are Not Daredevil. Except When we Are Daredevil” is a personal essay I wrote for Uncanny Magazine’s Kickstarter campaign for their Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special edition.

“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.