If You Go Into The Woods

This short story is currently only available as an e-book. However, don’t forget that you can read e-books on any computer, tablet, or laptop, and on most phones, with this free software.

If You Go Into The Woods

The title story is set in Caslav, a small town 60 miles east of Prague, Czech Republic. Jiri Beranek is drawn to a nearby forest, captivated by birds hidden high in the trees. Each time he enters, his desire to see the mysterious creatures is checked by his fear of the dark. When he finally forces himself to go farther, he finds a new reason to be afraid.

The bonus story – The Reset Button – is set in Stockholm, Sweden in the depths of winter. Linus Eriksson, a divorced bachelor living alone in his small one-bedroom apartment, is a man with a memory problem: instead of not being able to remember anyone, nobody can remember him. This story is brand new, exclusively available in this e-book.

These two creepy tales have a combined length of 4,000 words, or around 16 book pages. You can read a free sample here.

This was my first e-book, released in May 2011. If You Go Into The Woods, a collection of two short stories for $0.99, is available from AmazonAmazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FRBarnes & NobleSmashwords, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, as well as Apple (through both iTunes and the iBookstore).

One of the stories in this collection was chosen to appear in the Short Story America Anthology, Volume 1 a collection of their best stories of the past year, published May 2011. The other – The Reset Button – is published for the first time in any format.

Praise for If You Go Into The Woods:

“A fine story that looms in the mind of the reader long after the last page … aspirational fiction, the kind of magic realism that reads deliciously, but like a delicate soufflé, is a difficult feat to pull off.”–Matt Ellis, author of Strange As Angels and Lumpen.

“There are definite shades of HP Lovecraft in both stories…punchy, entertaining reads with a bit of mental gymnastics thrown in, you can’t go wrong with this one.” — Jenny Mounfield, The Compulsive Reader, author of The Ice-cream Man.

“Two very well-constructed and thought-provoking tales from an author I know I will be keeping my eyes on. 4.5 stars.” –Heather L. Faville, Doubleshot Reviews

“This is the most professional design – both inside and out – that I have seen since I started reviewing at SIFT. The writing in this story is top-notch. The writer has a strong, clean voice. He’s able to sustain an air of mystery and suspense without it feeling cheap.” — Sarah Nicolas, SIFT Book Reviews

“I heartily recommend this masterful piece of work to any and all that thoroughly enjoy the art of the word, and especially to those that have a special place in their hearts for short stories, as I believe this to be a fabulous exponent of the genre.” — LE Olteano, Butterfly Books

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