Fiction,  Published Story

Shamless Self Promotion: Absence of Garlic

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Way back in the October 2009 edition of Bards and Sages Quarterly, you’ll find what I consider my first modern publication (as opposed to my first paid publication, which happened back in 2003, a post for another day): “Absence of Garlic”.

B&SOct2009“Absence of Garlic” is a story that’s difficult to classify. If pressed, let’s squeeze it into a box labelled Vampire Noir. At least there are both a vampire and a detective involved in the story, but they’re not the same character.

And it’s a short story. Very short. Most places would classify it as flash, but once upon a time, that’s what Bards and Sages published. They still do flash, but the guidelines recently (earlier this year) changed so they’re accepting stories up to 5,000 words, but I believe it used to be only 1,500.

As a single issue, you can get it as a kindle file on or as kindle or print on (Links are straight to the title.) But, if you really like short fiction, especially of the genre variety, Bards and Sages maintains a virtual store front at, where they’ve got a deal for the first five years of B&S Quarterly bundled as a single PDF for a mere $15. Among the other genre goodness, you’ll get three of my stories in the package.

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