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Short Stories

The Marsh Ghost

Written for a Fiction Writing class at the College of Charleston in the fall of 2016.

Ray Underwood is the kind of guy for whom good things just land in his lap — until he lost the love of his life. Full of grief, he throws himself into a search for the paranormal, driving a wedge between him and his skeptical brother, Drew, who happens to be the last thread keeping Ray tethered to reality. Burdens of blood — of family, history, pregnancy, and the Zika virus — draw them down a forest path where Ray has gone ahead; perhaps farther than Drew, or even Ray himself, had realized.

The Sea Island

Written in the wake of my aunt’s death, and dedicated to her memory.

Nine year old Ben Brooke lingers by the marshside, throwing stones at a giant oak while his aunt, ill and close to death, lies surrounded by loved ones — except for him. When a feral hog appears and almost gores him, he is flung onto a path both strange and familiar, on an island unlike any he has ever known. The island’s people are comical, terrifying, and have little sympathy for a lost child. Home is farther than he knows, and getting back may lead him straight toward the thing he fears the most.

Tides

Written for a Fiction Writing class at the College of Charleston in the fall of 2016.

A coast is among the least stable environments on earth. Here stone, water and air meet, eroding whatever they find. Tides shift, and people shift with them. Among them: a young woman perilously close to her dream job. A father and mother who lean on their daughter’s strained sense of duty. A young man who finds lost things. An eerie magpie-like figure, and a long-buried glass onion.

Constellation

Written for a Fiction Writing class at the College of Charleston in the fall of 2017.

As children, Sara Nilsson was a determined child, eager to leave home and make something of herself, and Ellis Creek her lonely, aimless classmate with a secret crush. Over a decade has passed since they have seen each other, and each has their own separate life as adults. One night Sara drops out of nowhere at the edge of a forest where Ellis is cutting bamboo. She is not the same Sara he remembers, for something strange and surreal has happened to her, something that now draws her eastward to the sea.

People of Sand and Waves

Written for a Fiction Writing class at the College of Charleston in the fall of 2017.

A man wakens on a stretch of sand in the ocean — an atoll, the remnants of a reef that once ringed a now vanished island. He has no memory of his life before, or how he was lost at sea, and the emptiness he sees inside himself is terrifying, only matched by the prospect of survival with no resources but the clothes on his back…and a book that may or may not be his, written in a language he cannot speak. As the days lengthen, though, he begins to wonder if he is really alone after all.

Citrus

Written for a Fiction Writing class at the College of Charleston in the fall of 2017.

A year after reporting on a serial abductor’s multi-state spree, Simon Hargrove is still unsettled. As the trial ends, he finds himself obsessed with the life story of the accused, one Pascual Fernando de Paz. On a whim, he travels to remote Hogfish Key, Florida, only accessible by ferry, in order to find out what broke the man and drove him to give up everything he once loved in a blaze of desperation. Simon’s time is limited, though: he has been followed to the island by a Category 4 hurricane…

  • Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, Caribbean. Photo by @mhenrylucero.
  • College of Charleston campus. Photo by @mhenrylucero.
  • Jack's Shack at Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, Caribbean. Photo by @mhenrylucero.
  • Egan's Creek marshscape on Amelia Island, FL. Photo by @mhenrylucero.
  • Dusk at Fort Lauderdale Beach. Photo by @mhenrylucero.
  • Wrought iron gate at Cistern Yard, the College of Charleston. Photo by @mhenrylucero.

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