Discarded Treasures brings you twenty-five dreadful shades of the dead, designed to provide you a horror fix at lunch, on a break, between classes, or perhaps a good scare to help you sleep. Visit an avant-garde art gallery where a new artist’s work will catch your eye; step into the morgue if you dare where “Ophelia” lies naked on a chilled stainless steel table awaiting her autopsy; stroll after hours through a dimly lit, exotic entomology exhibit of rare insects that are not from your neighborhood; visit a burned-out cathedral or stop in a town preparing for a revival where both provide an opportunity to repent. Spend time with that relative who makes your skin crawl. Discarded Treasures takes you into dilapidated Victorians and on a walk through a park where a mother and child may be in danger by whatever is rustling the bushes. Of course when all is said and done, be a Samaritan and pick up the hitchhiker on the roadside up ahead while you head for home. Please, indulge yourself with Discarded Treasures, my friends; you have nothing to lose but your sanity, or your life. You can read an excerpt here.
Hal takes you right to the action in the Blue Plate Special anthology. This compilation of horror flash fiction dips, loops, and twists to churn your gut and draw out your primal fear without lengthy descriptions and back story.
In the anthology’s namesake, “Blue Plate Special,” Billy stops at a roadside café on a lonely, foggy highway. The blue plate special on the menu sounds good and even comes with desert. Yum-yum.
An old woman matches wits with a burglar; while hitchhikers thumb rides and Good Samaritans pick them up. An office worker boards the last train home. Lonely singles, zombies, vampires, and dark sinister creatures bumping in the night further grace the pages, as do unruly children, psychos and the people who love them.
Blue Plate Special contains something for nearly every twisted mind, and in the span of a lunch hour you can read a tale or two. While you head back to work energized, you may even ponder an idea or two about retaliating against your heavy-handed boss.
“Are you not entertained?” – Russell Crowe in Gladiator
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Harold “Hal” Kempka is a former Marine combat veteran and resides in the Inland Empire of Southern California. His post-military career revolved around sales and sales management in the graphic art industry, including fine printing paper and packaging. After courses in the creative writing program at UC Riverside he began writing short stories, eventually gravitating toward horror fiction. He has had over one hundred flash and short fiction stories published in magazines, ezines, and anthologies in the U.S. as well as the UK. Hal’s email is: email@example.com