A True Friend, Part of Short Story Saturday!

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Photo by pixabay.com from Pexels

Hello everyone! Introducing for the first time a new feature on my blog called Short Story Saturday! Every Saturday I will be posting a short story for your perusal. While some may be connected to other stories, they are going to be, for the most part, one-offs. I hope you enjoy them. The first one is entitled A True Friend.

I gradually awake from my unconscious slumber. I’m lying on my side on the cold, damp muddied dirt on this foreboding night struggling to breathe. My chest heaves up and down deliberately as I take deep, measured pants of the air, each gasp sending shockwaves of pain in my chest as if tiny little knives were stabbing my ribs. An oppressive cold seizes my shivering body. The trees that surround me with their limb like branches that extend towards the heavens like giant, arboreal fingers shield even the most basic illumination making visibility an issue.

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Ghosts are Assholes Launches Today!

Happy to announce that my first book, Ghosts are Assholes, published by World Castle Publishing, LLC, is launched today on Amazon and other online sites in e-book and paperback form. Please see the main page for more details or click on the image above to get to the Amazon order page. If you enjoy the story, please feel free to submit a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other review site you can think of. Please subscribe to the blog for more updates and short stories in the future. I hope to write more novels in the future as well so please look out for that too.

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In Case You Missed It

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Photo by Courtney Baucom on Unsplash

In case you missed it, I posted three short stories this week in celebration and anticipation of my upcoming book, Ghosts are Assholes, available here.

In case you missed any of the stories, here are the links from earlier this week:

Monday: Do I Really Have to Do This?

Wednesday: Just One Date

Friday: What I Learned In School Today

While none of these stories are actually in the book, feel free to consider them canon if that’s the kind of thing you care about. All of these things did happen to Vincent Pietro within the Ghosts are Assholes universe.

I’m going to take a little break from Vincent Pietro for now but that doesn’t mean I won’t return to him at some point and time. If you really miss him, though, and want to find out more, then I highly encourage you to grab my book.

It’s a fully realized adventure as opposed to the snippets you’ve been reading. You’ll get a better look into his personality, how he first learned he could see ghosts, meet wonderful characters like Vincent’s mother, the desk sergeant Ed, and, of course, the beautiful ghost, Raquel Cobb. Finding out how she died is a roller coaster ride I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

The official release is November 12. Please be sure to order.

Thank you for reading.

Celebration Week for my first novel Ghosts are Assholes

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Photo by Ylanite Koppens from Pexels

Hello everyone. This is my first real blog post and it is really just an announcement of sorts. We’re just over a week away from the release of my first novel Ghosts are Assholes and to celebrate this, I will be posting vignettes during the course of this upcoming week to give you a taste and flavor of my writing style and to whet your appetite for my upcoming book. The first short story will be posted tomorrow and expect at least vignettes if not more. It really depends on what my muse is doing this week. Short stories are going to become a regular feature of this blog too so please look for them in the future.

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Welcome to my page!

Hello everyone! This is the home page for the James Kirst’s Short Story Emporium and Creativity Outlet. If you’re here, perhaps you’d be interested in finding out about the novel I wrote, Ghosts are Assholes. If you like the book, perhaps you’d be interested in short stories related to the book. Perhaps you’d be interested in just reading about my other assorted short stories instead. If you’d like to find out more about me, check out this page.

The goal of this site chiefly is to entertain. Right now the biggest feature of this site is Short Story Saturday where I post a new short story written by me every Saturday morning. I like to think of my short stories as something you can read during your lunch break but leaves you with a bit of an emotional impact, whether it be laughter, tears, joy, or something in between.

Will I always succeed in that goal? Hopefully, but odds are I won’t, so I’d love to hear from you to see what you think. I hope to add more topics and features onto this site in the future. Topics can range from anything such as my thoughts on certain tropes, entertainment today, the trials and tribulations of being a writer, who knows? The sky is the limit.

Feedback is the only way I can improve so please feel free to comment on any of the short stories you find interesting, comment below, or email me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you for visiting. I hope to see you again.