Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Four Free Scary Tales for Halloween

Many people like to read scary stories during October, and since I’ve written a few dark tales, I thought I’d compile all of my free ones into a single convenient post.

Here are four free scary stories to enjoy on or around Halloween. Click on the titles to read them, or, in the case of the first story, to listen to an audio version.

1. “Earl King”

A dark contemporary fairy tale about a young boy whose new friend gives him a magical jewel that can control his parents.

2. “Snakebite”

A humorous horror-tinged western story about a preacher who takes on a gang of outlaws by pretending to be a ghost.

3. “The Black Spot”

In this Twilight Zone-style tale, a woman discovers a very strange stain on her floor that keeps growing larger and devouring things.

4. “The Coming”

This story isn’t for everyone. It’s a supernatural horror story about a creature that uses lust to attract its victims.

Let me know what you think of my horror tales!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Does the Bible Say Snakes Are Evil?

"Many people don’t like snakes. Some people fear them, and others even believe that the Bible says snakes are evil. But what does the Bible truly say about this infamous reptile?"

I answered that question in my newest article for TRC magazine. You can read it here: "Does the Bible Say Snakes Are Evil?"

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Story: The Forest God

A new fantasy short story of mine, “The Forest God,” has just been published by the YA magazine Frostfire Worlds.

The story follows a young warrior who after being wounded in battle wakes up in the care of a mysterious girl. As he seeks to find out why she lives in fear, he discovers her magical and dangerous secret.

The issue of Frostfire Worlds that contains “The Forest God” can be purchased here. It is available in print and also as an e-magazine that can be read on the computer.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Run No More (New Short Story)

Most of the short stories I write are either thriller or speculative. With my newest story, “Run No More,” I decided to experiment and try something different: romantic suspense.

TWJ magazine just published the story, and you can read it for free here.

Let me know what you think!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Swordtongue (Free Fantasy Short Story)

TRC magazine just published my newest fantasy short story, "Swordtongue." I don't usually write allegorical fantasy, but I had an allegorical idea I wanted to explore, and this story is the result.

Here's the teaser I wrote for the story:

Imagine a world where words can have supernatural power. That’s the setting for “Swordtongue,” a fantasy short story by Jonathan Garner. In this magical tale, a battle for the souls of the people who live in a cursed village will take place between a Swordtongue, whose words cut through deception, and a Darktalker, whose words twist and distort.

Read "Swordtongue" for free here!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Why Did Solomon Say His Wife Looked Like A Horse?

My newest article for TRC magazine has been released. "Why Did Solomon Say His Wife Looked Like A Horse?" is a humorous piece that examines the use of animal analogies in the Bible's Song of Solomon.

You can read it here: "Why Did Solomon Say His Wife Looked Like A Horse?"

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Writing Highlights of 2016

Now that 2017 has begun, I’ve been thinking about how my writing went in 2016. Here are the things that stand out to me the most:

- I had four articles and six short stories accepted by magazines. That’s one less than last year, but I received a higher pay rate this year.

- One story, the modern fairy tale “Earl King,” was released in audio form by the Untold Podcast. You can listen to it for free here.

- I continued to be a quarterly columnist for TRC magazine, releasing three articles, “Chasing Cheetahs,” “The Joy of Otters,” and “Watch Out for Poison Ivy,” and one humorous western story, “Snakebite.”

- I sold over 200 articles as a ghostwriter.

- I finished writing and editing a children’s sci-fi book. I’m happy with how it turned out, so I plan to start submitting it to agents soon.

How did your 2016 go?