Epic space battles. Monsters. Fantastic worlds and faraway lands. Family life and work struggles. All of this is the stuff of great literature. It is also the stuff of the stories in this book.  Every week on the podcast ATARI BYTES, I present an original (very) short story inspired by a classic video game. Many of those stories are now regurgitated here in new-fangled BOOK form. Ah, technology!  Been a long time since you played video games? Don’t even  like  video games? Fear not! The games are just a springboard to dive into many classic themes - family relationships, the workaday world, self-doubt,war, our competitive nature, fear hope and longing. Also, monkeys with paint rollers. (Yes, really.) Those themes are presented here through many genres like science fiction, fantasy, contemporary fiction, 1980s super spies, poetry and, in one case, even 19th century, Victorian era erotic literature.  So put down that joystick and pick up this book. Then when it’s “Game Over” for the book, as we say on ATARI BYTES, go play some old games. They’ve missed you.  Available to order in e-book or in print pretty much everywhere. And don’t forget to add it on  Goodreads.   PRINT:  Amazon ,  B&N ,  BAM ,  Indiebound   EBOOK:  Amazon ,  B&N ,  Kobo

Epic space battles. Monsters. Fantastic worlds and faraway lands. Family life and work struggles. All of this is the stuff of great literature. It is also the stuff of the stories in this book.

Every week on the podcast ATARI BYTES, I present an original (very) short story inspired by a classic video game. Many of those stories are now regurgitated here in new-fangled BOOK form. Ah, technology!

Been a long time since you played video games? Don’t even like video games? Fear not! The games are just a springboard to dive into many classic themes - family relationships, the workaday world, self-doubt,war, our competitive nature, fear hope and longing. Also, monkeys with paint rollers. (Yes, really.) Those themes are presented here through many genres like science fiction, fantasy, contemporary fiction, 1980s super spies, poetry and, in one case, even 19th century, Victorian era erotic literature.

So put down that joystick and pick up this book. Then when it’s “Game Over” for the book, as we say on ATARI BYTES, go play some old games. They’ve missed you.

Available to order in e-book or in print pretty much everywhere. And don’t forget to add it on Goodreads.

PRINT: Amazon, B&N, BAM, Indiebound

EBOOK: Amazon, B&N, Kobo

A lot of people have lousy Christmases, even when they live in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana.  Cameron Jones used to be a successful author. But this year, as another holiday looms, he is beset by a depression that rivals fruitcake in density. His ex-wife is moving away with their daughter Holly and a sleezy reporter is dogging him. And the foul-mouthed goldfish hallucination that keeps nagging him is no help at all.  Cameron’s buddy Dogwater Hunt is a broke, obsessed alien-abductee with a pathological fear of holiday lights. He’s desperate to prove Earth will be visited on Christmas Eve by mysterious “Santa aliens.” If he can catch “Santa”, he’ll push forth the frontiers of science - and maybe get a new TV.  Meanwhile, Santa Claus - the big man himself, not the town - is beaten down by centuries of children growing up and no longer believing. He ponders the reality of his imaginary world - living on cookies, hanging out with elves. It’s all so absurd, he can’t help but wonder “Do I really exist?”  The answer to that question could determine the future of Christmas. Cameron and Dogwater are unwittingly caught up in a plan to save Santa from himself. If you ever believed St. Nick was real, buy this book. Maybe he still is.  Available in print and E-Book pretty much everywhere.  And you can add it on Goodreads.   PRINT:  Amazon ,  B&N,   BAM ,  Indiebound   EBOOK:  Amazon ,  B&N ,  Kobo

A lot of people have lousy Christmases, even when they live in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana.

Cameron Jones used to be a successful author. But this year, as another holiday looms, he is beset by a depression that rivals fruitcake in density. His ex-wife is moving away with their daughter Holly and a sleezy reporter is dogging him. And the foul-mouthed goldfish hallucination that keeps nagging him is no help at all.

Cameron’s buddy Dogwater Hunt is a broke, obsessed alien-abductee with a pathological fear of holiday lights. He’s desperate to prove Earth will be visited on Christmas Eve by mysterious “Santa aliens.” If he can catch “Santa”, he’ll push forth the frontiers of science - and maybe get a new TV.

Meanwhile, Santa Claus - the big man himself, not the town - is beaten down by centuries of children growing up and no longer believing. He ponders the reality of his imaginary world - living on cookies, hanging out with elves. It’s all so absurd, he can’t help but wonder “Do I really exist?”

The answer to that question could determine the future of Christmas. Cameron and Dogwater are unwittingly caught up in a plan to save Santa from himself. If you ever believed St. Nick was real, buy this book. Maybe he still is.

Available in print and E-Book pretty much everywhere. And you can add it on Goodreads.

PRINT: Amazon, B&N, BAM, Indiebound

EBOOK: Amazon, B&N, Kobo