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From the author: Leftovers are the delicious bits at the end of the feast. Perhaps the meal was interrupted, or the diner became too full. Perhaps the meal went awry and was cut short by mishap. Whatever the reason, it's a shame to waste good remains. Leftovers is a collection of previously published short stories by Angela Yuriko Smith set to be available on Amazon in 2020.
Updated Jul 19, 2019 · 964 words (4 minutes) · 94 views
Josh's mom won't win any mother-of-the-year awards, but she is good enough for Josh. When good enough isn't enough, however, casual wishes can become permanent regrets. Written as an assignment for Fright Club. I wish I could tell you more about Fright Club, but you know the rule. First published as "Cereal Killer," The Sirens Call eZine, 43, February 2019, p. 111. http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_February2019.pdf
Updated Jul 26, 2019 · 500 words (2 minutes) · 46 views
Pain Relief was originally written as an assignment in the 2018 Borderland's Writers Boot Camp. We were each given the first line from a popular horror novel as a prompt. I was given "The Girl Next Door" by Jack Ketchum. He had just passed away and we were all pretty shook up about it. Receiving his line as a prompt was difficult and emotional to write and to listen to when our work was shared. I'm happy I wrote it anyway. First published as "Pain Relief," The Sirens Call eZine, 43, February 2019, p. 112.
Updated Aug 2, 2019 · 1,658 words (7 minutes) · 78 views
Um, waiter? There's a kid in my pool... Written as a body horror assignment for Fright Club. I wish I could tell you more about Fright Club, but you know the rule. First published as "Band Aid," The Sirens Call eZine, 44, April 2019, p. 55.
Updated Aug 9, 2019 · 1,134 words (5 minutes) · 50 views
Who decides what is good and what is evil? Unfortunately, sometimes we do. Originally published in 2015 as a stand alone ebook, The Heaven Grift has been popular on Amazon's "Christian Classics and Allegories," much to the surprise of the author. This is a re-edited version of the original. The couple that feature in this story are the beginning of the characters Killian Grey and Yoshiko who appear a few years later in "Bitter Suites." Fortunately, in that timeline they are still alive.
Updated Aug 18, 2019 · 100 words (1 minute) · 55 views
Just one hundred words, drabbles are fun to create because of the challenging word economy. They are good practice for getting the most bang out of every syllable. This one, Whole Hearted, tells the tale of a blossoming young murderer with refined tastes... and her unfortunate dinner guest. First published as "Whole Hearted," The Sirens Call eZine, 43, February 2019, p. 113.
Updated Aug 24, 2019 · 1,915 words (7 minutes) · 32 views
Vanilla Rice is the birth story for the "Bitter Suites" universe. The rundown apartments where Yoshiko and Killian live for a year in "Bitter Suites" happens to be around the corner from the suicide hotel. You’ll note some similarities between the stories—mention of certain residents and painted over windows, among other things. This story originally appeared in "Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy" by Laksa Media Groups Inc. (March 27, 2017) Winner of Alberta Book Publishing’s Speculative Fiction Book of the Year 2018.
Updated Sep 3, 2019 · 2,153 words (8 minutes) · 53 views
Cambria was a decent babysitter... until Missy started talking about the woman with the braid. Originally published July 31, 2015 by Amazon Digital Services LLC, this is the rewritten version of The Braid. The original version, still available on Amazon, has a different ending. I've also cut out around 1,000 words. It flows much better.