UGLY LITTLE THINGS is a short fiction series by Todd Keisling, launching in 2014. These stories are dark, sometimes gory, sometimes violent, and very, very ugly. Each story will be released monthly beginning in January. Here is the full release schedule and synopsis:
1/3/2014 – RADIO FREE NOWHERE
The water’s fine this time of year . . .
Somewhere in the mountains of West Virginia, a strange radio signal broadcasts a siren’s song, luring unsuspecting travelers to a forgotten lake. What lurks beneath those placid waters? Ashley and Conrad are about to find out in Todd Keisling’s latest ugly little thing, RADIO FREE NOWHERE.
“An excellent tale from the jump, Keisling proves that when busy with the output, he’s a monster with the narrative. This is an engaging piece loaded with memorable personalities and a damn fine twist. When it comes to conclusions, this one delivers.” – Horror Novel Reviews
2/3/2014 – WHEN KAREN MET HER MOUNTAIN
What’ll you do when you meet your mountain, honey?
Karen Singleton’s suicide attempt brought her a lot of clarity, helping her to understand her place in the world following a miscarriage, and just how deeply she loves her husband, Martin. Without his support, Karen believes she never would have made it through that troubling period of her life.
When their car is ambushed by a gang of fanatics and Martin is taken to serve as a human sacrifice, Karen will learn just how strong her love is—and just how fine the line is drawn between devotion and obsession—in Todd Keisling’s latest ugly little thing, WHEN KAREN MET HER MOUNTAIN.
3/3/2014 – SAVING GRANNY FROM THE DEVIL
Granny is the center of Toddy’s world, helping to raise him following his parents’ divorce. She is his moral compass, his mentor, and more importantly, his best friend.
But Toddy has another friend: an odd man in a black suit who answers to the name of Harvey J. Winterbell. He once saved Toddy from a pair of neighborhood bullies, and since that day, Harvey has followed Toddy into his drawings, into his toys, and even into his nightmares.
When Granny falls victim to a series of debilitating strokes, Toddy’s world is shattered, and Harvey emerges from the turmoil to pick up the pieces. This time he wants to teach Toddy a valuable lesson: everything comes with a price, and the Devil always collects his due.
In the third installment of Todd Keisling’s Ugly Little Things series, SAVING GRANNY FROM THE DEVIL blends memoir and horror into a harrowing exploration of selfishness and regret as one man tries to face his demons once and for all.
4/4/2014 – THE HARBINGER
Welcome to Dalton, West Virginia, home of the famous toy company, Dalton Dollworks. Founded in the late 1970s, the Dollworks has built a reputation around its quaint, lifelike dolls—and now the company is poised to go worldwide.
Meet journalist Felix Proust. He’s been invited to Dalton for an exclusive interview with Maggie Eloquence, CEO of the Dalton Dollworks. Thing is, he’s been in town for all of five minutes and he already knows something isn’t quite right. The stench of manure is everywhere, all the adults seem to be over sixty, and the children regard him with silent contempt.
Felix isn’t about to let this odd town get to him. He does have a job to do, after all. But as the day wears on, Felix learns there’s more to Dalton than meets the eye, and that some dark secrets should remain buried deep in the earth at all costs . . .
THE HARBINGER is the latest entry in Todd Keisling’s Ugly Little Things series, offering a startling new vision of unsettling horror that leaves the reader holding their breath until the very end.