My Short Story / Flash Fiction “The It” will be Published in the Latest TLDR Press Horror Quarterly this Fall + Novel Update [Announcement].

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Hi Everyone!

Also, yes, it’s true, “The It” is definitely being published! It might look like I’ve just been binge watching Halloween films (at least according to my twitter feed), but I’ve also been hard at work writing! Also, it is October and that’s the one month out of the year where binge watching scary movies is given a free pass in my corner of the world without being thought of as a total weirdo so…

Anyway, TLDR Press has been very kind to accept this story that started as a vague nightmare that I woke up from back in September. It’s a bit unsettling, if not miraculous, that that situation somehow made its way to being expressed as a piece of publishable fiction (though, to be fair, I was also on a deadline and no other ideas were panning out).

It wasn’t easy, but it was certainly doable. Special thanks to my assigned editor — David Clark — for helping me clean up the prose and asking me the right questions. Additional, special thanks, also goes to the curators Camden Collins, Joe Butler and the rest of the editors at TLDR Press who helped make this happen!

TLDR Press has been a great publication to work with in the past, especially when it comes to my previous works like Catherine and the Wasteland (which you can find in TLDR Press’s first anthology here) and my essay on drafting a novel.

(By the way: they also have a woman’s anthology out right now featuring all female writers that you ought to buy, too, because it’s going to endometriosis research)

“The It” will be published in the TLDR Press Horror Anthology which is set to come out later this month. There will definitely be announcements made here and on Twitter as soon as both the ebook and the physical copy make their collective debuts.

I’m also still working on Spymancer and hope to be done with this beast of an urban-fantasy-cyberpunk-spy-thriller novel by the end of this year. I’m up to nearly 80,000 words now after slashing over 40,000 during the First Draft Purge of Words (like I need the extra work, ugh).

Happy for all of you that continue to stick around to read my stuff and hopefully you still will! I wish you all the best and thanks again!

Sincerely,

Philip N.R Hauser

P.S. In Spring 2019 I plan on drawing again, too. Really excited!

[Short Story] The It [Excerpt]

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It’s still hard to believe that something so ugly and useless looking destroyed our town in just a matter of days. It turned everyone here into its slaves, and anyone who is immune to it gets killed. That disgusting thing made Karen kill her own husband of twenty years because he said it was controlling our thoughts and making us go insane. Karen loves this thing now like it’s her own kids.

[Flash Fiction] A Corpse Can Be Your Imaginary Boyfriend.

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I wasn’t going to let that bastard break up with me. I gave too many years of my life, too many hours of emotional labor, too many weekends where I cleaned the apartment and did the laundry while he sat on his ass and did shit. I loved him too god damn much to let him just call it quits and leave me.

Now he’s in my bed. He’s not breathing anymore. I poisoned his dinner and as one last gesture, I held him in my arms as he choked to death. He isn’t warm, but that’s okay. I get to lay with him and be by his side like we used to be. I just hope they understand when they find the body. I hope they understand what kind of pain I was in. I hope I can get off by reason of insanity.