The world is filled with misfits. The world is filled with the misunderstood. Enter the shadowy underbelly of society where the outsider is king and learn why...

...the Death Angel visits a small town year after year

...an old collector of clocks holds the keys to Armageddon

...a nocturnal game turns deadly when an unexpected player joins

...a church of snake-handlers insist on introducing a visitor to their god

...a group of scarecrows reveal their true nature to the farmer who made them
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So what is The Misunderstood and Other Misfit Horrors? 


Essentially it's a collection of short stories featuring some of my best work.  Over the years I've sold tales to a lot of different magazines, anthologies, webzines, and other venues.  Some of my old stories show their age and reflect a time when I was still trying to learn how to write and find my voice.  Other stories, like those in this book, are ones that I'm still extremely proud of.  Throughout my time as a writer, I always hesitated to use the term 'horror' when labeling my early work because I didn't feel it truly reflected my interests or what I was doing.  With that said, I don't consider these horror stories.  In my mind, these owe more to Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone than they do to Stephen King.  They are weird, chilling, suspenseful, and at times, maybe a little horrific.  Ray Bradbury's "The October Country" and "The Illustrated Man" were both huge influences on how I approached the short story early on, and I think that influence shows up from time to time in these tales.  So if you ever enjoyed The Outer Limits, The X-Files, Night Gallery, and other shows featuring stories of the unusual and the weird, The Misunderstood and Other Misfit Horrors is for you.