What started as an eerie stand-alone flash fiction turned into a series of short stories and an experiment in publication.
My original intention to write a stand-alone short story, because I love short stories, but usually fail at writing them. I guess I failed again.
The middle three stories can be read in any order:
Tears: The most recent victim tests our nameless host’s patience with hard questions and erratic behavior.
Praying — Our nameless host is unsettled by his newest hostage’s grace and composure… and even more so when he discovers the source.
Her: the final creepy captivity short — Our nameless host acquired the object of his obsession… and soon realizes he may have bitten off more than he can chew. A satisfying ending for this series of serial killer shorts.
If you’re not satisfied by the ending, or if you want MORE, you might be in luck: I’ve developed a full-length plot to accompany these shorts, not from our nameless host’s point of view. I don’t know how long full-length will be, or when I will be writing it, but donating to my ko-fi or becoming a patron of mine on Patreon will certainly sway my favor.
These shorts became an experiment in publication in two ways: I created all of my own covers from scratch. I had never created my own covers before, and I’m sure it’s obvious. That’s OK, they’re just short stories.
But I had never published short stories on Amazon before, either. I can’t say that it’s been successful, but I can say it was worth it: I spent literally nothing on these stories, put very little effort in their promotion, but people have enjoyed them, and I’ve earned about $10 from them altogether.
Here is the description I used for all the creepy captivity shorts. I do not recommend doing this, ever.
Since the last short is about to be released, I’m going back to give their Amazon descriptions a much-needed make-over with the descriptions above. If you have any other suggestions for promoting short stories, I am always up to hearing them! Comment below or @ me on Twitter.