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You’ve reached the home of suspense and excellent short fiction with a supernatural twist. It is our hope that you enjoy these stories of things that go bump in the night.

The writing style of a stump has been compared to such greats as Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Stephen King. His stories seamlessly “blend the nostalgic and realistic with the surreal.” Many of his short stories have been featured in online journals and in print anthologies of modern fiction. To purchase his collected works, click the links below.

Featured Work

While children splash in lakes, pour themselves into comic books, and scream for ice cream, adult evils await discovery beneath the surface of shared childhood experience.

In the village of Edam, vampires exist, although they don’t wear capes.  Monsters lurk just beyond the boundary of dusk.  There’s a certain magic accessible only to a child of ten who is still able to believe in the extraordinary.

In these pages, you will encounter supernatural adventure, fueled by imagination and flights of fantasy.  You will meet many characters, both human and inhuman—maybe even yourself.

What readers are saying about The Endless Summer:

If Ray Bradbury and Sherwood Anderson had a child, it would be a stump.”

a stump is the M. Night Shyamalan of short story authors.”

“It felt very cinematic in quality and I could just see it being shown on the screen, a perfect film to be viewed via the page.”

Available in paperback and Kindle! Click here to purchase

The Falling Woman includes several short stories published elsewhere in print or online, as well as brand new stories and a selection of poetry. All are in one volume and will be available in eBook or print format. Release date, May, 2021.

Released August 1, 2019, a stump’s five star short story, “The Wall,” transports the reader into the world of a 10 year-old girl who hopes and prays to be selected to go “over the wall” and leave her parched, dying town to start a new life. “The Wall” follows the literary legacy of Ursula K. Le Guin and Ray Bradbury, painting a dystopian future that is all-too plausible. The updated version releasing in 2021 features an essay on the possibility of a real dystopia in our lifetime. Available exclusively on Amazon Kindle for just $.99, you won’t be disappointed with this read. Click the link below to purchase.

What people are saying about “The Wall”

“Deliciously Creepy ” –Greg Krojac, author of the Sophont Trilogy

“I genuinely enjoyed reading ‘The Wall.’ The mood and the writing is excellent and I found the story to be thought-provoking, poignant and memorable.” –GD Deckard, author

“‘The Wall,’ in the growing tradition of post-apocalyptic fiction, is a story that is beautiful and painful. The setting is as much of a character as the people who inhabit it, and the people in this setting are beacons of desperation, desire, and suffering. ‘The Wall’ is, more than anything, a story about what it means to be human, and hopeful, in spite of the inevitable.” –N.D. Coley, author

Click here to purchase “The Wall”

Reading, Writing, and Editorial Services


Do you have a story that you would love to have professionally read? Do you need someone to help you make an audio book? I have professional recording and radio experience and would love to work with you. For just a small sample of my reading style, click here. If you would like me to read for you, please contact me below.


Are you stuck in your story? Maybe you have a story inside you that you just can’t seem to get out? I would love to help you write your story. I have experience working with people and converting conversations, notes, and ideas onto the written page. If you need this kind of help, please contact me at the email listed below.


Do you need copy editing, beta reading, or help with critical review of your work? I will read your manuscript, published book, or website and give you constructive feedback and other editorial suggestions so that your writing can be the best that it can be. Please contact me at the email below for a personalized quote for your project.

Who Is a stump?

a stump’s passion for writing lies in taking mundane life events and inserting a supernatural twist. His writing often points us to the dark and gritty facets of life. He has had works published in literary fiction, horror, suspense, GameLit, humor, crime, science fiction, and poetry genres.

He resides near Erie, Pa and holds degrees in Sociology, Anthropology, and Divinity. He can be reached at For updates on his published works that are available for free through electronic download, follow his facebook page in the link below. To contact him directly, email at


  • Author Central at Amazon!

    September 13, 2020 by

    Finally got connected with some helpful people at KDP/Author Central over at! I’ve got a brand new, sleek author page up and running for “a stump.” I’m working with them to get my previously published titles switched over (with reviews!). I’m very thankful to be able to transfer, and with a minimum amount of… Read more

  • Happenings

    September 12, 2020 by

    There’s a lot going on these days at Fiction by a stump! I’ve launched my book, The Endless Summer, and I’m finalizing the manuscript for The Falling Woman, which is an eclectic compilation of my short stories and poetry. I’ve started a podcast with Greg Krojac dedicated to short reads (everything from drabbles to short… Read more

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