I started writing short stories as a sort of “warm up” to writing longer fiction. I’ve brushed them off, re-edited them and am in the process of compiling them into my first non-Dwayne Morrow release. I've even written a few new ones! Here's a sample from then and now.
Danny Boy was the first short story I ever printed out, stuffed into envelopes and sent away to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, completely certain one of the two was bound to respond with an offer to publish as well as to send my very first royalty check! Instead, I got my first of many rejection notices I still keep in a manila file folder in the back of my desk drawer. Years later, I re-read my query letter and doubt the story was ever read—the query letter was that bad. Well, no one can stop me from sharing it now, and here it is, in all its glory.
A 70s Christmas Story is brand new and 100% true. I was a terrible sneak when it came to snooping around for my presents. This is the year that ended all that. It also reminds me of how lucky I was to have the wonderful parents I had. I miss them both so much.