My new very short story, “Upshot”

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“Upshot” — A blind woman, a semiautomatic pistol and an incendiary device.

A very short story – just right for reading waiting for customer service to answer!

Available FREE at most ebook outlets, and available in DRM-free files for all devices. (I will add more stores as the story becomes available through them.)

Smashwords (You can get this story FREE in all ebook file formats. Download the story and then side-load it in to any device you want to read it on.)

Apple / iBooks (iPhone, iPod, iPad) (Also available for FREE via all of Apple’s other nation-specific online stores)

Kindle (In order to get this story for FREE for your Kindle follow this link, download the .mobi file and then side-load it in to your Kindle.)

Nook / Barnes and Noble

Kobo (Also available for FREE from all of Kobo’s nation-specific online stores.)

Indigo (Canada)


Diesel Books


Deran Ludd reading “Upshot”

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Deran Ludd reading “Upshot”

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The Other Origin of My Novel No Aloha

I previously mentioned that the Siege of Sarajevo, from April 5, 1992 to February 29, 1996, was a backdrop for a story I wanted to tell, and I found the characters that I wanted to talk abt in this article that appeared in the New York Daily News on July 28, 1991, the day after my birthday. And then the Siege of Sarajevo began the next year, and it went on and on and on, and I realized I wanted to tell a story abt the kids in the newspaper as refugee kids in a US city torn down and worn down by internecine civil war.

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No Aloha inspiration 1

No ALoha inspiration 2

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Your Own Secret Society

I recently recorded this zombie broadcast off a live line discovered in the ruins of the telephone switchboard room of a collapsed hotel in the abandoned mining town of Electrograd, Washington.

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He Has A Face Like A Steel Trap

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I have an old short story, a very short short story, newly released as an e-short story, He Has A Face Like A Steel Trap. It is now available for free, in all file formats – .epub, .mobi, .rtf, .pdf etc) via Smashwords. As well as from individual online books stores.

You can watch the promotional video trailer I made for He Has A Face Like A Steel Trap here.


(For files from Smashwords you’ll have to “side-load” them into your ereader or mobile device/phone ereading app. You can install any number of free stand-alone ereading software on your computer and just read it there , as well.)

Barnes and Noble

(I have no idea why B&N did not add the book cover?)

Sony eBookstore

Kobo (This story has not been added to the Kobo store yet, but you can download an .epub version from Smashwords and side-load it into you Kobo reader)


Kindle – I’m giving my short stories away for FREE, but Amazon wants to charge $.99 (If you want to spend money on me at Amazon, buy a copy of my novel No Aloha for your Kindle). You can have He Has A Face Like A Steel Trap  for your Kindle for FREE, just follow the link and download the free .mobi file at Smashwords and then sideload it in to your Kindle.


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He Has A Face Like A Steel Trap

The video trailer for my newly published story, He Has A Face Like A Steel Trap.

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Hypnotizing Chickens Now FREE on Amazon!

Those with a Kindle can now get my short story, Hypnotizing Chickens, for free at

Hypnotizing Chickens now avb for FREE at

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