I write stories about most anything but I prefer penning dark, speculative fiction embedded in life’s tragic themes. We learn from our mistakes, providing we can recover from them.
Stir up the fictional cauldron with fantastical environments and events and stories have the potential to take the reader down any path, including the wooded trail that runs behind Old Man Grinning’s decrepit manor. That house has nervous town folk wanting to tear it down. People claim to see strange lights and hear odd sounds coming from those woods, but no one investigates. Maybe you and I will take that path as you turn each page of each book.
Anthologies of Short Stories
An estranged father, a compulsive smoker, an aggressive advertising consultant, a dark dinner guest, and Life herself come together in Bedtime for Seneca, a collection of five short stories from the darkly fertile mind of M. Duda.
Welcome to a shadowy world of imagination and depth—where the veil between worlds is much thinner than we ever thought possible and the biggest question is never what happens next, but why. In this dark and unexplored place, good intentions don’t always work out as planned, and the living and the dead each find themselves trapped in cages of their own making.
The stories of these three are interconnected by themes of individuality, rebellion, and transformation. Author M. Duda’s short-story collection is genre bending and thought provoking.
These are pet projects of mine. A new episode may be published every few weeks or so. The best part is that these stories are free to read.
The Beast of T’hal Kyun
Part 1, “I’d Gone Too Far;” Part 2, “No Escape…;” Part 3, “A Strange Encounter;” Part 4, “The Beautiful Creature;” Part 5, “The Empty Room;” Part 6, “Flickering Candles;” Part 7, “In the Moon’s Waning Light;” Part 8, “A Key for a Lock“