Excerpt from “You Only Live Once”, a Horror Story

“What they don’t tell you is what it feels like not to die.

They don’t tell you that the casket isn’t actually padded; that there’s only a bit of cushion under your head and shoulders, and that’s for your family to feel better, not you. You’re supposed to be dead.

They don’t tell you that the backs of your clothes will be cut away, and that you’re not so much wearing them as being covered by them, like lying under a quilt whose pieces are unattached. No one worries about decency, or dignity for that matter, when it comes to dead guys.

There’s no such thing as comfort, when you’re supposed to be dead. Take me: my left leg is broken just under the knee, because by the time they found my body it had stiffened oddly to the side. It’s all in how you fall, see, and it’s hard to worry about the convenient alignment of your body when you’re trying not to die in the first place. They cracked the bone to make it lie neatly in the casket, in case an inquisitive relative (nosey, they said, because they didn’t know I was listening) should happen to peep under the closed end of the box. They want you to look like you’re just resting, like even if you were able to get out, you’d still be there because it’s just so damned comfy.

No one sleeps like this: body ramrod straight, arms on chest, hands twined together. When you go to bed tonight, try it, then tell me if it’s how you’d want to spend eternity.

God, I hope I wink out before eternity.

At least now they’ve stopped fussing at me. I wouldn’t have thought myself a prudish person in life, but somehow when you know that you’re being stripped out of your soiled clothes and laid out, naked, to be washed by strangers, you develop sudden surprising shynesses. You try to remember whether you showered the morning she killed you, and whether or not you wore clean socks. It becomes paramount that the rubber-gloved attendant now seeing to your final needs not be embarrassed or disgusted on your behalf.

That’s not how you’d be remembered, if you could have a say. If they could hear you.”

– from You Only Live Once, a short horror story by Stefanie N Snider.
Get your copy from Amazon or Smashwords now!

SniderWriter Exclusive: Dark Side Sale!

It’s been a while since I told you guys how fantastic you are, so here: YOU ARE FANTASTIC. Thank you for visiting me here and letting me into your head every day.

So, for you guys ONLY, Dark Side: Seven Repulsive Stories, my first collection, is half-off at Smashwords with coupon code CQ34H. It’s good til July 18th, so you still have time to scoop a copy. Click the pic to get yours!

-Stef

New Horror Story: You Only Live Once

When the body dies, the soul should be free to leave.

But what if the soul gets trapped? What if it’s left inside to listen…to think…to plot revenge…

What if it manages to bring the body back?

You Only Live Once, the brand-new horror short by yours truly, is available now from Amazon and Smashwords.

New Story in the Works

I’m editing my newest horror story tonight. It should be ready and up by this weekend sometime. This is my favourite part of writing: when it’s almost ready for you guys to read. It’s like watching someone open something you bought them; half the fun is had by the person who knows what’s in the box.

Things I need:
-an image of a coffin that isn’t stupid
-a few more hours of editing work
-a strong cup of coffee

Keep an eye out this weekend for the new piece. It…goes in a new direction from my other stories (WINK), and I’m pretty happy with it.

In the meantime, check out my previous stories:

Needles & Pins

Feed

What’s Inside

Overtime

Mr Buster’s Bodies

Dump Room

Better Fat Than Dead

Double Creature, which contains the shorts ‘Screee’ and ‘Boogeyman’

Dark Side: Seven Repulsive Stories

Mr Buster’s Bodies: “4 Out of 5 Grilled Cheeses”

Haven’t read it yet? Click here.

My pal Leslie over at I Know I’m Not Normal Because… posted a review of my short horror story, Mr Buster’s Bodies, today.

“Mr. Buster, always “Mr” never “Jim” and never ever just “Buster” as the story will tell you, is an exceedingly well crafted character. His scheming and treachery will have you wrapped up in his twisted mind, start to finish.”

Continue reading at her new blog, then snoop around over there for a bit. She’s a funny girl.

FEED for Free! Round 2

Blood is thicker than water, and it’s my job to protect my little brother.
No matter what monstrous things he does.

What would you do for family?

If you haven’t read my short horror story, FEED, this is your chance! For the next three days FEED is free on Amazon. Click the pic to score the deal.

Tell your friends. Tell your neighbours. Tell your families (the ones that aren’t squeamish, anyway).

Turn the lights down and get ready. The pigs are hungry…

Happy Friday the 13th! Dark Side 50% Off!

In honour of the holiest-of-holies in the horror world (aside from Halloween, natch), I want to make sure you’re all stocked up on scares.

SO.

This weekend only, I’m knocking off half the cover price of my collection, Dark Side: Seven Repulsive Stories. This deal is only available at Smashwords, and only if you use coupon code ZT98W at checkout. (Coupon expires Sunday.)

These morbid little tales include a sociopathic child, accidental zombies, a couple nasty monsters, and a nod to the horrors of the every day.

Definitely read What’s Inside last. I worry about myself when I think about what happens in that one.

It’s Read an EBook Week!

Haven’t tried e-books yet?

This week Smashwords is hosting Read an E-Book Week. What does it mean? Thousands of independent authors, like me, have put our work on sale.

We’ve done it because e-books are a great way to try out a new author. Because we want you to step outside the rules of traditional publishing and see what it’s like when authors control their own work. Independent authors set our own rules and publish our own truths, without having to bend to the will of publishers. You get a pure story, as it was meant to be read, as the author envisioned it.

Supporting indie authors means you’ll see more unique voices than you would through traditional publishing. Indies have more freedom to experiment with new formats, new ideas, and new niches that traditional publishing simply doesn’t have the resources to support.

It’s exciting, and if you haven’t tried e-books before, this is your time.

This week only, my Dark Side collection is on sale for 25% off. Don’t have an e-reader? Don’t worry; you can read it right on the site at Smashwords.

Click on the cover to get your own copy of Dark Side: Seven Repulsive Stories, and use coupon code REW25 to get 25% off at checkout.

New Story, FEED, Now Available!

“He’s got that look in his eyes again, the one that only brings trouble. “Buddy,” I warn him, “cool it.”

I know he can hear me, at least on some level, but the part of him I can see is all glassy eyes and stiff body. He’s just like a hound, when he gets like this, and I get that feeling in my gut again. I know something’s going down, and soon.

My brother bobs his head absently to the music from the juke. It’s some of that C&W bullshit he’s always playing on the truck radio. I can’t stand it, myself, all heartbreak and such. Life has enough problems, believe you me, without adding more.

I know all about that.

Buddy’s leaning forward on his stool a little. His massive gut pushes up against the high table but he don’t seem to notice. The bar’s crowded tonight, men drinking off the week. Some came with their own woman. Some came with another man’s.

I get that feeling, and I know he’s seen her.”

Click on the cover to purchase, 99¢ on Amazon.