Thursday, July 5, 2018

BAM's Purchasable Stories

People often ask what stories I have for sale.

Here's a list of anthologies and a standalone mini novel where you can find the answer.

Click the pictures below for links.

Please read a few, review, and share the tales with others.


Summary: A small town sheriff and recent widower gets a call late at night about his best friend, Alex, dancing in a fountain. This story was dedicated my bar buds who were there for me during very dark times.

Note: I receive 50% of every purchase and 10% of each sale goes to the South Texas Persian Rescue: a non profit cat adoption clinic my niece, Barry, loves.


Summary: A locally famous comedian has a late night reunion with his childhood friend, now a serial killer. What can go wrong? Based on my childhood friend who moved to California to become famous.

Note: Under the pen name Shelly Macaroy - an author in my manuscript: Diaries of Karma.

MacKenzie Publishing's Two Eyes Open Anthology 



Summary: English as a Second Language Teacher from America wakes up in a Japanese jail cell covered in someone else's blood. Detectives seem certain he killed someone. Yet, the poor guy can't remember anything, nor can he speak Japanese.

Note: One amazon reviewer called this piece, "Authentically scary as hell."

HellBound Books Publishing's Shopping List Anthology



Summary: The dream team came to my middle school when I was a kid. Of all people Charles Barkley sat next to me, and inspired so much in a few seconds.

Peacock Journal Anthology, Little Red Tree Publishing



Summary: A linguistics professor has a rare spine condition, which makes his back move like a slinky. Only the creatures from outer space he's teaching English to can save his life in this short comedy.



Summary: The narrator describes what it feels like to lose a sister to alcohol addiction. 
Note: This drama is written under a pen name Scott "Allan" Terrier and it's based on my sister.

Embracing the Shadow Anthology with Down in the Dirt TV Scars Publications



Summary: It's a poem about a very strange experience.

Bindweed Magazine Issue 5 Anthology



Summary: A teen's life changes when he gets held at gunpoint, as will the mugger's. 
Note: WINNER: Exceptional Short Story Award.



Summary: 100-word comedies. 




Summary: Someone is about to die, and you get to read their final moments in this 100-word comedy.



Summary: Experience a shooting from the point of view of a suicidal hero and then a homicidal maniac in an American grocery store.

Note: WINNER of the Wordsmith Competition and Story of the Month

Crack the Spine XIV Anthology



Summary: An older man gets seduced by a teenage girl on a subway in Japan. He has dark motives for her, and vice versa. 

Note: Another Shelly Macaroy piece.

9 Tales Told in the Dark #21 Anthology's Bride of Chaos series



Summary: A kid wants to win a Halloween contest. 
Note: WINNER of a real Halloween Contest and Story of the Month


Far From the Crowd

Summary: It's not easy to tell people goodbye because you'll probably die. That's what happens in the prequel to me having back operations in real life. 

Note: Editor's Favorite Story

StoryShelter's I Am Here. The Untold Stories of Everyday People Anthology

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

42 Stories Anthology

Call for submissions:
42-Word Stories Anthology

An anthology of 42 categories of 42 selected works of 42-word microfiction stories, and 42 art pieces, one per chapter. 

That's potentially 1,764 authors in one book. 

All submissions must contain a beginning, middle, and end. AFTER SUBMITTING, CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS FOR EMAILS FROM THE EDITOR.

Deadline: December 2019 or until filled.
Release date: TBA

The story: 42 words exactly, which does not include the title.

The title should be roughly 42 characters including spaces and punctuation (between 40 and 44 characters is acceptable)DO NOT make the title 42 words. It happened once and we all laughed, but this is serious.

Use this counter:

No simultaneous submissions.

STRICT Submission guidelines
Email subject: 42SUB_Category_AUTHOR INITIALS
Example: 42SUB_SF_DNA

Specifics of your story that goes into the body of the email:

YOUR TITLE HERE (ROUGHLY "between 40 and 44" 42 Characters INCLUDING spaces)




Example of your email:

Dear BAM,

The name's Person Name Writer, email: Below is my Science Fiction, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in 42-Words" and bio. One or two more sentences optional. 

No attachments.


See the example at the bottom to help you format.

No multiple submissions (kind of). The goal is to publish 1,764 different writers. If you must send more than one story, send one at a time and wait for a reply, also use a pen name for each piece. The same bio is okay. We will accept a maximum of 4 stories from one person. Do not submit more than one piece for consideration until we have replied to you. An onslaught of submissions from one person can be overwhelming. Lastly, please submit to different categories if you go this route. The one story at a time policy was just added August 20, 2019. DO NOT withdraw if you have already submitted more than one story at a time. We will get back with you and grandfather your submissions in.   

No plagiarism. You are responsible for your work and legally liable if you disregard this warning. You agree that you will take full responsibility for any plagiarism on your part by submitting your work as original.  

Payment: Aside from name recognition, ONLY winners of the Story of Excellence in their genre will receive the award and $.42 which can optionally go into a charity pot. At this time, the project cannot afford to pay everyone.

Most of the money earned from book sales will pay for anthology expenses such as editing, art, beta reads, and advertising. 

The anthology will be posted on and other platforms. 

Rule: Check your work. It’s easy to have a grammar-loving friend read the piece as a second pair of eyes. VERY IMPORTANT: Format make sure your subject line was written properly. 

Response time: About six months from the submission date, maybe longer. 


You grant the 42 Stories Anthology and staff first serial rights to your original work. Rights revert back to you the author one year after publication. If your work is that of plagiarism, you agree to take full responsibility legally and otherwise for work you have claimed is originally yours. 


Nothing that's been published anywhere.

No Erotica. 

No Animal Abuse.

Due to a number of submissions, please send ONE story at a time and wait for a response. Then again, ask yourself: "How would they know if I used a pen name?" 

VERY IMPORTANT: Format the subject line correctly. 

No simultaneous submissions. 

Now send us your best work. If you're not sure of the category, it's okay.

Format the subject line correctly.

NO TWO STORIES CAN HAVE THE SAME NAME. Use a pen name for each story. A max of four stories per person will be accepted. It's better to submit to different categories.

Categories with few submissions are subject to alterations.

By submitting a story, you agree that we can reformat and make punctuation changes without your prior consent. If the story is formatted a specific way that you prefer, let us know in your cover letter. However, we will contact you if we want to change any of the words.

Do not withdraw and re-submit your submission if you make a mistake. Rather resend the changes in your email or if you submitted through Submittable, message us what you need changed.

42 categories:

1. Alternate Reality
We've received many stories about alternate presidents. Please be creative. This category was inspired by the show "Sliders."
2. Apocalyptic
3. Clown
4. Craft of Writing 
5. Culture've probably got a great story idea about homeless people in America. We've received a lot of like pieces already. This is a culture category as in for the world, not just for America. Please think bigger and be original. This category was inspired by the fact that the staff of 42 Stories Anthology are spread out around the world. 
6. Crime Fiction
7. Dystopia & Utopia
…share your Black Mirror story in 42 words
8. Escape
...lived through a car crash; 
hunted and survived;
escaping a really good sales pitch
9. Fairy Tale
10. Fantasy
11. Fight
...arenas, gladiators, blood in the sand; 
fighting cancer;
fighting the system; 
fighting against spousal abuse

12. Historical Fiction
…based on non-fiction is okay
13. Horror
14. Humor
15. Impairment
...including all handicaps; 
drug issues and depression; 
non-fic based; 
any form applies
  16. Indigenous 
...Sherman Alexie's dynamic writing
style inspired this chapter. However, any aboriginal story from anywhere in the world is welcomed.
17. Macabre & Morbid
18. Monster
19. Mystery
20. Mythopoeia
21. Noir
22. Oddball
...your story is special and doesn’t fit a category:
here’s where it goes
23. Outer space
24. Paranormal
25. Parent Story
...non-fic in fiction form's okay; 
good or bad
parent's okay
26. Poetic Prose related is okay creative with the format
27. Romance
…is your romance about two cats in love?
Your protagonist is in love with a ghost?
That goes here
Normal romance is okay too
28. Satire
29. Science Fiction
...aliens, robots, you name it goes here
30. Siblings
...evil twin, wonderful brother, misunderstood sinister sister
31. Sports
...non-fiction based is okay
32. Steampunk
...example: Fullmetal Alchemist
33. Sword & Sorcery
...sword story without the sorcery is okay and vice versa
34. Thriller & Suspense
35. Tragedy
36. Trapped
...there's a spider outside on my windshield and I can't leave the car; 
trapped in a nightmare; 
actual nightmare; 
under a rock
37. Travel story
...non-fiction based is okay
38. Vampire
39. War
40. Werewolves
41. Western
...write about a gunslinger, bank robber, a cowboy
that hates guns;
take a shot
42. Zombie

  Example submission:

   Email subject line: 42Subs_CLOWN_EAJ
   Hello. My email is This story would fit into your clown or monster categories. Thank you. 

by Eval Allan Jaeger
          I was seven years old when the clown attacked. 
      Right in my face, zany. Scary white hands. 
      Aggressive smile. “Hi, little boy," he exclaimed. "Do you       like balloo—ugh.” 
      Bozo never saw my fist coming. 
      Blood slid down from his squeaky red nose.

    Eval Allan Jaeger was a blogger who went by Devilsthrill back in the Myspace days. He had the number one read blog then vanished from the Internet until the Project 42 Stories Anthology launched. He looks like Don Quixote and is fictitious.

Submit your story through Submittable
or email it here. Send any questions to that email as well.                                       
All entries will be automatically subscribed to BAM Writes' email updates. It's easy to unsubscribe. But this will keep you informed of the project's progress.

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