20 books on my bookshelf you should read

20 books on my bookshelf you should read

Ernie Howard

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So, like a lot of people right now I have a lot of time on my hands. What does a book lover do when they have too much time on their hands? Rearrange the books shelves of course!

As I was sitting there with stacks of worlds gathered around me, I thought of another thing that people who read and write do when they have time on their hands. I’m going to write a blog post of books I have that I love and thing are important.

So here are twenty titles. I have read every one. They are ones I loved or felt changed by after reading.

Brave New World

The Holographic Universe

Fahrenheit 451

Oryx and Crake

The Gunslinger

Paradox Bound

The Denial of Death

Wool

Real Magic

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Short Story Corner: Ding Dong Ditch by Ernie Howard & Breakdown by Christopher Boore

Here’s what Chris Fried had to say about the latest Night Portals story, Ding Dong Ditch

The Indie Athenaeum

Short Story Title: Ding Dong Ditch – A Night Portals Short Story, Season 2

Author: Ernie Howard

Publication Date: April 15, 2020

Available on:Amazon as an eBook and as a paperback

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Edgar is an opinionated, first-class, abusive jerk! But he is also the head of the neighborhood homeowner’s association. He hates kids, he loves rules and he loves to tell people how they should live their lives. He thinks he is always right and everyone else is always wrong and he tells everyone what to do. However, when he starts to experience strange things happening to him, he questions whether he is losing his sanity. Is he?

I hated this protagonist with a passion so when eh-ding donga bunch of little things started happening to him, I thought it was well deserved. I did wonder what was going on…

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Sample from my latest, Ding Dong Ditch

Sample from my latest Night portals story, Ding Dong Ditch.

Ernie Howard

He walked back to the door. This time his hands were no longer shaking, and the pain in his chest was almost nonexistent. The confidence he’d felt drained out of him as he got closer. He heard scratching like the crazy lady was running her fingernails down the door. Everything about this is wrong, Edgar thought. But anger and the notion of revenge won out, as it always did sooner or later with him. He once again put his trembling hand on the doorknob and slowly unlocked the deadbolt with his other.

His hand was slick with sweat, and his palm slid around the surface of the doorknob.

“Oh, what the hell?” Edgar wiped his hand on the front of his shirt. Once again, he steadied his hand on the knob. Edgar watched as his hand turned the doorknob and pulled the door open…

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Reading Room: The Pool – Omnibus Edition by Ernie Howard

I’m in the indieanthenaeum reading room.

The Indie Athenaeum

Book Title: The Pool – Omnibus Edition

Author: Ernie Howard

Publication Date: September 30, 2017

Available on:Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


It’s been a long drive from Colorado and Shawn is tired of driving for over ten hours. In need of a break, he and his family stop at a motel in Nevada for the night. The kids want to use the pool and the parents just want to rest. But strange things start happening to Shawn. He has horrific visions, seeing people covered in wounds and looking like corpses. Is it just dizziness or something more?

We find out in short order as things get eh-bus stopworse and even stranger. Dark secrets are revealed and what is really going on is more than you could ever imagine. It’s all connected to the pool and what happens when people go…

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Sample from, Leap, A Night Portals Short Story

Sample from, Leap, A Night Portals Short Story

Ernie Howard

LEAP

A Night Portals Short Story

“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”
—Terence McKenna

It was colder than usual. The top of the ragged tent flapped and waved as Charlotte opened her sleep crusted eyes. Sara Ann’s arm laid across her throat and she gently picked up her little sister’s appendage and laid it back over the little girl’s small torso.
She laid there for a moment trying to lull herself back to sleep, but she was already too much awake. She needed to get up anyway, she thought. Today was her Leap Day. She’d been chosen yesterday for this important calling, and Charlotte wanted to be ready.

Just one more good day with her parents and little sister before she took her leap and went somewhere else. She was excited…

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Grams, A Flash Fiction Story

Flash Fiction, Grams.

Ernie Howard

My father used to mow my grandparent’s lawn. He would plop my Little sister Rachel and I in the living room, with a fudgsicle and an orange crush soda, and go out to mow grass that was always way overdue for a cut. Dad would always leave the front door open, and the screen door closed so we would know where he was at all times.

I can still hear his voice as he was going out the door, “Abby, watch your sister, and no going down in the basement or up in the attic.” These were easy to follow rules because both those places contained monsters. Every kid knew that.

Grandma would pat the couch and tell me to come sit by her. She knew that between my sister and me, my imagination was more developed. I’d get off the chair that Rachel and I would fight over every…

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