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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Sample of, The Light Through the Water

Sample of The Light through the Water

Ernie Howard

The sensation is peculiar. Everything is nothing but consciousness. Existing through my memories that pass by on a continuous timeline. I don’t know where my mind begins, and my body ends, or if I even have a body. Once nothing, and now something. Just floating. But I remember my name is Ryan. I existed out there, whatever out there means.

It’s been months since I have opened my eyes, but I see. Each event of my life ticks by in vivid color and meaning. Falling off my bike when I was five. I can feel the skin that goes missing from my knee. I run home with blood running down my legs as my friends look on in shock. I run into my house into my healthy mother’s arms. I can feel the love I feel now as I float when she puts her arms around me. Unconditional, an all-enveloping…

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