Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Children's Story! (warning not for kids)

The Night the Monsters Came Out To Play
A Children’s Story
by Joshua Day

Clock bells chime to the witching hour’s arrival,
the hour that eight-year-old Paul met with a smile.

He climbed out of bed and down to the floor.
Quickly he ran to the closet door.

Once inside he looked around,
But the one he wanted could not be found

With his hands he covered each eye,
Because he knew the monster was shy.

“Please Mr. Monster” he began to say,
“wont you please come out to play?”

Ever so gently a claw touched his shoulder,
even though it could have crushed a boulder.

The monster came without a fight.
A good start to a crazy night.

Next came the monster that lived under the bed.
He had large red eyes and a very big head.

Together they all crept down the hall,
both monsters followed right behind Paul.

First they stopped by the toilet bowl,
to get the monster who lived in the tiny hole.

The monster came out in such a rush,
once Paul gave the toilet a flush.

Second stop was at the laundry room dryer,
to get their friend who breathes balls of fire.

Now even though his breath was flame,
Paul didn’t worry, the monster was tame.

One by one Paul gathered them all.
Some were big and some were small.

Back down the hall Paul lead,
all the monsters back to his bed

Together they danced in the pale moon light.
you should have seen it. It was quite a sight.

They had a contest for the fiercest growl,
and also for whose breath is most fowl.

They played games to see who’s the strongest,
and to see who could hold their breath the longest.

How late they played it didn’t matter,
as long as it was filled with laughter.

They didn’t care weather you had claws or fins,
because tonight they where the best of friends.

Suddenly all their happiness was broken,
when outside words were spoken.

The angry words came loud and clear,
Of a father who drank too much beer.

Paul and the monsters ran to hide,
because the fiercest of beasts had just arrived.

This is a story from a project I’m working on. Comments and feed back are welcome. More on this project to come. Enjoy….btw I wouldn’t recommend children to read these stories…if so you do on your own risk

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Upcoming Anthology Teaser


I feel her hands reach out for mine. She grabs hold of my wrist. Softly she guides the gun closer to her chest. I close my eyes while my finger searches for the trigger. Against all the voices in my head screaming “NO!” my finger finds its mark. My jaw is clinched so tight I can taste blood in my mouth. I begin to squeeze. The hammer falls. I kill her on a Sunday.

From "The Shed"
by Joshua Day (c) 2009
Other News
Hey everybody! Sorry I don’t get on here and update as much as I should. Unfortunately constantly fearing from my life and trying not to stay in the same place for very long makes that hard (check out the left sidebar for more details). Any way the anthology looks like it will be released in October. If you go to you can see 2 other teasers from some of the other stories. Also along with the teaser the artwork for that story has been posted as well. I have to admit I am pretty proud of the artwork thus far. The one that you see above is one of the few I did on my own. Most of the artwork was done by me and William Pauley III. You can tell the ones we did together because they’re just insane. Agoraphobia by Brian Barnett is one of the teasers posted on William’s blog ( and the artwork for that story was done by us both. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what to expect. For the rest of the stories and artwork you’ll have to buy the book but I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Lastly I am also kicking around ideas for another project. I’m hoping by the end of the week I can make another blog post and give you a taste…let me just say if you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s book “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories” then this will be for you…