DaveStancliff

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Retired newspaper editor and publisher. Freelance writer. 2 Blogs: As It Stands and Return of As It Stands. Married 43 years. Independent thinker. I've always enjoyed reading fiction. I'm now in a place where I have time to write fiction. As I continue to explore all the options, I try to cover different genres in an attempt to give readers a choice. I'm having fun writing fiction. There's so many options!

Writing from DaveStancliff

The Color of Truth

  • 23 May 2018

I grew up seeing colors when people spoke. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try. I also see emotions in color. When I was little, I saw my mom in shades of blue when she talked with me. Blue is the color o...

The Noise Under Dennys Bed

  • 12 May 2018

He heard the noise again. Something was under his bed scratching the wooden floor. In the dark silence of his bedroom, seven-year-old Denny shivered in fear. He wanted to pull the covers over his head, but then what...

See ya in the great beyond

  • 01 May 2018

Three men walked in single file under the light of a full moon in the Sahara Desert. They were deserters from the French Legion. If their unit caught them they’d be summarily shot. Yet, they took the risk to get away ...

The Statue of Liberty Wept Today

  • 25 Apr 2018

A tear splashed down from Lady Liberties eyes as the Trump adviser told outright lies about immigration and what she stood for claiming Lady Liberty was a political whore The snake spun t...

The Reluctant Ghost Whisperer

  • 25 Apr 2018

Sven wasn’t always a ghost whisperer. He was like any other kid on the block growing up. Nothing special. No superpowers. Nothing that separated him from his peers. But that changed when he got out of the Army...

The Blood Roses of Halfeti

  • 20 Apr 2018

Prudence was a third generation Hoffenberg whose family owned the biggest hothouse nursery in the state of New Hampshire. The Nursery – Heavenly Sent Gardens – specialized in exotic flowers and rare roses. The e...

The Mail Order Bride

  • 18 Apr 2018

Mail order brides were a common occurrence in the Old West, so when Hank told his friend Logan he’d sent for one, they celebrated in the Bucket Of Blood saloon until they were kicked out by the bartender who was closing up. Lo...

In The Dead of Night

  • 17 Apr 2018

“Your got here just in time. “Find yourself a comfortable place near the bonfire, because I’m ready to tell a story.” “My name is Duke Masterson, and I’m the o...

How An urban Legend Saved The Earth

  • 16 Apr 2018

Lester was an urban adventurer that thrived in the underbelly of great cities worldwide. In some ways he was the “Banksy” of modern exploration. Like the artist, he hid his identity, only leaving behind clues that he&rsq...

Ghost Radio

  • 15 Apr 2018

 Ghost Radio   3-2-1…you’re on the air! “Hello folks! Glad you could make it to my broadcast – The Tom Mahon Hour. We have a lot to talk about tonight, but before we do, I&rsq...

The Shoeshine Boys Street Story

  • 14 Apr 2018

“Shine? I’ll make ya shoes look fine!“ The man passed 10-year old Leroy like he wasn’t even there. It was getting dark and soon there would be no chance of making any money. Relu...

The Star Child

  • 13 Apr 2018

Jericho was the only person in town who could see a spook, or spirit as Reverend Ledbetter called them. No one in Titusville, Kentucky, doubted that Jericho had the ability to see, and communicate with the dead. He was always a stra...

A Visitor From Hell

  • 12 Apr 2018

Oman was an apprentice sorcerer who studied under the Grand Master of Upswich. While practicing a spell one night something went wrong, because instead of summoning up his girlfriend, he got a visitor from Hell whos...

The Cuckoo Went Tick Tock

  • 11 Apr 2018

Jake was running for his life! His chest and face were splattered with fresh blood. Behind him he could hear dogs baying like lost souls. He was heading straight for the swamp when someone fired a shot! The cuckoo went t...

Eyes of Love

  • 10 Apr 2018

Stanley Meltzer fell in love with a new waitresses eyes when he went to Woolworth’s one morning. While sipping his strong black coffee, he couldn’t help but notice how pretty she was. That she had an out...

Undying Love

  • 08 Apr 2018

A spark of life suddenly animated Arnaud Harte’s moldering corpse.   His body had been thrown into a large hole with hundreds of other French soldiers after the Battle of France – also known as the F...

The Secret of the Old Dunsmere House

  • 07 Apr 2018

If it wasn’t for the lightning, Cecil would never have gone into the old Dunsmere house. The intensity of the storm made visibility difficult. He was still, at least, an hour walk from town. The fierce storm lashed the trees t...

The Inmates Revenge

  • 06 Apr 2018

Drake County, Ohio – 2012 Construction workers were excavating a huge clearing next to a new neighborhood when they found a body. The badly decomposed corpse had its hands and feet bound with fragments of rope...

The Handyman Cometh

  • 05 Apr 2018

Albert was born without the ability to speak. As if to make up for his loss, he was a genius when it came to fixing things from a very early age. By reverse engineering everything within his reach, by age five, he learned how things...

He who laughs last

  • 04 Apr 2018

When Felix achieved his lifelong ambition to be a clown with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, he felt it was time to get married. He was 30-years-old, and had spent the last nine years training to be a classic clown. ...

The Strange New Neighbor

  • 03 Apr 2018

Tad drew the front curtains aside so he could watch what was happening across the street. He’d never seen movers do what they were doing. They constructed an awning from the front door to the back of a 24-foot moving van. It w...

Time out of Time

  • 02 Apr 2018

Something went terribly wrong with Dr. Vincent Van Buren’s time machine. The first time he used it, in 2018, everything went well. He took a quick visit to North Kingstown, Rhode Island in 1950, the year he wa...

Dead Eyes

  • 01 Apr 2018

Detective Bryce Nance left the crime scene after working it for two hours. On his way back to the office he thought about retiring…again. He’d been threatening to retire for months. He was tired of wa...

The Awakening

  • 28 Mar 2018

Leaders, scientists and citizens alike turned out on the spacious grounds of the capital of Luna Astra, to see the awakening. Ever since the earth ship was discovered cruising aimlessly near the moons of Janus, the scientis...

The Mercenarys Story of Redemption

  • 25 Mar 2018

I know that I’m dying. The nurses try to act like I’ll survive, but they know it’s just a death watch. The same goes for my doctor whose expressionless face can’t hide the fact that my mangled body was on bor...

The Dark Mass and the Coming of Styrian

  • 24 Mar 2018

The Chronicles of Styrian – Book One No one on Venus felt safe since the dark mass was discovered. The warrior wizards who ruled the planet didn’t know how to stop the dar...