I have been writing for some time. In school my meager tales managed to catch the attention of some fellow students. I even remember one retrieving a story abandoned in a trash can. Things seldom change, eh? Perhaps popularity has eluded me but I have produced a number of books available…somewhere.
The collection of W. P. Rigler books is mainly comprised of anthologies. The first was created when I grew tired of rejection letters stating the story was well written and original. The letter would then continue with reasons why it just wasn’t right for them. Now you can judge for yourself.
SUMMONED SECRETS was my first anthology attempt. Published at the start of 2012, its eighteen stories were born of such genres as suspense, horror, fantasy and science fiction. My humble selections for best story offerings within include…
Bad for Business – An unscrupulous self proclaimed medicine man roaming the wild west meets an unfortunate fate when he is offered a wagon ride.
A Sin’s as Good as a Change – A police officer on an alien world investigates a murder which leads to an ancient plot.
Hot Times at the Horse Hoof Hotel – A mysterious stranger offers sisters at a run down desert hotel an offer that cannot be refused…at least one of them can’t.
The Whitechapel Wagers – A game of cards has sinister implications.
The Infinite Killer – When a man is disappointed in alternate realities can he kill himself?
Also included were twelve poems, reflecting my interest in the afterlife, fantasy, and just the bizarre in general.
MIDNIGHT WRITINGS from 2015 centered more on horror and suspense.
The stories included…
PROOF POSITIVE – A collector of items with horrific histories learns there might be more to his newest aquisition than meets the eye.
THE CUSTOMER – A bartender is quite fed up with a talkative client. So much so that death might be the final statement.
BLOOD RITES – A man with a link to the Jack the Ripper murders is transformed into a vampire. The short story version of my book Terror’s Taste.
For a change, this time I also threw a few articles into the mix. They dealt with my monstrous mini-adventures in the world of filmmaking (in brief appearances I’ve portrayed both zombie and vampire – I preferred the later as there was no bloody makeup used plus I had a line!) and my time leading ghost tours in Havre de Grace. Plus I reminisced some about my previous writings. Seem familiar?
TERROR’S TASTE – Centers on plots to control the world dating back to ancient Atlantis. One ritual includes the Jack the Ripper murders, and when a man involved with one of the murdered prostitutes is transformed into a vampire, a quest for bloody vengeance is unleashed. There are more characters and subplots at work then in the short story version contained in Midnight Writings, but at around a hundred pages it is still a fast read.
CERTAIN SHADOWS I HAVE KNOWN – A hit man is dubbed a shadow stalker for his willingness to carry out a gangster’s supernatural contracts as prescribed. The hit man doesn’t believe in the paranormal, but that changes after the surprising revelations of his last kill. I am quite proud of the work, but at a hundred and twenty pages it is further proof that in both writing and reading matters I am a literary sprinter and not a literary marathon man.
STRANGER THOUGHTS – My newest work again combines short story and poetic offerings. Short story offerings include…
Within the Water – A husband can’t get over his wife’s death at sea and experiences odd sightings in his new house’s pool.
Wicked Reign – A small western town is the threshold of a curse and monsters.
Buried Treasure – A pirate’s chest contains more then plunder, horror waits within.
Her Car – A murderer can’t seem to escape the judgement of his killed wife’s car.
Forbidden Visions – A writer’s study of a mysterious book involves a missing woman and a late mystic whose cult supposedly actively lingers on.
Plus Stranger Thoughts contains a section entitled The Ultimate Guide to Dating While Avoiding Supernatural Menaces which combines my true life dating experiences with a humorous history of dating.
Summoned Secrets and Midnight Writings by W. P. Rigler can by ordered via lulu.
Certain Shadows I Have Known by W. P. Rigler and Stranger Thoughts by W. P. Rigler can be ordered via Amazon or from their publisher Rowanvale Books.