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Category: Christian Short Stories

The Skubala Missives: Letter 2

To the Most Eminent Secretary Kugelpuss:

Your willingness to take counsel is commendable, although I concede it is not always easy to know the tone in which something is written.  Due to the great import of our cause, it is essential that we are all on board with the direction we are going, so I will suppress my doubts and carry on in good faith.

Of course I recall some of your earlier conquests, in particular your skillful engineering of the so-called ‘Cult of Reason’ during the French Revolution.  You really did not need to mention it.  Certainly, your deft … continue reading...

The Crux: It is about Sex at Any Price

In an article discussing the fact that more people have been aborted in Obama’s term than have gotten jobs, I saw the following exchange:

  • Are you saying that an unborn infant deserves a right to control its own body? Also, are you saying that woman are inferior because they can bear children?

    • The zef can control its own body when it no longer needs the body of its host to survive. I am saying anti-choicers view women as inferior because they want them to have no control over

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“Anthony Horvath Goes To Heaven” Short Story Added to Dawkins, Flew, and Teresa Collection

Long time followers of this blog know that a collection of short stories I published on Kindle last year at about this time caused quite a stir.  It began with PZ Myers ‘reviewing’ the stories, and ended with a lot of folks coming by my site to flame me and even threaten me.  (Don’t worry, everything has been archived, including IP addresses).  Myers even violated my copyright in the process.  You may see this post for more on that.

I have now updated the collection with a foreword and two new short stories.  Each of the two new stories is … continue reading...

No Lawsuit Against PZ Myers is Forthcoming

This is a post that has a lot of history behind it that I’m not going to try to recap right now.  The gist of it is that I published a collection of short stories to Amazon Kindle last year about this time, and a certain PZ Myers decided to ‘review’ them one by one, culminating with his review of the short story “Richard Dawkins Goes to Heaven.”  In that review, he transcribed a huge chunk of the story itself; so much of it-almost half of the story-that it looked immediately like copyright infringement to me, as well as to … continue reading...

My Million Words and the Road to Good Writing

It is one of those subjective truisms that a person becomes a good writer sometime after writing their millionth word.  I don’t know if the truism is true or not.  I should like to think that my writing was good many hundred thousand words ago.  🙂  I won’t deny, however, that the writing in my first published book, Fidelis (156,000 words), is not as good as my writing of the second book, Spero (165,000 words) , and as I continue to write the third book- Caritas (as yet <50,000 words)- I feel like the writing is better still.

The … continue reading...

My books and stories all in one place

Here’s a bit of a no-brainer that was years in the making… all of the published books and short stories I’ve written, listed in one place:  Here.

To date, these include my Birth Pangs series, my pro-life book, and two collections of short stories.  Some are available only in digital format while others are in print.

The short stories are compilations of ones that I’ve written over the years and decided to throw together.  Some of them are part of my effort to discipline myself to write a bit every month and are shared first with a group of … continue reading...

Story and Evidence, a Response

A certain English Atheist named Dave, having found out about my collection of short stories through the venerable PZ Myers (a huge fan of mine, by the way), has written a response to something I was quoted as saying.  Before I respond to his response, I would like to thank him for giving me the courtesy of a heads up, alerting me to his post.  Also, it was a breath of fresh air to see something thoughtfully done- with just a couple of slams out of dozens of decent remarks.  🙂  I will attempt to return the favor in this … continue reading...

PZ Myers Posts his Review of “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”

PZ Myers posted his review of one of the stories in my recently released short story collection today.  This one is of “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”  I have no interest in responding to it, though perhaps when he is done may respond to them all.  At any rate, if you want to read his ‘review’ for yourself you can check it out.

However, it goes a bit without saying- although, apparently it must be said- there is no way you can possibly know if his review has any merit at all unless you read it for yourself.  That, … continue reading...

Richard Dawkins Goes to Heaven? Short Story

What?  The uncompromising atheist Richard Dawkins goes to heaven?  While remaining an atheist?  How is this possible?  And yet, in this short story written by yours truly, something very much like that happens…  Read this short story, along with two others, on Kindle. You can also buy for Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

What sounds like the beginning of a very bad joke is actually the title of a collection of three poignant short stories by author Anthony Horvath. Each story draws from what is publicly known about these three notable persons and places them in the presence of … continue reading...

Ectasy of Death, A poem by Eby

In ACM’s latest literary magazine edition a poem by Therese Eby appeared called ‘Tis but the Ecstasy of Death; Modern Literature and the Question of Belief.

I am not one who typically finds much enjoyment in poems.  I have a couple of favorites but it takes a lot to impress me as far as poetry goes.  Therese Eby’s poem I thoroughly enjoyed.  Yes, it was dark, with a dose of the morbid and macabre in with some blistering observations about the human condition… but maybe that’s why I liked it.  🙂

Below are the opening lines, not quite formatted correctly.  … continue reading...

Short Stories on Kindle – health care, cloning, world domination

A short collection of some of my favorite short stories that I have written is now available in Ebook. Buy on Kindle or Buy on Nook

Three short stories written by speaker and novelist Anthony Horvath inspired by his conversations and philosophical discussions over the years.

Stories:

Polite Company

Sally Apple knows how to maximize hospital profits and properly steward society’s resources. Health care must be rationed and she knows just how to do it. No one is her equal: except Dr. Honey Synger.

Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Knowledge

The clarion call of science: Knowledge … continue reading...

Bubblegum and Suckers a short children’s story for adults

Bubblegum and Suckers

A Children’s Book for Adults

(Illustrations to come?)

Copyright 2010, Anthony Horvath, All Rights Reserved

I originally wrote this almost a full year ago but it seems to remain relevant and even though the ‘Father’ alluded to in the last paragraphs is drawing closer (ie, the last election), it is my view that he has not yet quite arrived.


Bubblegum and suckers, fudge and cookies for all! This among other things was their rallying cry and no one can cry louder than seven and eight year olds deprived of supper and sleep. A sleepy populace heeded their… continue reading...

Book Review: “Story Craft” by John R. Erickson

Story Craft, John R. Erickson

Book Review by Debbie Thompson, ACM Volunteer

If you have 8-10 year old children you may already know John Erickson. He is the author of the popular Hank, the Cowdog stories. Hank is such a delightful doggy character that almost any child or animal loving adult will shake their head at his foibles, laugh at his doggy logic, and wish that they could just once scratch him behind the ears. But here is the amazing thing about Hank the Cowdog: he is an undercover agent, covertly planting goodness, truth, mercy, justice, courage, and joy … continue reading...

Antony Flew Goes to Heaven: A Parable

Readers of this blog know that I have an interest in Antony Flew, having even had the honor of corresponded with him.   Click here for a list of posts I’ve written regarding Dr. Flew.  The short story below may be understood better by some if you read this particular post of mine where I discuss the Flew-Wisdom parable.

In order to better get a sense of my overall picture of things, you might (after reading the story below) want to read my short story titled, to your surprise no doubt, “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”


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