Around April of 2016 I started writing a book of short stories. My working title for the first couple years was Oaklanders, but as I found this choice a bit generic I eventually changed it to The Animate and Other Tales, after my favorite story in the collection. As of this writing in January of 2020 I’ve had four of the fifteen works published, mostly in small circulation magazines. I’ve decided to post a few of these pieces for the consideration of whoever may happen to be interested. Here’s hoping you like them.