May 15, 2017


Dan Mulhollen



[Short] [Poem] [Comics] [Nonfiction] [Essay] [Opinion]

Short

Of Horror and Pizzas (2006-08-14) cover story short fiction humor

Deadlines, day jobs, and distractions: they're all part of a writer's life. But here's a hint: don't mention pizza in front of non-writers when you have a story brewing!

To The Ultimate Reaches (2006-09-11) cover story short fiction

Roger White is a trapped man. When someone comes to rescue him, will he recognize the face of a friend or of an enemy, and will he have the strength and the courage to fight his way out?

Night and Me (2006-11-13) short nonfiction essay

In the latest hours of the night and the earliest hours of the day, a writer can find the solitude necessary for a long inward journey of the mind...

NaNoWriMo 2006: The Annual Literary Insanity (2006-11-20) short nonfiction essay

Write an entire novel in thirty days? Fine, the explanation behind it is that we're nuts.

The Lives of Stores (2007-01-22) short nonfiction essay

There was a time when feet were the primary mode of transportation, and everything that people needed was within walking distance of home. Then came cars, and "progress" ...

Rendezvous at Ernie's (2007-02-12) short fiction

The neon sign above the door hasn't worked for twenty years, but even so, one night in thirty Ernie's Diner illuminates two lives with love.

May Day at St. Angelica (2007-04-30) cover story short fiction

All spring we wait for the celebrations of May Day, the music, the dance, the celebration of our community ...

A Media Frenzy (2007-05-07) short fiction humor

It's disgusting to see someone's ear bitten off, but you had darn well better watch what you have to say about it afterwards!

A Walk in the Rain (2007-05-21) cover story short fiction

Moving to Lincoln Heights was a compromise, at best. I was born and raised in the city. I liked the convenience of having dozens of small stores all within walking distance. Mina had lived most of her life in a gated community; the sort of place where you needed a six-figure income and a relative in politics to even apply for residence. To her, I lived in a ghetto; to me, she lived in a police state. There were truths to both opposing opinions neither of us wanted to admit.

The Mythic West (2007-05-28) nonfiction essay

Riding along behind a herd of cattle, the dust coating your hat and your sun-weathered face, you get a sense of how little stocks and bonds matter. It's the sky, and the movement of the earth beneath your horse's hooves that matter, and how they let your heart fill all that space that gives your life a meaning ...

It's the Little Things That Remind Me of Her (2007-07-09) cover story short fiction

A July Christmas (2007-07-30) cover story short fiction

There is a time and a season for everything, and if fools cannot manage to figure out that there is a time for living and a time for loving, then ... why ... people will have to seek out that time of light and happiness when they can.

The Captive (2007-10-08) cover story short fiction

The open window at the top of the tower looks out upon the face of the Moon, the only face in view. Is this the world? Is this a dream? These are the questions asked hour by hour, day by day, each moment defying what was known to be normal in my family ...

The Living Dead: A Rebuttal (2007-10-29) short fiction humor

What Hollywood has to say about zombies is purely theatrical ...

Another Christmas Eve at the Bar (2007-12-17) short fiction

The people have changed as the years have gone by, at least in names and faces. Only two things are the same, the bar itself, and the loneliness of the lives of its patrons. Anthony Driscol and Keri Sherwood have decided to change that ...

Get Political: Digging Deep (2008-02-04) short fiction humor

Ace Piker Press reporter Dan Mulhollen tells how he saved the face of America in the 2008 presidential primaries.

Unexpected Valentines (2008-02-11) cover story short fiction

Looking back through your years, examining the relationships you had -- how many can you remember, and how many would you rather forget?

A Youthful Indiscretion (2008-02-18) short fiction

There are layers to every story, and the richness and fascination only get better when you start to hear about what happens on each layer ...

Pilgrimage (2008-04-07) short fiction

While leaves drift from the trees, a pilgrimage must be made, a pilgrimage that will draw old memories to a close, and set feet on a path into the future. Originally appeared 2006-10-23.

It Begins With You (2008-04-07) nonfiction essay

Originally appeared 2007-10-22.

A Little Match Girl (2008-05-26) fiction spoof

Dan Mulhollen tokes a new look at an old classic fairy tale: "The Little Match Girl."

Gretel and Hansel (2008-05-26) fiction spoof

Dan twists another fairy tale into something to make your eyes bug out.

Avalon Springs (2008-08-11) cover story fiction

What is art? Is it only the things that end up in a museum? Only the things that can be sold in a reputable house? What about the crayon scrawl that a mother carefully saves because it was the first drawing her child made, with colors so bold and beautiful? What about the thoughts that occur in measured order, flowing from a pen onto paper, portrait of the shadows of a heart?

Avalon Springs, Part 2 (2008-08-18) short fiction

Are words only words, or can they be something more? And is a gesture only a gesture, or can it be a statement of belief? And who is it who really has the right to decide what meanings words or gestures have for each person?

The Were-Ditz (2008-09-22) short fiction

It was the night Andrea spent all month dreading. The strange affliction overshadowed her with its power, and the consequences might follow her until the next full moon ...

A Towel and Me (2008-10-27) cover story short fiction humor

I suppose I should have been thankful for the holiday. Normally, people would have been driving to work, delivering supplies, and making all the noises that come with the start of the new day. Most of them would have wondered what this crazy woman was doing standing in the middle of a traffic circle wearing only a towel.

The Monster They Made Me (2008-11-10) cover story short fiction

When betrayal and cruelty are the hands on the potter's wheel, the resulting vessel will take on a sadly distorted shape, and hold depths of pain. Poured out, the contents will drench all...

Life in the Necropolis (2008-12-01) cover story fiction

The world has changed, and the dead are no longer "departed" ... do they live among us, or do we die among them ..?

The Man in the Front Parlor (2008-12-22) cover story fiction

Behind one door is someone who is always willing to lend an ear to matters of the heart or of hope, someone the entire family can count on to be present for advice or for company ...

In a Different World (2009-02-09) cover story short fiction fantasy

The co-workers leaning against the back of the building smoking, the office hens with their cheap and heavy perfume, the copy machine spewing wrinkled paper and toner dust, the supervisor who thinks that "managing" is done by "threatening workers" -- is that what you really want?

The Interrogation (2009-03-30) short fiction humor

Who is it, waiting there, knowing so much about that private life?

A Case of Amnesia (2009-04-06) short fiction

Confronted with an unexpected event, do we step forward to embrace the adventure -- or is it better to remain safe?

Mirror Image (2009-07-06) short fiction

No longer young, no longer innocent. What she sought in the world was more of an illusion than what she saw before her ...

Off Course (2009-07-27) short fiction relationships

There is a turn of the road where everything seems to be ... well not exactly what you expected. In fact, some times the path you take makes you what someone else might not have expected ...

A Trip Into the Mind's Attic (2009-08-10) short fiction

Was it memory? An overheard story? Or echoes of something that once might have been?

Booth Babes (2009-08-17) cover story fiction sexism business

When business is booming, picking and choosing your sales tactics is a viable path. But when the company is tanking, and jobs are on the line, you go with what works -- even skills that are a bit rusty ...

Gray (2009-08-24) short science fiction

Color matters in a population ... at least until the population realizes that color doesn't matter, and that we're all people under whatever skin color we wear ...

Mister Dunwitty's Oversight (or How To Be an Edwardian Hack) (2009-10-05) short fiction

Alas, Dunwitty was Dunwitty, and Miss Haversham was ... well, she was dismissing him, wasn't she?

A Night With a Witch (2009-10-19) short fiction witch

"This time of year," she said, her voice soft, yet possessing an alarming severity, "the curtain between the worlds is thin. Rips do occur..." An oh, what a rip it was ...

Time Flies (2009-12-07) short fiction fantasy

A sense of place is important. How many accidents happen every day because someone takes some sort of wrong step?

The Christmas Grouch (2009-12-21) short fiction

Bah! Humbug! Where are those blasted Christmas lights?

An Amazing Bar of Soap (2009-12-28) short fiction fantasy

Who are you really? What you see in the mirror, or the reflection in your own heart?

The Street Fair (2010-01-04) short fiction science fiction time travel

Yes, sometimes it seems, you can go back, and things can change ... especially if you've done some changing yourself ...

The Beachcombers (2010-02-01) short fiction science fiction

The aliens are part of our world now, but will their strangeness ever be integrated fully into our culture?

The Glass Heart (2010-02-08) short fiction

The item of the highest value is the unbroken promise of love ...

Azure Glade (2010-03-22) short fiction fantasy

Censorship is not necessarily a bad thing. However, you have to consider who is doing the censoring and whether they are doing it for the common good, or because it gives them power ...

Beep (2010-03-29) short fiction humor

Oh, well, we've all experienced something like this, haven't we?

A Second Chance (2010-04-12) short fiction alternate reality

It was like having a rug pulled out from under your feet. And yet, the fall itself taught a lesson about balance ..

Largely An Inconvenience (2010-05-24) short fiction post apocalyptic

The world ends, with a bang, a whisper, and a Nazi pie?

From a Different Perspective (2010-06-21) short fiction

Certainly it is best to perceive truth and goodness as we go along, but some times we have to learn it the hard way ...

Lauren and Louise (2010-10-04) short fiction

The stage door was almost perfectly an entrance for the doors Lauren found shut in her personal life ...

The Last Sad Man in America (2010-10-11) cover story short fiction

"Political correctitude," they decided, "means that the pursuit of happiness is mandatory and literal." ... And the only Right you have had better be the far one!

The Unknown City (2010-11-22) cover story short fiction

What keeps the bricks and stones in place isn't just mortar; what makes the lights shine and the machinery hum isn't just electricity. What will you see if you choose to look more closely?

With No Announcement (2011-03-28) short fiction

Who is this woman, and why has she suddenly taken my house by storm?

Paradise of Sorts (2011-05-09) short fiction

It was elite, it was private, it was ... perhaps not quite enough of a good thing ...

Good Morning :) (2011-05-30) cover story short fiction

The path to the future is paved with cryptic scrawls ...oops!

A Quick Trip (2011-07-04) cover story short fiction

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yes, when our fear generates paperwork that people can't surmount, that's scary indeed ...

Bigger (2011-08-15) short fiction humor spam

A short tale about a short man who is shortly to become ...

I Was Just the Sequel (2011-10-24) cover story short fiction

An eye for an eye, the old law goes. Is it Justice being served, or that Revenge is tasting so sweet? Suddenly both half-blind, what does each side now see?

Uncle Mort's Funeral (2011-12-05) short fiction

When you have a large and convoluted family, maybe discretion is also the better part of interaction ...

A Small Bit of 1947 (2011-12-26) cover story short fiction newspapers

No one can know what the future holds, though we can make some educated guesses. And the past ... that's out of our reach as well ...

Life Among the Wraiths (2012-03-19) cover story short fiction sci-fi

Almost anyone who has ever suffered from insomnia knows that nothing good happens at three in the morning, but even reruns of "Gilligan's Island" are better than a kidnapping by malignant skeletons ...

Life Among the Wraiths, Part 2 (2012-03-26) serial fiction fantasy

Only one man will survive and be rewarded great rank -- the rest will become creatures without hope or dreams ...

Thirty Months On (2012-06-18) short fiction relationships

As time wears on, some of the painful broken edges wear down, until something interesting can slide into a heart ...

The Mayan Bathroom Wall Calendar (2012-12-10) cover story short fiction humor

Does it mean that we don't have to bother trying to go to work any more? The date is coming up in less than two weeks, so there's just enough time to empty the savings and visit the Caribbean, right? Or should you invest your capital and prepare to sell garments that say, "The End of the World Came and All I Got Was this Dopey T-shirt"?

Orientation Day (2013-07-01) cover story science fiction future

What if you woke up tomorrow and it was seven centuries later, and a lot of problems had been solved? Would you long for the past or...?

Bumble -- The Site for Fans (2014-03-17) cover story short fiction fanfic

"Remember that when you post something publicly on the internet, there is a good chance it will never go away. Post responsibly!" --Kit Klienman.

Not the Same (2014-08-04) cover story fiction Prohibition

Once they had been afraid, but they fought bravely. Once they had been shut down, but they survived on their wits and their talents. And now...

The Rise and Fall of a Haunted House (2014-09-22) cover story fiction eccentricity

When someone looks at the front of your house, who do they see?

Family Tree -- With Weeds (2015-03-16) cover story fiction family

Genealogy is a funny thing. You can see echoes of the parent in the child, odd traits revealed by the past. And when you begin to investigate your lineage, you find there are some questions that float to the surface as well...

Naked in the Freakshow (2015-06-01) cover story fiction relationship mistakes

It's right to stand up for a principle, isn't it? Only whose principles do we choose, and where do they come from?

A Dangerous Man? (2015-08-10) cover story fiction politics censorship

Is being politically correct over-rated? When is opinion a crime?

Schoolday Memories (no, I wasn't paying attention) (2015-12-07) cover story fiction junior high

Do you ever stop and think about what it was like back then, when the future was still an unknown iceberg in the Ocean of Life?

The Lost Treasure (2016-03-28) fiction fable

What a little princess she was!

Intervue (2016-06-27) cover story fiction life

Sometimes the best plan of action is to just be up front and genuine...

Something I Forgot (2017-01-30) fiction relationship humor

Was it this? ... No, that's fine. Was it that? ... No, no, that couldn't be it. Didn't I take care of those yesterday? Of course I did ... but ...

Of Equal Dignity (2017-03-13) cover story fiction politics

Good thing they didn't have Facebook back then...

Fake News or Giving The Customers What They Want? (2017-03-27) fiction politics journalism

"Read all about it!" Does that include opinion and fantasy as well as news?


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Poem

Three Simple Words (2006-09-25) poem unrhymed

Dream Colors (2006-10-09) poem rhymed

Old Ways (2007-08-13) poem un

A Sonnet (2008-02-25) poem unrhymed

Poetry for a cold winter day, when love and Spring seem so far from your heart.

Sonnet (2008-03-03) poem rhymed sonnet

Beneath the Similes (2008-03-17) poem unrhymed

It's like this; it's like that -- but all the words point to only one thing for which our whole being strives.

Beyond the Similes (2008-04-21) poem unrhymed

The Subtle "Wow" (2008-06-30) poem unrhymed

No crashing, no shouting, no furious passion ... there is something far greater, and far more precious ...

Hoping for Fog (2008-08-04) poem, unrhymed

There are regrets, there are memories, and love always has one thing more: hope...

The Maybe-Rose (2008-09-29) poetry, rhymed

Some blossoms have a set season, but with others, you can't tell if there will be fragrance or thorns...

A Little Exercise (2009-01-19) poem unrhymed

Poem, unrhymed, by Dan Mulhollen.

A Dream of Seven Years (2009-03-16) poem, unrhymed

As we wait for Spring to fully arrive, Dan Mulhollen writes about hope.

Imagining You (2009-05-11) poem, unrhymed

Far apart, so much seems impossible, but yet ...

The Man With Red Tights (2009-07-20) cover story poetry, rhymed, commentary

If everyone looks the same, you may need to adjust your glasses and take a look at some new possibilities ...

A Time for Giving Up (2009-11-09) poem unrhymed

Hope is lost, and no amount of rhetoric can salve the bitterness.

A Dreaded Spring (2010-01-25) poem, rhymed

"...Wake up counting dreams so quickly gone, And wondering were some of them for me?" Dan Mulhollen explores the edge of loss.

Lent (2010-02-22) poem, unrhymed

The spiritual journey, the spiritual eye.

Things That Go Bump In The Night (2010-04-05) poem unrhymed

Poetry considering the things that we find ourselves listening to ...

How Many Thoughts (2010-07-19) poem unrhymed

Nobody truly realizes, how many thoughts ...

Chance (2010-08-09) poem unrhymed

The athlete is in range, he eyes the orange rim ...

Talking About Dreams (2011-01-10) poem unrhymed

When dreams are not the same ...

Being Alone (2011-02-14) poem unrhymed

Shut the door ... leave behind the bothersome world ...

The Graveyard Gate (2011-04-25) poem rhymed

I stand outside the graveyard gate, And wonder if I'm tempting fate ... (Originally appeared 2006-11-13)

Victims of Ourselves (2011-06-06) poem unrhymed

... we pretend our clothes are not threadbare, and covered in graveyard mud...

To A Convenience Store Clerk (2011-06-20) poem unrhymed

...No names, no pasts, almost no world exists beyond the automatic door...

A Liturgical Infatuation (2012-02-27) poem unrhymed

"We met in Common Time; Those unimaginatively-named, but warm weeks ..."

To My Muse (2012-06-04) poem unrhymed

"A woman of soft mornings ... the warmth there in your smile"

Today Is Not the Worst Day of My Life (2012-07-02) poem unrhymed

'Today is not the worst day of my life.
Nobody I know has died
or suffered serious injury ...'

Early Morning Walk (2012-07-30) poem unrhymed

'...one-thousand statistical mysteries.
I wonder who they are
and wonder if I really want to know...'

How Many Words (2013-05-13) poem unrhymed

Poetry to think about ...

The Tales in the Stars (2014-10-06) poem rhymed

"...Reflections seeming there both deep and vast..."

A Couple Parakeets (2015-04-13) poem unrhymed birds

A poetic thought about cage birds.

Not Really Mysteries (2015-05-25) poem unrhymed

"...are chains meant to be yanked?...

A Metaphorical Prison (2015-12-28) poem unrhymed

"...return to the tatters we've ripped apart..."

The Final Line (2016-03-28) poem rhymed

"...any poem That's worth the time...

One of Those Women (2016-06-13) poem unrhymed

"...something you want to make real..."

Return to Niagara (2016-08-29) poem rhymed

"Forty-nine years ago I visited the Falls...


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Comics

Peek of the Week 072 (2006-12-18) photo art

A new snow on an Ohio neighborhood.

Peek of the Week 084 (2007-03-26) photo art

Sometimes the only place to put the snow is on top of the car!

Peek of the Week 124 (2008-01-07) photo art

Heavy snow in Ohio lines a residential sidewalk.


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Nonfiction

Pomegranate Memories (2007-10-22) nonfiction food memoir

A young boy learns that there is more to sweet autumn cuisine than leftover Halloween candy.

Butter Nut Horns (2008-12-08) food

Dan Mulhollen shares a holiday recipe remembered from his youth: Butter Nut Horns.

Return to Limburger (2012-02-20) essay limburger cheese

Who knew that a ghost of Christmas past could smell so much?


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Essay

On Salads (2008-03-17) nonfiction essay

When it comes to salads, Dan Mulhollen considers them at their most useful merely as food for thought.

Why I Write (2009-04-20) essay writing

Daydreaming happens. Sometimes we think it's a waste of time, but at others ... specifically at times when the blank page beckons, daydreams are shown to have sparkling facets like precious gems.

Clyde the Rat (2015-03-30) essay pets rat

Good thing Dad liked him more than Ariel did...


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Opinion

The Untaught History (2008-06-23) essay

Almost every history student in high school could say that what they were taught was dry and seemed to have no point. Over this summer break, maybe history teachers ought to worry lest about the text book and think about teaching what really happened.

Beware of Writers (2011-10-31) cover story essay humor writing spoof

You see them in coffee-shops, fingers poised above the keys of their well-worn laptops, their gazes intense. You know about the writers' way of life ... or do you?

Personal (if irreverent) Reflections on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (2014-12-22) essay opinion

Ah, Christmas -- and the traditional story of Scrooge...


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Dan Mulhollen
Dan Mulhollen


At some point in his life, Dan Mulhollen realized that writing was the one thing he did with any degree of perfectionism. An incurable dabbler, Dan's hobbies include songwriting, computer and board gaming, photography, tarot reading, and collections of various sorts. All these have had some influence on his writing. Dan is a short, and often intensely quiet person. Yet at times he is completely comfortable being the center of attention. "I'm an introvert and a show off," he says, often enjoying being a contradiction. To his credit, he has six novels completed at at least first draft stage, and several more as of yet incomplete. He has written a couple dozen short stories, and even more poetry. The Internet is his second home, having been online since April 1995. His principal online home is IRC with Second Life running a close second. He also uses AIM, YIM, and occasionally Skype. He also plans to publish an anthology of his writing with lulu.com, and eventually set up his own webpage. Often nocturnal, Dan enjoys going to sleep at an hour most people are just waking up. He finds some of his best writing is often done after midnight. And he considers a good single malt Scotch, a fine cigar, and an enjoyable book the perfect way to end the day.