Stepping Out of My Grave
by David Berardelli
Jake dies and wakes up in an open grave.
Crossing the street to get his mail, Jake Mild is run over by some idiot in a tricked-out truck and wakes up standing in an open grave. Figuring he must have died, he hurries back to his apartment to keep his ex-wife from cleaning him out, but on the way meets Sierra, a young girl with a black eye and swollen lip, walking along the road. Jake tags along and quickly discovers that he can do a cool vanishing thing and move stuff with his mind. But will his new abilities as a ghost give him the power to rescue a girl who desperately needs help?
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Influenced by the works of Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Harlan Ellison, and Theodore Sturgeon, he began writing in his early teens. He's also a James Bond fanatic and has read every Ian Fleming novel. As a boy, he was inspired by "The Twilight Zone," and focused on horror and sci-fi as well as suspense. He also loves humor, frequently including it in his stories, as evidenced in his DEMON CHASER series of five novels. His novels, WAGON DRIVER, AND DARKNESS FELL, and AFTER DARKNESS FELL, all focus on futuristic dystopian societies. APPRENTICE and STEPPING OUT OF MY GRAVE deal with death, and are both spiced with humor. His FUNNY DETECTIVE series is another example of his humorous take on death. His novel, IN ANOTHER REALM, deals with a world only our subconscious could be aware of. A RIPPLE IN TIME, AWAKENED, and YESTERDAY'S JOURNEY are tales dealing with illusion and the imagination. COLORS, FATAL INNOCENCE, ESCAPE CLAUSE, BEYOND RECOGNITION, BEYOND GUILT, and REDEMPTION are all suspense stories. Many of his stories take place in Orlando, Florida, where he lived and worked for more than twenty years.