Thanks for joining me on my journey.  It may not be what you’re used to, or what you expect, but this is my world.  While it’s a normal world in every sense, the edges may be blurred a bit; maybe you see something out of the corner of your eye that disappears when you look at it directly.  Maybe you feel the presence of something or someone you cannot see.  The light may dim ever so slightly, or colors change on a whim.  Don’t be surprised when you find yourself in a place that doesn’t feel quite as safe, quite as sane. That’s when you realize – you are ON THE BRINK.


Coming June 13, 2021

On the Brink of Temptation:

“Whisper of Temptation,” to appear in Horror Tree’s Trembling With Fear online anthology on June 13, 2021. (Post-Apocalyptic Flash Horror) Accepted 3/7/21.


November 2020

On the Brink of Retribution:

“A Chip Off the Butcher’s Block,” published in Horrified Press, T/A Thirteen O’clock Press Strangers Anthology (Crime/Horror).

Strangers Cover

Now available at Lulu.com for $8.99 softcover.


August 2020

On the Brink of The New Normal

“Mask vs No Mask,” published in Nobody Goes Out Anymore – The Anthology, edited by D.L. Russell. (Futuristic Fiction – Post Covid-19)

Available at Amazon for $11.99 paperback or $4.99 Kindle.

Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020

This collection of short stories plunges into the anxieties, the politics, and the conspiracy theories behind the coronavirus pandemic. The anthology is full of ordinary, familiar people trying to survive all the worst-case scenarios that a pandemic might bring, and the reader will easily find themselves or the people they know in the characters and their actions. Nobody Goes Out Anymore is an intriguing and personal exploration of an extraordinary and strange time in the world.
Mary Thornburg‘s review

Aug 14, 2020
First a disclaimer: I had nothing to do with the production of this book, but I was asked to write a Foreword for it and, having worked with the editor on other projects, I was happy to agree.

“Round One: Mask vs. No Mask,” by Chris Rodriguez, gives readers a ringside seat at bedlam and chaos in the dollar store. It’s hilarious and absolutely believable; it doesn’t let up; and it has a great surprise ending. What’s not to love?

Read the full review at Goodreads.


August 2019

On the Brink of Freedom:

“On the Road to Addiction,” published  in Siren Songs literary magazine by Emily Titsworth, graduate student of Illinois College in August 2019, (Personal Essay)


Not available for sale at this time.


June 2019

On the Brink of Discovery:

“Shadows,” published by  Alban Lake Publishing in the June 2019 edition of parABnormal Magazine (Sci-Fi/Horror)


Now available at Infinite Realms Bookstore for $10.00


May 17, 2019

On the Brink of Remembering:

To celebrate Mother’s Day, read the story inspired by my mother, “Up in Smoke,” on the Story Pub. Published first by Anchala Studios anthology, The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory in 2018 (Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble).


February 10, 2019

On the Brink of Dissolution:

“All the Extras,” appeared on the WiHM X: The Ones You Don’t Bring Home (free to read). Look for it again in future in Horrified Press, T/A Thirteen O’clock Press Bought and Sold Anthology (Horror)


November 10, 2018

Read TWO of my horror stories now:

On the Brink of Visibility :

“In Plain Blood,”  (Slasher/Horror) in Horrified Press T/A Thirteen O’clock Press Blood and Ashes Anthology.


On the Brink of Fate:

“Hell’s Handmaiden,” (Adventure/Horror) in Horrified Press T/A Thirteen O’Clock Press Blood & Ashes Anthology.

Blood & Ashes

Available in paperback at Lulu.com and Amazon.com for $12.48.


October 31, 2018

On the Brink of Revelation:

Read my Crime/Noir story, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” in Blunder Woman Productions Wrong Turn Anthology.  Also available at Audible!

Available in Paperback at Amazon.com for $14.99.

Now you can listen to this book from Audible.com for $24.95.

Wrong Turn Anthology Audio Book has been nominated by for a SOVAS Voice Arts Award for best anthology! This is amazing considering there are thousands of audio books published each year. Congratulations!

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October 29, 2018

On the Brink of Terror:

Read my Sci-Fi Horror story, “The Mating Moon,” in Lefthand Publishers’ Mindscapes Unimagined Anthology.

Now available on Amazon.com including Kindle and Left Hand Publishers for $15.99.

Also, add this title to your Goodreads list.


October 15, 2018

On the Brink of Doom:

Read my 50’s-style Sci-Fi Horror,“Doom Buggies,” in the Anthology Askew, Volume 006: Askew Horizons.

Anthology Askew Volume 006: Askew Horizons (Askew Anthologies Book 6) by [Askew, Rhetoric, Verveen, Wim, Collazo, Alex, Harrison, Matthew, Carr, Steven, Perlmutter, David, Rodriguez, Chris, Overby, Stacy, Norris, P James, Stansbury, Paul]

Now available in paperback on Amazon for $12.95.


September 11, 2018

On the Brink of Vengeance:

Read my Halloween horror, “Grave Memories of an Avenging Angel,” in Horrified Press T/A Thirteen O’clock Haunted Holidays Anthology.


Now available at Lulu.com , Barnes & Noble and Amazon for $12.36


September 10, 2018

On the Brink of Revolution:

My prose poem, “A Dim View of the Hippie Movement,” was published online as a guest post in the Morality Park Arts & Lit Collective .


June 24, 2018

On the Brink of Escape:

Read my story, “Heavy Baggage”  in Horrified Press T/A Thirteen O’Clock Press, Locked In Anthology (Suspense)

Now available for $12.62 at Lulu.com and Amazon.com


May 18, 2018

On the Brink of Unacceptable:

Read my story, “Hard to Swallow,” in Horrified Press T/A Thirteen O’Clock Press Bringing It Back Anthology. (Holiday Horror)

Bringing it Back

Available now from Lulu.com and Amazon for $12.77

Coming soon to Amazon!

Lulu Review:

By Teresa Tummillo-Goy
Jun 3, 2018
Brought to us by veteran editor Dorothy Davies, “Bringing It Back” is an entertaining collection of well written stories loosely connected by a common theme. The anthology is well balanced and each story is worthy of its inclusion. I found several especially memorable. In “Smokin’”, Ken Goldman takes us on a delightful trip to the bygone days of rock. Australian author R.A. Goli offers “Fingers To The Bone”. A disturbing tale that left me looking for more of her work. “The Chamber Revisited” is a heartbreaking poem by Patricia Purvis and some creepy revenge is suggested in Dorothy Davies own “Back Where I Belong”. Pets don’t always come back the same in Dan Allen’s “Missing Things”. Creepy and unforgettable. Tragedies of war return to haunt an Afghanistan vet in “Cursed” by Jeff Dossier. I found this haunting story especially creative. “Blood Urge” by Gerald E. Sheagren is a sexy love story I won’t soon forget. James Pyne’s “The Monster in the Fog” reminds us to be careful who we invite into our homes and make sure you save “Hard to Swallow” by Chris Rodriguez until after you’ve eaten dinner. Well written flash fiction by John Howe, Eugen Bacon, and Rie Sheridan Rose round out the pacing. The anthology ends with a terrifying tribute to a serial killer from long ago in Justin Boote’s “Bringing Them Back” In all there are 37 creepy and sometimes humorous stories from terrific authors. I give “Bringing It Back” 5 stars and I would recommend this anthology for anyone who likes their fiction a little on the dark side.


March 2, 2018

On the Brink of Remembering:

“Up in Smoke,” a tribute to my mother, from Anchala Studios anthology, The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory. (Fiction/Tribute) Celebrate National Read Across America Day!

Available on Amazon for $14.95 in Paperback or Kindle for $3.99 (free for Unlimited Kindle accounts) and Barnes & Noble for $14.95.

Read about Chris Rodriguez and the making of the story, “Up in Smoke” in this week’s Contributor’s Spotlight at Anchala Studios LLC!   https://anchalastudios.weebly.com/contributorspotlight/christinerodriguez

Experience the Magic of Storytelling!

This special anthology is the first one created to deliver that special magic to adults struggling with memory loss, their families, friends and caregivers.

Step into 60 original flash fiction stories that are short enough, between 500 and 750 words, to recall. Get carried along a path of unexpected plots that warm the heart, give chills, stir laughter and surprise.

Meet memorable characters who despite life circumstances reach higher and set their own course; characters who influence opinions about people and situations; characters who inspire.

Peer through the window into a world of emotions. From the aching loss on a one-lane bridge to the tangled memories that fill an empty box, each story in this collection leads you step by step through heartache and hope, until you realize that you’re not looking through a window at all, but into a mirror.”
—Monica Sanchez, PhD, Co-editor, Storytelling: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives.

Read flash fiction by established and emerging writers from the United States and the United Kingdom who come with a rainbow of backgrounds — organic farmers and backyard chicken farmers, a retired judge, university professors, visual artists, poets, actors and screenwriters, musicians, dog lovers, pastry chefs, a handful of bartenders, a former morgue attendant, obituary writer— each one with a compelling story to tell.

Enjoy the evocative photographs that accompany several stories. Images touch the heart in a way that words and the mind cannot reach.

So, dive in, read to your loved one, and share with family and friends.

Connect, converse and share the magic of storytelling!


February 18, 2018

On the Brink of Existence:

Read my story “Inside the Walls”  in Horrified Press T/A Thirteen O’Clock Press Buried Anthology. (Psychological Suspense)


On the Brink of Redemption:

“Dark Road to Redemption,”  in Horrified Press T/A Thirteen O’Clock Press Buried Anthology(Psychological Horror)


Available in softcover at Lulu.com and Amazon.com for $12.67


February 1, 2018

On the Brink of Lunacy:

Read my Fantasy/Horror story, “Lunessa By Moonlight” in Rhetoric Askew Anthology, Vol. 5: Fantastically Askew.

Anthology Askew Volume 005: Fantastically Askew (Askew Anthologies) by [Askew, Rhetoric, Tritten, Jim, Hoover, Sandi, Rodriguez, Chris, Verveen, Wim, Easton, Rob, Greene, R.W.W., Walkow, Patricia, Overby, Stacy, Brae, Adriaan]

Available on Kindle at Amazon: $3.49 and Softcover for $9.49


September 19, 2017

On the Brink of Ecstasy:

Read my Mythological Horror story, “First Fruits,” in Thirteen O’Clock Press’ Anthology


Available at:

Lulu and Amazon.com for $12.49


September 26, 2017

On the Brink of Idiocracy:

Read my free verse poem, “A Dim View of Election Year 2016,” available at the FREE online publication We Are a Website New Literary Journal, Election Edition.



August 24, 2107

On the Brink of Loss:

Read my story, “Like a Hawk” in Thirteen O’Clock Press’ Double Anthology

Available at:

Amazon.com for $12.27

Lulu.com for $12.27


August 4, 2017

On the Brink of Romance:

Read my story, “Cookie Man and the Six-Box Lady” featured in:

The Way to My Heart

An Anthology of Food-Related Romance

The Way to My Heart

Available at:

Amazon.com – $9.99 Paperback

Praise for The Way to My Heart

“Let these works of literature remind us that food and drink intrinsically link us to memory. With just a sip of a wine, you can be transported to a first date, a bedside in Paris, or a tapas bar in Spain. In reading these sexy and honest works of fiction and poetry, it is hard not to make a beeline to the kitchen for a little amuse-bouche or nightcap, so just give in. Pour a little Pinot Noir and indulge in this evocative collection.”

-Rita Mookerjee, PhD Candidate in Literature, Florida State University


July 1, 2017

On the Brink of Adventure:

Read my story “Out of the Frying Pan” featured in:

Anthology Askew Volume 003: Askew Adventures (Askew Anthologies) by [Askew, Rhetoric]

Available at:

Amazon – Free on Kindle Unlimited, $3.49 Kindle Price, $9.49 Paperback.

Barnes & Noble – $9.49 Paperback

Coming Soon

On the Brink of Dissolution:

“All the Extras,” to appear in Horrified Press, T/A Thirteen O’clock Press Bought and Sold Anthology (Horror)

On the Brink of Escape:

“Hostage of Love,” to appear in Horrified Press T/A Thirteen O’clock Press Chains Anthology. (Gothic Horror)

On the Brink of Hell:

“Maelstrom of Madness” to appear in Night Sky Anthology Beware the Blobs!. (Horror)