A Circle in the Woods

A Circle in the Woods on Amazon

Top 100 Bestseller –
Top 300 Bestseller –
#1 Free in Literary Fiction –

In a place where people have been disappearing for years, a little girl gets lost in the woods. Meet the man who saves her life.

On a late summer morning in 1958, Phil Stapleton discovers and rescues five-year-old Brittany Duncan after she spends two days lost deep in the Kentucky woods. Two months later, when a tree branch crashes through the rickety trailer where Brittany lives, Phil takes the girl and her mother under his roof. What follows is a decade of mystery, terror, violence, and tragedy, with no escape in sight.

A Circle in the Woods employs an experimental approach to storytelling.  With limited punctuation, a snapshot plot structure, and mystery at every turn, its technique will either deliver you an enriching, spellbinding experience or send you running for the hills.

Take a peek, and decide for yourself: Who is Phil Stapleton?


The Object: Book One

the object hovering over the louisville kentucky skyline

The Object: Book One, Kindle Edition, FREE Today on Amazon

On 2nd Street and South Brooks, a young girl named Lillia finds herself being followed home from school by a drunk college student.

Across town, a homeless man named Sherman sips whiskey and begs for change.

Two people whose lives converge when the sky goes dark.

Set in Louisville, Kentucky, The Object follows a cast of characters from all walks of life as they deal with the chaos, heartbreak, and insanity caused by the sudden appearance of . . . something . . . in the sky. What is the object? You’ll have to start reading to find out. The Object began as a free serial novel. In May 2013, the serialization of Book Two will begin.


The Drought (published under the name Lily White)

The Drought on Amazon

#1 Free in Literary Fiction

“The way the writer twists and tangles all of the stories into one big flowing piece was brilliant.”–Book McBookington, Amazon review

“I felt empathy for everyone, even the people I wanted to hate.”–Peesker, Amazon review

“A drug-addict high school principal, a pot-smoking janitor, a
wife-beating farmer–these are just a few more of the many
well-developed characters in this book”–Carly Emerson, Amazon review

The worst drought in recorded history has left the small rural town of Havensburg, Kentucky in isolation and despair. Reserves are drying up, local officials have failed to enforce water-rationing regulations, and the relentless heat is causing panic and unrest among the town’s citizens.

The Drought follows an eclectic cast of characters through a volatile two weeks of greed, lust, and violence, leading to an inevitable and extraordinary climax no one will see coming.

And it all begins with Willie Strasbourg stealing a pair of underwear from the girl next door . . .


The End of the Party: Three Stories and a Poem (Lily White)

The End of the Party: Three Stories and a Poem on Amazon

Two young sisters hiding from a monster . . .

A disturbing conversation between an old man and his nurse . . .

An unusual celebration with an open invitation to all . . .

The End of the Party: Three Stories and a Poem is a brief collection of haunting tales that explore the darker side of humanity. Disturbing, violent, and heartbreaking, each story will make you afraid to read the next.







What Thing Had Escaped

A dystopian novel set in a future Louisville, Kentucky

What Thing Had Escaped, Available Now on Amazon

Survival is a daily struggle for Eugene and Darryl, who walk the filthy, crowded streets of Louisville searching for a day’s work or an abandoned house to loot for salable goods. Though Darryl has a job catering to an elderly rich man who lives in a private suburb lined with stone walls and razor wire, his wage barely feeds him, much less Eugene.

Then one evening there’s a knock on the door and a mysterious man in a suit tells Darryl he’s just inherited the entire fortune of his employer.

The two are quickly whisked away into a life of luxury, peace, and pleasures they never imagined, and as Darryl gets more and more involved with the company in which he now owns a large share, Eugene stumbles upon a shocking discovery: a teenage girl, locked away in a secret room in his and Darryl’s new mansion.

And the story of how she got there uncovers a horrible truth about what the world has become.

What Thing Had Escaped is a dystopian serial novel in five parts.

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