James Hampton
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Joined 06-01-12, id: 844606, Profile Updated: 06-28-12
Author has written 35 stories for Fantasy, Sci-Fi, General, Thriller, Essay, Horror, Romance, Nature, Religion, Life, Young Adult, and Spiritual.

If you have a story to tell, put it out there. Get the thing done. No excuses. No procrastinating. No apologies. It will never be as good as you want it to be, so forget about perfection. Just be satisfied that you've done the best work you can do at this stage in your life as an author. Then roll the rocket onto the launch pad and fire it off. After that, write another story. Always keep going. Move fast. Stay one step ahead of the forces of distraction and self-doubt. Love your characters enough to give them a good home. Love your readers enough to give them a place of refuge from life's tragedies, big and small. And love the world you live in enough to make it the world of your dreams.

Blog: http://jhamptonwrites.blogspot.com/

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The Secret of Loblolly Creek
For centuries we have known of their existence. We have called them the Good Folk; the People of Peace. And yet, peering back into the mists of time, we find numerous occasions on which their behavior was neither good nor peaceful. One night they will come for the sleeping children of a small town; shortly thereafter, a daring rescue mission will begin. 9 of 30 now posted.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Friendship - Chapters: 9 - Words: 18,257 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 1/12 - Published: 12/30/2013
The Door to Reverie
A voyage into the dark fantastic: rival factions in a secret society of mystics go to war over an enchanted world called Reverie, with present-day Earth as their battlefield. 3 of 50 now posted.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Horror/Fantasy - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,311 - Updated: 1/9 - Published: 12/30/2013
Open the Heavens
Since a strange incident in his childhood, John Bryant, a young shrimper living on the coast of Georgia, has been haunted by nightmarish visions of the end of the world. What do they mean? Are they just the products of a troubled subconscious, or glimpses of a possible future, borne of a gift of prophecy? 3 of 14 now posted.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,611 - Updated: 1/9 - Published: 1/2
The Haunting of Cedar Bluff
In the dark forests surrounding a new neighborhood, an old evil is stirring. 1 of 20 now posted.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,066 - Published: 1/2
A Caller on Christmas Eve
A woman who lies dying in a hospital room on Christmas Eve gets a special visitor.
Fiction: Spiritual - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,146 - Published: 12/16/2013 - Complete
Enter the Phantasma
All college student Bryson Elliot wanted to do was party over the weekend of his school's biggest athletic event of the year. Well, that and watch the game. But at the heart of the mysterious Phantasma Puppet Theater, where it's Halloween all year round, lies a wonderful secret. And Bryson's about to learn what it is.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 7 - Words: 12,523 - Updated: 12/1/2013 - Published: 10/29/2013 - Complete
Dark Bend reviews
Paula Quindlen didn't get the guy she wanted. So what else is new? But she has assured herself that another man will come along eventually, and, indeed, while Paula is out for an early morning jog, one does. She will have to use caution around him, though. He's kind of a wolf.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Horror - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,838 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/30/2013 - Published: 7/27/2013 - Complete
Night Driving reviews
Lester Baines, a man whose business is security, is on his way home after the night shift. He has no reason to expect anything other than an easy ride. But a malfunctioning computer aboard his vehicle is about to make things complicated...
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Suspense/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,053 - Reviews: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/6/2013 - Complete
The Loving Confines reviews
A guilt-haunted teenage girl visits a therapist in a future society where everything, it is claimed, is better than ever.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,922 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/23/2013 - Complete
Offer Him Roses reviews
Annalee Rutledge, fourteen, doesn't know why there's a boy soldier from the Civil War hiding in her family's barn, especially since the conflict in which he fought ended almost one hundred and fifty years ago. What Annalee does know is that she loves him—and she's going to do whatever it takes to keep him safe.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 17 - Words: 33,806 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 5/24/2013 - Published: 1/29/2013 - Complete
When the Family Gathers
Mr. Carlin has a secret: he has been living a lie that, when revealed, could destroy his entire family. Today his loved ones are all gathered in one place...but can he bring himself to tell them the truth?
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,131 - Published: 4/28/2013 - Complete
Flower Beds reviews
A man's decision to water the flowers in his front yard leads to a deadly confrontation.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,005 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/21/2013 - Complete
Letters to a File
Folders in a storage room tell the story of a civilization's fall.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 2,515 - Published: 4/21/2013 - Complete
I'll Move So Fast
He arrived on a bicycle, bringing with him a great mystery...and a message of hope.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Spiritual - Chapters: 5 - Words: 8,108 - Published: 4/7/2013 - Complete
The Sign of the Fiddler Crab reviews
In a totalitarian society of the future, a young teacher goes on trial. Her offense? Teaching...
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,097 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/5/2013 - Complete
Boom reviews
Two lovers spend what could be the last night of their lives together.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 10 - Words: 6,423 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Updated: 3/31/2013 - Published: 2/26/2013 - Complete
Draw in the Silence
Take time to hear your own voice.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 114 - Published: 2/17/2013 - Complete
An Ocean in Space reviews
The dawn of life.
Poetry: Religion - Rated: K - English - Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 55 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/17/2013 - Complete
The Dragonfly reviews
An ode to one of my favorite insects.
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 79 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/17/2013 - Complete
Doll Baby reviews
Norm Peters is looking for love on the Internet. He had better be careful, though, because the online world, like the physical one, has an abundance of shadowed paths. And down one such path lurks a shapeshifting monster that calls itself Doll Baby.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 10 - Words: 21,219 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 1/2/2013 - Published: 11/4/2012 - Complete
A Season for Endings
Scott McDaniel and Elizabeth Graham were the perfect high school couple. To Jason Ramsey, four years younger and unsure of his place in the world, they hung the moon. But the time he had with Scott and Liz was too good to last, and it didn't. Memories bloom in a season for endings. 1 of 10 now posted.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 1,266 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 11/24/2012 - Published: 10/4/2012
Suzie's Sweet Shop
Nicholas (don't call him Nicky) Huggins, fifteen, wants big changes in his life. He wants his family to stop embarrassing him; for his girlfriend's taste in clothes, movies, and music to advance to the twenty-first century; for his best friend to be less nerdy. But when a mysterious candy store owner grants these wishes, Nicholas finds himself missing what he had. 1 of 10.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Family - Chapters: 2 - Words: 694 - Updated: 11/7/2012 - Published: 11/4/2012
Beef Stew from Anna Lou reviews
This Halloween you're invited to dine at Murl's Famous Country Buffet, a place where folks gather to enjoy good food, friendly service, and a warm, down-home atmosphere as the world around them comes to a screaming end. Step right in and let our charming hostess, Anna Lou, find you a seat. We hope you enjoy your meal. It's probably your last.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: M - English - Horror/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 12 - Words: 9,638 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 10/14/2012 - Published: 9/24/2012 - Complete
Slocomb's Pond reviews
Slocomb's Pond has a bad reputation. Some people have returned from it with tales of hideous creatures living beneath its placid waters. Others have not returned at all. This is the story of four boys who, one winter night, decide to tempt Fate at Slocomb's Pond, and who are caught most unaware when Fate takes them up on their wager.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: M - English - Horror/Friendship - Chapters: 10 - Words: 11,507 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 7/20/2012 - Published: 6/12/2012 - Complete
The Offices of M Coopersmith
Nobody knows what sort of business goes on at the Offices of M. Coopersmith, an establishment that has operated in Summerville, Georgia, for as long as anyone can remember. But one thrilling autumn night, a pair of high school students will learn the truth about the mysterious M. Coopersmith...and have the honor of accompanying him on his final mission.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Friendship - Chapters: 5 - Words: 21,177 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 6/19/2012 - Published: 6/11/2012 - Complete
That's All the Time We Have reviews
A friend comes to say goodbye in a short memoir of love, regret, and finality.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,097 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/18/2012 - Complete
Magic Days reviews
Glenn Lockwood has made a new friend, a man by the name of Vernon Hudspeth. Today Vernon is seventy. Tomorrow he'll be sixty, and fifty the day after. Who knows how this is happening? Who knows why? Maybe these are just magic days, when impossible wishes are granted, dying loves are restored, and hints are everywhere that the cosmos is a far grander thing than anyone can imagine.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,117 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/12/2012 - Complete
A Machine To Say I Love You
A tribute to Ray Bradbury. "Live forever!"
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 635 - Published: 6/6/2012 - Complete
Destiny and the Ice Cream Man
Chad Stapleton has decided to drive home tonight, from Palm Beach to Savannah. It's not that long of a drive, and he's made it plenty of times before. The only difference is that, this time around, there's a madman lying in wait at the Welcome Center where Chad's going to make an ill-timed pit stop. A madman with a special lesson to impart...
Fiction: Thriller - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,687 - Published: 6/4/2012 - Complete
Swim With Me reviews
A father, haunted by the memory of better days, laments his failure to make peace with his only son...before the end.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,348 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/4/2012 - Complete
The Sandbar
Most often you see him in the morning, just after dawn, walking and walking but never arriving anywhere, his earthly existence bound to the dangerous sandbar that lies just offshore. Drew Addison, a local resident, has resolved to help this mysterious traveler complete his journey. But to do so he must first reveal a terrible truth.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,313 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/4/2012 - Complete
I Can Do This
We all have our challenges, the things that intimidate, frighten, even overwhelm us at times. For some people it's heights; for others, public speaking. But for one strange and special person, it's an act so simple, so mundane, that anybody else would be astonished to hear it could bring terror to a human heart. Today is the day he will conquer his fear, or be conquered by it.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,818 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/4/2012 - Complete
Thickets
Nathan Merritt is trapped in a thicket. It's an in-between place, beautiful and strange, full of winding trails. Which of these paths he takes will be the most important decision of his life...for some of them lead home, others to nowhere, and others still to Eternity.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,900 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/4/2012 - Complete
The Way of All Things reviews
Jason and Maggie Chandler have traveled to the end of the universe: a cold, dark, silent place where, in the halls of the grand palace that represents life's last outpost, they will bear witness to a universe in its death throes—and glimpse the beginning, perhaps, of what comes next.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,734 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/4/2012 - Complete
The Silver Shore
On a deserted beach late at night, a man encounters a miracle...for the second time.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,081 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/4/2012 - Complete