Welcome to Wes Blalock’s website showcasing his fiction. Wes has a knack for creating human, well-rounded, and believable characters that somehow find the perserverance to stand up and fight back under extraordinary circumstances. He writes mysteries, thrillers, and adventures with plenty of action to keep you, the reader, entertained and wanting more. Wes is also the award-winning writer/creator of Huittsuu “Birdie” McLaren. His stories featuring Birdie follow her adventures as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service and the remarkable struggles she faces as she and her fellow rangers keep their world safe from the bad guys. Several short tales about Birdie, and some of her friends, are currently available online and I highly recommend checking them out. Just take a look below…
G. Allen Wilbanks, author of When Darkness Comes
Short Story “Extrication” received recognition by Writer’s Digest as an Award Winning Mystery.
“A Walk in the Park” appears in FreedomFiction.com http://www.freedomfiction.com/2020/05/a-walk-in-the-park-by-wes-blalock/ Ranger Birdie McLaren and Ranger Katie Reynolds are kidnapped and forced into the woods by dangerous men with evil intentions. But in their element, can these young women find the tools to freedom?
“Hearts of Stone” appears in a new anthology by Clarenden Books. The Paradox Anthology is available in both paperback and on Kindle. https://www.clarendonhousebooks.com/anthologies Far from home, Ranger Birdie McLaren assists a Tribal Police Department in recovering the body of a tourist, killed in suspicious circumstances.
“Extrication” appears in Over My Dead Body Magazine http://overmydeadbody.com/extricat .html Ranger Birdie McLaren finds footprints in the snow which lead to a deeper and darker secret.
“A Burning Love” appears in Kings River Life Magazine https://kingsriverlife.com/06/01/a-burning-love-a-mystery-short-story/ At the right time and in the right place, Ranger Birdie McLaren finds herself taking part in the rescue of a group of CalFire firefighters, cut off by a raging wildfire. Confronted by tragedy, she learns that things aren’t always as they seem.
“Talking to Strangers” appears in Close 2 the Bone Online Magazine http://e2thebone.co.uk/wp/?p=4907 Tribal Police Officer Leena Koteen makes the decision to contact a subject for a minor violation and suffers serious consequences.
“Tears for Lucifer” appears in Bewildering Stories and has now been chosen by the Editors for the Bewildering Stories Mariner’s Award Anthology http://www.bewilderingstories.com/anthologies/AR19.html Ranger Birdie McLaren tracks an animal that killed a park guest. But with the sunset coming and the darkness rising, she must find it before it kills again, or before it finds her.
“Her Sister’s Keeper” appears in Fiction on the Web https://www.fictionontheweb.co.uk/2019/10/her-sisters-keeper-by-wes-blalock.html A developmentally disabled girl goes missing in the wilderness trying to solve a century old mystery and two park rangers involved in the search, miles apart, find a significant and imminent connection.
“Showdown at the House of Spirits” is scheduled to appear in CC&D Magazine, but is currently available in their online format. http://scars.tv/cgi-bin/framesmain.pl?writers A young drifter has a plan to get rich on cartel money, unless his brother screws it up for him.
A Walk in the Park-Ranger Birdie McLaren and Ranger Katie Reynolds are kidnapped and forced into the woods by dangerous men with evil intentions. But in their element, can these young women find the tools to freedom? (Still unpublished). Tears for Lucifer-Published by Bewildering Stories