The Prompt and Circumstance Podcast dedicated an episode to my short story collection Horrible Writing: 10 Horror Stories You Probably Shouldn’t Read


My writing was featured on a podcast! The Prompt and Circumstance podcast, a humor podcast about Reddit writing prompts, dedicated an episode to some of my prompts that became stories in my collection Horrible Writing: 10 Horror Stories You Probably Shouldn’t Read.

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Check out the podcast here.

Hosts Joe and CJ usually talk about three prompts each week, and conversations go in the weirdest and wildest directions. They also feature great guests, and a regularly appearing super-guest—Joe’s wife Kyrie, who is hilarious.

They mentioned a writing prompt of mine in their 19th episode, so when I published Horrible Writing, I gave them a heads-up. They dedicated their 48th episode, titled “Top Choice Meat,” to three of the prompts that inspired stories in my book.

If you’re a writer or reader and think you’d enjoy smart, creative, and funny conversations about the rWritingPrompts subreddit, and sometimes r/ShowerThoughts and r/AskReddit too—check out Prompt and Circumstance.

I’m thankful for this Goodreads review of Little People: A Fantasy Story about Fathers, Sons, and Monsters

I’m thankful for this thoughtful and insightful Goodreads review of my novella Little People: A Fantasy Story About Fathers, Sons, and Monsters by Daniel Charles Wild.

Read the Goodreads review here.

I particularly love the below passage:

“… an interesting mix of Gulliver’s Travels and Stand By Me, with an environment particularly seeped in childhood memory. It’s first person narrative gives a particularly intimate connection with the narrator and provides a fair amount of secondhand catharsis for anyone who has ever been estranged from someone they were close too.”

See the novella here.

It might make a great Christmas gift for someone you are or were close to!😉

Horrible Writing: 10 Horror Stories You Probably Shouldn’t Read by Daniel Charles Wild

I’ve been posting fiction on Reddit for a few years. Some of the stories have been shared pretty far and wide, made into narrations and movies, and translated into multiple languages. I’ve collected 10 of the most popular of the horror stories into a little 10,000 word e-book. It’ll be the first of four short collections of equal size, the other three will be fantasy, sci-fi and creative non-fiction that I’ve written. Once all three collections are completed, I’ll eventually combine the four of them into a printed book with illustrations drawn by me.

Below is the cover, title, and book description:

Horrible Writing: 10 Horror Stories You Probably Shouldn’t Read by Daniel Charles Wild

These 10 horror stories were originally posted online under a pseudonym. Some of them have taken on a life of their own. Cumulatively the stories written under this name have been read by tens—possibly hundreds—of thousands. Some have been translated into other languages, and many have been featured on podcasts, SoundCloud, and YouTube channels. A few have even been made into short movies.

I’ve edited and collected the most horrible of the stories here. You probably shouldn’t read these; they aren’t good for you. Still, I enjoyed writing them, and lots of people enjoyed reading them. You might too.

They are about horrible things that happened and might yet happen. Upsetting things like rewatching movies we’ve all seen, what happens when we’re sleeping, and the horror of unconditional love. Creepy stories about trying to go home, things that happen at coffee shops, a strange flu, and a dog that wants so badly to be good. Disturbing things like appreciating art, the choices we make, and to end it all—a caricaturist’s love note to you, and you, and you. All awful, unbearable things. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Here’s a link to the ebook.

Little People: A Fantasy Story About Fathers, Sons, and Monsters by Daniel Charles Wild.

I have a little announcement—I wrote and published a novella. I illustrated the cover too. It’s a 20,000 word YA fantasy adventure story, but I think it will appeal to readers of all ages. It deals with some pretty large (and small) themes, and just a heads up—it might be a little dark. In it, a town is terrorized, an adult makes a terrible choice, and a child is badly hurt—and that’s just the first chapter. Things get even wilder after that.

Below is the cover, title, and plot description.

Little People: A Fantasy Story About Fathers, Sons, and Monsters by Daniel Charles Wild

Five days after his estranged father’s funeral, a young man is visited in his apartment by two tiny figurines from the father’s basement model train diorama.

They are desperate for help and claim that their world is in terrible danger. Their sun has been out for a week, the train has stopped running, and an unstoppable monster from the outside world has gotten into the basement.

This is a wild adventure that may or may not be true about a son’s discovery of and quest to save the hidden world his mysterious father left behind.

It’s available on Amazon.

The first chapter is free. Check it out and let me know what you think. If you enjoy the story, please consider leaving a review. Reviews help increase the book’s visibly in the Kindle store, and let other readers know if it’s worth checking out.

Daniel Charles Wild is an author and illustrator who lives inside his head. Little People: A Story About Fathers, Sons, and Monsters is his first published novella. It’s not the first story he’s written though, and it won’t be the last.

Digital Billboards in Champaign to Display Tornado Warnings

Champaign, Ill. — Wouldn’t it be great if huge, luminescent signs could instantly warn us if tornados are approaching? Thanks to a donation from Adams Outdoor Advertising to the people of Central Illinois in the interest of public safety, digital billboards in Champaign, Ill., will soon do just that.

Adams Outdoor Advertising in Champaign has nine digital billboards situated in some of the highest traffic areas in the city. If a tornado warning is in effect within 20 miles of the structures, they will display notifications from the National Weather Service – potentially alerting tens of thousands if they’re in danger and need to seek shelter.

“Digital billboards are great at reaching a lot of people fast, so it’s a perfect medium for these alerts,” said Reid Reker, general manager of Adams Outdoor locations in Champaign and Peoria. “We currently donate space to the FBI for Amber Alerts; now we’ve given the National Weather Service access to the network too.”

Adams Outdoor will implement weather alerts in Peoria as well, so the next time there’s a storm brewing in central Illinois, look to the digital billboards! We look forward to providing this public service to the community.

About Adams Outdoor Advertising

Adams Outdoor Advertising is one of the most recognized outdoor companies in the nation. Currently covering 14 markets in 8 states throughout the U.S., Adams provides its customers with a vast array of out-of-home advertising products. Locally, Adams has received recognition for their partnerships with 40 North, City of Champaign, Crisis Nursery, Crime Stoppers, and many other non-profit organizations. For more information visit

Adams Outdoor Advertising – Champaign 2018 Holiday Card

As the art director of the Adams Outdoor Advertising – Champaign branch, each year I get the opportunity to create the holiday card that we send out to our clients. For the last two years our card has featured the Adams Elves – a group caricature of our general manager and account executives as elves singing outdoor themed parodies of famous Christmas carols.

Typically the writing I do for work is for billboard ad copy, which can’t be too long, and the occasional social media post, which I try to keep brief as well. So, it’s fun to get a chance to write slightly longer form copy, and even more so when it’s parody song writing.

This year’s song is “Rockin’ Billboard Advertising” sung to the tune of “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” (Last year’s card was a parody of “Jingle Bells” titled “Billboard Sells.”)

Check out the photos of the Adams Outdoor Adverting – Champaign card and feel free to sing along!

Rockin’ Billboard Advertising

(Sung to the tune of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree)


Rockin’ billboard advertising

Will make your marketing pop

Billboards hung for clients driving

Will make the traffic stop!

Rockin’ billboard advertising

Will make your business line ring

Later your profits will reach the sky

When you do some marketing!

You will get a successful feeling when you hear

Clients saying, “Take our money!”

Deck the halls with faces sunny!

Rockin’ billboard advertising

Have a profitable payday

Marketing your business merrily

In the Adams Outdoor way!

Aim Asphalt Paves The Day!

Asphalt Man and Compactor Kid are kind of a big deal in the aptly named town of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Over the last year I illustrated their epic battle across the billboards against their arch nemesis The Gator. The campaign ran for a year in Battle Creek, Michigan, and it just might be the largest comic book ever.

The campaign was created for Aim Asphalt and was the result of a collaboration between two Adams Outdoor Advertising markets in Champaign, IL and Kalamazoo, MI.

I wrote the initial story and provided the illustrations every month. The Art Direction and design was managed by the Art Director and designer of the Adams’ Kalamazoo branch.

If you would like to know more about Aim Asphalt, check out their website at