A Cold Hand

“Any deal is better than no deal.”
When the desperate reach out and shake A Cold Hand at the crossroads, their lives are no longer their own. Frank, like so many near him, has made a deal, but when he shook that Cold Hand, he never thought the day would come when his bill would come due. Now that it has, he has a choice to make in Frank.
“It’s going to be fine, my love. It’s all going to be fine. Don’t worry, my love. It’s going to be fine.” Chris knew every facet of every deal he made, but when the biggest deal he ever made was coming to its conclusion, he had to find a way to renegotiate the terms in Out of Road.
Steven was positive who was responsible for his parents’ deaths and he was determined to make him pay in The Ride.
A night out turned strange, so strange it still haunts all who were there in The Strange Disappearance of John Whitey Burnett.
All he wanted was an escape, but how he went out about it will stay with him in Repeater.
Finding love in the strangest places can lead to some strange results in Passing it Forward.
Sometimes you owe even though you didn’t agree to the price in A Question of Payment. An obsession grew from a single night out in I Hate the Blues.
What Allen finds as he looks into his partner’s apparent mental break challenges his own stability in Man of Flies.
A bad day can seem to go on forever in One of those Mornings.
A Cold Hand is the third collection of short stories from a HARD PLACE.


Meet R A Jacobson

Three years ago Rick began writing a series of adult paranormal fantasy stories resulting in three collections of short stories, a podcast, a graphic novel and a novel. The rabbit hole goes deep, and the joy he found in recording the podcast, bringing the stories to life with his voice, resulting in as of this August over 100 episodes of the podcast Stories from a Hard Place.

A Single Round : A collection of short stories from a HARD PLACE

A SINGLE ROUND, is a collection of short stories from a HARD PLACE. Stories of moonshine and shotguns, obsession and transcendence, love and darkness, and the blindness of human desire. Each tale follows a painful path to one ultimate realization: the devil’s deal always ends badly, often with a single round.

The head that was found on the blacktop tells a tale in Johnny Fucking Carson.
Tommy watches his dream love become a nightmare in Together Forever.
Fame has a dark side, Becoming Famous echoes the age old warning, ‘Be Careful what you wish for’.
A story of realization, loss, and transformation takes flight in Redwing.
Never judge a book by its cover, even one with fangs, as a surprise awaits in Doc’s Choice.
The Grounded, sometimes the dream of escape should remain a dream.
A tale of a man who fell in love with a woman who forgot him in The Dog Walker.
The Ride will make you second guess what you thought you were sure of.


Meet R A Jacobson

After leaving the north forests and farmland of Saskatchewan, Rick headed to Calgary and the Alberta College of Art. After 4 years of hard work, he came out confused and somewhat lost. Now what?

Rick has been a bouncer (1 week), he has been a radio switcher (1 night) he worked at the CBC (1 month) he was a stuntman (2 action movies that he never saw but he’s not alone in that) he modeled briefly (he was the Jolly Green Giant for a time). Rick has built houses, packed groceries, cut grass, he has written children’s books (4) illustrated children’s books (19). He has worked as an illustrator, a writer, a designer and a painter.
Rick has won awards for his work in advertising and publishing including the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and numerous national and international awards including the Toronto Art Directors’ Awards, Communication Arts Magazine’s Award of Excellence, American Illustration Award of Excellence, and the New York Art Directors’ Award of Excellence. He has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and in The Artist’s Magazine. His commissioned portraits include Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Christopher Ondaatje, and David Thomson.

Rick will be releasing his first collection of stories from a HARD PLACE, ’A Single Round’ on October 24th
He is currently working on the soon to be released “Hard Place” novel.
Both the novel and the graphic novel are scheduled for release in 2021 as well as another collection of short stories, “A Lead Pill”.
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