Short Stories

300 Word Fantasy – Open Wide

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog, Short Stories, writing | 0 comments

300 Word Fantasy – Open  Wide

Writing prompt from the Reddit Fantasy Writer’s forum. Based on this image:   He places the flowers on the ground to the side of the door. Blue tulips, white roses, daisies freshly picked. Her stony eyes stare at him, unblinking, unforgiving. “I miss you,” he says, not daring to look at her. He straightens, shifting the heavy bag that weighs him down, the strap digging into his collar. The books inside are heavy, old. The price he pays. The burden he carries. The door opens silently. She opens it for him. She who once brightened his chambers with her fair presence, her lips like honey against his. She who smiled, and in smiling dimmed the beauty of all...

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Poetry – Don’t F*** With Fairy

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog, Short Stories, writing | 1 comment

Poetry – Don’t F*** With Fairy

A poem inspired by my wife’s first short story that she’s still working on… and no, this is nothing like her story, I say inspired BY, not an accurate reflection OF, you silly wankers… Warning: the following poem contains extremely harsh language. Well, not harsh by my standards, but hey, I’m not the soul arbiter of good manners, so your mileage may vary.         Don’t Fuck With Fairy I saw a pretty fairy boy, his wings were bright and hairy. I tried to show my mother but she said, “Don’t fuck with fairy.”   I went down to the river bank where pixies like to tarry. My father come up behind...

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The Sneak Thief

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Blog, Short Stories, writing | 8 comments

The Sneak Thief

One of the writers I follow on Twitter and whose books I’ve enjoyed, the always lucid and loquacious Chuck Wendig, is having a flash fiction challenge on his Terribleminds blog. Write a 1500 word story that is a mashup from two randomly generated genres, which include such gems as “Erotic” and “Medical Thriller”, which I am thankful to say I did NOT get, because… oh my fucking god, that would have been… well, interesting comes to mind. “Suction, nurse, we’re losing the patient!” Nurse Willow applied more lipstick and lowered herself again… So I went hunting for our D&D dice which, as it turned out,...

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Short Story – John 4:14

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Short Stories, writing | 2 comments

Short Story – John 4:14

A little short something I wrote for this month’s Reddit /r/fantasywriter contest. John 4:14 It wasn’t a normal smash and grab; I could see that from the moment I arrived in the late hours of a cold night, Yuletide only a few days gone.  The motif usually began with a brick through a shop window, a quick in and out, some jewelry stolen, a register emptied.  Small pickings of men with little to lose, the type who lurked in the shadows far from the gas lamps and crowded streets, living on the margins.  Or the whore desperate for something more than to spread her legs for a grunting man in a dark alley for a few pennies. But those pock marked scoundrels don’t...

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Short Story: The Story of Monkton

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Blog, Short Stories, writing | 0 comments

Short Story: The Story of Monkton

After many submissions and equally as many rejections, I’ve decided to publish this story here.  Enjoy!   “His stories died when he did, and are burned to ash. No story can survive the owner’s ending,” his mother said. Monkton watched the stars above as smoke from the dead fire drifted around the clearing in the forest. “My father’s stories are lost now?” His mother nodded. “Those stories are gone, never existed. What is not cannot have been. Now he dims in my mind and I forget things of him.” “Can a story be changed?” “No, a story can only be lost.” “Why?” She scowled. “You ask too many questions. It is because that is the way....

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The Three

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog, Short Stories, writing | 0 comments

The Three

A little 5,800 word short comedic fantasy story I wrote for one of the contests that the forum Fantasy Writers posts monthly on Reddit. EDIT:  Voting is long over, so I removed that link. ˜ The Three  “Haur, noo, Reggie, gie us ‘at story again.”  Mouser rubbed his back as he rode stiffly on his grey pony. “What’s that you say?” Reggie leaned on a long, gnarled staff as he limped on his bandaged left foot, which had the effect of pulling the robed figure towards the left ditch.  He compensated by turning hard back to the right, weaving back and forth across the dirt track like a drunken sailor on shore leave. “He dost say he wants a story, Sir...

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Jack Nory

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Blog, Short Stories, writing | 0 comments

Jack Nory

I was writing a “modern” fantasy story about a serial killer when I came across the nursery rhyme, Jack Nory, and a character was born.  I finished the 5000 plus word story, but haven’t really been able to find what is the right market for it, so I felt it was best to simply post it here as a sample of my writing.  What the heck, at this point I’m not sure I’ll ever sell any stories, so this’ll be my way of sharing shit that’s unmarketable.     Jack Nory She lay at the edge of the lot next to a warehouse, and none could doubt she was dead the way her head was twisted around, looking behind her instead of in front. It...

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