Posts filtered by tags: Short-story[x]


Read this charming sci-fi short story about love, radio waves, and David Bowie

To mark the anniversary of David Bowie's birth and death last week, author and activist Sam J Miller wrote a new short story for titled "Let The Children Boogie." Set in the Hudson Valley in 1991, the story follows two queer teenagers named Laurie and Fell as they discover each other, and rock & roll, and a strange message broadcast over radio waves that may or may not come from the future. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Fiction, David Bowie, Short Stories, Short Fiction, Starman, Hudson Valley, Laurie, Short Story, Recommended Reading, Sam J Miller

An ode to that "Decorative Gourd, Season Motherfucker" post that goes around every fall

By now, you've probably seen the 2009 McSweeney's classic, "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers" by Colin Nissan: I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. — Read the rest
Tags: Autumn, Post, Comedy, News, Fiction, Satire, Short Fiction, Will Kaufman, Motherfucker, McSweeney, Pumpkins, Short Story, Colin Nissan, Pumpkin Alternatives, It's decorative gourd season, Decorative Gourds

New American Bystander short story from Jennifer Finney Boylan: "The Assassin"

The American Bystander is a superb humor magazine now in its 15th issue (buy a copy here or subscribe via Patreon). The latest issue has a story by Jennifer Finney Boylan, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the author of 16 books. The story is called "The Assassin" and all I can say about it (without giving away spoilers) is "wow" and "Disneyland." You can read the entire story on the Bystanders' blog. Or, to see how nice the magazine's layout is, download the PDF versi...
Tags: Post, News, The New York Times, Disneyland, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Short Story

‘Adaptation’: New short fiction from Phumlani Pikoli

Phumlani Pikoli’s latest piece is a metafiction based on what could happen if spike jonze and Ira Glass met The post ‘Adaptation’: New short fiction from Phumlani Pikoli appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Fiction, Creativity, Adaptation, Friday, Short Fiction, Writer, Ira Glass, Short Story, Phumlani Pikoli, This American Jackass

A free short story about Irish history to read while you're quarantined over St. Patrick's Day

I wrote An Baile na mBan: a story of mothers, monsters, and war a few years ago for an anthology called Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. Originally published by Crossed Genres Publishing, the anthology focused on sci-fi/fantasy stories of adolescent protagonists from historically marginalized communities from before the 1920s. This story was loosely inspired by the tragic discovery of a mass grave at an Irish nunnery for single mothers, and thus involves pretty much...
Tags: Post, News, Fiction, Fantasy, Ireland, Catholic Church, Short Fiction, Irish, Historical Fiction, Wikimedia Commons CC, Protestant, Faerie, Speculative Fiction, Short Story, Auguste Blanqui, Aisling

Some Pheasants

Copyright 2020 Erik Helm John Phillipson motioned to the waiter at the Fox and Hounds to pour the wine first for his guest. He had chosen the vintage carefully to accompany the lunch he was giving for his young employee Ed, who had been a key team member in the successful conclusion of a major project for his firm. Ed was a software engineer of rare talent. Slim and dark haired with thick glasses, Ed was someone one would pass on the street and not remember seeing, even if the street we...
Tags: Sport, Fox, Connecticut, Humor, Fishing, Hunting, John, Ed, Jon, Abby, Phillipson, Ed He, Short Story, Erik Helm, John The, Erik Helm John Phillipson

The Oath-Takers

    Two old friends have an adventure of a lifetime along a northern Wisconsin trout stream… one that they might want to keep amongst themselves for obvious reasons. Copyright 2019 Erik Helm   The plan, as Ed explained it to Pete, his life-long friend and fellow fly angler, was to fish Moose Creek in Northern Wisconsin for brookies. They would park the old Buick at the highway bridge, wade up the creek carrying their lunches, and be able to fish right until dusk without having to retr...
Tags: Sport, Wisconsin, Fishing, Ed, Moose, Pep, Buick, Pete, Garrison, Northern Wisconsin, Betty, Short Story, Erik Helm, Brule, Flyfishing, Moose Creek

Overlooking the Overstatement: On Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Bojack Horseman's "Thoughts and Prayers" Episode

None That Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" has managed to perennially retain its status in anthologies and high school curriculums as a quintessentially "American" work of literature is – on paper, at least – curiously anomalous. A parable of sorts in its minimal exposition and heavy-handed moralizing, the story involves a community of individuals disposed to the execution of an age-old tradition in the spirit of self-preservation: the tradition – by necessity violent and in essence ...
Tags: Facebook, Feature, Music, Parody, America, Netflix, United States, Violence, Las Vegas, Satire, Jackson, The Lottery, Gun Violence, BoJack Horseman, Will Arnett, Franklin

Sam Raimi to Produce Big Screen Adaptation of Behind

Sam Raimi to produce big screen adaptation of Behind Sam Raimi is returning to his roots. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director of such famed horror classics as The Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell will produce a feature length adaptation of the short film Behind for Lionsgate. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(fun...
Tags: Movies, Lionsgate, Horror, Spider-Man, Adaptation, Sam Raimi, Raimi, Short Story, Ghost House Pictures, The Evil Dead, Angel Gomez, Behind, Sam Raimi To Helm, Drag Me To Hell, Robert Tapert, Scott Glasshold

The Stand

The Stand   Short Story Copyright 2018, Erik F. Helm   Author’s note: This is fiction. The settings and background are historical, but the events were inspired by a stand of pines on a small stream full of wild brook trout here in Crawford county in the Driftless region of Wisconsin.   Part One: The Cutters   My fly-fishing partner Henry ‘Heck’ Bounty and I had made our way upstream through a road-like cut, the bushes and grasses scrapping and plunking off the underside of h...
Tags: Europe, Sport, Chicago, Ford, Wisconsin, Fishing, Thomas, Henry, Earl, La Boheme, Crawford County, Short Story, Grandpa, Fly Fishing, Erik Helm, Kickapoo

MPFR: Millennials Perpetuate Filtered Reality

I’ve never had an appreciation for fine art, dining or anything remotely posh. But now, more than ever, I live moments rather than capture them. Tate Modern, London, UK (2017) I and mainly millennials are guilty of being quick to draw out our phones when we see a spectacle. We hesitate not at the opportunity to capture and save the memory, rather than live through it.Many of us have spacious brains for lifelong memories but we choose to tell our lives through pictures. I’m not immune from this...
Tags: Startups, England, London, Future, Journalism, Social-media, Filters, Lumiere London, Austin TX, Austin Startups, Tate Modern London, Short-story, Kings Cross Station London UK, The University of Texas at Austin 's PCL

Short Story: The Paris Papers

Based on a true story. The pay was standard. Room, board, and 150 euros per month. “Room” was a single on an 8th floor walk-up, with a communal bathroom in the hall. “Board” was lunch 6 days a week. The salary, less than $6 a day, largely went to the all the other meals I had mistakenly assumed would be included. But I wanted to stay in Paris for the summer, so I moved in the day after the interview. The room was a classic chambre de bonne, with a single bed and unobstructed view of Sacre Coeur...
Tags: Travel, France, America, United States, Paris, States, Brittany, Antonio, Niño, Normandy Provence, Annette, Sorbonne, Patrice, Quiet Time, Short Story, Volvic

Entry to Write India 2

27 August 2017. This is post 2. And rather than a lesson, this is a piece of fiction that I am writing as an entry to Write India 2. The prompt by Ruskin Bond is, "I wish I could turn back the clock and bring the wheels of time to a stop."  This was triggered by SN. In case you are reading this, where your entry, young woman?  Here goes... “Life’s funny. You spend your entire life chasing something and when you actually get to it, you don’t want it. You know, you’re like that kid at a carni...
Tags: Travel, India, Fiction, Earth, Everest, Eiffel Tower, Search And Rescue, Mount Everest, Cadbury, Mira, Tom, Edmund, Tenzing, Uttarakhand, Messner, Manas

Just the Janitor

“Do Anything” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward OWN THIS PRINT The CruciFiction: He’s been the janitor of this church for over thirty years. He’s watched seven pastors come and go, as well as many people and families. He was baptized as a baby and grew up here. Although not the oldest, he’s the church’s most permanent fixture. He’s seen everything. He’s heard everything. The condoms in the men’s room. Pregnancy tests in the women’s. Spouses kissing spouses other than their own behind the ...
Tags: Religion, Comic, Cartoons, Cartoon, Webcomic, Buddhist, David_hayward, Christian_cartoon, Church_cartoon, Nakedpastor, Religion_cartoon, Religious_cartoon, Parables, Inspirational_cartoon, Motivational_cartoon, Post_christian_cartoon

Spiritual Evolution: Words to Silence

“Spiritual Evolution” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward OWN THIS PRINT The CruciFiction: Her grandmother said she had something to give her so she took her by the hand to her bedroom where they sat on her bed. The old woman reached into her apron pocket and pulled out a small blue velvet box. She opened it and inside was a gold chain and an object attached to it. She held the chain between her thumb and forefinger and slowly lifted it out of the box. Dangling on the end was a crucifix. Sh...
Tags: Religion, Comic, Cartoons, Jesus, Cartoon, Webcomic, David_hayward, Christian_cartoon, Church_cartoon, Nakedpastor, Religion_cartoon, Religious_cartoon, Parables, Inspirational_cartoon, Motivational_cartoon, Post_christian_cartoon

The Bane of Vairos – A Sword and Sorcery Vignette

This entry is brought to you by my latest patron Mariam Behman. Thank you so much for your generous support, very much appreciated! As I mentioned previously, the world of my German novel Das Obsidiantor keeps growing. Recently I wrote a 2500 word short-story set in the future (about 1,000 – 2,000 years) of the original story line. I submitted it to an upcoming anthology in honor of Robert E. Howard. Today I was informed the story went through several rounds but did not make the final cut (which...
Tags: Art, Fantasy, Robert E Howard, Short Story, Das Obsidiantor, Vignette, Mariam Behman, Bornt, Gorth, Syrces, Gorth `` the Cythian, Gorth Black Mane, Cythian, Ayretheriar, Vairos I Gorth, Vairos

The Emperor’s final message to the People and the Stars

Some more flash-fiction courtesy of Elegy for a Dead World. Later on tonight, there will also be a podcast: To my loyal subjects: After much reflection on the way the war is going for us and our enemies, I have decided to resort to the unthinkable: Declare peace. At 2500h today, I have ordered our military forces to stand down and begin an orderly withdrawal behind our pre-war bordes, and for my government to convey to our enemies that from this point forward, we will not fight anymore. To ensur...
Tags: Art, Science Fiction, Literature, Short Story, Elegy for a Dead World

The Accident – a short story about excitement and fear

photo: Chase Elliott Clark / CC The Accident In my dreams I am always driving in the reverse gear. The car almost inevitably falls into a pit. And the brakes never seem to work. Perhaps this stems from my insecurity of never having perfected the art of parallel parking. Or just the undulating shame of once having driven my dad’s car into an unguarded manhole. Episodes like these resurface in my head every time I commit a serious faux pas while driving. A few weeks back I met with an accident. ...
Tags: Fashion, Stories, Accident, Driving, Bmw, Singh, Schönhauser Allee, Chase Elliott Clark, Short Story, Took, Ripu Daman Singh Ripu Daman Singh

Operation Fateful Encounter

“Operation Fateful Encounter” is a new short story set in Tokyo by Hengtee Lim, featuring two illustrations by good ol’ Luis. Found via Canvas.
Tags: Travel, Art, Web, Tokyo, Illustrations, Luis, Short Story

Writing Fiction: 5 Magical Tips For Powerful Scenes

Today, more freelance writers than ever are writing fiction. The reason? Fiction sells. Write engaging stories, which make readers feel, and readers will forgive you anything. Not only does fiction sell when you write your own short stories and novels, ghostwriting fiction is beyond lucrative. With a stable of clients, you can make $10,000 for […] The post Writing Fiction: 5 Magical Tips For Powerful Scenes appeared first on Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog.
Tags: Kindle, Fiction, Author, Freelance, Novel, Short Story, Angela Booth, How to write

Construction: A Short Story

When he’s not writing definitive guides to fashion in Japan, W. David Marx likes to write funny stuff, and here’s a fun little story he just wrote for Racked, called “Construction: A Short Story.”
Tags: Travel, Fashion, Japan, Web, Short Story, Racked

Idea for a song – Other side of the tracks

Back in my late teens, I went InterRailing around Europe with a friend having been dumped unceremoniously by a university girlfriend. I got robbed in France, got blind drunk on the train to Belgrade, was kicked awake by mounted police outside Amsterdam station, was almost strip searched on the journey home by customs… None of my adventure, compares to the tale I heard of a great railway journey of the past…Chris King of The Trainhacker shared with me a few of his memories of his loves and travel...
Tags: Europe, Music, France, Story, Italy, Amsterdam, Vatican City, Belgrade, Love Story, Short Story, Chris King, SNAPS

Free Audiobook – The Journey

The audiobook edition of The Journey, a new short story written and read by Isobelle Carmody [Bolinda Publishing], is free from Audible. Book Description A bonus never-before-released short story by best-selling author Isobelle Carmody. Before the apocolyptic Great White – and the regressive theology that ruled the decimated population in its wake – the city of Uropa is a gleaming metropolis devoted wholly to materialistic consumption. When Emma arrives to meet her childhood idol and continue ...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Featured, Emma, Bolinda Publishing, Free Audiobooks, Post-Apocalyptic, Short Story, Isobelle Carmody, Uropa

Fork – A Short Story

I had a great vacation with Amy this week. My reading was varied and included two books (American Sphinx and The Hunt for Vulcan: . . . And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe that were useful in my current “thinking about how humans think” theme and how that might be different than how machines think. I then came home to a short story by my long time friend (32+ years) Dave Jilk called Fork. If you don’t know what a “fork” is (hint – there ...
Tags: Technology, Wikipedia, Earth, Dave, Albert Einstein, Bill, Dennis Ritchie, Sam, Amy, Polaris, Feld, Athena, Polaris Earth, Short Story, Fork, Dave Jilk

When the Cthulhu Mythos and Steampunk touched Ceres

Yes, what happens, when the Cthulhu Mythos and Steampunk touch Ceres? A short story, that’s what. I just thought I do a little self-plug and give you a snippet of Reaching Out, a Steampunk/Cthulhu short story I penned a while ago and laready featured here previously, but this time I share a snippet with a little bit more cosmic dread and ancient secrets in it. The protagonists have touched down on Ceres and find some almost organic ruins:   Before us appeared a cluster of what first seemed to b...
Tags: Steampunk, Literature, Ceres, Cthulhu Mythos, Kuhn, Short Story, Cthulhuiana, Reaching Out

Short Story Secret: Set Your Deadline

Want to kickstart your self-publishing career? You can. Here’s how: write a short story, and publish it. Here are just a few benefits of writing short stories: They sell; They sell your other ebooks; They give you confidence; They help you to build your brand; They can rescue “failed fiction”; Etc. The BIG Secret to … Continue reading Short Story Secret: Set Your Deadline → The post Short Story Secret: Set Your Deadline appeared first on Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog. [Author...
Tags: Kindle, Short Stories, Writing Tips, Short Story, Angela Booth, Self Publish, Write And Sell Ebooks

The Forgotton Valley

The Forgotten ValleyAuthor’s note:There are moments that often stand out for sensory overload, where feelings, smells, and sights of an uncommon kind come together to form an impression so real and compelling that we never forget them. The less commonplace the experience, the richer the memories, even if sometimes the fascination stems from a sense of horror.The name of the town in this story has been changed, and the cause of its decay and feral collapsed architecture and inhabitants is mere co...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Joe, Harley, Pete, APPALACHIA, Grant County, Ford Ranger, Botticelli, Short Story, Smallmouth Bass, Erik Helm, Forgotton Valley, Erik Helm 2015I

Tenth of December

Why should those he loved not lift and bend and feed and wipe him, when he would gladly do the same for them? He’d been afraid to be lessened by the lifting and bending and feeding and wiping, and was still afraid of that, and yet, at the same time, now saw that there would still be many–many drops of goodness, is how it came to him–many drops of happy–of good fellowship–ahead, and those drops of fellowship were not–had never been–his to withheld.Withhold.Tenth of December by George Saunders I’m...
Tags: Reviews, Review, Fiction, New York Times, Short Stories, Douglas Adams, George Saunders, Saunders, Milgram, Short Story, Story Collection, Tenth Of December, Al Roosten, Spiderhead, Andre Dubus