Short Stories

Here is a partial collection of my short stories. These are stories that were either written for fun or were failed contest entries. I’ve no qualms with you reading, downloading, or sharing these, just please remember to note they’re by me and, hopefully, post a link back here. Enjoy!

 

The Vampire’s Touch: PDF

This is a short story I wrote as part of a friendly competition that didn’t really get off the ground. It’s a short story that features the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen when they are forced to endure a dinner party together. It’s an attempt at a comedy of manners, and for the most part, I believe it was successful.

 

Mass Effect: Ghost: PDF

This is a short story and the first completed story from the website contest I held. The story idea was “a renegade choice from Mass Effect 2 where the character wasn’t an idiot.” It’s an action drama, with lots of stuff that blows up and people getting unnecessary holes poked in them.

 

The First Date: PDF

This is a story I wrote on the train and which I finished at my friend’s house, start to finish, in about an hour of writing. It’s rough and unfinished, but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun. It’s a comedy in the style of a Vinyl Cafe story.

 

With the Blessed Lance of the Archangel: PDF

This short story was my submission to Machine of Death 2. It wasn’t accepted for publication within the book, but as of the time of posting, there is the possibility it could be used for another project. Obviously, it features the machine, and is a detective story set in 1911 Berlin.

 

The Fighter: PDF

This story was written as the second winner for my website’s contest. It’s a story from the perspective of a man with Down’s Syndrome, written with a focus on the character. It was a very difficult story to write, and is simultaneously exactly what I wanted it to be, and in no way, shape, or form, what I wanted it to be. Just a quick note: when I published it on the website in serial form, it was titled A Home of Glass and Iron. Realizing that that’s a bad title, I’ve retitled it Glass and Iron, or, The Fighter, which makes much more sense and doesn’t sound as bad.

 

Collision Course: PDF

This story was entered into the Toronto Star 2012 Short Story Contest. It didn’t win (or else you’d all have read it already), but it’s a fun little diversion about racism, air travel, and how bumping into people can change everything, or it can change nothing.

 

Coyotes and Cowboys: PDF

These are small stories I wrote as a flash-fiction day for a regular Wednesday update a few weeks ago. These stories are quick stories that try to mimic both Native folk tales and the cowboy stories that I love.

 

A Tale Of Silk and Spice: PDF

This is a short story that I wrote for a contest winner on the site. It’s a dramatization of a few RPG sessions we played in, with the story fleshed out and expanded a bit. It’s set in the fictional universe of Rokugan, which is like feudal Asia but with magic! I think it came out well, despite the preponderance of inside jokes.

 

The Last of the Fir Bolg: PDF

This was my entry for the Toronto Star Short Story Contest in 2013. It didn’t win, but I think it’s one of my better pieces. To say more would spoil it, but I’ll say it’s a shorter (~2000 words) story that’s good for a quick read.

 

No More Hungry In Africa: PDF

This is a very short story I wrote when I was struck with an idea. It’s strange, and the title says it all really.

 

Once Upon A Ghost: PDF

Written for a Halloween party I attended, this isn’t so much a short story as it is a performance piece that’s meant to be read aloud. The voice in italics is feminine, and the other is masculine, and yes, it’s a ghost story. Sort of.