Weird, Mainstream, Minimalist Short Stories

SF/F & Horror

Palmer Luce has a bad feeling about this. The mission is pure suicide—but the money is worth it—if she survives.

The Abrinsk of Youth
For an older man, youth can look pretty good, but how you have to acquire it can be a bit tricky.


Abstract Writings
In this collection you'll find many previously published short stories, as well as a few that have not been published. Stories range from science fiction and fantasy to mainstream to weird tales of the paranormal  
Jeremy's World
In the future, a black box is used to produce whatever you wish for—if your mind can handle the focus that is necessary. But, a little power can casue some strange results if used improperly. 
Meat House
Desmond finds that the streets are too violent and dangerous for him and his work income can hardly pay for his needs. But, the company has an offer for him. All he has to do is give something up. 
Escape From Hell
When you've been banished to hell, there are only a few ways to escape. Not easy ways, mind you. And, you may not remain safe.
Psychic Circus

Attending the circus has always been fun, but what if the circus acts were truely unbelievable? What if they weren't real at all?

The Beach Cabin

​Memory can play tricks on a man whose wishes for the past might be stronger than the reality of the present.

Death Speech

A stranger attempts to hypnotize another man into committing suicide, but somehow things go all wrong.

Saving Tinika

​Tinika is lost in the woods, but relies on a friend to help her. The fire only makes saving Tinika even that much more important, no matter what the outcome.

Finding a Little Courage
Jordan has had a rough time of it lately, and is considering the unthinkable. But mabye all he needs is a little courage.


The Applicant

What happens to a young man who is desperate to find a new job so that he can feed his family?

Voyeur & Other Stories
These stories are each under about 800 words, and run the gamut from contemporary through science fiction.
Hard Driver
This is a short story about a trip I took at one time. I thought it was going to go smoothly when I left one dark night for home, little did I know.
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