Short Stories

I write short stories in various genres and combinations of genres, such as suspense, crime, humor, horror, fantasy, and adventure. The short stories listed below may be read online, printed (scroll to the bottom of a story and click the Print icon) or downloaded (Kindle/ePub/PDF). Feel free to send copies of my stories to your friends. Also, check out my flash fiction short stories (generally under 1,000 words).

And read my Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, & Sci-Fi novels on this website for free


Amateur Investigator (Crime/Suspense. 1,479 words.)

A newbie private investigator learns that he just might not be cut out for this line of work.
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Sudden Future (Sci-Fi/Fantasy. 6,248 words.)

A brother and sister are thrust into the future after playing around with some experimental equipment in the basement built by their mother, a physics professor.
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Horrors of Memory (Suspense. 1,612 words.)

90-year-old Mildred Applee is thankful she still has an excellent memory—until a surgical procedure makes her blessing seem more like a curse.
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Impala Cruise (Suspense. 5,629 words.)
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A young woman offers a ride to a stranger, knowing she may regret it. He’s good-looking. But he could be a criminal. He could be dangerous. So could she.
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Prince of Pumpkinshire (Humor. 1,898 words.)
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Chip’s life is changed forever after an encounter with bullies in the woods on Halloween night.
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Smiley Frowner (Fantasy/Horror. 1,908 words.)
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Five-year-old Jessica doesn’t go anywhere without Smiley—the handmade doll that protects her from the evils of the world.
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Margin of Error (Suspense/Crime. 2,863 words.)
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An ambitious campaign manager claims she can deliver a victory every time—once she gets the poll numbers within the Margin of Error.
But she learns too late that not everything in life works like an election. And that statistics can only be carried so far…before you become one.
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Mary Goldalore (Suspense/Crime. 3,525 words.)
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Mary Goldalore is very attractive, wealthy divorcee in her mid-thirties. She’s also a bit naive—making her a prime candidate for a con artist’s scheme.
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Your Personal President (Suspense. 2,457 words.)
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The year is 2018. Television is obsolete. Everything is web-based. Watch any show whenever you want. And thanks to massive computer databases and powerful processors, all data is now saved. Place your grocery order. You don’t have to specify what you want—they already know. Fries with that? They don’t even need to ask. Everything can be personalized. Even The President of the United States.
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Kory Mantra
(Adventure/Suspense. 6,136 words.)
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Kory Mantra is a 32-year old computer programmer who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, went on a diet and took up yoga. And to help him stick with it, he made weekly videos of his progress and posted them online.

By the time he reached his goal of losing 90 pounds, over a million people were watching his videos, cheering him on. Then a publishing company offered him a contract for a series of yoga books and DVDs. So, now he’s a celebrity. But will he ever find true love? Or will he die trying?
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Road Rage to Nowhere (Suspense/Crime. 1,264 words.)
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Road Rage can take you on a trip to somewhere you’ve never been. And make you wish you hadn’t gone.
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BuckThirsty (Suspense/Crime. 2,128 words.)
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Some people will do anything for a buck. You might call them buck-thirsty.
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Sun-Powered Car (Humor. 1,364 words.)
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A washed-up TV reporter sees a chance for a big story when he discovers an amazing invention while passing through a small town.
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Governor Hooks a Lady (Humor. 762 words.)
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The new governor is flying high—until a certain lady brings him back down to earth.
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Layoff Rumors (Humor. 636 words.)
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And you thought your job sucked.
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Classical Revenge (Humor/Horror. 2,398 words.)
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A woman ventures out at night during a snow storm into a dangerous part of town to get the last item on her Christmas list.
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  • tomorthway

    how can i download these to my android thank you

    • http://www.robertburtonrobinson.com RobertBurtonRobinson

      You can download each story by clicking on the PDF download link. If you don’t already have the Adobe Reader app, you’ll want to download it. It’s is available for free from the Android Marketplace.

  • amanda alexander

    When i started reading smiley frowner, i really thought it was the doll that wiped out the whole family,that part was a bit irrelevant but i stilled enjoyed the story anyway,i was all excited waiting to see what happens next, GOOD STORY;)

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  • deepa

    im really thankful to you for making your stories free to download..i still havent gone through any of them..but i hope it wud really be good… and i again thank you personaly for making the stories easily available..
    cheers:)

  • lois

    Your stories are amazing! I enjoyed reading each and every one of them. They are so clever and interesting. Great work!