Short Stories

I write short stories in various genres and combinations of genres, such as suspense, crime, humor, horror, fantasy, and adventure. Also, check out my flash fiction short stories (generally under 1,000 words).

Listen to Nightmares of a Novelist, my odd and disturbing series of stories, inspired by The Twilight Zone.

Blind Date in Outer Space (Sci-Fi/Suspense/Humor. 17,784 words.)
— Two very bright teenagers, Riley and Rachel, who are thrust into a treacherous situation by a reclusive, dying scientist. In a last ditch effort to validate the capabilities of his cutting-edge inventions, Doc Himmel uses the teens as guinea pigs, sending them to a planet that’s light years away from Earth.

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.

Sudden Future (Sci-Fi/Fantasy. 6,248 words.)
— A brother and sister are thrust into the future after playing around in the basement with some experimental equipment built by their mother, a physics professor.

Horrors of Memory (Suspense. 1,612 words.)
— Ninety-year-old Mildred Applee is thankful she still has an excellent memory—until a surgical procedure makes her blessing seem more like a curse.

Download Bengali translation by Said Shihab (.docx)

Click here to read Impala Cruise
Impala Cruise (Suspense. 5,629 words.)
— 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.

Click here to read Prince of Pumpkinshire
Prince of Pumpkinshire (Humor. 1,898 words.)
— Chip’s life is changed forever after an encounter with bullies in the woods on Halloween night.

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Click here to read Smiley Frowner
Smiley Frowner (Fantasy/Horror. 1,908 words.)
— Five-year-old Jessica doesn’t go anywhere without Smiley—the handmade doll that protects her from the evils of the world.

Click here to read Your Personal President
Your Personal President (Suspense. 2,716 words.)
— (NOTE: This story was written in 2008) 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 Television is obsolete.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.

Click here to read Margin of Error
Margin of Error (Suspense/Crime. 2,863 words.)
— 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.

Click here to read Mary Goldalore
Mary Goldalore (Suspense/Crime. 3,525 words.)
— 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.

Click here to read Kory Mantra
Kory Mantra
(Adventure/Suspense. 6,136 words.)
— 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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Click here to read Road Rage to Nowhere
Road Rage to Nowhere (Suspense/Crime. 1,264 words.)
— Road Rage can take you on a trip to somewhere you’ve never been. And make you wish you hadn’t gone.

Click here to read BuckThirsty
BuckThirsty (Suspense/Crime. 2,128 words.)
— Some people will do anything for a buck. You might call them buck-thirsty.

Click here to read Sun-Powered Car
Sun-Powered Car (Humor. 1,364 words.)
— A washed-up TV reporter sees a chance for a big story when he discovers an amazing invention while passing through a small town.

Click here to read Governor Hooks a Lady
Governor Hooks a Lady (Humor. 762 words.)
— The new governor is flying high—until a certain lady brings him back down to earth.

Click here to read Layoff Rumors
Layoff Rumors (Humor. 636 words.)
— And you thought your job sucked.

Click here to read Classical Revenge
Classical Revenge (Humor/Horror. 2,398 words.)
— 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.