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Short story: "Theory of Knowledge"

A story about revenge, written in the form of an epistemology exam. [more inside]
posted by babelfish on Jun 7, 2022 - 1 comment

Every Bad Thing That Could Possibly Happen to You: Creepy Stories for Kids and Adults

A blog of short stories detailing every awful fate that might befall someone, written for both kids and adults. Some are creepy, some are sad, some are funny. All are strange, weird and bizarre. New stories every Wednesday evening. [more inside]
posted by KantGoOn on Apr 29, 2022 - 1 comment

Dog of the Dead

My first novel in a new fantasy series called "Ms. Whitaker's Last Year" is up on Kindle! Martha Whitaker is a middle school English teacher who refuses to let anything interfere with what she thinks is important, not even her own possible death, an immense egg on her kitchen table, or a mob of the deceased trying to retrieve their escaped dog. Martha is both utterly focused and utterly wrongheaded, but she will do anything, including braving the bleak concourses of the Afterlife, to help out the various young people who rely on her.
posted by Peach on Apr 9, 2022 - 3 comments

Modern Love

Modern Love is a short hypothetical story about love in the age of data. "It was the tradition now. To go along with those old markers of commitment – engagement rings, joint bank accounts, borrowed clothes, shared rent – there was this opening up of your data to each other, all the things you had said and done and seen and been, all the way back to the beginning of time (2007). There was no deeper symbol of your trust, no greater intimacy in your relationship, than this limitless mingling of information. Anna and Oya laid their phones on top of each other and between them they shared everything." [more inside]
posted by dng on Jan 31, 2022 - 2 comments

A tiny story I am proud of

This is a very tiny story (less than 500 words) that I wrote years ago for a writing workshop, and the vagaries of social media recently reminded me that it exists. I re-read it, and remembered how much I like it and thought I would share it with Metafilter.
posted by jacquilynne on Jan 5, 2022 - 10 comments

And They Were Not My Words

And They Were Not My Words is a small collection/zine of various cut-up fiction experiments, in which I’ve tried creating new works from old pieces by various authors. Includes Five Entries Recovered From Jorge Luis Borges’ Imaginary Book Of Beings, In The Terminals Of Minraud (a William Burroughs trilogy), Thirteen New Tales by the Brothers Grimm, Five Tributes To The Works Of Daniil Kharms, and What Haruki Murakami Talks About When He Talks About Women. [more inside]
posted by dng on Dec 31, 2021 - 0 comments

The Stick Princess

The third book in the Ways of Magic series is finally available, a mere twenty years late. [more inside]
posted by Peach on Nov 8, 2021 - 4 comments

Trunk Show

Please enjoy two of my trunk stories, horror and gothic and historical. I've posted them for fun over at Medium. Roughly 24 min. reads each.
The Little Lady of the Way
The Invocation of Miss Helen Demmler
(cw: violence, child death)
posted by Countess Elena on Oct 20, 2021 - 3 comments

Female Kill Machine

Female Kill Machine is a lightning-paced absurdist quantum explosion of ever-escalating cyberpunk insanity, set in a near-future world of almost total corporate control, where the world's richest men amuse themselves by attempting to build the most deadly female killing machine possible. But what if you have no interest in fulfilling the purpose for which you've been built? What if instead of fighting all you want to do is think? Warning: this book contains despicable villians, occasional bouts of hyperviolence, and also a penguin. Female Kill Machine is available as an ebook on ko-fi (free/pay what you want); amazon (£3/$4, or free on kindle unlimited); itunes (£3/$4) and patreon (free for subscribers). [more inside]
posted by dng on Sep 4, 2021 - 2 comments

Recollections Of A Summer

Recollections Of A Summer is a short story about siblings during some long ago summer, told through a series of six short (nostalgic, poignant, bittersweet) vignettes. [more inside]
posted by dng on Jul 2, 2021 - 1 comment

A Cast Of Characters (for a story not yet written)

A Cast Of Characters (for a story not yet written) is a collection of 60 short illustrated descriptions of strange people, pets, places, and portents. A sort of sequel to last year's A Book Of Beasts (previously on projects; metafilter), this was initially intended as a stand alone thing (hence the subtitle), but since then I've been writing Tales From The Town, which is a series of (very) short stories using the above cast of characters, set in a Moomins meets Twin Peaks sort of world, and with new episodes being published weekly (it's up to tale #7 at the moment). [more inside]
posted by dng on Jun 2, 2021 - 0 comments

MOSKVA

My short story, MOSKVA, is featured on Hobart Pulp today. Described by one reader as "gritty realism," the story chronicles the 2003 adventures of a gaggle of young American college students who have taken to the streets of Moscow after midnight.
posted by whimsicalnymph on Jan 19, 2021 - 0 comments

Short Fiction Collections

I have collected my short fiction from the last ten years into three collections. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Nov 25, 2020 - 0 comments

Free e-book "Short Stories Collected by brainwane: A 2020 Meta-Collection"

You might also like... A crowd-sourced short story MetaFilter meta-collection spreadsheet! Anyone can add to it directly. Or add to it by filling out this form. Sort by publisher, author, word count, audio, buyability, and more. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Nov 2, 2020 - 3 comments

Maps of the Lost

A (fictional, maybe) guidebook to the lost knowledge, the thin places and the secret histories of the UK. Be cautious, though. If you follow them, you may become lost yourself. Available on the web, on Facebook, via a bitesize podcast, or a monthly email newsletter. [more inside]
posted by reynir on Jul 6, 2020 - 2 comments

Lucid

Four and a half years ago, I thought I was a cis man. Then I wrote a book. [more inside]
posted by Tabitha Someday on May 6, 2020 - 2 comments

Pictures and Stories

An editor friend of mine and I have been trying to keep occupied during the lockdown by collaborating on short (sometimes very short) fiction based around reader-submitted photos. These are the tales we have so far.
posted by thivaia on May 1, 2020 - 0 comments

The 100 Day Writing Challenge

A couple of years ago I made a free 8-week writing course in podcast form. Starting from Jan 1st I'm releasing a new, bigger version called The 100 Day Writing Challenge. [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Jan 5, 2020 - 6 comments

SCP-4361: Her Favorite Color is Red

An article from the universe of the SCP Foundation, about a strange entity inside a YouTube channel. Featuring kittens, coffee, and server farms. [more inside]
posted by Kybard on Nov 12, 2019 - 0 comments

Trick Or Treating By Car (and other stories)

Seven stories for Halloween: Trick Or Treating By Car (a story about sadness and loss, death and dying); Separations (a tale of parallel worlds, break-ups, and breakdowns); Magic Trick (the story of a disappearance); The Wedding (unsettling events at a royal wedding); Front Door (an ever-escalating haunting); Flood (the strange tale of a crocodile home invasion); The Second Moon (a final tale of slightly overwrought melancholy).
posted by dng on Oct 22, 2019 - 0 comments

In The Terminals Of Minraud

In The Terminals Of Minraud is a trilogy of thematiclaly-linked short stories - March My Captive Head, Last Of The Gallant Heroes, and Fading My Name Through Dying Air - assembled entirely out of sentences from William Burroughs novels. (Stories contain sex, violence, unpleasant language) [more inside]
posted by dng on Sep 22, 2019 - 0 comments

The Cadeaux Decision

My short story "The Cadeaux Decision" appears in Issue 19 of Circle Show, available to read in PDF (free) and hard copy (please support!). This is a spooky and personal story, and it made me laugh when I wrote it. The latter is the highest praise I have for my own writing.
(cws: child death, corpses, transphobia)
posted by Countess Elena on Jul 5, 2019 - 4 comments

Deadwood As It Was.

Many of the characters in the Deadwood series existed in real life. I've collected contemporary news stories using newspapers available from Deadwood, the Dakota Territories, and Montana. Six entries so far. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Jun 1, 2019 - 4 comments

Home Of Hell

"Home of Hell is an interactive fiction story in which YOU! must brave the horrors of the infamous Home of Hell to say goodbye to your grandmother one final time." A (slightly) humorous homage to classic Fighting Fantasy books (especially Steve Jackson's House Of Hell), this story contains scenes of sadness, despair and the proliferation of infuriating annoyances that lead inexorably to a mounting atmosphere of anxiety, terror and, eventually, scenes of mildly gruesome horror. [more inside]
posted by dng on May 21, 2019 - 0 comments

The Stolen Child (a tale told in tales)

"The child in the cage had been found in the forest, they said, left behind by the fair folk there at the passing of the midsummer sun. Or, they said, the child had been a gift from the gods. The child was a traveller, the child was a spy, a thief, a lie. The child was a warning. A warrior. A weapon. The child was an offering. The child was a beast. But the child in the cage was none of these things. The child was a child." The Stolen Child is a short fairy tale in six parts, about imprisonment, escape, and revenge. [more inside]
posted by dng on Apr 18, 2019 - 1 comment

Late Night In The Studio

Late Night in the Studio takes a deep dive into the illustrious history of the CBC. In each episode, our archivist host Moe will show us a special treat (which happens to relate to events in his personal life) from the the catacombs of the CBC; films which feel authentic to the time and place they are supposed to be from... but they're created by us. Late Night in the Studio is part history, part imagination. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Mar 1, 2019 - 0 comments

The Unleashed

My late-middle-grade / YA urban fantasy novel about the ghosts of Seattle is free to read online. It follows Mira, a ghost who frees herself from the tether that bound her to the place where she died. Mira learns a terrible secret about the ghosts of Seattle and decides to do something about it. [more inside]
posted by gurple on Feb 25, 2019 - 1 comment

Storyweek

A new piece of short fiction every weekday, sometimes on weekends, mostly old stories, occasionally something new. [more inside]
posted by notyou on Feb 16, 2019 - 0 comments

An Escape

An Escape is a short illustrated dystopian fiction story, told obliquely through a series of 15 interconnected (mostly) single-page vignettes.
posted by dng on Oct 5, 2018 - 0 comments

Two-sentence Horror Stories

Every workday I write a horror story that is exactly two sentences long, although those sentences do sometimes run on a little.
posted by maxsparber on Oct 1, 2018 - 3 comments

The Adventure Of The Empty Nursery

In The Adventure Of The Empty Nursery, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are called upon to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a child from a locked nursery room. But as the case progresses, things begin to take a turn for the strange and the weird. (10,000 words long, contains some violence, self-harm)
posted by dng on Sep 5, 2018 - 0 comments

Half-Witch.

My debut novel, Half-Witch, is published today by Big Mouth House, an imprint of Small Beer Press. [more inside]
posted by Slithy_Tove on Jul 10, 2018 - 7 comments

An accumulation of things

An accumulation of things is a website collecting together lots of pieces of my writing, including various short stories, fairy tales, picture books, and comics. [more inside]
posted by dng on Jul 6, 2018 - 1 comment

Information Jones Database Detective - Short Stories

Information Jones is the world's greatest database detective and one of its least successful IT professionals. Technology managers knock on his door when they have nowhere else to turn. Follow Information Jones' adventures as he cracks the case contrary to all expectations. His expertise is Oracle. His specialty is unreason. Two collections of short stories, free on the web as HTML or an epub.
posted by ProtoStar on Mar 13, 2018 - 1 comment

The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp

I made a free 8-week fiction writing course in podcast form. [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Feb 2, 2018 - 5 comments

The Wildest West Podcast

What began as an exploration of my love of weird western stuff has evolved into a discussion of creativity and the professional market for creative undertakings, with a lot of little side trips into the worlds of wrestling, polka, horseback riding, rattlesnake chili, and whatever else attracts our attention at the moment. Cohosted by Coco Mault.
posted by maxsparber on Jan 31, 2018 - 0 comments

THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM BRADLEY PITT VS. THE MUSEUM OF NEW REALITY

A short SF story I’ve been trying to sell since 2015 that suddenly has relevance thanks to the Vice story about face swap pornography so I decided to self publish it to Medium. Celebrity! Copyright! Intellectual property! Puns!
posted by The Whelk on Jan 26, 2018 - 1 comment

Tales from the Krampus Corps

The Krampus Corps were called "terrorists" for rebelling against the North Pole regime during the War on Christmas, against the chains put on them. I may be the last surviving "hornless brother". And before the regime sends a tiny green & red assassin for me, I want the truth about our revolution (and the horrors the War on Christmas showed me) to be known. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Dec 13, 2017 - 3 comments

Shadow Over the Outlet Mall: A Novel of Lovecraftian Humor

A humorous story of real estate appraisal and cosmic horror inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, 90s adventure games, and some other stuff. [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Aug 14, 2017 - 11 comments

'Smart' Phone

Connor's cell phone comes to life and accidentally breaks up his relationship with his girlfriend. It must then do everything a 'smart' phone can to get them back together. [more inside]
posted by djeec on Jul 28, 2017 - 0 comments

Fuck Everyone in the Entire History of Humanity™

Storgy has published my short story, “Love, Anger, and Pity; or Fuck Everyone in the Entire History of Humanity”. Coincidentally, it was published the same day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled offensive trademarks must be allowed, invalidating a plot point in my story.
posted by ShooBoo on Jun 21, 2017 - 3 comments

This year's sacrifice to Cthulhu is sponsored by…

In my story “Who Weeps for Cthulhu?”, the old gods have returned, but perhaps there is a greater horror. Featuring Trader Joe’s tequila and turkey kielbasa, plus mariachi music.
posted by ShooBoo on Apr 21, 2017 - 0 comments

Burning the Days

Dual-function site: New mailing list of my creative writing and limited archive of my past writing projects (Victory Shag, Wrestle the Future to the Fucking Ground, etc.) -- fiction, poetry, love letters, what have you. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Apr 8, 2017 - 0 comments

The Seers Catalogue

An multimedia storybook and its inscrutable magazine, The Seers Catalogue is a world of weights and measures, strange encounters and necromantic cabals, where the key to all secrets is an obtuse and enthralling magazine. [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Oct 28, 2016 - 1 comment

CC: Otherworlds

Original weird and wonderful art and stories in the mail - snail mail or email - fortnightly! [more inside]
posted by lriG rorriM on Aug 26, 2016 - 1 comment

The Crack of the .bat

My first professionally published short story. It's about robots playing baseball. Well, sort of. But mostly it's about industrial espionage.
posted by Gin and Comics on Aug 18, 2016 - 2 comments

The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom!

Released today, The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom is an anthology of science fiction featuring blunt force trauma, explosions, adventure, derring-do, tigers, Martians, zombies, fanged monsters, dinosaurs (alien and domestic), ray guns, rocket ships, and anthropomorphized marshmallows. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Jul 27, 2016 - 0 comments

A Year of Stories: Cobalt Blue

At the beginning of the year I decided to write one short story, every weekday, until December 31st (260 stories). To help motivate me, I'm releasing twelve Collections of these stories on Amazon. I've been at this since January, and so far I'm 135 stories in. This is Collection one, if you like it, it would be awesome if you could leave a review. Also, if you're interested in following the project in real-time, you can see all the stories here.
posted by socalsamba on Jul 11, 2016 - 0 comments

The Smoking Moon

The Smoking Moon is an album by Toby Vok, with an accompanying science fiction novelisation by Ted Vaaak. All available for the great price of free (or more, if you so desire). [more inside]
posted by dng on Mar 14, 2016 - 0 comments

MacAvoy and Me

Tea with the Black Dragon Author R.A.Macavoy asked me to work with her on a book... (I KNOW, right?!?!) We've now finished. [more inside]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer on Feb 22, 2016 - 3 comments

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