Short Stories and Other Pieces

Sometimes I write odd pieces that wind up becoming short stories or writing exercises. Lately I’ve been submitting them out, and a few have seen the light of day. Usually they aren’t related to either my business writing or my historical fiction novels, but you might enjoy them.

Take a look and have fun. Let me know what you think……

I have had stories published in other magazines and sites. I’ve listed them here, although they sit somewhere else on the web. Please check them out and support those editors and publishers smart enough to recognize my genius.

Extra bonus question: why do readers and journals in the UK and Ireland like my stuff more than American publishers?

Ava, Lana and Old Bob Campbell. This story was 20 years abrewing but I wrote it in 2019 and it came out September 1, 2019 in Ragazine. It’s one of the first pieces I got feedback from my new colleagues at Sin City Writers. As you can read in this blog post, it began as an urban legend my wife related 20 years ago at a dinner party: did you hear that Ava Gardner and Lana Turner had a 3-way with some gas jockey in Palm Springs? Read the whole story behind the story here. As an aside, this is the second magazine (along with eFiction) that is going out of business the issue after publishing one of my stories.  The link take syou to their site. If it doesn’t stay up, I’ll post it on a page here.

Los Angeles, 1952 Written in 2017, this is one of my favorite stories, even though it never really found a home.  It’s about boxing, the end of old Hollywood, and a first date that may or may not be going well. This story was published as a serialization, with part 1 appearing Sept 1, 2019 in Issue V of Twist in Time Mag. The second part will be in Issue VI in Novmember. Read part 1 here

Dien Bien Phu, 1954 has been published by an American Litmag! Twist in Time Magazine is one of the most beautifully designed websites, and they do a wide array of time-themed stories and poetry. Enjoy this tale of a Legionnaire in the waning days of France’s involvement in Vietnam.

The Forger of Cairo This is my first attempt (okay in 30 years or so) at a full-on horror piece. Old-fashioned it may be, but the folks at Storgy called it “cracking.”

The Clairtangentist is my first attempt at urban fantasy and the first thing I’ve written about my new home of Las Vegas. Blessings on Storgy.com for running it (on my birthday, no less) and for supporting my other work like…

The Towel  You may have noticed that boxing is a recurring theme in my short pieces. What’s not to like? Great settings, physical action, and enough toxic masculinity to start a fraternity. Again Storgy really supported this story, blessings be upon them.

The Last Good Cigar Day of the Year.  I enjoy a good cigar. If you live in Northern climes, like I used to, it can be a tough thing to deal with six months a year. This story was Scriggler’s story of the day and one I’m very pleased with.

Bayamon, 1978 has been published by DodgingTheRain, an online literary magazine out of Ireland. It’s about one of the all-time great prize fights, or at least the build-up to it.  You can read it here for free, which should tell you what I got paid for it, but such is the writer’s life…. You can also now read it on my site under Short Stories and other Pieces, specifically here

“Tio Fernando’s Field Trip,” is the first short fiction to be published in a professional magazine. It’s in EFiction Magazine. Since it’s now gone out of business, you can read it  on my site.

The 2017 Rivulets Anthology contains a piece I really like, “Through the Arbor Vitae.” It’s amazing what an overheard snippet of conversation can conjure, isn’t it? You can read it on its very own page….

On the End of Magick is a real departure for me. It is an attempt at fantasy in the vein of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I think it’s a lot of fun. It was featured in the 2016 Rivulets from Naperville Writers Group.  You can read it here.

On The Rail  tries to capture the thoughts of someone during the 2 minutes or so of a horse race. It was selected to appear in Rivulets 27, the annual anthology from the Naperville Writers Group.

This story may or may not be based on someone we know.... just sayin'
This story may or may not be based on someone we know…. just sayin’

Come on, One horse, you’re supposed to be a stalker. ‘Course so was Ted Bundy and look how that worked out….

You can read the full story here.