Category: Short Fiction

Short stories and flash fiction for fun.

Bourdain Day

Authors’ Note – Anthony Bourdain was a huge source of inspiration for both of us. He was important to Keith as a chef and we both loved his books and shows. His work made me want to start writing again after decades of denying myself that pleasure. Today […]

Child of the Air

Author’s Note – Today’s flash fiction challenge was to write about an extinct flower that somehow blooms for the first time in a hundred years. Of course I couldn’t help putting an apocalyptic spin on a little floral fiasco. ~ J   It seemed like such a good […]

Opening Gambit

Author’s Note – The challenge in my writing group today was “An encounter with a deity.” That’s so close to what we write for the series, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to give readers a little preview of Before the Dawn, Book II in The Arbitratus. We […]

Pool Shark

  There’s something in the water. The thought came with such easy certainty, Roz almost laughed. When she was small she wouldn’t even go in the pool because Sean had told her the pool sharks would eat her. Home from college on summer break, he’d given her shit […]

Next Time, Duck

Author’s Note – More May Writing Challenge fun. Not necessarily in cannon, but it could be. Caleb was still half dreaming of how he’d wound up here in an alley flat on his back. The searing pain in his chest convinced him he must be dying. He must’ve […]

Our Frightful Position

The world knew. It had been told again and again. By artists, poets, writers, and madmen. The day would come. In his house, in its undisclosed place with its mythical name, the dead god slumbered, dreaming his dead dreams. Waiting. We should have realized. Nothing waits forever. I […]

Peace Is A Lie

I really didn’t want to wake up. Well, that actually sounds kind of ominous. I didn’t want to wake up until I’d slept off the hangover I knew was coming my way. But wake up I did. Only to find my head trapped in some, hot, steamy hell […]