Short stories are a staple of literature. From a writer’s perspective, long fiction can often get lost along the way, while shorter stories tend to tell themselves quickly and concisely. From a reader’s perspective, if a story engages you for five thousand words or so and leaves you hungry for more then it’s hard to deny the addictive nature it possesses. There’s just something about a piece that’s just long enough to leave you wondering but not long enough to satisfy that drags you in and won’t let you go. Long after the words end you find yourself wondering why it wouldn’t keep on going.
“Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.”
– Neil Gaiman
Many of the stories you’ll find here have been inspired by other authors in idea or style – or both – and while I’ve always tried to refrain from too much infringement, I’m aware that in some cases I’ve relied heavily on whatever source of inspiration I was drawing from at that time. This is the creation of something new, a sort of blending of many different sounds to make a symphony – my symphony.
I’ve been writing short stories since I was a kid, and while some drag on past ten thousand words or so, most are much shorter – flash fiction. That’s mostly what you’ll find here. These are the stories I enjoy more than anything else. They come in a storm, usually as just a still picture. They’re intriguing, maddening, overwhelming. Sometimes I feel less like a writer and more like a medium channeling a pre-existing story onto paper. Some draw direct influence from other stories; some are entirely original. Some come in dreams. Some I honestly have no memory of, but here they are, stored as Word files on my computer.
I honestly hope the art of short story telling will never be lost. We don’t tell stories like we used to, but maybe – just maybe – we could hold onto these small glimpses into our own psyche for just a little longer.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.