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25 Most Recent Mainstream Short Stories

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Enormous Families: The New Normal? by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
A woman tries to understand why some people choose to have so many kids in their families...
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Entertaining Shoppers by Helen Downey
Have you ever watched others while shopping?..
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Epitaph by Anthony Hall
Short story, based on a memory of what happened one evening many years ago.....
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Essie by Pier Tyler
She is a fictional character, but do remember her.....
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View Photo of Eugenics in the 21st Century Read excerpt from Eugenics in the 21st Century Eugenics in the 21st Century by Chris the Abducted Alien
My reply to a FACEBOOK chat.....
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Everything Familiar by Sandy Knauer
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Excerpt - Stephanie's Emerald Fever by Topaz Publishing
Stephanie journey to the 1800's ..
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excerpt from Innocents Pray, an unpublished work by Lisa Lickel
This is an excerpt from a work I'll submitting as a request to return to a new publishers after some small editing...
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Excerpt from Karma by Shay Nolon
You reap what you sow...
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Excerpt from Surreal in Saudi by mary doreen
An excerpt from the book, Surreal in Saudi. A look into the women's prison in Riydah, Saudi Arabia...
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Fukawees 4: Working by Mark Lichterman
A bit of flying grit stinging his eye, rubbing it with the knuckle of one hand as, “Hey! Men’s clothing here!” clasped in the other hand was a pair of blue gabardine trousers that he waved above his head as if a proudly held flag. “Hey! Men’s clothing here!” ..
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Excerpt from The Castlereagh Connection by Mel Hathorn
Governor Rockland’s Office State Capital Hartford, CT 8:30 a.m. “The governor will see you now.” The crisp tone of the Governor’s personal secretary contrasted with her soft skirt and peach angora linen jacket. She smiled at DCF Commissioner Frederick Fractor as she opened the d..
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Excerpt from the novel, TRASH FIRE yet to be published by geraldine nesbitt
After the death of her son, Julie sees her life falling apart, and her marriage crumbling. She decides to go away on a retreat to reflect, and come to terms with her grief. ..
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Excerpt from WHITE HANDS by Barbara Wright
In the early eighties, three women investigate the bombing of a Salvadoran village during the Civil War...
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Expectations by Graham whittaker
A very special pregnancy.....
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Experienced Only Need Apply by Carolyn Bass
Mabel's out to beat breast cancer, even if it means telling her longtime husband Fred that he wasn't her first lover...
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Eyes, the Mirror of the Heart by Rodney Bohen
Don't sell your point! For true confidence merely whispers it in conquering form and fashion! Don't yell your fury! For true fury pours out quietly from the proper decanter, ..
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Family Recipe by Jane Sutton
A woman follows an old family recipe with surprising results..
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Father and Son by Mark Lichterman
At the end of the war, when defense plants began the process of retooling for the produce of peace, the massive work forces were being cut back and, knowing he’d be out of a job shortly, Walter decided that then might be the best time to combine business with pleasure and began to think of looking f..
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Father's Photo by Roxanne Smolen
Childhood memories shape the adult...
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Feeling Backward by Jerelyn Craden
A quiet revelation in a small town car wash...
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FF: Why Can't I Find a Super Man? -- No. 1 by Marie Wadsworth
Lois Lane, The Daily Planet's star reporter, interviews Gotham City playboy and philanthropist Bruce Wayne...
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FF: Why Can't I Find a Super Man? -- No. 2 by Marie Wadsworth
In this episode, Lois Lane and her intended share a quite moment in his penthouse before attending the Wayne Foundation's charity ball...
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View Photo of Fifth Avenue Angel Read excerpt from Fifth Avenue Angel Fifth Avenue Angel by Justin Fox
When a young man enters a city coffee shop, he is lulled by the interior; the rot-iron tables and chairs, the sounds of the coffee makers, and the unique smells of the freshly baked muffins and pastries. But something else happens, a woman he has never seen walks by the coffee shop window. Immedia..
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Filling In the Blanks In Blank's Apartment by anne cunningham
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Final Paradox by Mary E, Martin by Mary Martin
You've heard of corruption in high places? Of course, haven't we all. Here's a scene from Final Paradox, the second in the Osgoode Trilogy. Acting for his elderly client, Norma Dinnick, Harry Jenkins has applied to court for the return of shares alledgedly taken by Archie Brinks. Mr. Justice has tak..
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Final Paradox, a fraud upon a fraud Mary E. Martin by Mary Martin
Norma Dinnick, one of Harrys elderly clients, teeters between lucidity and madness. What is real? In this passage from Final Paradox, Norma recollects how the fraud began so many years ago and how George Pappas is still demanding the money. ..
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Finding a Happy Place by Michelle Mills
Happiness is closer than you think.....
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First Day 2: Pennies by Mark Lichterman
“It’s my bank. For years, whenever I had pennies I threw them in, and I’d take daddy’s whenever he had some. When I was packing yesterday, I didn’t know what to do with them, so I figured we might as well take ’em with us, and they’ll be the start of our saving account.” Getting the A&P bag..
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First Day: Awake by Mark Lichterman
Careful, sexual situation here. _______________________________________ “I love you, Mitchie.” In the eyes of the law, and… In the eyes of God… On this night Marsha and Mitchell slept in each other’s arms. And so began the... ..
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Five Years by Ken Goldstein
"You need to leave your mind alone." "Excuse me?" I asked, looking up from the scattered paperwork spread over my desk at the troll-like, elderly man in front of me. I realized that I'd been daydreaming, pushing papers around but not really seeing any of them. "You need to leave yo..
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Flash Fiction: Death of the Dauphin by Alphonse Daudet presented by Eileen Granfors
This is one of the earliest examples of flash fiction, a story of fewer than 1000 words. This one has 539 and really packs a punch. All those people fighting for money and power. . .a great story to discuss with the kids (9+) I have included it in a section of famous short stories in my new antholo..
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Flashes of Blue by andrea peters
Living life through a child's eyes...
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For A Cup'a'joe 2 by Mark Lichterman
“You do know they liked him! The cops really liked daddy and they always told him: ‘Eli, don’t threaten those bastards! Just kill ’em, then give us a call and we’ll send a wagon and cart ’em away with no questions asked.’” Note: My apology for the use of a certain word. M.L...
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For a cup’a’joe by Mark Lichterman
Being a good humored, generous man he had done it on hundreds of occasions and normally would have poured coffee into a takeout cup, handed it through the gate and given it to the bum. ..
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Forever Mortal by C.A. Salstrom
A woman has to deal with the death of her partner and the guilt she feels about it...
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Read excerpt from Forgiven Forgiven by Gracie McKeever
A grief stricken and suicidal cop, still recovering from the untimely death of his own wife, finally comes to terms with his loss and fresh guilt when he confronts the bereaving mother of a young boy he has killed...
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From Bushwick High (Brooklyn) to National Award Winning Author! by JE Thompson
One Writer's Journey to Writing Success!..
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Fukawees 2: Babble by Mark Lichterman
“I gotta a big ass, huh?” Closing her meaty fist around the five-dollar roll of quarters that was to pay for the two large slabs of baby-back ribs, French fries and baked beans, “Oy gib kumush!” she said, meaning, “You big schmuck!” as she whacked him on the side of the head. ..
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Read excerpt from Forbidden Forbidden by Raymond Proseus
"Yeah, okay mom, I love you too but I really need to get on the road. I love you mother. Bye." Joe said as he flipped his small phone shut. He massaged his jaw and looked around the apartment. Small apartment; his mind corrected. Joe looked at his watch and tapped the face. "This can't be ..
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View Photo of FOX NEWS & RIGHT WING BIGOTS Read excerpt from FOX NEWS & RIGHT WING BIGOTS FOX NEWS & RIGHT WING BIGOTS by Chris the Abducted Alien
Note: This is an excerpt of the original message of the merging of two women’s organizations in Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. This is what prompted me to write this commentary. Here is some news involving Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) and Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT). ..
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Fukawees 5: Summertime by Mark Lichterman
In daylight, without glasses, Norman’s eyes were a striking light gray, and in just the two days he’d been in it, the sun had bleached his hair from dark blonde to a kind of streaky platinum...
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Fukawees 6: A Girl by Mark Lichterman
Walking on the land side of the Old Highway, the raucous sounds of the Palladium soon faded and the only sounds the four heard were those of their gravely footsteps, each others voices, and the steady hum of cicadas. Every now and then the headlights of an approaching car would waver in the distance..
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Fukawees 7: Bottles by Mark Lichterman
Looking up, Mitchell watched as a pretty, dark-complected girl wearing a tight-fitting, pink angora sweater, and carrying a lunch tray came abreast of the table. Catching, the girl’s and Mitchell’s eyes held until she passed. Facing the opposite direction, Norman watched the movement of t..
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Fukawees: Next Phase 1 by Mark Lichterman
Shrugging his shoulders, opening the matchbook, Mitchell read aloud: “Summer vacation with pay. Earn while you learn. Be a man. Join your peacetime National Guard.” Closing the matchbook, “So?” he handed it back to Norman. ..
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Funnin #01 - Cthulhu's Daughter by Fallen Sword
A continuing series...
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Funnin #02 - Toy Weapons by Fallen Sword
Miniscule mental meanderings .....
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Funnin #03 - Nyquil by Fallen Sword
an ongoing series .....
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Funnin #04 - Vampire's False Teeth by Fallen Sword
A continuing series ... ..
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Furlough 3: Red Light by Mark Lichterman
3/20 to 4/2/54:Furlough 3; Red Light _______________________________________ The guy, my pal, he tol’ me to go ’round the back so’s the neighbors won’t notice if there’s a few guys comin’n’goin’. He’s on the second floor an’ said we’ll spot his place ’cause he’ll have a red light burnin’ ..
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