Read my shorts.

Individual short stories start out free.After around 1000 downloads I’ll usually make them 99-cents because nobody gets rich by giving away everything for free.

They will eventually appear in anthologies but I’ll base that on the 1970′s music industry – no more than two singles per album and the rest made up of new stuff. The big difference will be that anthologies will be available in print as well as electronic. I tried putting some shorts in print but the cost was far too much.

This page will need frequent updating. I’ll keep the free ones at the top.

Online stories

The Colony Man         Claiming Number Eight

Free Ebooks

Cold Turkey for Christmas

What if Santa and his elves didn’t really like their jobs?

What if Santa resented the modern march of political correctness and the current frenzy of banning and controlling everything until we are all exactly the same?

What if Santa decided to do something about it?

In this short story, Santa has had enough. It hasn’t happened yet, but maybe this year…

As always, it begins on Smashwords but I hope it will spread before Christmas.

 

The Sample of Dume

A free sample of the Dr. Dume horror-writing articles. These two are free, the other 45 are in ‘The Articles of Dume’ which is not free.

In Ebook format only because it’s far too small to be made into a print book. I tried that once before with single shorts and it cost too much to be worthwhile. Available on Smashwords and spreading to other booksellers now..

Available in a range of electronic formats on Smashwords.

 

99-cent stories

A Christmas Contract

When Christianity swept Europe it overwhelmed the older religions. But did those old gods die, or have they been planning revenge? Have they, perhaps, already set that revenge in motion?

Available in a range of electronic formats on Smashwords and also on

- Kobo       – Diesel         – Nook

The Sweet Man

At the edge of despair, his career in ruins, deserted by his family, Ian takes a job as Santa in a run-down store. He plans vengeance on the happy shoppers and their children and fully expects this Christmas to be his last. But then he discovers that killing can be fun, and embarks on an entirely new career. Just in time for Easter.

Available in a range of electronic formats on Smashwords.

A Little Knowledge…

Take two brothers, one smart but physically weak, the other strong but not so bright. When the strong but inexpert brother picks up an old and dusty book, then it soon becomes clear that a little knowledge can be far worse than none at all.

Available in a range of electronic formats on Smashwords and also on

- Kobo       – Sony         – Diesel        – Kindle

Bernie’s Bargain/Room Service

Two shorts in one Ebook, only on Kindle. Cheaper than buying the two below separately but so far, it’s a Kindle exclusive.        – Kindle

Bernie’s Bargain

A tale for Halloween. Bernie can beat Death if he has all his facts right – but has he missed something? One trivial detail?

Available in a range of electronic formats on Smashwords and also on

- Kobo       – Sony         – Diesel         – Nook

Room Service

Nightwatchman at a cemetery is not the most romantic of occupations but you’d think it would be an easy one. It’s not as if the residents are going to be any trouble. Not until the night they start demanding room service.

Available in a range of electronic formats on Smashwords and also on

- Kobo       – Sony         – Diesel           – Nook