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Short Stories

Everyday Adventures

What if you could be a different person every day? A sister with a ghost for a brother, the last human left on Earth, or a fugitive on the run from boarding school. Everyday Adventures is a collection of micro fiction and short stories that explore multiple genres and the art of story telling. 

Carcerated Grammar

In the outside world, writers starve to have their words consumed and considered. On the inside, every 'letter' is sacred and sav(i)ored.

In a nutshell, it's correspondence between a guy and woman in prison... and another guy with the same name... and occasional other characters (you know how destiny and randomness go.)

---

Pseudo-accolades for Carcerated Grammer's  Weekly / Biweekly / Monthly 'Cerealized' (sic) Prison Correspondence

 

"'Carcerated Grammer' is... well, what can I say? I've never read anything quite like it. it goes well with pie."

- Larry Jacoby 'The Colored Sightglass'

 

"I feel for Bianca but I suppose, I'd read anything sent to me in prison too."

- Harriette Fairline 'The Long Island Shore Woman Gazette'

 

"the age old adage you can't polish a turd, well the only thing here easy on the eyes is thanks to the yellow paper it's written on.

- Tony Cima 'Hoffman Hot Rods Fanzine.'

A Touch of Noir

A Touch of Noir is a collection of short stories written in "noir" style, featuring immoral, desperate, and sinister characters set in the foggy, shadowy and hilly landscape of post-WWII San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Manhattan, and Chicago.  The stories are primarily told in first person, using language typical of 1940s-1960s.

**Update: A Touch of Noir will be available in paperback/ebook in the fall of 2017, with 9 brand new tales not available here on Channillo. Stay posted and consider joining me again for additional adventures in noir.

Ghosts of Eagle Valley

Ask anyone in Eagle Valley, Virginia, and they’ll be happy to tell you the history of their little town. After all, it’s a fascinating story. Way back in the 1700s, some of the town’s bravest young men marched off to fight in the Revolutionary War. Later, Eagle Valley’s mill brought the American Dream right to their doorsteps. During the Civil War, families were split between staying loyal to Virginia or re-joining the Union. Even as recently as World War II, Eagle Valley locals fought for victory half a world away. The town of Eagle Valley is proud of its long history, and even more proud of the ancestors that built their town.

Of course, if you ask the ghosts that still haunt Eagle Valley’s streets, you just might hear another side of the story. In this four-story collection, the ghosts of Eagle Valley set the record straight. Every town has its secrets, and these skeletons are ready to come out of their closets.

Ghosts of Eagle Valley is the companion short story collection to Ellen Smith’s debut novel, Reluctant Cassandra. Available only on Channillo for Charity, proceeds from Ghosts of Eagle Valley will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

They call it The Rocket, this streetcar, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a slow boat, a barge on its way down the Limpopo, steamy in summer; in winter, gritty underfoot and rank with the smell of wet wool. On rainy days the windows blur and water from boots and umbrellas pools on the dirty floor.

On this long, long journey across the city I’m with you, though you don’t know me. You’re talking on your phone. About your mother, your date last night, what you want for dinner. Or maybe you’re talking about your next court date, your drug problem, your divorce. Your recent sexual enlightenment, the pain in your leg (or your heart) that won’t go away. Can you hear me now, you ask, when your phone cuts out for a second. You’re not talking to me.

But I hear you. I’m listening. Here are some of the stories you’ve told me.

 

A Run in My Tights

A Run in My Tights

Stories and Vignettes of Women Finding Their Way

Step into the lives of girls on the brink of finding themselves through a flickering stream of college antics, new jobs, incendiary friendships, new men, parties and music, familial memories and financial obligations—all the things that make us desperate and anxious and homesick for a life we’ve barely built yet. We know where we are. We know where we want to be.

We just don’t know if we can get there from here. But dang if we won’t find out.

Through stories and quick glimpses, read how women starting out in the world juggle the jigsaw puzzle pieces they call their daily existence and force it to make sense.

Tearing Down the Playhouse

Meet the Parkers, a family of four living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.:

Michael, a Vietnam vet and artist haunted by the choices he's made;

Jean, a woman at the crossroads of feminism and traditional family values;

Nate, a comic-book-loving boy who just wants to be cool;

and Jen, a Generation-X girl trying to grow up gracefully.

This collection of interlinked stories of love, loss and coming of age are told in their voices, from Cold War America to current day. 

The Let Downs

The Let Downs is a series about terrible human beings who do terrible things. It is a series of counter-culture-esque short stories, flash fictions, and poems not meant for the faint of heart. If you like reading about sex, drugs, and alcohol, this is the series for you. From parents to truck drivers to teenage kids, this is a series about all of the horrors in the world, about the abhorred people who are worse than any fiction story can portray, but more importantly, these are stories about us. We are the Let Downs. 

2015 Short Story Contest Finalists

This is a monthly series featuring the 12 finalists of our 2015 Channillo Short Story Contest. The stories will be released in random order as follows.

"Green Means Stop" by Opher Goodwin    

"Under the Cover of Dreams" by Lynn Forest

"Beverage Therapy" by Eliza Leone

"The Scar" by Tom Farr

"The Slush Pile" by Ryan Lackey

"Gas Station Flowers" by C.E. Stokes (3rd Place)

"Monster Mash" by Julia Patt (1st Place)

"New Age Digital Hero" by Joe Prosit (2nd Place)

"Hair Dying" by Melissa Algood

"Visitation" by Devan Burton

"The Cricket Breeder" by Justin Overton

"The Children of Muspell" by Katie Drake

**Subscribing to this series will not count toward your subscription limit. This is a bonus series created by Channillo.com

Waite Community Announcements (from a Neighboring Dimension)

"...the lab equipment is missing. A heavy, cloying smell chokes us as we enter the room."

It's 1922 and the school year has just begun at Waite College, a women's institute just outside of Arkham, and peculiar events are happening all over campus. The sister school to the infamous Miskatonic University, Waite is no stranger to unusual stories about men going mad or missing. But for the first time evil appears to have crept into their dormitories and offices, to the horror of faculty and students alike.

Consisting of found documents including journal entries, incident reports, evaluations, official memos, and graffitied messages, Waite Community Announcements will trace the events leading up to the school's mass disappearances in 1923--which to this day historians do not quite understand.

 20% of the proceeds from subscriptions will be donated to Sweet Briar College, recently saved from closure in June 2015.

Miss Exclusive

     Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame, right?  Well, almost everyone. 

     They call me "Miss Exclusive."  People just seem to want to tell me their stories, and I print them in my newspaper column of the same name.  I've talked to some really interesting and amazing people, and you never know who's going to come out of the woodwork to tell me their story...or when the story will tell itself.

Short Fiction by Dragon Authors

Two of our short stories are now right here, in their entirety. Pop in, read them at your leisure, and then feel free to pop back out while we're away working on our full-length fiction, coming soon! (So that subscription is free again to try something else. Consider it our gift to you!)

For our most current news and publications, visit our website at http://dragonauthors.com, or look up "Dragon Authors" on your favorite social media!

Enjoy!

- Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown, Dragon Authors
- August 22, 2015

Channillo Stories:

ON HOLY GROUND - Knowing the secret behind the magic changes everything...

MOOCHI'S LEGACY - Originally published in the Hugo-nominated Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

The Art of Ascendance

Meditative collections of experience.

Heartbreak, healing, A new feeling.

It can be impeccably difficult to break the mold. This collection is my knowledge of perserverance through adversity using the means of creativity.

I love you.

You should love yourself too. 

Tortum: A Modernization of Old World Fables

Tales of the old world brought back to life. Tortum gathers a series of short stories that explore fables and legends from around the world. From Czechoslovakia to Japan, Norway to Nepal, rediscover the mysteries of fables from every corner of the world as they are brought back to modern society with dark and horrifying new twists.

An Opera In Space

The year is 2157, and the crew of ASC Fermata has, like so many others following the destruction of Earth, taken to the stars in search of work. Follow this ragtag crew of singers and musicians (and a kitsune) on their quest to stage their original opera, The Y2K Chronicles, while repeatedly finding themselves in baffling, humorous situations among colorful worlds.

This series updates on Fridays. Be sure to drop by the Discussion page and share your thoughts and ideas!

A Curio of Macabre Prose

Come in.

Have a bite.

Just a little taste.

Within the Curio of Macabre Prose you will find a collection of short stories that will horrify, terrify, and mystify. Creatures, ghouls, witches, and the wickedness of the human condition.

The fear is awaiting your consumption...

 

*disclaimer*

It's horror. It's creepy, scary, and violent. There is strong language and sexual innuendo. 

You've been warned. 

The Gulmohur Tales

East meets west in these tales of honor, intrigue and humor as the lives of everyday characters intersect only to become inextricably intertwined. The result is a tapestry celebrating one humanity.

1. Hooghly's Child
A young member of a growing Indian resistance finds himself and his toddler stalked by assassins in 1876 Calcutta as a Swedish couple seeks distraction from a sorrow that unites them.

2. The Appointment
It is 1987 and seven-year-old Niyaz has the chance to emigrate to America. The future holds endless possibilities.

3. Bus To Triplicane
John Perry and his local guide, Asif, take a bus ride in the Madras metropolis of South India. John runs into a spot of trouble.

4. A Mall Encounter
Vinod Belchada sees the killer of his parents in a shopping mall, or so he imagines.

5. Lunch On Lower Wacker
Little Zeenat makes a trip to the mosque downtown to join her Girl Scout troop in packing lunches for the homeless. She has a heart-warming experience as she gives away the last of the lunches.

6. The Wager
Young India is finding its voice in this little story set in 1904. William Mortimer makes a wager with his wife, but the Indian boys he engages to win his bet have a wager of their own.

7. A Change Of Heart
A suicide bomber in a Chicago cafe has a change of heart, but his plan is set in motion and his body is trained to execute. 

8. Living
Age and mental illness have taken their toll on a veteran, but he still recognizes love and service when he sees it.

9. The Sound Of Bangles
Matthew Lambton is robbed of his merchandise and left wounded on a dirt road in 1763 Agra, India. A sweet village girl takes him to her home where Lambton matches wits with the girl's grandmother and finds himself at a loss for words.

10. For Here Or To Go
A young and bright programmer experiences the stresses of American acculturation on his first day in the States.

Tales From Midhgardhur

Tales from Midhgardhur is a series that expands the stories of the world of Midhgardhur, setting of the novel The Saga of Asa Oathkeeper: A Midhgardhur Fantasy. The setting is a Norse fantasy world, and its stories are retellings of Norse mythology, or stories that put a fantasy spin on Norse history and legend and folktale, or completely original stories that share that setting. If you like fantasy, Vikings, shieldmaidens, Norse mythology, and the like, you'll love Tales of Midhgardhur!

Flying Bobs and Other Stories of Shadow and of Substance

Flying Bobs is a collection of twelve short stories written in the tradition of The Twilight Zone.  The stories explore the human condition with all its triumphs and tatters.

2016 Short Story Contest Finalists

This is a monthly series featuring the 12 finalists of our 2016 Channillo Short Story Contest. The stories will be released in random order as follows.

"The Waitress" by Allison Walters Luther

"Beyond the Grave" by Katharina Klamt 

"Love Over Coffee" by Marie Scampini

"The Sin Eater" by Holly Tellander (1st Place)

"One-Eyed Undertaker" by Carrie Connel-Gripp (Tie for 3rd Place)

"A Sleepwalker's Nightmare" by Nicole Gantz

"Let's Go" by Malissa Greenwood

"The Oppenheimer Curse" by Chris Waltz

"Dead Bespoke" by Philip Ridgers

"Dr. Google" by Brooke Reynolds (2nd Place)

"The Painted Castle" by Karen Murdarasi (Tie for 3rd Place)

"A Note For When She Wakes Up" by David Just

**Subscribing to this series will not count toward your subscription limit. This is a bonus series created by Channillo.com

Wilderhark Talettes

Spreading vast and ever watchful since before “once upon a time…”, the forest of Wilderhark has seen its share of magic, adventure, and truest love. Now, in these stories inspired by the reader-acclaimed Wilderhark Tales novellas, journey beyond the forest for tales never before told. Some faces and places may prove familiar. Others may be all-new.

The world of Wilderhark awaits. Go forth and be enchanted.

Crossing the Streams

Non-human romance. Tarot-powered difference engines. The bureaucracy of the gate to Hell. These and more appear in this anthology of strange stories by Jeremy Zimmerman. This anthology collects five genre-bending tales from fantasy to steampunk to cyberpunk.

“I won’t spoil the ending, but I will offer that the imagery in this tale is so wonderful that the settings sometimes transported me away from the main character’s conflict. The scenes in this story, like Impressionist art, consist of ordinary subjects displayed in mesmerizingly vacillating light. Whereas I usually care most about plot and about character development, these descriptions were so robust that I would gladly read additional pages of Zimmerman’s work just to reimmerse myself in his language.”
– KJ Hannah Greenberg, Tangent, regarding “A Crazy Kind of Love”

“Unchained Melody is a sharp, beautiful blow to the heart. Zimmerman wrote a heroine who is recognizable; a woman who is defining herself, on her terms.”
– Lillian Cohen-Moore, author of The Imperial Companion, and Hatavat Chalom

Fragment

Different people, different situations, different lives. Fragment is a series of compelling flash fiction written by English writer Emilie Lauren Jones.

Whispers in the Spanish Moss

Strange tales abound in the steamy south when the full moon casts lacy shadows through the spanish moss and the owl calls from deep in the swamp. Sit back and enjoy six chilling tales of phantoms and some decidedly more earthly creatures guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

Left Socks Fabells N' Tells

I am Left Sock, I hail from ancient Greece, and for years my cousin, Aesop, has overshadowed me. Since we were mere babes, we wrote stories together, and while my Mother has told him how life changing and fantastical his were, she'd look at mine and say "who are you again?" Oh Mother, she was always a funny one. 

Today, I share my stories, and hope to enlighten others with my tale and lessons. Please tell me you like them, I worked hard on these.

Join Left Sock in his tales, and learn a thing or two.

"Can't lie, I didn't expect any of what happened in the stories to...happen?" - the Athens Review

"Some of these lessons were either really obvious or just depressing" - Thebes Columns 

"Please leave me alone I don't know how to read" - my neighbor

Encounters

We all have secrets, but some of them are darker than others. Some of them have teeth.

There are hundreds carrying those secrets around us every day: a vampiric race living in the shadows, biding their time until the moment comes to make themselves known to the world. This race, the Silver, are as varied in their pleasures and vices as humanity. Through the millennia they colour our lives with fantasy, with romance, with wonder and with horror. 

So how well do you really know the people with whom you surround yourself? Your friends, your colleagues, acquaintances and lovers? And if you can't even be sure of them, then how can you ever trust a stranger to be what he appears?

Encounters is a series of short-story prequels to Josie Jaffrey's post-apocalyptic paranormal romance novels: the Solis Invicti quadrilogy (available on Amazon). 

The Backstories: Undercover Romance Series

Nathan Reed is one of the main characters in the Undercover Romance Series, but not much is know about his past until now. This short story follows his life from the time his parents meet. Find out why they divorce and his mother ends up married to her new boss, Elliott Carlisle. Discover the earth shattering event that drives him toward the dangerous career path of becoming a Navy Seal, and eventually an FBI agent. Hear Nathan's thoughts when he first encounters his new partner, Kate Collins, the woman who will ultimately end up changing his life.

Leo Kensington met Kate for the first time when she was eleven years old at his graduation party. He doesn't encounter her again until she's twenty-seven and in desperate need of revenge.  He's thoughtful and romantic.  Can he capture her heart and repair the damage Nathan has inflicted?

Howard Kensington and Julia Hollingsworth were practically forced into a relationship when they turned sixteen.  Their fathers made a pact when they were born, only a few months apart, to guide them toward marrying each other when they were older. Howard doesn't balk on what is expected of him, but Julia is another story.  He may not have been able to hold onto her attention, but twenty-eight years later, her daughter, Kate, keeps looking his way. 

WARNING: These short stories contain Adult Language and Sexual Content.

The Flexibilizer

A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind of the main character. - Bart Besamusca (linguist)

 

Found Among Places

I'm currently traveling, but I'm traveling slowly. I spend about a month in each place I visit because it gives me the time to get a feeling for what its like to live there and not just to see the sights as a tourist. So while I'm in town, I learn as much as I can about where I am, I walk alot, and I meet people. I build habits. I form a picture in my mind of the place I am staying, and then I write a short piece of fiction set in that place. The topics of the stories vary, and the perspective changes every month. The idea isn't to tell my story; after all, as a visitor, I'm only passing through. The idea is to tell the story of a place as I've learned to see it, which is but one of many ways to see. By writing these stories, I intend to explore things both familiar and strange, secret and well known. I intend to look into what we can find among places, and I hope by reading you can too.

The Blackbird Chronicles: Volume One

Are you a fan of otherworldly stories that make you examine ordinary things and situations in a new, strange light? If so, The Blackbird Chronicles: Volume One​ is for you. Ten distinct tales to make you think and chill your bones.

Enjoy!

The Outer Rim Detective Agency

The edge of the known universe: called the Outer Rim by those who live there it is a lawless, ever expanding place ruled by the soulless FS corporation. A cold, brutal frontier where life comes cheap, the women cheaper. Androids and aliens live, work, and love side by side amid the corruption. When ancient religious artifacts go missing, planetary governor's are assassinated or a ship is hijacked there's only one option left: The Outer Rim Detective Agency. Willing to take on any job if the price is right.

Super

What if your best intentions cost the lives of innocents? Follow Fletcher, a Muay Thai fighter, as he becomes a crime fighting vigilante in order to keep his brother safe in a dangerous city. And share the burden of this young man as his actions turn him from a do-gooder to a criminal and murderer.

Reflections of EL: In Search of Self

As the good natured Dyllon grows towards adolescence, he is drawn to an aged clothing trunk and otherworldly forces are released that forever change his quiet existence. Learning to cope with these disturbing emotions is in conflict with his yearning to find a stable relationship and when Dyllon meets an assertive girl named Regan and then the friendly and carefree Kelly, the haunting forces put him to the test. He soon learns that even nice people have a dark side.

Join Dyllon in his quest to understand life, love and the demons that persistently haunt him in this not-so-fictionalized autobiography of the first twenty-three years of the author’s life.

(The Dream Dilemma - Reflections of EL - Book 2 is available in the Paranormal section). 

TUNNEL VISION

Tunnel Vision is a series of short stories & poetry designed to bring you into the life of a woman named Gloria, as she experiences motherhood. In the first story you are brought into a crisis Gloria is experiencing with her adolescent daughter, Mariel.

However, as the series moves on you will see her experience the birth of her daughter and the context within which she views herself in her own family as a crisis of awareness surfaces while she assists a gentleman who is having a heart attack in a subway in NYC  on Mother's Day.

Her child in crisis, reminds Gloria of her daughter's birth as both events serve to challenge and enhance Gloria's desire for continual psychic (of-the-mind) integration. Becoming conscious of the ways in which parenting remains a catalyst for her own devlopment Gloria challenges former assumptions of normalcy which in turn elevates a sense of social responsibility through an increasing sensitivity to those around her and herSelf in relation to them.

In the last segment, you will discover Gloria's appreciation of her own daughter's growth as the series ends with a poem she had written for Mariel on her nineteenth birthday. 

There are several themes throughout Tunnel Vision:

1. Exposure to integration may not ensure psychic-

    integration.

2. A parents view of the world we inhabit is often  

     shaped by the ways in which soociety views our

     children.

3. Our styles of parenting may expand and con-

     tract according to trends which may or may

     not serve us or our children.

3. Parental love requires discernment.

4. Some abilities we are born with some must

     develop over time.

Food for Thought:

5.  What skills do you consider necessary as a

      parent?

6. How has racism and parenting shaped you and

    your view of the world you inhabit?

 

 

 

Female Anonymous

Humorous short stories depicting female characters.

Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others

This series contains an amusing collection of ghost stories by the American author and satirist John Kendrick Bangs.

**Subscribing to this series will not count toward your subscription limit. This is a bonus series created by Channillo.com and uses content that is in the public domain.

Disfigured Liberty-Six Short Stories

Absolution

Karl made a mistake, a mistake that he will take to his grave. After experiencing profound loss, a loss that his wife cannot bear, he is compelled to carry on, unable to follow his family, unable to let go of the pain, unable to break his promise or to ease his grief.

Cured

In the confines of a psychiatric institution, Rhys attempts to deal with the abuse he has suffered. The hospital is not above shelling out its own abuse however and Rhys finds that after all the medication, after all the counseling, there is a much faster and more appealing way to appease his demons.

Savior

After being involved in a terrorist attack, an attack so full of gore and grief that will it change all those who witnessed it, a father and son, haunted by shame and regret, attempt to get passed the experience in entirely different ways.

Elegy

Martin's life of self promotion, his hunger for fame, and ultimately a drunken night of debauchery, force his wife into the arms of another man. Martin joins Charlotte, his psychotic sister-in-law to prevent this love affair from taking place and to win his wife back.

The Child Catcher

Paul, a schoolboy, is tormented by the wild man next door who drinks and curses at the moon, who watches him, who follows him. Morbidly afraid, Paul refuses a gift that he will regret forever. 

Disfigured Liberty

Kate longs to recapture the fumbling excitement of her youth. After finishing her marriage by e-mail she stumbles across a rock star whose legend and hedonistic lifestyle leads her to discover the truth about his death, the message he was trying to communicate--all roads lead to Hornsey Lane bridge.


 

The Average Family History

The Average Family History is a series of short stories and flash fiction based on those gritty moments of conflict and dark humor in every family's past, especially the shady ones. These shorts will pull at your heart and remind you of the truth that shines through in literature. 

Riding in the Car With Children and Other Travesties of Adulting.

As a father of four children ranging in ages from 12 years to 21 months, Christopher Stanley is....tired. Riding in the Car with Children and Other Travesties of Adulting is a collection of short stories detailing the awful, stressful - and humorous - trials and tribulations in which parents and caregivers find themselves at the end of each day as they tenuously cling to their last bits of sanity. 

Exasperating as these situations can be, these stories also convey a tender overarching message to enjoy these days while we can, as they will surely be gone in the blink of an eye. Sit back and enjoy one family's chaotic tale of life, love and despair. Welcome to adulting. 

Fortier: Blood & Moon

Fortier is the story of Alfred Zeidan, a vicious, deadly and renowned vampire that secluded himself away from everyone for hundreds of years, until a message reaches him from his father calling for his return. 

Part of him knew that this was about the Bertrams, another family of vampires that are fierce rivals and sworn enemies of the Zeidans, in fact the sole reason why he shunned the world he grew up with was because of the fighting and long standing feud between the two families.

But alas, he returns... for better or worst.

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



What if you could be a different person every day? A sister with a ghost for a brother, the last human left on Earth, or a fugitive on the run from boarding school. Everyday Adventures is a collection of micro fiction and short stories that explore multiple genres and the art of story telling. 

 View Series


In the outside world, writers starve to have their words consumed and considered. On the inside, every 'letter' is sacred and sav(i)ored.

In a nutshell, it's correspondence between a guy and woman in prison... and another guy with the same name... and occasional other characters (you know how destiny and randomness go.)

---

Pseudo-accolades for...View Series



A Touch of Noir is a collection of short stories written in "noir" style, featuring immoral, desperate, and sinister characters set in the foggy, shadowy and hilly landscape of post-WWII San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Manhattan, and Chicago.  The stories are primarily told in first person, using language typical of 1940s-1960s.

**Update: A...View Series



Ask anyone in Eagle Valley, Virginia, and they’ll be happy to tell you the history of their little town. After all, it’s a fascinating story. Way back in the 1700s, some of the town’s bravest young men marched off to fight in the Revolutionary War. Later, Eagle Valley’s mill brought the American Dream right to their doorsteps. During the Civil War, families were split between staying...View Series


Can You Hear Me Now?

They call it The Rocket, this streetcar, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a slow boat, a barge on its way down the Limpopo, steamy in summer; in winter, gritty underfoot and rank with the smell of wet wool. On rainy days the windows blur and water from boots and umbrellas pools on the dirty floor.

On this long, long...View Series



A Run in My Tights

Stories and Vignettes of Women Finding Their Way

Step into the lives of girls on the brink of finding themselves through a flickering stream of college antics, new jobs, incendiary friendships, new men, parties and music, familial memories and financial obligations—all the things that make us desperate and anxious and...View Series



Meet the Parkers, a family of four living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.:

Michael, a Vietnam vet and artist haunted by the choices he's made;

Jean, a woman at the crossroads of feminism and traditional family values;

Nate, a comic-book-loving boy who just wants to be cool;

and Jen, a Generation-X girl trying to grow up gracefully.

This...View Series



The Let Downs is a series about terrible human beings who do terrible things. It is a series of counter-culture-esque short stories, flash fictions, and poems not meant for the faint of heart. If you like reading about sex, drugs, and alcohol, this is the series for you. From parents to truck drivers to teenage kids, this is a series about all of the horrors in the world, about the abhorred people who are...View Series


This is a monthly series featuring the 12 finalists of our 2015 Channillo Short Story Contest. The stories will be released in random order as follows.

"Green Means Stop" by Opher Goodwin    

"Under the Cover of Dreams" by Lynn Forest

"Beverage Therapy" by Eliza Leone

"The Scar" by Tom Farr

"The Slush...View Series



"...the lab equipment is missing. A heavy, cloying smell chokes us as we enter the room."

It's 1922 and the school year has just begun at Waite College, a women's institute just outside of Arkham, and peculiar events are happening all over campus. The sister school to the infamous Miskatonic University, Waite is no stranger to unusual stories...View Series



     Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame, right?  Well, almost everyone. 

     They call me "Miss Exclusive."  People just seem to want to tell me their stories, and I print them in my newspaper column of the same name.  I've talked to some really interesting and amazing people, and you never know who's going to...View Series



Two of our short stories are now right here, in their entirety. Pop in, read them at your leisure, and then feel free to pop back out while we're away working on our full-length fiction, coming soon! (So that subscription is free again to try something else. Consider it our gift to you!)

For our most current news and publications, visit our website at http://dragonauthors.com,...View Series



Meditative collections of experience.

Heartbreak, healing, A new feeling.

It can be impeccably difficult to break the mold. This collection is my knowledge of perserverance through adversity using the means of creativity.

I love you.

You should love yourself too. 

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Tales of the old world brought back to life. Tortum gathers a series of short stories that explore fables and legends from around the world. From Czechoslovakia to Japan, Norway to Nepal, rediscover the mysteries of fables from every corner of the world as they are brought back to modern society with dark and horrifying new twists.

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The year is 2157, and the crew of ASC Fermata has, like so many others following the destruction of Earth, taken to the stars in search of work. Follow this ragtag crew of singers and musicians (and a kitsune) on their quest to stage their original opera, The Y2K Chronicles, while repeatedly finding themselves in baffling, humorous situations among colorful worlds.

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Come in.

Have a bite.

Just a little taste.

Within the Curio of Macabre Prose you will find a collection of short stories that will horrify, terrify, and mystify. Creatures, ghouls, witches, and the wickedness of the human condition.

The fear is awaiting your consumption...

 

*disclaimer*

It's horror. It's creepy, scary,...View Series



East meets west in these tales of honor, intrigue and humor as the lives of everyday characters intersect only to become inextricably intertwined. The result is a tapestry celebrating one humanity.

1. Hooghly's Child
A young member of a growing Indian resistance finds himself and his toddler stalked by assassins in 1876 Calcutta as a Swedish couple seeks distraction...View Series



Tales from Midhgardhur is a series that expands the stories of the world of Midhgardhur, setting of the novel The Saga of Asa Oathkeeper: A Midhgardhur Fantasy. The setting is a Norse fantasy world, and its stories are retellings of Norse mythology, or stories that put a fantasy spin on Norse history and legend and folktale, or completely original stories that share...View Series


Flying Bobs is a collection of twelve short stories written in the tradition of The Twilight Zone.  The stories explore the human condition with all its triumphs and tatters.

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This is a monthly series featuring the 12 finalists of our 2016 Channillo Short Story Contest. The stories will be released in random order as follows.

"The Waitress" by Allison Walters Luther

"Beyond the Grave" by Katharina Klamt 

"Love Over Coffee" by Marie Scampini

"The Sin Eater" by Holly Tellander (1st Place)

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Spreading vast and ever watchful since before “once upon a time…”, the forest of Wilderhark has seen its share of magic, adventure, and truest love. Now, in these stories inspired by the reader-acclaimed Wilderhark Tales novellas, journey beyond the forest for tales never before told. Some faces and places may prove familiar. Others may be all-new.

The...View Series



Non-human romance. Tarot-powered difference engines. The bureaucracy of the gate to Hell. These and more appear in this anthology of strange stories by Jeremy Zimmerman. This anthology collects five genre-bending tales from fantasy to steampunk to cyberpunk.

“I won’t spoil the ending, but I will offer that the imagery in this tale is so wonderful that the settings sometimes transported...View Series



Different people, different situations, different lives. Fragment is a series of compelling flash fiction written by English writer Emilie Lauren Jones.

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Strange tales abound in the steamy south when the full moon casts lacy shadows through the spanish moss and the owl calls from deep in the swamp. Sit back and enjoy six chilling tales of phantoms and some decidedly more earthly creatures guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

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I am Left Sock, I hail from ancient Greece, and for years my cousin, Aesop, has overshadowed me. Since we were mere babes, we wrote stories together, and while my Mother has told him how life changing and fantastical his were, she'd look at mine and say "who are you again?" Oh Mother, she was always a funny one. 

Today, I share my stories, and hope to enlighten others with my...View Series



We all have secrets, but some of them are darker than others. Some of them have teeth.

There are hundreds carrying those secrets around us every day: a vampiric race living in the shadows, biding their time until the moment comes to make themselves known to the world. This race, the Silver, are as varied in their pleasures and vices as humanity. Through the millennia they colour...View Series



Nathan Reed is one of the main characters in the Undercover Romance Series, but not much is know about his past until now. This short story follows his life from the time his parents meet. Find out why they divorce and his mother ends up married to her new boss, Elliott Carlisle. Discover the earth shattering event that drives him toward the dangerous career path of becoming...View Series


A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind...View Series


I'm currently traveling, but I'm traveling slowly. I spend about a month in each place I visit because it gives me the time to get a feeling for what its like to live there and not just to see the sights as a tourist. So while I'm in town, I learn as much as I can about where I am, I walk alot, and I meet people. I build habits. I form a picture in my mind of the place I am staying,...View Series


Are you a fan of otherworldly stories that make you examine ordinary things and situations in a new, strange light? If so, The Blackbird Chronicles: Volume One​ is for you. Ten distinct tales to make you think and chill your bones.

Enjoy!

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The edge of the known universe: called the Outer Rim by those who live there it is a lawless, ever expanding place ruled by the soulless FS corporation. A cold, brutal frontier where life comes cheap, the women cheaper. Androids and aliens live, work, and love side by side amid the corruption. When ancient religious artifacts go missing, planetary governor's are assassinated or a ship is hijacked there's...View Series


What if your best intentions cost the lives of innocents? Follow Fletcher, a Muay Thai fighter, as he becomes a crime fighting vigilante in order to keep his brother safe in a dangerous city. And share the burden of this young man as his actions turn him from a do-gooder to a criminal and murderer.

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As the good natured Dyllon grows towards adolescence, he is drawn to an aged clothing trunk and otherworldly forces are released that forever change his quiet existence. Learning to cope with these disturbing emotions is in conflict with his yearning to find a stable relationship and when Dyllon meets an assertive girl named Regan and then the friendly and carefree Kelly, the haunting forces...View Series


Tunnel Vision is a series of short stories & poetry designed to bring you into the life of a woman named Gloria, as she experiences motherhood. In the first story you are brought into a crisis Gloria is experiencing with her adolescent daughter, Mariel.

However, as the series moves on you will see her experience the birth of her daughter and the context within...View Series



Humorous short stories depicting female characters.

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This series contains an amusing collection of ghost stories by the American author and satirist John Kendrick Bangs.

**Subscribing to this series will not count toward your subscription limit. This is a bonus series created by Channillo.com and uses content that is in the public domain.

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Absolution

Karl made a mistake, a mistake that he will take to his grave. After experiencing profound loss, a loss that his wife cannot bear, he is compelled to carry on, unable to follow his family, unable to let go of the pain, unable to break his promise or to ease his grief.

Cured

In the confines of a psychiatric...View Series



The Average Family History is a series of short stories and flash fiction based on those gritty moments of conflict and dark humor in every family's past, especially the shady ones. These shorts will pull at your heart and remind you of the truth that shines through in literature. 

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As a father of four children ranging in ages from 12 years to 21 months, Christopher Stanley is....tired. Riding in the Car with Children and Other Travesties of Adulting is a collection of short stories detailing the awful, stressful - and humorous - trials and tribulations in which parents and caregivers find themselves at the end of each day as they tenuously cling to their last...View Series


Fortier is the story of Alfred Zeidan, a vicious, deadly and renowned vampire that secluded himself away from everyone for hundreds of years, until a message reaches him from his father calling for his return. 

Part of him knew that this was about the Bertrams, another family of vampires that are fierce rivals and sworn enemies of the Zeidans, in fact the sole reason why he...View Series

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