This is one of a series of short stories that I wrote about my home town, Lawrence, Mass., a hard scrabbled milltown which was once one of the textile capitals of the world in the early 20th Century.
2,185 words. Schizophrenia bit that I'm working on for the Psychosis anthology.
The Prompt: He has died before his time. Literally--the Afterlife isn't ready for him. Detail how this is handled by the folks running the Afterlife. This death must be a ridiculous. 2,100 words
Lyle has just retired and is in an introspective mood. Since he doesn't even know what he is looking for, he goes to a bar and sits by himself—until a stranger sits down beside him.
A camera crew films a woman's last moments. About 3,100 words.
There is a revised version of this on the site. Please read that one.
Another attempt at minimalism learned from Chuck Palahniuk's essays.
A young man's life is ruined by a video camera and a hard-on. ~2k words.
Fortune tellers open the door to an unexpected world.
Michael Wais Jr
A journalism post-graduate gets more than he bargained for when he revisits old chums from the Russian mob.
Rewrite of "Muffin Man" with a new title and a new attitude. Most people liked the beginning of the story but not the second half so I changed it starting on page 7, all new material.
The experiences of a female embarking on a Blind Date. After speedwriting a first draft I worked on the piece after receiving really helpful reviews from some wonderful writers here in the workshop.
Literary short-story, 5k, no further blurb.
Two heroin addicts try to get ransom money for a prostitute.
Real estate mogul and self made millionaire Jeff Cox is a modern day Adonis. But when he finds himself at war against biology even his beloved motivational guru Daniel Lyons may not have the answers.
A young man has just moved to Holland and is struggling to meet people. When he finally does, it's not quite how he expected it to be. 3287 words.
I wrote a scene for the origional Karate Kid movie that I thought could have explained a ton. This was totally for fun and is meant to be funny. If you like this movie you'll like this.
A woman waits as a man approaches. And, with each step, the image changes.
New hire orientation takes a turn when a government agency's true purpose is revealed.
A film crew follows a woman's last hours. 1200 words.
It's proven that those who read this short story become better at sex, and they get review points for it. 2000 words.
The story is about a man who has to to perform the execution of someone who may be innocent.
A story about Myra and Sam - they're neighbours - they don't know each other but both of them are miserable and one of them is in danger. 838 words
Story finished. No further critiques necessary. Thank you all for your help.
A Vampire Story set in the Antebellum South.