Category Archives: Short Stories

Midsummer | from My Novel Pagan Moon

Being the minister’s son’s prophetic dream. Midsummer. Night. Clouds roiling past a gibbous moon. The air heavy with honeysuckle and jasmine and pheromones. Vines twisting darkly up the bodies of trees. Mushrooms heaving skyward the weighty black loam. Bats, owls, … Continue reading

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Thanks but No Thanks

In response to a challenge to write a six-word short story No meds, thank you. –Sincerely, Jeanne d’Arc

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from History of the Mod Wars, Herodotus v2.6

For a time, after Googlazon started marketing its genetically modified “smart pets,” these were all the rage and quite a status symbol. And, of course, they were perfectly safe because they had been modified to be docile and cute. But … Continue reading

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He Sees You When You’re Sleeping and Other Weird, Creepy, and Wonderful Fun Facts about Santa Claus | Bob Shepherd

This is a piece I originally wrote for children. For them, I left out some of the stuff in paragraphs 5, 7, and 12, below. LOL. Sharing this again ’cause. . . . it’s almost Christmas. My little tribute to … Continue reading

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What Ever Happened to the Short Story? | Commentary

When I was a teenager, I thought that it would be a grand thing indeed–the ultimate validation–to publish a novel or to have a play or screenplay produced. Now I know better. Almost all the novels, plays, and films that … Continue reading

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The Baseless Fabric of This Vision | A Short Story | Bob Shepherd

You do look, my son, in a moved sort, As if you were dismay’d –William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act IV, scene i “We’ve done a complete workup—everything. Physically, he’s fine. No drugs in his system. And there was nothing in … Continue reading

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The Wandering Aengus, aka Óengus and Caer Ibormeith

A tale from the Ancient Irish Through many lives Óengus sought Caer Ibormeith without even knowing what he sought. He knew only that he was driven by an unquenchable yearning, a longing that neither fame nor fortune, conquest nor adventure, … Continue reading

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The Initiation, or What Dana Did on Her Summer Vacation | A Short Story

The following is a short story I wrote about the Eleusinian Mysteries–a nine-day festival and initiation into the cult of the Earth goddess, Demeter. What happened during the initiation was the best-kept secret of ancient Greece. People were forbidden, under … Continue reading

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Concept Stories versus Character Stories | Commentary

One of my favorite writers of short stories is Jorge Luis Borges, whom I had the great good fortune of being able to see read and lecture in person shortly before his death. His stories will never be as “popular” … Continue reading

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Krystal-Nacht, 1999 | A Short Story

Krystal was lucky to get this job. The shop was a relic from a time before online bookstores and e-readers, and the fact that it had little traffic meant that she could do her homework or text her friends or … Continue reading

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