Short Stories

I post flash-fiction pieces most Fridays.  Many are from writing prompts, often from the profane but wonderful blog of Chuck Wendig.  Not all these stories are suitable for children, and most are not, in fact, meant for children (even when suitable).  If a story is not at least PG-13, I have posted a warning at the top of the page.

All stories published on the blog, like all blog contents, are protected under copyright and are the property of Rebecca M. Douglass.  If you enjoy them, please consider purchasing my books.

Note: I haven't cataloged my #FictionIn50 stories here. I publish the 50-word shorts in the last week of each month, if anyone is interested :). Please also feel free to join in--#Fi50 is a blog hop!

12/04/2020: Many of these stories have been removed from the blog, and will show up as broken links. Those stories are or soon will be available in themed collections at all ebook retailers.

General Fiction:
Scarecrow and Scorpion
Vincent, the Outhouse Mouse
Being in Urgent Need of a Plot
Death by Corn
Tomb of the Strange Feast
My Horse-Drawn Shame
Death By Ice Cream sneak preview
The Cat Did It
The Bartender and the Pirate
    Leviathan in the Fog
Twisted Love
Under the Oak
Pete the Peak-bagging Pika
What's for Dinner? 
Cackling Murders 
Singing the Highway Blues
and Dahlia's Doorstep 
Half a Clue (a collaborative mystery)
Crow Egg
The Horror of Spam, the Spam of Horror
Vintage Explorer (okay, not realistic fiction, but not fantasy either, quite. Unless it is).
Adventure at Sea 
The Third Birch
Thug's Passion
The Grey Trail
Occupational Hazards
The Bench
Red Sands
Dead in the Water
The Forgotten Flowers
How the Rain Gets In 
Weather Permitting 
The Dancer and the Shattered Shell
Here Be Dragons
The Intelligence of Pegasus
For Want of a Map
The Case of the Missing Corpse
Death Among the Dahlias
When Pigs Fly
Witching Weather
When Worlds End
The Last Buffalo
Long Way Home
The Body in the Brambles 
Sweeping Up the Ashes 
No Exit?
The 13th Keeper
Under the Dome
28 Days
A Gilded Cage
Winter Heart

Pismawallops PTA short stories:
Haunted House
Senior Sneak
The Baffling Case of the Missing Socks
Knock, Knock
In the Line of Duty 
A Pismawallops PTA Christmas, Part I and Part II 
Deja Voo and Voodoo

New Life

Ninja Librarian Stories:
The Librarian's Tale
The Librarian Speaks of Skunks
Christmas in Skunk Corners
The Librarian Explains
Tess's Tale
Kicked in the Dust--Crazy Jake and Wild Harry's story
Return to Skunk Corners teaser
Peggy's Story: When Big Al Came to Town
The Librarian on the Flood
Halloween in Skunk Corners
. . . And His Dog
Crazy Jake and the Boy from the Train

Science Fiction:
Trouble in Space
Feathers in Space
An Elegant Apocalypse
Lost in Space (this happens on a space ship, but it's really just a weird story)
Diary of a Space-Pup
In a Starbucks at the End of the World
The Machines of Jest
Millions of Cats
Trapped Aboard
Have You Seen the Rain?
The Disease
The Winter Sleep
Garbage Cans 
Shuttle Down
Helplessly Hoping
The Human Web
Lost Hope
The End of All Delight
The Crispins
Librarians vs. Robots
No Mercy (rather subtly SF)
Dead Comet
Long Odds

Xavier Xanthum, Space Explorer:
Xavier and the X-Ray Eyes
Further Adventures of Xavier Xanthum, Space Explorer
On a Distant Island, Far from Home
Xavier Xanthum's Xmas
Word from the Future
It's Only Human
The Power of Poetry
Split Second
X Marks the Spot 
World of Flames 
Xavier Xanthum's New Year
To Be or Not To Be
Xavier Xanthum and the Alien 
With the End in Sight 
Xavier Xanthum and the X-Galaxy Error 
It Ain't Fixed Until You Break It
The Princesses' Game

Death of Innocence
Footsteps in Time
The Quick and the Quicker
Life in Snowglobia
The Sword of Erken
The Choker
Strange Drinks at the Petestown Saloon (might be SF, might be weird.  Cowboys and aliens)
The Curious Incident at the Long Dogie Saloon (sort of connected to the above)
Too Much Fur at the Long Dogie Saloon (same world as above)
Night Ride (more of that weird-west world)
Girl on a Ledge, Part II  (part one is available from Jemima Pett)
I Am Going to Miss You
Be Careful What you Read on Halloween
A Gifted Wizard (collaborative story)
The Forgotten Library
The Cartographer's Potion
Biking in Hell
Victory Has Its Price
The Dogs of War? 
Reaper's Escaton (collaborative story)
Choice or Destiny? (nothing really magical about it, but clearly not set in reality, either)
The Elf in the Closet (holiday horror)
Wizard Librarian
All That Glitters... (another with the Wizard Librarian)
A Wizard's Not a God (and another!)
Yule at the Dragons' Library  (more from the Wizard Librarian)
Call Me Nails... (James Bond meets Alice in Wonderland)
The Gods' Own Keeper
The River Gods  (sort of barely not real)
Swords of the Desert, Part I and Part II (Fantasy/Western genre mash-up)
A Minor Navigational Error
Burglars in Paradise
The Slave of the Truth
The Power of the Butterfly 
The Dragon Library 
One Dragon at a Time and The Second Dragon  (The Dragon Emissary)
The Silent Dragon (The Dragon Emissary)
The Unwilling Words
The Missing Snow (a "Christmas" story)
Just Another Job
In the Soup
The Present Will be Infernal
I'm in Love with a Zombie
They Fight Crime: Attraction of Opposites Saves the World
Enchanted Blasted Forest 
The Devil's in the Details
Some Heroics Required
The Silent Girl
The Fourth Awakening 
The Wrong Bird
The World in the Palm of Her Hand
On the Road to Hell
Welcome to Valhalla
Just Another Job
Someone's Dragon is Double-Parked Outside 
Library Eyes
We Apologize for the Error
The Tree
In the Dark
The Center Does Not Hold
Time Was
Thieves of Soveriegnty 
A Match Made in Heaven
In the Kingdom of Dust Bunnies 
Change of Heart
The Boyfriend of Truth
Ribbons and Candles

Stories from the world of Halitor the Hero:
Halitor the Hero (original story from his senior years)
Dead Man's Revenge
The Mission
Halitor at Midwinter
Halitor at the Ice Castle
Bovrell the Bold Takes the Case

Gorg the Troll:
The Origin of Gorg 
The Revenge of Gorg (temporarily removed)
Iron Desert
In the Valley of the Baleful Stones
Gorg in Pursuit of Bale, Part I
Gorg in Pursuit of Bale, Part II
Gorg in the Castle of King Celery the Halfwit
Gorg and the Strong Drink
Gorg and the Djinn 
Gorg and the Phoenix
Gorg at Midwinter, Part I
Gorg at Midwinter, Part II
Betrayal, Assassin, Cave
Grey Magic
Return to the Valley of the Baleful Stones
Gorg and the Mages

Creative Non-Fiction:
The River's Mask
Night Hike the the Panamint Dunes
Photo Flash (what we did on the 4th of July)

A Story in Photos:

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