Drabbles

A drabble (aka microfiction) is a complete story told in exactly 100 words. The stories here have all been previously published in various anthologies, magazines, and websites. If you are interested in publishing one of these drabbles as a reprint, please contact me.

The Last Fantasy

UPLOAD COMPLETE. Simon disconnected the cable from his patient’s skull, checked she was still unconscious, then turned to his screen. He navigated through the mind drive, bypassing memories, diving deeper, through the subconscious, past fears and shame, to his destination:…

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Showtime

Deke woke from a dream of his life before the circus. He had been roaming under the endless Montana sky. A blinding light shone from above. A watery, gurgling voice spoke. “This one.” Then, darkness. Deke’s eyes fluttered open. He…

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The Fog of War

Jameson surveyed the battle-scarred landscape. Shadows rose from the mud, moving through the fog obscuring the carnage. The sharp smell of cordite hung in the air. Jameson’s ears were numb — the only sound was the agonizing wail of an…

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Strawberry Jam

I slipped through the cellar window into the abandoned house. The owner had been an elderly doctor who performed illegal abortions in the basement. This basement. My flashlight illuminated a shelf of Mason jars, each hand-labeled as “Strawberry Jam.” Stefan…

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Third Eye

Seamus put down the meth pipe, then leaned closer to the mirror and prodded the thumb-sized lump on his forehead. He recoiled in horror. The lump was … moving. There was something inside, under the skin. Something alive. Seamus imagined…

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Scrapple

“I’ll have the scrapple,” I said. The waitress glanced at the fist-sized bruise on my arm, then at Mike. I nodded. She jotted on her pad. “Coffee.” Mike thrust the menu at the waitress. “Black.” The waitress disappeared into the…

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Malarial

The bite was painless. Nick didn’t even realize he had been bitten until the infection set in: sweating, dizziness, nausea. Then, blackness. He awoke to find himself hovering over his own lifeless body. His partner, Willoughby, ducked through the mosquito…

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The Angel

“Want some, Daddy?” Jeff’s daughter held the can out to him. It was their last. “No, baby. You finish.” The girl spooned another peach into her mouth. Dribbles of sweet juice cut clean streaks down her filthy chin. “Daddy?” “Yes?”…

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Ashes of the Grimoire

Neve poured the ashes of their mother’s grimoire into the bowl. Larissa added a shimmering crimson liquid, whispering incantations as she stirred. The ashes congealed into clay, which Larissa sculpted into a small, human-like form. A homunculus. She pressed in…

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The Girl Stepped Away From the Window

The girl stepped away from the window, backwards. Outside, the flames consuming the village retreated, the smoke and fire drawn in through thatched rooftops. Shattered glass lifted from the ground and assembled into panes that filled the empty windows. Broken…

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Penetration

As Lana pulled the last needle from the 500-count box, she replayed the previous night in her mind. She had left work early to surprise Ben at his house. She let herself in, expecting to find him on the couch…

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Curiosity Kills

On the first day, the cat brought me a mouse and laid it on my doorstep, teeth marks oozing through its dust-gray fur. On the second day, the cat brought me a red-breasted robin and left it on my kitchen…

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February 15th

Greg slid closer to Laura on the park bench. “I wish this moment could last forever, ” Greg said. “Me too,” Laura whispered. Greg reached up and turned Laura’s face towards his. She closed her eyes. Their lips met in…

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Cut It Out

“Cut it out,” Liz pleaded. The thing moved. Its jointed limbs pressed out against her belly from the inside, grotesquely distending her flesh. She screamed through gritted teeth. “I can’t –” Kevin began. “Please!” Tears streamed from her red-rimmed eyes.…

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Up on the Rooftop

There was something on the roof. The children huddled behind the couch, their tearful eyes glistening in the warm glow of the Christmas lights. The house shook with each heavy footfall thudding overhead. Plaster dust drifted from the ceiling like…

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Falling

I’ve been falling for hours. At first, I bounced off the sides of the well, colliding painfully with jagged stone as I fell. Soon, the sides disappeared. The hole widened into a void. Infinite darkness. Suffocating fear. There’s something below.…

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Everything You Know About Witches

“Everything you think you know about witches is wrong,” Selena sobbed. She struggled against the ropes binding her to the pole. Father Hugo stuffed kindling under the logs at her feet. He cocked an eyebrow skeptically. “Everything?” “Everything,” Selena insisted.…

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The Devourer

Maslowe stood absolutely still. Warm, rancid breath caressed the back of his neck. It had come for him. Abholos. The Devourer. Mist swirled around the thing, enshrouding it like unholy vestments. It was shapeless. Formless. An undulating mass devoid of…

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In the Water

“He’s there,” Yoasi whispered. “In the water.” He crept toward the riverbank. Davi suppressed a cruel smile. Fool, he thought. The hallucinations from the ebene he gave Yoasi were starting. Davi decided to play along, to scare him. “Is it…

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