Short Stories

A Series by David Sheppard

High Heels, With a Touch of Prufrock
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Series: Short Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
I wrote this short story during the summer of 1992. It helped me flesh out a couple of characters in my first novel, The Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer, which I was writing at the time. I wrote it one Saturday evening, and the next afternoon, I read it to a rather large writing class. Our instructor loved it, and the class, mostly women, gave it a loud round of applause, something unheard of.
Walking That Short Distance, Childhood Enlightenment in the '50s
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Series: Short Stories, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 9,240. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
I wrote this short story (1987) for a class in creative writing at the University of Colorado. It is the most autobiographical story I've ever told. It's sort of a compilation of events from my own life with some alterations of family composition. I know it's difficult to believe, but I've known kids who were even more naive at eleven than I was. How things have changed in sixty years.
Grand Canyon Lament, A Fateful Lesson in Extraordinary Measures
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Series: Short Stories, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
I wrote this short story for a class in intermediate fiction at the University of Colorado back in 1987 after reading a short story by John Ashbery titled, "Description of a Masque." I wrote it during the spring semester and just before I attended the Aspin Writers Conference, a life-altering event for me.