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The Hardest Word by Paul Samael
Price: Free! Words: 9,750. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Does the banking crisis make you feel angry, frustrated and powerless? Perhaps it’s time you did something about that feeling. You could, for example, kidnap a banker. On second thoughts, don’t do that - try reading this short story instead.
Closing Shift by Cameron D. Garriepy
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011 by Bannerwing Books. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary(4.71 from 14 reviews)
Elli prefers working the evening shift in a coffee shop so she can plan, unnoticed, her escape from a life of quiet desperation. Will the arrival of an intense stranger draw her out?
Bleach|Blackout by David S. Grant
Price: Free! Words: 2,700. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2008. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Fans of fluffy romance novels and that all-too-familiar, over-hyped, edge-of-the-seat crap should steer clear. This is life at its most jaded. Offense Mechanisms is proud to present Bleach | Blackout by David S. Grant, two novels about drugs, sex, revenge, the corporate crunch, and the inevitable unpleasantness of life and death.
Raisinheart by Tom Lichtenberg
Price: Free! Words: 16,620. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age(3.00 from 1 review)
Three stories of a lonely youth. Jimmy Kruzel's bad luck is that his worst enemies are always his best friends, or is it the other way around, and that sometimes his darkest hours seem to come right after the dawn. In tales more bitter than sweet, Jimmy finds that you can attract more flies with honey than you can with vinegar, but really, who wants to attract flies anyway?
Linehan's Trip by Bryan Murphy
Series: Sean Linehan, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias(4.17 from 6 reviews)
The year is 2019. Sean Linehan, an international sports executive, arrives in Padania to vet the newly independent nation’s bid to join the world football community. As usual, Linehan has his own agenda: girls, art and money. He finds a ready supply, but how will he react when Padania reveals some of its dark secrets?
Fixture by Tom Lichtenberg
Price: Free! Words: 15,620. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General(3.67 from 3 reviews)
When a city commissioned a famous artist to create a masterpiece for their newly refurbished downtown, they only forgot one thing: to tell him when to stop. Now his greatest work is threatening to take over everywhere. It's a race against time and space and dimensions nobody even knew were there!
The Birthday by Ingrid Christensen
Price: Free! Words: 4,680. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Essay » Literature(4.20 from 5 reviews)
Harriet is in denial over her daughter turning sixteen. She does everything to avoid accepting the day finally arriving - including unwittingly casting a spell. Realising her mistake and in desperation she tries to fix what is no longer in her hands.
Far From Home - Part 2 by Tony Malone
Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary(5.00 from 1 review)
What do Charles Darwin, Britney Spears and the Australian Prime Minister have in common? They all get a mention in Part 2 of 'Far From Home'! If you want to find out the real reason for first contact (and the importance of a certain kind of tea) download this book now ;) Of course, it would make sense to download (and read) Part 1 first...
Uses of Agapanthus by Jonathan M Barrett
Price: Free! Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary(4.20 from 5 reviews)
When Brett pays his weekly visit to his mother at her retirement home, he’s annoyed to see a vase of agapanthus – now a weed in their new home – next to her bed. But his protests set off long suppressed memories for her. As Brett’s wife Suzie asks: is Mom confusing or confessing? If you've enjoyed this free short story, please rate it and leave a review. Thanks, Jonathan.
The Silver Lining by Janet Nitsick
Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays(4.50 from 6 reviews)
This story received 10th place in the 79th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition in the mainstream/literary short story category. It is a bitter-sweet story of an elderly woman who remembers one afternoon with her daughter. People who enjoy Hans Christian Anderson's work, such as "The Steadfast Tin Soldier and "The Little Match Girl," will love this touching story.
The Ball by Jonathan M Barrett
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Every evening, Ted finds reasons to take him away from the horror stories of the six o'clock news. Today he spots what looks like a ball in the garden. Breaking his routine, he steps outside.
Scattered Fake Sunflowers by LK Hunsaker
Price: Free! Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary(5.00 from 1 review)
Sully finds a match to his vase in a place he never would have expected: the beginning of a short story series titled Nature's Molding.
The Sleight of Heart: a modern folk tale by Benjamin Parsons
Series: The Sleight of Heart and Other Stories. Price: Free! Words: 10,850. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
A modern folk tale of love, deceit and murder... with a supernatural twist.
Where Sheep May Safely Graze by Roger Parkinson
Price: Free! Words: 17,250. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary(3.00 from 2 reviews)
The cat stared up at him as though it knew all about the entry and he was being tiresome about it. Then it proceeded to have a bath, the kind of cello-playing bath one feels obliged to look away from unless one knows the cat well. A collection of short (some very short) stories and poems, mostly about New Zealand, or cats, or sheep.
Herr Melby Makes Coffee by Gavin William Wright
Price: Free! Words: 1,690. Language: British English. Published: January 22, 2013 by Favourite Colours. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay(4.40 from 5 reviews)
In an old hut by a railway in Norway, two men face up to the reality of their love affair; both knowing what they want, but aware of the impossibility of realising it.
Why a Train? by Dan Schwartz
Price: Free! Words: 570. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary(2.00 from 1 review)
A man awake on a train, but is unaware to how or why he is there. This stream of consciousness short follows his mind to see what the evening has in store for him. FOr more visit www.banocanut.com