A Few Short Stories, Volume 3 (Omnibus)
Read 18 flash and short stories from eight ebooks in this third omnibus volume for one low price, featuring "The Semper Fi Engagement," "The Devil's Advocates," "Let Me Be Your Spook," "A Misplaced Stick," "Seven Minutes Late," "The Lunch Box," "Feast Of The Cockroaches" and "Tagging This Side Of Hell." More
Read 18 flash and short stories from eight ebooks in this third omnibus volume for one low price.
"The Semper Fi Engagement" - After a retired U.S. Marine sergeant evicts a group of pot-smoking, beer-drinking and promiscuous teenagers from the back stairs of his apartment building, they come back for cold revenge and all hell breaks loose as his fighting spirit possess a shopping cart to hunt them down.
"The Devil’s Advocates" - John Wormwood, a veteran news reporter for The Silicon Silicon Valley Gazette, witnesses a satanic human sacrifice that opens the bronze doors of the Rodin's The Gates of Hell statue at Stanford University, and runs for his life with the biggest news story of his career—except no one believes him.
"Let Me Be Your Spook" - As their dates went for refreshments and didn't bother to return, George, the low-level C.I.A. analyst from San Francisco, and Gracie, a medieval history student at Stanford University, trade notes on why their dates conspired against church rules to see each other at a wedding reception in the manure capital of California.
"A Misplaced Stick" - After his uncle disappears into the forest with a bucket of lard, Little Billy learns from his grandfather about the birds and the bees, the different lessons of his father and uncle, and why he shouldn't put his stick into any larded knothole on the family ranch in Morgan Hill.
"Seven Minutes Late" - As the crowd stood outside the train under pouring rain, a fearful businessman pushes his way through them to exit the train.
"The Gift Horse" - The death of an old man who sold two young boys a lame horse provokes a startling revelation about their family history.
"That Meaningless Blade" - With his mother's Bible in one hand and his father's drawn pocketknife in the other, a life-or-death decision weighs in the balance.
"Sweet Time" - An impatient man watches everyone else take their sweet time at the cash register.
"Walking The Talk" - A chattering teenager on a cellphone annoys the crowd around her as they ride light rail train from downtown.
"The Lunch Box" - Little Suzy and her dog, Spot, are trap inside the detached garage on her late grandfather's ranch in Morgan Hill during a fierce thunderstorm with an unspeakable horror from inside a handcrafted lunch box that hungers for revenge against her family.
"Feast Of The Cockroaches" - An older cockroach explains to a younger cockroach how the pestilence known as humanity became extinct.
"Golem Got The Birdies" - Optimistic Benesh tries again to create a computerized golem using demonology instead of Jewish mysticism and a skeptical Jacob watches the results of this experiment fall out of the sky.
"Double Dipping" - After taking out insurance policies on the other bar owners in town and using the proceeds to shut down the competition, the assassin he hired to move things along also took out an insurance policy on him.
"Humbug Knockers" - Nick was a busy man during the twelve days of Christmas, going to bed early to get a full night sleep before standing on his feet all day. But, like the ghosts who visited miserable Ebenezer Stooge, four knockers came a-knocking to his apartment door.
"Tagging This Side Of Hell" - As Atanacio tries to deface the mural of condemned souls under the watchful eyes of the devil, his sister Malia discovers why the mural remains unblemished by taggers.
"RV Coffin" - Two boys climb up the back of a parked RV to check out the purple coffin strapped down on top and finds something that kills their curiosity.
"Recyclable Women" - Two women recycling sprinkler heads off the irrigation pipes watches the crucified scarecrow come closer to them.
"Vampires of The Freight Elevator" — A pair of Indian vampires ride the freight elevator to feast on Latino workers until one of them develops a threshold issue.
Note: These titles were previously published as short story or flash collection ebooks.