Toy Garden

Rated 3.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Margaret isn't very good at growing vegetables in her garden, so instead she plants her old broken toys in there. Read about sweet little Margaret and her Toy Garden, and discover what surprises await in it. It may shock you.

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About Wayne L Murphy

Wayne L Murphy was born in Mt. Kisco, NY. He grew up in Dutchess County and now lives in Catskill, NY. Wayne has written two novels, a novella, and countless short stories, poems, and articles. Wayne played soccer for 28 years, and has coached several boys and girls' teams. He is also a fan of NY sports teams. Wayne earned his Associate's Degree from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Wayne has owned his own business twice in the past. In his spare time he likes to work around his house, play video games, ride his motorcycle, and travel. He also enjoys movies and live music. One of his favorite places to visit is the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Some of his favorite authors include Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, John Grisham, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Dr. Seuss. Wayne enjoys a simple, peaceful, and positive life. He has one brother, one sister, and two wonderful nieces.
“I have been writing since about age 13, it has always been a personal pleasure of mine. Trying to get my first book published has been a big step for me. I have always enjoyed writing, whether it is a poem, a song, or a short story. I am eager to share my work and I hope that people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.”

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James Jenkins reviewed on on Jan. 26, 2014
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Darker and more vivid than I expected.
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Tanya Freeth reviewed on on Sep. 11, 2013

This little story kept me thinking about it , how?
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Fran Veal reviewed on on Aug. 31, 2013

I was privileged to beta read Toy Garden, the story of little Margaret who plants toys in her garden because the vegetables she plants always die. Wayne Murphy paints a picture of a seemingly innocent little girl with an imaginative garden. Notice, I say "seemingly" because Margaret has a dark side.

What's really planted in her garden? You'll have to read to find out!
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Sheila Deeth reviewed on on Aug. 30, 2013

Margaret’s a strange little child, planting toys instead of flowers because the flowers always die. The toys seem to have had a pretty hard life as well. And the centerpiece is a bruised and broken thing, but you’ll have to read it to find out why.
Author Wayne Murphy creates an absorbing dark atmosphere around his small protagonist, and the reader waits to learn the garden’s secret with mounting trepidation. Scary, haunting, twisted… if this is the start of a series I want to read more.

Disclosure: It was free so I bought it. It was short so I turned the page. It pulled me in, so I carried on reading to the end.
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Michael Carter reviewed on on Aug. 29, 2013

Good flash-fiction with an ending I only half-guessed; however I would be interested to read the forthcoming stories to learn more about the time and place they are set, and the main character here.

I did have an issue with some of the writing; I think it could be tightened, tidied up. At one point, nearly every sentence was 'She did this' or 'She did that'.

Interesting idea, maybe develop the style a bit.
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Jonathan Antony Strickland reviewed on on Aug. 28, 2013

Top notch flash fiction horror here. Really enjoyed this little snippet of a young girl and her strange garden. Well written, with a nice (though extremly nasty) suprising ending to boot.

Good stuff and recommended to all who like there stories original and a little twisted.
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