David Kubicek


David Kubicek has published several short stories and a novel, hundreds of articles, a Cliffs Notes on Willa Cather’s My Antonia, and optioned a screenplay. He has edited two anthologies of short stories, and his story “Ball of Fire” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. He is a regular contributor to the Midlands Business Journal and the Lincoln Business Journal. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in middle school I wrote a series of humorous stories about Baron Von Hindenburg, who lived in a big old house in Transylvania. He was a nervous fellow and probably shouldn't have been living in a region with such a reputation for its macabre happenings. Each story dealt with the Baron being confronted by a new problem with a werewolf, vampire, or dead body, etc., and his unique solution to that challenge. It's a wonder the poor guy didn't have a heart attack from all the creepy goings on.
What is your writing process?
I'm a "pantser." I do a little planning so I know where the story is going, then I just write and revise and cut and polish. I try to follow Elmore Leonard's basic rule of writing: "I try to leave out the parts that people skip." Oh, and I must have coffee.
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Bedtime Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Three fairy tales. In “The Hawk’s Head Tree”, a cobbler sets off on a quest to find prosperity and happiness. In “A Bear Needs a Territory” , a small black bear finds a unique solution to his problem with bullies. And in “The Green Yarn” , a little girl confronts her fear of the unknown.
Silent Night and Other Holiday Lore
Price: Free! Words: 4,730. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » World
Short articles about holiday history by David Kubicek, collected from the author’s blog and other online publications over a 10-year period. Included in this collection are stories about the origins of popular Christmas Songs, Banshees and Leprechauns in Irish folklore, the mother of the American Valentine's Day card, and how candles have been used in rituals around the world throughout the ages.
Ball of Fire and 5 Other Contemporary Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,050. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Six contemporary stories by David Kubicek, including, a tale of betrayal in a small rural town in the Pushcart Prize-nominated “Ball of Fire”, a swimming lesson gone wrong in “Be a Man", and two lonely people reaching out to each other over “Two Coffees.”
Prospect Street and 4 Other Science Fiction Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,560. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Five stories of speculative fiction by David Kubicek, including a dystopian future world where practicing medicine is illegal in “A Friend of the Family”, a man left alone in a small town as his neighbors flee an impending nuclear attack in “Prospect Street”, and a young couple’s escape to the past to have their baby has a surprising twist in “The Letter.”
Elevator and 3 Other Stories of Suspense and Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,530. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
This short collection contains four stories ranging from creepy to terrifying. Included are “Elevator”, “What’s Wrong With Being a Nurse”, “The Moaning Rocks”, and “Clinical Evaluation”.
In Human Form
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,490. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Wendy longs to fit in. An android built for companionship by a marooned alien, she had lived for three years in this quiet Nebraska community until a brutal attack leaves her creator dead and destroys her memory. But Wendy’s struggle for acceptance soon turns deadly when ruthless millionaire UFO hunter Earl Vaughn learns her secret and seeks to cash in on “The Discovery of the Millennium.”
The Moaning Rocks and Other Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,730. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
David Kubicek’s omnibus collection containing all the stories in his mini-collections Prospect Street (science fiction), Elevator (suspense and horror) and Ball of Fire (contemporary stories). Ranging from commonplace to bizarre and from deadly serious to whimsical, these stories showcase a wide range of David Kubicek's storytelling. Includes author's commentary on the inspiration for each story.

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Smashwords book reviews by David Kubicek

  • Red on Aug. 28, 2011

    A page-turner. Red has everything a good story should have: twists and turns and surprises, characters we can identify with and cheer for, and a pace that makes us hunger for what is coming next. I hightly recommend it.