Benjamin Chambers


Benjamin Chambers is a professional writer and editor educated at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. His creative work has appeared in many publications, including The Iowa Review, ZYZZYVA, Foreign Service Journal, MANOA, and The Mississippi Review. A former fiction editor at The Chicago Review, he was editor and founder of the award-winning online literary journal, The King’s English (, which specialized in novellas. His columns on fiction from The New Yorker appeared online in Emdashes (

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The Unpleasantness on Praslin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,950. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Adventure » General
In 1882, Colonel Charles "Chinese" Gordon, governor of Mauritius and the Seychelles, investigates the island of Praslin, dominated by Luc Hérault, a mysterious, tax-dodging Frenchman rumored to have occult powers. Gordon, a religious man, finds himself a guest of Hérault, who shares a suppressed Biblical text with him. But soon Gordon is offered up as a sacrifice to a massive sea serpent …
Rhythm King
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military, Fiction » Literature » Literary
It’s 1969. Nigeria is strangling rebel Biafra, and kids are dying of famine. Nacho and Rhythm King, two mercenary pilots who’ve been flying in food from Portugal, are offered 5,000 American dollars each to fly 19 Ibos out of free Biafra in an old American Convair loaded with mysterious little boxes wrapped in lead foil. Only the boxes are not what they seem, and Rhythm King has to make a choice …
In Grief Prostrate; Clobbered by Joy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,660. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Meet Roy, a widower visiting his wife's family for a summer holiday with his young daughter. Imagine his confusion: he finds his wife's sister Miranda suddenly alluring; discovers a nefarious plot by Miranda's preppy boyfriend to evict her and her mother from their home by the ocean; and collides with pugilistic European tourists. A funny, sad, lushly-written novella that defies description.
Sights Unseen: 1993
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » National Parks, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
What dominates the Alaskan landscape? Denali, the tallest mountain in North America? Or is it the fearsome grizzly bears? Neither, says the author in this entertaining, cheeky essay about a backpacking trip he took in which both Denali and the bears proved elusive long enough for him to learn why people really travel to the wilderness: for the stories they hear, and the stories they'll tell later.
Notes Towards a Fatalist Theory of Decapitation
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,360. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » General
This quirky, brief historical fiction retells the life of Major-General Charles "Chinese" Gordon -- best-known for stubbornly ignoring orders and dying at Khartoum in 1885 in a quixotic effort to resist Muslim rebels. A charismatic religious crank and do-gooder, Gordon gained distinction leading the Ever Victorious Army against Christ's Younger Brother in China during the Taiping Rebellion.
After the Unspeakable
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
After his girlfriend was raped by a stranger, Benjamin Chambers devoted himself to helping her recover. Too late, he learned her private struggles exceeded the limits of love – and even language itself. In this compassionate essay of trauma and betrayal, he explores the toll the rape took on his girlfriend and their relationship, and the costly transcendence that came with time and resilience.
Been on the Job Too Long
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
James is paying his college tuition by dealing cocaine to frat boys. When a dealer screws him, he cons his former roommate, Larkin, into going to collect. Larkin is sweet-tempered giant, -- or so James thinks. When the dealer won't pay, he finds out Larkin is a bit more than he bargained for … [short story]
This Headhunter
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A professor of anthropology finds his peaceful life shattered the night an alien overlord shows up drunk on his lawn at three in the morning. As if that weren’t bad enough, the alien is brandishing a machete, a submachine gun, and the severed head of the dean of the business school. Then it turns out that the alien and the professor’s daughter are engaged to be married …
Things I Left Behind in Kalispell, Montana
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The narrator of this ruefully funny short story about time and loss lists all the things he shed against his will on a road trip to Kalispell, Montana. Haunted by his brother’s suicide, he copes poorly with a 1976 Honda Civic with engine trouble, his wife leaving him for a tow truck driver with an unfinished doctoral dissertation, and the dangerous idea that people die of heartbreak.
Dutch in Dutch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,190. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
In this fast-paced novella, 15-year-old Aidan is in juvenile detention when he hatches a plan to kidnap the famous mystery writer, Elmore Leonard. When he gets out, he teams up with a teen thug called 3Shot to help him do it. But he’s in way over his head and it’s up to probation officer Roseanne Berryman to find Leonard and Aidan before it’s too late.

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