Brian Hartman


Brian Hartman lives in Scotch Plains, NJ. He is the author of Dave Riggler's Stories, as well as numerous short stories, and the upcoming collection, Long-Distance Dedications.

Where to find Brian Hartman online


The Protest (A Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In a not so distant future, genetic engineering is outlawed, the country is ruled by an elected dictatorship, and trials are government-sponsored entertainment. Can one man raise his voice against the system? Should he even try? "The Protest" is a short story about government oppression, bioethics, and personal courage.
Leaving the Union
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Dave was supposed to meet Tavia at noon, but she's late. As he sets out to find her, he has no idea how far he'll have to go, who awaits him, and what kind of danger he'll put himself in, all in her name. "Leaving the Union is the story of how far one man will go for the woman he loves, and how far another will sink into madness.
The Fight (A Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Away at summer camp for handicapped kids, Dave Riggler's only thoughts are of making friends, having fun, and meeting girls. But things this year aren't going according to anyone's plan. From a brutal brawl with his nemesis Tyrone to an arduous climb up the slope of the Big Hill, many challenges await Dave and his friends. Can he win this late night brawl? Is this really the fight that matters?
And Ye Shall Be Healed (A Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Dave Riggler gets a knock on his college dorm door. Two girls are on a mission to heal him from the need of his wheelchair, with the power of prayer. By the end of the night, the true power of healing, and its source, will be revealed. "And Ye Shall Be Healed" is the first story to be released from the upcoming "Long-Distance Dedications".
Tuesday (A Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Dave Riggler is having a typical Tuesday. But as he rolls into work, everything changes. Because today is Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, and it looks like this may be the last Tuesday. Ever. "Tuesday" is a window into one man's perspective of September 11th, as told from a seated position.
Dave Riggler's Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This is a small collection of the stories I have written over the years. They are all about Dave Riggler, a handicapped boy who gradually grows into a man. There are six stories in all: Learning To Crawl First Steps Last Call Going Under Tuesday Penned
Last Call
Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
"Last Call" is the story of one night in a bar, a chance meeting, and the limits of personal responsibility.
First Steps (A Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(5.00 from 1 review)
'"First Steps" is the story of Dave Riggler's first psychotherapy session. He's a handicapped teenager, who uses a wheelchair, in therapy (he thinks) because the school he's going to wants him to walk on a walker, but he doesn't want to. "First Steps" is a story about being handicapped, identity, and self-determination, for better or worse.

Smashwords book reviews by Brian Hartman

  • Water And Other Stories on Jan. 03, 2011

    I'm not a Christian, but I really enjoyed these stories, particularly "Water". Daron Fraley knows how to draw the reader in and make him/her care about the characters. Well done, sir!
  • Hard Creek Bridge: a short story on Jan. 06, 2011

    I really enjoyed this story. It's deceptively simple, but really keeps your attention to the very end.
  • Good Landing on April 26, 2011

    Very engaging and enjoyable story. A great quick read.
  • Comfort Women & My Kale Sister Plants on June 19, 2011

    YoonOk Kim tells a very compelling and all-too true story. The tragic tale had my interest to the very end. I highly recommend this book.