David R. Stookey


For my day job, I'm an engineer at a digital printer manufacturing company in western New York. I'm also a husband, the father of two fantastic girls and a neurotic little dachshund named "Misty."

As an undergraduate, my focus was primarily mathematics and physics. I guess I ultimately needed the "nerdy stuff" for my career, but the class I enjoyed the most was an "Introduction to Writing Fiction." Not only did I learn the basics for my own writing; I got to hear a wide variety of perspectives and techniques from other students.

I still have a great deal to learn, and e-publishing seems like the perfect way to get started.

When I'm not writing, I enjoy flying, skiing and backpacking with my girls. Thanks for taking the time to visit my page, and I hope you enjoy the stories.

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A Curse Eternal - The Tragic Account of the Flying Dutchman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,190. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 1 review)
What is the full story behind the legend of the Flying Dutchman? Most know that bad luck soon follows those that see the Dutchman and his ghostly ship, but what drives him to search the seas endlessly? Follow the ill-fated captain from his beginning to the present day, when he finally finds what he has been searching for all along.
Punch and Parry
Price: Free! Words: 1,600. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
Two CIA agents work alongside a covert U.S. strike team near the Afghanistan/ Pakistan border. They are playing an intricate political game with their adversaries; pitting them against one another while remaining invisible themselves. It's a high stakes life-or-death tactic that they believe they control. Is it possible that they're just pawns in someone else’s game?
Dead Man's Shoes
Price: Free! Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(4.20 from 5 reviews)
You've just inherited a pair of shoes from a friend of the family that passed away. You like the shoes, but never really cared for the man who owned them. He had always seemed mean and aggressive to you. By wearing them, will you allow his hostile nature to possess your own?
The Helpful Neighbor
Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Ever had to deal with that friend or neighbor who insists on "helping" you with a project? No problem if he's actually competent and knowledgeable, but what if he isn't? It's an awkward predicament, ending anywhere between hurt feelings and extensive property damage. This short story takes a humorous look at this scenario from the skewed perspective of the "Helpful Expert" himself...
The Last Survivor
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.20 from 5 reviews)
Who or what is destroying the village where you've lived for your entire life? As everything you know and love is taken away, can you keep your cool and survive while others give in to panic? This short story describes such an event and explores an interesting shift in perspective.
Bad at Math
Price: Free! Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
An overworked engineer struggles to "do more with less," as his company competes for a coveted military contract. He and his coworkers already work long, tough hours. How could things possibly get any worse?

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  • The Fine Print on May 17, 2016

    Really entertaining! I was afraid I had guessed the ending very early in the story, but I did not expect the surprise at the end. A very humorous perspective on a dark topic.
  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on Oct. 20, 2016

    Great story - couldn't stop reading. The author does a great job of describing an extremely dangerous situation aboard a Navy Carrier with enough detail to inform the unfamiliar reader, but with enough real jargon and accurate content to entertain a true veteran as well. Great character development and really vivid descriptions. Highly recommend!
  • Troll, A Short Story on Dec. 02, 2017

    Great story! Very well written, and vivid descriptions of characters and setting. Also enjoyed the excerpts from other novels at the end of the story - I will definitely be reading more from these authors!
  • Revenge: A Short Story on Dec. 02, 2017

    Fun story! Definitely makes you empathize with the main character. Even though the "surprise" at the end is hinted at quite early, the author does a great job of building the tension between Rose and the snooty guests for the climactic moment. Who doesn't love a well deserved revenge tale?
  • The Well on Dec. 02, 2017

    Loved this story! Especially enjoyed the humorously understated British expressions that added rich color to the tale. This story genuinely makes you feel the fear that anyone would have scuba-diving down a dark and mysterious well. And how can you not love any horror story that takes place in a British Pub?
  • Dark Isle on Dec. 02, 2017

    Wow - great read! I've read and enjoyed many horror stories on Smashwords, but this is my favorite so far. The settings and characters felt very real and interesting, and the story itself seemed very original and unique. I certainly plan to read the other works by this author.
  • Abandoned: A Ghost Story on Dec. 08, 2017

    Really good story! My favorite horror stories are tales that artfully build from the real world to the unknown, and this story executes that very well. Very realistic descriptions of a person's thoughts when placed in such a terrifying predicament; having to face her fears in a creepy abandoned house in order to survive in the "real world."
  • Madness Burns on May 07, 2018

    I'm a big fan of short stories, especially horror stories, and really enjoyed every one of these. Madness, of course, is the central theme, but each of the stories had unique creative elements that kept the reader entertained. I also liked the "Monkey's Paw" angle that also shaped most of the stories. Great job, and glad to hear that your work was picked up by Permuted Press!