Short Stories For Shorter Attention Spans

Patrick Shanley
Sometimes scary, sometimes humorous, sometimes both or neither, here are some short works of fiction.
Created 09 Aug 2021
  • The Valiance
    01 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    She dropped the shells into the water and prayed it would be the last time. They cupped the surface, tilted, then sank. Mina watched them with dry eyes. Her heart still cried, but the tears had run dr...
  • In the Valley of Forgotten Kings (Part I)
    29 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    He sat in the hand of some dead king. The valley was scattered with such broken monuments, half-buried tributes to forgotten names collected here in the high bosom of the Faren Mountains like neglecte...
  • Praetorian West
    27 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    Deputy U.S. Marshal Roger Kelly’s chair creaked as he tipped the glass to his lips. The dark liquor inside left a trail of fire down his throat before it took up home in his belly, spreading its now d...
  • The Sand Devours
    24 Sep 2021 • 16 min read
    The sun is cruel. Relentless, it dogged him, draped upon his cooked shoulders, dragging him into the sand for it to feast upon his bones as part of some terra-celestial bargain he had fallen prey to. ...
  • The Night I Lost a Dog
    23 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Hope can be hard to come by. Perhaps that is just the effect of middle class ennui or 21st century nihilism. Regardless, the constant remains: Life is hard and can often feel overwhelmingly bleak. So,...
  • From Atop the Dragonpit
    22 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Don’t throw stones down the dragonpit. Every child in Henroth knew the old warning, but Barthwin didn’t care. Why should he? For every child in Henroth also knew that there were no dragons. He hucked ...
  • Ink
    21 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    His smile was feral, like a weasel or sneering Doberman, but it never faltered and I suppose that's why I signed. Some people are just good at closing, I guess. The deal was too good to be true. Liter...
  • The Man in the Curtain
    18 Sep 2021 • 13 min read
    “Have you met the man in the curtain?” Sarah sighed and pushed her thumbs into her eyes, exasperated. She was beyond tired of having this silly conversation. For nearly a week, every evening had ended...
  • Down in the Well
    17 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    If you've never lived on a farm, you may be unfamiliar with the slow, steady cadence of pastoral life. Days fall into a definitive rhythm, rolling by much the same as calendar pages flip by. Wake, cho...
  • The Man in the Curtain (Part IV)
    16 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    The previous installment can be found here: Short Stories For Shorter Attention Spans The Man in the Curtain (Part III) The previous installment can be found here: The night took on a regular cadence ...
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