Short Stories

I used to post flash-fiction pieces most Fridays, though now it is much less frequent. Most of those stories come from writing prompts; the prompts for years came from the profane but wonderful blog of Chuck Wendig.  Not all these stories are suitable for children, and most are not, in fact, meant for children (even when suitable).

All stories published on the blog, like all blog contents, are protected under copyright and are the property of Rebecca M. Douglass.  If you enjoy them, please consider purchasing my books.

1/20/2022: Most of these stories will link to the old Ninja Librarian blog. You can still go there to read them, even though the blog is not active.  Stories that have been featured in my flash-fiction collections will show up as broken links, though I'm trying to get them off this list.

General Fiction:
Scarecrow and Scorpion
Vincent, the Outhouse Mouse
Death by Corn
Tomb of the Strange Feast
My Horse-Drawn Shame
Death By Ice Cream sneak preview
The Cat Did It
Twisted Love
Under the Oak
Pete the Peak-bagging Pika
What's for Dinner?
Singing the Highway Blues
and Dahlia's Doorstep 
Half a Clue (a collaborative mystery)
Crow Egg
The Horror of Spam, the Spam of Horror
Vintage Explorer (okay, not realistic fiction, but not fantasy either, quite. Unless it is).
Adventure at Sea 
The Third Birch
Thug's Passion
The Grey Trail
Occupational Hazards
The Bench
Red Sands
The Forgotten Flowers
How the Rain Gets In 
Weather Permitting 
The Dancer and the Shattered Shell
Here Be Dragons
The Intelligence of Pegasus
For Want of a Map
Death Among the Dahlias
When Pigs Fly
Witching Weather
When Worlds End
The Last Buffalo
Long Way Home
Sweeping Up the Ashes 
No Exit?
The 13th Keeper
Under the Dome
28 Days
A Gilded Cage
Winter Heart
The Scream
One-Eyed Yak
Grave Mistake
The Kiss
River Revenge
Great Wave
Along the River: A Story in 6 Chapters

Pismawallops PTA short stories:
Haunted House
Senior Sneak
The Baffling Case of the Missing Socks
Knock, Knock
In the Line of Duty 
A Pismawallops PTA Christmas, Part I and Part II 
Deja Voo and Voodoo

New Life

Ninja Librarian Stories:
The Librarian's Tale
The Librarian Speaks of Skunks
Christmas in Skunk Corners
The Librarian Explains
Tess's Tale
Kicked in the Dust--Crazy Jake and Wild Harry's story
Return to Skunk Corners teaser
Peggy's Story: When Big Al Came to Town
The Librarian on the Flood
Halloween in Skunk Corners
. . . And His Dog
Crazy Jake and the Boy from the Train

Science Fiction:
Trouble in Space
Feathers in Space
An Elegant Apocalypse
Lost in Space (this happens on a space ship, but it's really just a weird story)
Diary of a Space-Pup
In a Starbucks at the End of the World
The Machines of Jest
Millions of Cats
Trapped Aboard
Have You Seen the Rain?
The Disease
The Winter Sleep
Garbage Cans 
Shuttle Down
Helplessly Hoping
The Human Web
Lost Hope
The End of All Delight
The Crispins
Librarians vs. Robots
No Mercy (rather subtly SF)
Dead Comet
Long Odds

Xavier Xanthum, Space Explorer:
Xavier and the X-Ray Eyes
Further Adventures of Xavier Xanthum, Space Explorer
On a Distant Island, Far from Home
Xavier Xanthum's Xmas
Word from the Future
It's Only Human
The Power of Poetry
Split Second
X Marks the Spot 
World of Flames 
Xavier Xanthum's New Year
To Be or Not To Be
Xavier Xanthum and the Alien 
With the End in Sight 
Xavier Xanthum and the X-Galaxy Error 
It Ain't Fixed Until You Break It
The Princesses' Game
Xavier Xanthum and the Galactic Sandwich

Death of Innocence
Footsteps in Time
The Quick and the Quicker
The Sword of Erken
The Choker
Girl on a Ledge, Part II  (part one is available from Jemima Pett)
I Am Going to Miss You
Be Careful What you Read on Halloween
A Gifted Wizard (collaborative story)
The Cartographer's Potion
Biking in Hell
Victory Has Its Price
The Dogs of War? 
Reaper's Escaton (collaborative story)
Choice or Destiny? (nothing really magical about it, but clearly not set in reality, either)
Call Me Nails... (James Bond meets Alice in Wonderland)
The Gods' Own Keeper
The River Gods  (sort of barely not real)
Swords of the Desert, Part I and Part II (Fantasy/Western genre mash-up)
A Minor Navigational Error
Burglars in Paradise
The Slave of the Truth
The Power of the Butterfly
One Dragon at a Time and The Second Dragon  (The Dragon Emissary)
The Silent Dragon (The Dragon Emissary)
The Unwilling Words
Just Another Job
In the Soup
The Present Will be Infernal
I'm in Love with a Zombie
Enchanted Blasted Forest 
The Devil's in the Details
Some Heroics Required
The Silent Girl
The Fourth Awakening 
The Wrong Bird
The World in the Palm of Her Hand
On the Road to Hell
Welcome to Valhalla
We Apologize for the Error
The Tree
In the Dark
The Center Does Not Hold
Time Was
Thieves of Soveriegnty 
A Match Made in Heaven
In the Kingdom of Dust Bunnies 
Change of Heart
The Boyfriend of Truth
Ribbons and Candles
Snow Dragon
Night of Wind and Talons
How Does a Dragon Blow Out Candles?
A Dangerous Thirst

Stories from the world of Halitor the Hero:
Halitor the Hero (original story from his senior years)
Dead Man's Revenge
The Mission
Halitor at Midwinter
Halitor at the Ice Castle
Bovrell the Bold Takes the Case

Gorg the Troll:
The Origin of Gorg 
The Revenge of Gorg (temporarily removed)
Iron Desert
In the Valley of the Baleful Stones
Gorg in Pursuit of Bale, Part I
Gorg in Pursuit of Bale, Part II
Gorg in the Castle of King Celery the Halfwit
Gorg and the Strong Drink
Gorg and the Djinn 
Gorg and the Phoenix
Gorg at Midwinter, Part I
Gorg at Midwinter, Part II
Betrayal, Assassin, Cave
Grey Magic
Return to the Valley of the Baleful Stones
Gorg and the Mages

Creative Non-Fiction:
The River's Mask
Night Hike the the Panamint Dunes
Photo Flash (what we did on the 4th of July)
Long Shadow

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