You can't shake hands with a clenched fist. -Indira Gandhi
Mark's Short Stories
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Any Other Day
Anyone in the mood for a polite murder story? This one illustrates the lengths of savagery women are capable of leading men to before realizing the potential consequences. (Watch out for those quiet ones. They'll kill ya.)
Don’t be fooled by the title. This 800 word Classic Western has a less-than-gentle take on love between brothers.
Dinosaurs of the Apocalypse
Here's a nice little dystopian drama for you. For some reason this was a difficult story to place. Two editors before GNU Journal loved it but had reasons why they felt they couldn't publish it on their sites. Oh well, third time's a charm. You'll find my piece in the Mindscapes and Dreams magazine. Do a word search for my first name and you'll find it quickly. Hope you enjoy it.
To be published 11/13/2016
M’buru’s Prophet is an extreme illustration of the everyday occurrence of well-meaning people asserting their religious beliefs on those who already have well-formed convictions.
When Kally and Pete pay a visit to Pete’s cousin Kyle, their proselytizing gets out of hand. Instead of enticing Kyle to join their new religion, they end up threatening his life.
The first magazine editor I submitted this story to was deeply offended by the subject matter. This is a work of fiction, not a judgement on lifestyle or religious beliefs. Having said that, Kyle is kind of an ass.
After the tragic death of his parents, Jim finds an unusual way to cope. Instead of accepting the loss, he tries to convince himself they are still alive. Implementing his plan is painful and awkward at first but Jim perservers and ultimately succeeds.
Never Alone reveals the fragility of the human psyche when confronted with unexpected loss.
Thanks to Patricia Crisafulli for improving my story with her thoughtful editing, and for her beautifully designed site. You should check it out even if you don't read my story.
If you don't have time to read this 100 word Classic Western micro-fiction story, you should consider a lifestyle change.