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Free Fiction by Gary Canup
Author of Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Novellas, and Novels
Tragedy of Blood
Return to Swan Lake
This collection of thirteen stories, which run the gamut from humor to heartbreak, from realism to fantasy, from young adult to very adult, should contain something for every taste.
"Snapshot of a Lunatic" -- Two small-town rascals attempt to earn money from the local newspaper by taking a snapshot of the reclusive town lunatic in this comical tale.
"Wrestling Time" -- A macabre story about a young woman at a carnival who figures to win some easy money by publicly wrestling a mere old man; but is the old man what he seems?
"Lady Godiva of the Suburbs" -- An otherwise perfect young suburban housewife and mother of two has one secret problem: she is a nude sleepwalker.
"Salientia" -- A boy uses voodoo to deal with the school bullies with disastrous results in this poignant tale.
"The Fat Man, the Blond, and the Prune" -- A beautiful young blond inexplicably pursues a kindly but fat old man on the beach to a surprise ending in this erotic yarn. Not for the kiddies.
"The Necrophile" -- A disturbing tale about a nocturnal collector of junk who has trouble relating to living human beings.
"Crime and Punishment" -- A boy's-eye view of parental infidelity in this amusing trivialization of the Dostoevsky tale.
"Death of a Snowflake" -- A story depicting the brief life of a beautiful little girl.
"The Snow Wolves" -- A blind girl belatedly learns the difference between myth and reality in this chilling tale.
"Bus Ride" -- A bus mysteriously appears at a family reunion being held at a farmhouse. Whatever you do, don't get on the bus!
"The Bringer of Old Age" -- A young man who merely sits and plans his future, instead of actually living, discovers too late that he has wasted his life.
"The Discovery in the Woods" -- Two boys on bicycles make a shocking discovery in the woods near their school, and we see how tragedy can strike at any moment and under the most mundane of circumstances.
"Delawed" -- A woman twists her religious belief towards self-serving ends.