On this page you’ll find a selection of my short fiction that has been published in various places and is available to read online. Several of my stories have also been podcast, so I made a Podcasts page especially for them – click here if you prefer to listen to someone else read you a story.
Obviously, a lot of my fiction gets sold to anthologies and journals so it won’t appear here. This is just a smattering to give you taste. The Books page lists a number of publications where you can find my work, and have a look at the Bibliography page for my full bibliography to help you track down more if you’re interested. I’ll always give a heads up on the blog whenever anything new is published. And anything new published online I’ll link to from here, so check back from time to time.
Also, check out the Serial Fiction page, where you can read my serialised novella (or buy the ebook from there if you prefer), and check the Friday Flash category in the blog for a bunch of flash fiction pieces I’ve written over the years. And don’t forget, there are podcasts here.
(Please note, as with all content on this site, all these items are (c) Copyright Alan Baxter. No reproduction is allowed without written permission from the author.)
NOT THE WORST OF SINS – NEW! Added 31/10/13
A wild western ghost story about a young man on a revenge quest accompanied by an unpleasant companion. Published at the online magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
A bittersweet story about magic, family and lives. Published at the online magazine, Daily Science Fiction.
SALVAGE IN THE VOID
A Peevy and LaVey story. The engineer afraid of deep space and his SimHound companion are adrift in an escape pod when they’re lucky enough to be found by a space pirate crew. But it could turn out to be an “out of the frying pan, into the fire” situation. Published at the online magazine, Kasma SF.
CROSSROADS & CAROUSELS
A young blues player meets a strange, enigmatic guitarist one hot summer night. The guitar-player makes him a frightening offer. This is a direct link to the story published at the online magazine, The Red Penny Papers.
THE GOODBYE MESSAGE
A troubled writer starts receiving messages he can’t understand. This is a link directly to the story published at the online magazine, Ticon4.
THE DARKEST SHADE OF GREY
A journalist carrying the weight of unwanted paranormal powers tries to find direction and catharsis by investigating the plight of a strange homeless man. This is a novelette, serialised in 4 parts at the online magazine, The Red Penny Papers, and now also available as an ebook via Amazon or Smashwords.
In a post-apocalyptic Australian outback, a man, a dog and a mysterious piece of alien technology are wandering the desert. Anyone else would destroy the tech and eat the dog, but Declan has a plan. This story was co-winner of the 2011 Wily Writers Short Story contest and is published and podcast by them. The link above leads directly to the site where you can read the story or download the podcast. I’d highly recommend the podcast as the voice actor, Philip Pickard, does a wonderful job.
THE SEVEN GARAGES OF KEVIN SIMPSON
A woman’s father leaves her a strange legacy after his death and, as she investigates, she uncovers disturbing possibilities about his past. Originally published as a podcast by Pseudopod, episode 242, subsequently reprinted in the Dark Pages 2 anthology from Gryphonwood Press.
A science fiction yarn that starts out with a guy’s day going really bad, really quick. And then it just gets worse. This is my nod to the Men In Black style of SF. The link will take you directly to Kasma SF, where the story is published.
A nasty little flash fiction piece about the potential dangers of online chat. The link above is a direct link to the story at Bosley Gravel’s Cavalcade of Terror.
JEFF NEWMAN’S HEADACHES
This is a flash fiction piece published at 52 Stitches. The link above is a direct link to the story on the 52 Stitches site.
PUSHED TOO FAR
This story was originally written with a five day deadline and the prompt: “Something written on a tombstone”. It was for a Horror Writers Duel over at the House Of Horror website. The limit was 1,500 words. I’m pleased to say that this story won the duel. Have at ye!
This is a reprint of one of my Friday Flash stories that was published over at Flashes In The Dark. The link is a direct link to the story on their site.
Another flash fiction piece, this one a little horror yarn about the way a couple cares for each other. This was first published in House Of Horror issue # 7, December 2009. This is a direct link to the House Of Horror ezine page featuring Trapped.
A short story published in Volume 1, Issue 4 of The Oddville Press that the editor called “an existential delight”. A bit more light hearted than my usual fare.
NB – The above link is a direct link to the PDF file of the issue of The Oddville Press featuring my story – it’s a free publication. If you want the magazine to keep, do a Right Click and Save As to download the PDF file to your computer. My yarn starts on page 74.
I was also invited to read this story for the Outlandish Voices podcast. If you’d rather hear me read it to you than read it yourself you can find the podcast here.
A short dark future tale, originally published in the March 2009 edition of Antipodean SF.
THE NIGHT BUS
A young man is haunted by guilt over the suicide of a strange boy that he used to bully. Then he gets on the last bus home… (Originally published by The Harrow: Original Works of Fantasy and Horror – www.theharrow.com Vol. 10, No. 12).
A short story featuring Isiah, the powerful immortal protagonist in my novels RealmShift and MageSign, doing the dirty work of the Balance once again. An abridged version of this story was published in the Infinitas newsletter many moons ago. The full version was then published and podcast by Wily Writers. Follow the link above to read either the text version or have someone read it to you as a podcast (it’s 24 minutes long).