The Free Stories

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Eavesdropping cover WordPress  Eavesdropping

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A humourous short story in 1,500 words.

Sometimes you just have to know: who’s doing what to whom. But beware! The answer might not be what you’d like …

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Last Train to Cork City WordPress  Last Train To Cork City

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 2,000 words.

The letter said; You knew in your heart that this day would come, and I only hope that we can part with dignity. By the time you get this letter I’ll be far away, starting a new life somewhere else. I want nothing from you, so you’ll never hear from me again.’
Unfortunately, Richard Mann didn’t know how fatally true that was!

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My Brother's Half Crown WordPress  My Brother’s Half-Crown

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short humourous story in 2,000 words.

In Ireland 1942, you made your own fun!
Anyway, my turn came and I threw the shovel the highest, but this time it came straight back down like a guillotine and it took the tip off my brother’s nose. We all froze in horror. Then my sister picked up the tip and stuck it back on his face a second before the scream came.

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The Big White Coffin WordPress  The Big White Coffin

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A humourous short story in 2,400 words.

For years we blamed Pat Hurley – he was the one who told us about the cannibals.
I was seven, going on eight and Pat was already eight, so he was the oldest and we believed him.
The next day two men came to our house and the tall one bent down and gave a grin that showed a mouthful of enormous teeth …

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The First Cut cover WordPress  The First Cut

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 1,320 words.

Patrick Flynn lifted the WW2 Samurai sword from the plaque above the fireplace and held it carefully, and his eyes narrowed as he focused on the object of his consuming hatred …

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Maeve Ryan's Wicked Secret WordPress Maeve Ryan’s Wicked Secret

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 2,400 words.

When Edward O’Leary came home from America in the summer of 1904, Joe Coffee knew there was going to be trouble. Old flames were bound to be rekindled, and old wounds were bound to be reopened …