Fiction I’ve written

atoms for peaceAtoms for Peace collects the ten stories that appeared on Big Pulp almost a decade ago, plus two stories that never showed on the web site. It’s the 1950s, but the SF movies of the era are real: mad scientists are performing sinister and dangerous experiments, the National Guard battles radioactive mutants and alien invaders and pod people threaten humanity’s control of the world. Available at Amazon as an ebook and paperback and at other retailers as an ebook.atlas shagged

Atlas Shagged (A Parody) and Other Comedies collects five stories: Atlas Shagged, The Wodehouse Murder Case, Dark Satanic Mills, The Sword of Darcy and Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears the Clown.  You can find it in several e-stores via Draft2Digital. The hard copy version is available on Createspace with added stories: Learning Curve, Red Moon Rising, Original Synergy and Jack Be Nimble.

Below are links to all of my uncollected fiction available online. You can find backstories on how I came to write them here.

Altered Reality just republished Heads Up. He needed clean clothes. Then the head in the washing machine started complaining

Buckshot Magazine has published A Many Splendored Thing. Learn what it takes to be a goddess of love in the 21st century.

The Grass is Always Greener appears in the Strange Economics anthology. Reed thought his failure was just a lack of talent and a bad economy. Then he learned someone had stolen his future away. But how? Why? And can he get it back? Available from Amazon as ebook and in paperback.

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Where Angels Fear to Lunch is available in ebook form. When an angel walks into the PI office of Ahasueris, the Wandering Jew, it’s the start of a case that could go horribly wrong. For the whole world.

Backstage With the Hypothetical Dead is now out from On the Premises. Working backstage on community theater is not a convenient place to see a ghost. Or was it a ghost?

He Kindly Stopped For Me is now online from Digital Fantasy. It’s a reprint of one I wrote several years ago. What happens when Death stops by and asks for the use of your phone?

The Savage Year is online at Lorelei Signal [currently on hiatus, with the links down] It’s 1968, just a few days after the death of Robert Kennedy. Can a Secret Service sorceress and a golden-eyed, bronze skinned hitchhiker stop a mad British sorcerer from unleashing the apocalypse?

Philosophy and Fairy Tales is my short-story collection, available from Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Sony as well as other sites. . It includes Red Moon Rising, Jack Be Nimble, Learning Curve (somewhat edited) and a heavily reworked, much-improved version of Original Synergy. I’ve dedicated a separate page to the book here.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished pits Al Soares, the Wandering Jew against a killer called The Bad Samaritan. It’s on Crimson Streets.

Signs and Hortense is in the Eldritch Embraces anthology of Lovecraftian romance. In a world where worship of the Old Ones is the mainstream religion, a repressed young woman waits impatiently for the End Times to come … and sees signs of Nyarlathotep in the Publix produce section. Available from Smashwords or Amazon.

•My supernatural murder mystery, Kernel of Truth, is live at Kzine. When a senator is murdered, the obvious villain is a crazed ecoterrorist. A powerful corporation would like the case closed fast. Can a security chief and a homicide cop unearth the real story?

get-attachment•My next-to-newest short story, Leave the World to Darkness, is in Love, Time, Space, Magic, an anthology of romantic specfic. It’s the 1930s and Aggie Baxter’s dragging her perpetually bemused boyfriend along on what she thinks is the scoop of a lifetime. But she’s not prepared for a story that involves Tom Edison, Nicola Tesla and shadows that kill. Also available at Amazon.

And He Bought a Crooked Cat, is out in the Rejected anthology. What happens when a stuffy, never-takes-a-chance writer finds himself surrounded by Humpty Dumpty, Mary Quite Contrary and three little kittens?

•My next most recent story, Affairs of Honor, is out on Abyss and Apex. In post-Revolutionary War Boston, a man learns his son is about to die in a wizard’s duel.

The Happiest Place on Earth is now out from New Myths. See what happens when beloved movie-maker Walt Alhazred decides to cancel that classic madness-inducing show, The Mickey Mi-Go Club.

Number of the Least is available in the fourth issue of Fever Dreams. What happens when a total loser tries to become the Antichrist?

Peace With Honor is available in the 2012 anthology, Monster Earth. In a world where kaiju are the ultimate weapons, what happens when America’s monster goes head-to-head with the creature attacking our troops in Vietnam?
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•My second Monster Earth story, The Fox and the Hedgehog, is out in Betrayal on Monster Earth, available in paperback or Kindle. An unkillable monster threatens to destroy the Soviet Union. Can an American scientist nudge the US and the USSR toward peace by finding a way to destroy the indestructible?

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I Think, Therefore I Die, now out at Sword and Sorcery. A follower of Rene Descartes’ mathematical mysticism battles the Man in the Iron Mask and his evil mastery of calculus! Strangely enough, it’s not a comedy.

The Wodehouse Murder Case is out at Azure Valley. A high society mage with a secret finds himself falling for his best friend’s girl. Then everyone ends up trapped at a country house party with fog cutting them off and a killer among them! A comedy. Here’s me reading it aloud at Illogicon 2017.

•Others Must Fail from the first issue of Semaphore is available for free via Lulu. Can determination and a positive outlook really overcome luck?

Heads Up! is out on Every Day Fiction. A man with a desperate need to wash his underwear discovers a very unhelpful head in his brother’s washing machine.

Everybody’s Doing It: Allegory archives, fall 207
-What if your actions set the moral tone for the world?

Learning Curve: A science teacher’s life in a world where the rules of nature are different, but the people aren’t.

•Atoms For Peace: Big Pulp. It’s the 1950s and all the alien invaders, mad scientists and radioactive mutants of 1950s movies are real! All subsequent stories in the series—Claws That Catch, The Spider Strikes, Fire from Space, Blood and Steel, Hidden Faces, The Mind That Wanted the World, Not in Our Stars But in Ourselves, Mayhem Ex Machina and Instruments of Science——are up there too.

The Sword of Darcy can be ordered in hard copy as part of the More Scary Kisses anthology. It’s Pride and Prejudice with Conan of Cimmeria in the Darcy role.

Original Synergy is available at Chaos Theory.
-What happens when all the world’s conspiracies try to work out their disagreements?
He Kindly Stopped From Me is out from Tales of the Talisman.
-Death stops by a suburban house and asks to borrow the phone.

Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears the Clown is a podcast on Drabblecast. A Wall Street titan wakes up one morning and discovers he’s a clown. Literally.

One Hand Washes The Other came out in 2009 at Abyss and Apex. To win his ex-girlfriend back, Ryan agrees to do one small favor for a wizard. The favor’s bigger than Ryan expects, and reveals a truth he didn’t know was there.

21 responses to “Fiction I’ve written

  1. Adam Jacot de Boinod

    Dear Fraser

    Thank you for writing about my Tingo Books on foreign words.

    I wondered if you might like a mutual link to my English word website or press release details of my ensuing book with Penguin Press on amusing and interesting English vocabulary?

    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

    (author of The Meaning of Tingo)


    or wish to include:

    The Wonder of Whiffling is a tour of English around the globe (with fine
    coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under
    and elsewhere).
    Discover all sorts of words you’ve always wished existed but never knew,
    such as fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and
    petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a
    dry spell.
    Delving passionately into the English language, I also discover why it
    is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow
    seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and
    why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else. See
    more on

    with best wishes


  2. frasersherman

    Adam, I would be delighted. I shall add you to my blogroll post-haste.

  3. nrlymrtl

    I recently read He Kindly Stopped For Me this past weekend. You had me laughing out loud. I hope you continue to contribute to Tales of the Talisman. Thanks!

  4. bluntcrayon

    Superbly written blog, but for the love of god, install a pretty theme.

    • frasersherman

      Having looked at your blog, I’m not surprised you’re noticing the visuals–any particular recommendation? I was glancing through themes the other day, but the range of choices/limited time makes it hard to pick one.

      • bluntcrayon

        Personally, I like the ones that are nice and clean and clear – maybe something that’s ‘grid’ based (look at me, pretending I know anything about it), but a bit of trial and error can’t hurt. I’m just being facetious, though – rest assured that the current appearance doesn’t detract from the quality of the posts.

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  7. Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

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