Short Stories, Fables & Poetry


Short Stories

Looking for short stories online? Check out the following free short stories, from spiritual fiction to archaeological fiction and retro fiction.


“Leaving the Joie de Vivre” (Spiritual Fiction)

Image of sunken ship and ghost lay

An aging marine biologist, Dr. Thomas Raynes refused to retire. Yet his life felt stale and unlived…until he had a reason to believe sunken ships held more than wreckage and sea life. {Read}


“The Nameless Fair”* (Spiritual Fiction/Light Horror)

Paren had searched everywhere for one particular lost soul. He was not in Limbo. He was not earthbound. He seemed lost in every sense of the word.

A spirit guide trusted with finding truly lost souls when they are at last ready to move on, she makes her way to The Nameless Fair, a sometimes gruesome carnival housing those who were lost both in life and in death.

Can Paren succeed among the fair vendors selling deep-fried legs and rides like the “Smotherer,” operated by phantoms? Only the support of a fellow spirit guide encourages her as she hunts through a fair filled with lost spirits and apathetic specters at every turn.

{Read Part One} {Read Part Two} {Read Part Three} {Read Part Four}

*Previously published on


“Revvel’s Tomb” (Archaeological Fiction)

Short Story Pic: "Revvel's Tomb" by Brenna Pierson


Anna, a young archaeologist, along with her partner, a pyramidologist named David, arrived at Revvel’s Tomb to investigate some oddities at the popular tourist attraction. What they actually discovered was something even more strange and unexpected than anything they had heard of or seen before—and it certainly did not belong in a tomb thousands of years old. {Read}


“Time-Stamp: Back to the 80’s” (Retro Fiction)


When Lisa’s unemployment runs out, she agrees to be part of an experiment bringing her 12-year-old daughter, Jennifer, and her 8-year-old son, Casey, back to the 80’s. The kids discover a world quite different from their own, with games like MASH, synthesizer songs, and of course, big hair. Will they love it or hate it? Lisa has fun reliving her glory days either way! {Read Parts One and Two} {Read Parts Three and Four}



Fables for Adults


“Why the Bluebird is Happy”


More Adult Fables:
The Cat and the Ice Cream Parlour
The Good Dog with No Confidence
The Jellyfish Who Wanted a Backbone




“By the Sea”

Haiku: They stood by the sea/Someday, they would remember/this moment that passed.


{More Poetry}