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Horror d'oeuvres

Horror d’oeuvres are flash fiction (micro-fiction) and can be consumed by the average reader in under 5 minutes. The purpose of these stories is to give readers a quick treat between longer reads, a dark morsel to relish, sometimes as rich and savory as longer works, but can be devoured in a fraction of the time.

“Plight of the Living Dead” (Horror d’oeuvre #65)

Living flesh is always tastier than dead flesh. Once the body cools, it’s missing something, and it’s not as interesting. The rotten dead flesh...

“Late Night Snack” (Horror d’oeuvre #64)

Plagued by another sleepless night, Charlie slipped out of bed. He was careful, trying not to disturb Natalie still asleep beside him. He couldn’t...

“Feeder” (Horror d’oeuvre #63)

Nothing could get rid of the bedbugs. Not insecticide. Not fumigation. Not throwing out my furniture. Not washing and securing all my clothes in...

“The Warlock Plays Chopin” (Horror d’oeuvre #62)

Jude flubbed the final chord of Chopin’s "Nocturne in B flat minor." He lifted his hands and listened as the sound decayed from the...

“The Ballad of Hank R. Chief” (Horror d’oeuvre #61)

Hank drew a deep inhale of the old tattered square of fabric, relishing in something akin to a pleasant smell that brings one back...

“Churchill’s Black Dog” (Horror d’oeuvre #60)

Grandpa used to say the only good dog was a dead one, and well, Grandpa was handy with a rifle. He was in a...

“The Ride” (Horror d’oeuvre #59)

"I know," said Death. "You were expecting someone more skeletal." Ian looked at the young man in the sharp black suit, then glanced back at...

“Last Man Standing” (Horror d’oeuvre #58)

It was still there when Michael got back. Somehow he’d managed to get through the day, pushing it to the back of his mind...

“Plastic Mom and Dad” (Horror d’oeuvre #57)

They took Mom and Dad away and replaced them with actors. Bad actors. It was the War that took Mom and Dad away. The Council...

“What’s Eating You?” (Horror d’oeuvre #56)

"Come on, Mimi, you have to help me out." "I kinda don't know what to say, Ravi. I mean this all sounds a bit…weird.” The...
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