Short Stories and Flash Fiction

Currently, I am awaiting approval on a short piece I submitted to Brevity. In the meantime, I am revising a short story I published on Smashwords, completing my work for Full Sail, and prepping for a small series that I will be slowly releasing on Smashwords in roughly 10-15 pieces of flash fiction. I’m looking for an artist to design cover art for each piece so it may be some time before the first title is published. Regardless, I am really excited about it!

The story is about a man who discovers his wife is part of a secret order/league of cartographers that have kept the Fountain of Youth hidden from mankind for centuries. Below, I am posting the opening of the story so you can wet your appetites appropriately. Please, comment and constructively criticize to your hearts content. Enjoy!

The Lost State of the Union
“Traveler’s Guide to Idaho”

Karl Spudwick didn’t believe in Idaho’s existence and neither should you if you value your life. His wife, Linda, often times shunned him for his views until the day she dragged him to their new home in the bustling town of Nampa, Idaho. For years, he had ridiculed her about Idaho’s arbitrary existence and its lack of connection with the other 49 states of the union. His wild antics fell short as he slid the box cutter through ugly brown packing tape and began examining the contents of a box he didn’t remember packing. It was filled with pages of old yellowed newspaper all dated for July 3, 1890.

“Huh, that’s weird,” he thought.

Karl sifted through various articles until his hand closed on something solid. He lifted a tattered book from the depths of the box. As he brushed away years of dust and gossamer from its cover, he noticed the faint smell of potatoes. The title read: Traveler’s Guide to Idaho by Frank R. Gooding. Gooding was Linda’s maiden name.


Author: Troy Martin

Freelance writer, blogger, lover of Lovecraft, and dark sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast brings an inkwell of fresh blood, tears, and vengeance to the genre.

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