Since 2008 I have been in my creative prime, and since 2017 I have been on fire. These are my collected short works from 2008 to the present.
My fifteenth collection of short fiction and poetry, written from May to December 2022.
Hypocrisy (first published in Meat for Tea)
A Metropolis Moment
The Terrible Price
Abuse or Neglect?
“Don the Con”
“The Moment of Perfection”
“The Great Clarifier”
My fourteenth collection of short fiction and poetry, written from February to May 2022.
Interview in a Psych Ward
The Ones Who Win (first published in Meat for Tea)*
The Dream of Dictatorship
Ruslana (also published in Meat for Tea)
Playing it Safe
*This story, a sequel to Ursula LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
My thirteenth collection of short fiction and poetry, written from September 2021 to January 2022.
“Imaginative and memorable! I really liked it [“Ancestral Home”].”
—Donald C. Johanson
The Game of You
A Germanic Tale
An Abortion Story
You Too Can Be a Writer!
“The True Believer”
“Wag the GOP”
“Cake and Iced Cream”
My twelfth collection of short works (fiction and poetry), written from March to September of 2021.
The Craft of Fools
Christ’s Christian Academy
It’s a Hard Life
Faulkner and Hemingway Walk into a Bar
The Golden Dragon
NATION’S SHOOTERS FRUSTRATED WITH COVID RESTRICTIONS
Another Banal Story
At the Gate
My Complaint with Modern Motion Pictures
A Voice in the Darkness
Less of You
Nonfiction: Short Wisdom
“For Howard S. Dunn”
“Brennyn Jade and the Wind She Made”
“You Get What You Pay For”
“I Had a Right-Wing Friend”
“The Cycle of Abuse”
“What the Patriarchy Does to Men”
“When I’m Dead”
“Untitled Reflection on the Point of It All”
“And That’s OK”
“Poem for the Haters”
My eleventh collection of short works, written from November 2020 to March 2021, previously sold under the title None But I Will Like These.
Wilma and Other Stories
Language is Always Changing
The Rise of Authoritarianism
Wilma (first published in Meat for Tea)
The Craft of the Wise
A Father on His Death Bed
Science-Fiction Story Idea
The Martian Dream
On a Walk
“Those Who Do Not Understand”
“January 6, 2021”
“The Twelve Days of Trump”
“Eggs on Face and Sam”
My tenth collection of short works, written from April to November 2020.
Crossing the River by Barbara Stoner
Poetic Justice (first published in Meat for Tea)
Please Don’t Kill the Spiders
An Alternate History
The Battle of the Smartphone
One-Sentence Fantasy Story
“The Storming of the Station”
“The Creative Process”
“A 2020 Irony”
“Words are Water I”
“Words are Water II”
My ninth collection of short works, written from December 2019 to May 2020.
“Robert Peate’s Notes from Quarantine is the ideal way to begin, end, or survive a pandemic. It is an enjoyable read: sometimes disturbing, sometimes funny, and always entertaining. I found myself wishing for more when I reached the end.”
A Sun Children Side Scene
The Big One
All the World
The Day I Went to the Store
The Power of Words
“The Force Field”
My eighth collection of short works, written from November 2019 to January 2020. This book contains my first story not suited for those aged 17 and under, “Coming Forward”.
“’New Dawn Academy’ is brilliant.”—Howard McCord, author of The Man Who Walked to the Moon
The Power of Joy
Two More Shorts (Universal Basic Income, The Talking Dead)
Coming Forward (TW: sexual assault)
‘Seventies Spy Movie
M. Night Shyamalamadingdong Story
The Shining with an Editor
New Dawn Academy
The Starved, or the Great Window
My seventh collection of short works (fiction and poetry), written from July to November 2019.
“It’s a cultural counterpoint in prose.”— Jan Williams
We Had to Destroy the Village to Save It
Four More Shorts
My sixth collection of short works (fiction and poetry), written from September 2018 to July 2019.
“Besides relating tremendously to much of the poetry, I must compliment you on your style, your observation, and on your imagination. ‘The Black Book’ and ‘The Pen and the Sword’ are particular favorites, but I really like the themes of strange realities and unfortunate (or not) circumstances that ring true if slightly not right [in other pieces as well].”
“WOWSERS! This collection of short stories and poems is terrific. I particularly enjoyed the titular story, a cool paranormal thriller, as well as the vampire tale ‘Marsa’. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and give it my highest rating: 5 bowls of steaming hot pho .”
The Black Book
The Pen and the Sword
“Traumas at Fifteen”
“Poem in Two Acts”
“Yankee Donald Dandy”
“On the Norm”
“Classic Power Struggle”
“Reading Too Much Into Things”
“Same Student, or I Wish I Had Time for Teaching”
“I’m from New York”
My fifth collection of short works (fiction and poetry), written from July to September 2018.
Increasingly Incoherent Departures from the Norm
Increasingly Incoherent Departures from the Norm
A Great Story
Poetry in Motion
“I Hate Everybody”
My fourth collection of short fiction, written from December 2017 to July 2018.
“Thank you for the creative and empathetic portrayal in ‘Sisters’. . . . I think you did a great job crafting the scenes.”
—Nkechi “Rachel Doležal” Diallo, author of In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World
The Fountain of Youth
Perpetual Motion, Inc.
A Fresh Beat
The Time Before
The Society of Sensitives
My third collection of short fiction, written from September to December 2017.
“A compelling and frightening book written in a spare style. Words dance on the page like bones above the grave. The words tell of love in death, cold wind, and endless war.”—Howard McCord, author of The Man Who Walked to the Moon
Perma-Rest (first published in Better Than Starbucks)
My second collection of short fiction, written from 2012 to 2017.
Mister Positive and Other Stories
Roy (Blade Runner prequel)
Libertarian Bed & Breakfast
My first collection of short fiction, written from 2008 to 2012.
“I saw a bit of myself in him. It’s straight bourbon right out of the bottle.”—Marshall DeMott
Mister Negative and Other Stories
A Perfect World
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