Greg’s Internet Fiction Library:
New Stories, New Systems
This page is the online home to my free fiction. Or, at least, these stories are free for you, now. They were paid for by generous fans who wanted them badly enough to pay a reasonable price through www.kickstarter.com. Now everyone with internet access can enjoy them as well.
If you enjoy these stories, consider keeping track of me on Twitter (@GregStolze) or on Kickstarter. That way you can get in on the next one. I try to offer enticing prizes.
Alternately, you can scroll to the very bottom of the page and pick up one of my novels, which feature morally challenged supervillains, Lovecraftian monsters, and failed love affairs. There are a couple short story collections there too.
The Grey People and Carving the Night-Dark Soil
My most recent stories are quite different from each other. The Grey People is a Bronze-Age story of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and is filed below under “Fantasy Fiction,” while Carving the Night-Dark Soil I reluctantly place under “Realism” because I have no category for “Perverse Burlesques of the Creative Process.”
Carving the Night-Dark Soil. A man with an exciting and important life tries to trade it all in for a chance to write his novel about Protestant settlers in Nebraska. It is a work of satire. Additionally, I have read this one aloud as a podcast! Hooray! ePub File Kindle Format
Kindness. A story about a man who tries to do something decent, only to have it go entirely off the rails. ePub File Kindle Format
Whatever Happened to Lala? has nothing unnatural or uncanny going on. Just unhappy. ePub File Kindle Format
Shrimp. A taciturn judo instructor unexpectedly tells a chilling story about his childhood. ePub File Kindle Format
Falling. Martial arts students try to avoid getting hurt when they lose control of themselves. ePub File Kindle Format
A Hole in the Darkness. A cop and a crook drive out in the middle of nowhere, late at night, and dig a grave. Then they try to decide who has to get in it. ePub File Kindle Format
Two Things She Does With Her Body. A piece of brief, character-driven literary fiction (meaning “neither pornography, mystery nor fantasy”) based very loosely on someone I met at the dojo. ePub File Kindle Format
These People Mean Nothing to Each Other. A rancid slice-of-life illuminating four self-absorbed pieces that fit together into something much more sinister ePub File Kindle Format
Regret, With Math. The award-winning story of love, death, choice, and multiple-universe theory. ePub File Kindle Format
Someday, Laughter. A brief thing, prompted by the detonated fiction experiment. A short, bruising story about teenage theater humiliation. ePub File Kindle Format
The Grey People. A Bronze Age narrative in the Lovecraft Mythos vein, featuring a grandma seeking her missing son in the company of her grandchild. ePub File Kindle Format
Unripe Fruit. In a society with strictly defined castes, concretely proscribed gender roles and rigid family expectations, how do youngsters wind up blood-covered and naked out in the forest? ePub File Kindle Format
The Doom of Swords. My first podcast experiment is imperfect, but it was free, after all. It's from the setting of REIGN. and is now available in text form in Worlds of Their Own. It has swordplay, adultery, revenge, and an incontinent donkey.
NECROCHROME. If you had a cell phone that could text with the dead, what secrets would you seek out? Which would you try to cover up? ePub File Kindle Format
How to Make a Book Safe. Is it better to believe or deny? Does it matter if the deity you consider exists or not? What if it makes perfect sense... and is unspeakably vile? ePub File Kindle Format
The Turning of the Time. A SWITCHFLIPPED-like narrative about time control, choices not made, and the dangerous combination of senility and firearms. ePub File Kindle Format
TRANSMIT. A far more plausible narrative about contacting aliens, the risks, the rewards, and the difficulty of telling them apart. ePub File Kindle Format
7 and 7. The novella sequel to SWITCHFLIPPED has Kung Fu, despair, and pillow talk on index cards. ePub File Kindle Format
Emily Speaks. A bit of near-future fiction concerning the monetization of a woman’s voice. ePub File Kindle Format
ENZYMES. He thinks he used to be human, but the question is, what does that mean for him and his mission? Also available as a splendid podcast! ePub File Kindle Format
A Wind at the Window. A story of icy calculation, burning revenge, and mysterious death set in Finland. ePub File Kindle Format
In the Blindness of the Glare. As part of the Ardwin ransom, I agreed to write a story incorporating ten elements demanded by donors of $50 or more. Here is that story. It is not tidy, but hopefully fun. (One element was that I had to include myself as a character. Otherwise, I don’t do that.) ePub File Kindle Format
Zombis Blanc. If anyone could possibly deserve to be chased, manhandled, drugged, beaten, drugged again and forced to toil for jeering captors, it’s the protagonists of this story. It’s set in the slave revolt of 1791 and based on medical fact. ePub File Kindle Format
Icke. Have you ever wondered what a school shooter with fish telepathy would be like? The answer I came up with was far more grim than would have expected. ePub File Kindle Format
A Long, Romantic Weekend. The wreckage of my first attempt to ransom fiction, which ran aground on the reefs of long-form uncertainty. I had a lot of fun writing this, though. The first time major characters get introduced, you get a catalogue of their body scars. It also features a car crash, impromptu surgery, and a tornado. As you might surmise, the title is ironic. ePub File Kindle Format
Ghosts: The Straight Dope. Reluctant as I am to write stories about writers, this one also has possession, cruel magic, epic halitosis and oh so much alcohol. ePub File Kindle Format
Mask of the Other In Print, e-Book and Audio
Mask of the Other is a military science-horror novel that builds on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. A squad of US soldiers steals the centerpiece of Saddam’s occult weapons program in 1991 and just gets deeper and deeper into the horrors of the Cthulhu mythos. Read more about it here, including a free sample chapter. Or you can check out its first review!
The unabridged novel is now available as a $21.95 audiobook on iTunes or through Audible.com for $24.95.
SINNER Is Out!
Heh. See, that’s got a double meaning, because the book’s narrator goes by ‘Sinner’ and a major concern of the plot is whether he’s in jail or out. He’s a supervillain, you see, and he turns himself in, submitting to a cage that couldn’t hold him.
Why does he do this? Is he genuinely penitent or is it part of some sinister master plot? That’s the meat of the story, and thanks to my generous supporters, you can now buy the book and explore the mystery.
You can buy it for Kindle on Amazon. You can get it in several e-book formats at DriveThruFiction. Lulu.com’s print-on-demand service can sell you a softcover or a hardback, depending on your budget and preference. Or you can just read more about it at goodreads or on Rachel Neumeier’s blog.
For Sale: Dead Trees
Dead Trees collects most of the stories on this page in a $15.00 softcover book. If you want to a preview, um... just read them right below. Now you can enjoy them in a battery-free, platform agnostic, easily loanable tangible form!
Also For Sale: SWITCHFLIPPED
My novel, SWITCHFLIPPED is available right now -- click that link and you could be reading it in mere minutes after buying it from Ghostwoods Books, a new Fair Trade Publishing initiative from British publisher Tim Dedopulous. If you prefer waiting and having tangible objects, SWITCHFLIPPED is now available as a bound volume.