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Hashtagstories Vol. 1

by Nick Name

Hashtagstories are Twitter-based literary pieces, written as a sequence of current trendy #hashtags. 25 stories selected for this book were created from May to August 2009, or in other words – around a first...

Artificial Intelligence

by Ray Daley

When a supercomputer learns to swear, is it an accident?

YOU KNOW WHAT I LIKE TO DO AT FOUR O'CLOCK, ED?

by Stefano Boscutti

Meet Hollywood's most inglorious bastard.

Legendary bad boy movie mogul Don Simpson has just been made the new head of production at Paramount Studios. As he waits for a journalist to arrive for a customary...

Astrogator

by JD Chatternib

First contact on Earth may not be with humans, even if we’re the ones with the spaceships.

Christine

by C. Sean McGee

She that fights monsters might take care lest she become a monster. This is the story of Christine and the day she grew a penis.

The Enigma that was Carla Sinclair

by Michael Graeme

I was not completely unhinged. She was just a computer program, a crude simulation - at best a never ending animated cartoon with only one character and no story line. But she was "something",... She was a hobby...

The Machine Is Working

by Ray Daley

When The President says something he needs to forget in a hurry then it's time to send him to The Machine. But how can the world be sure he's really forgotten that vital detail?

Deeper than Blood

by Antony Bennett

In one brief moment, a golden childhood summer turns into a nightmare. A story of true friendship, and of how, years later, one man finds his loyalty tested to its dark and gruesome limit.

The Man Who Talked to Machines

by Michael Graeme

You have to talk to them, counsel them, mesmerise them into stillness before you set foot anywhere near them. And, though I may not be considered wholly sane, at least I have a reputation for the way I talk...

Return of the Sexy Teenage Vampires

by Tom Lichtenberg

Some bad things happen mostly during rush hour. People are careless. They're tired and not paying as much attention as they should. They fail to see things that are right in front of them. They see other things...

Attack of the Sexy Teenage Vampires

by Tom Lichtenberg

Safety in numbers? Don't kid yourself. There's nothing more dangerous than a crowd. Even when it's not a mob, it's hiding certain elements, concealing dangers. Anyone could be an enemy. Anyone could have their...

Sable's Haircut

by Jenue Brosinski

Chapter 4 of "Land of Balloons". Yara makes it to first grade. She loses Joey. She enjoys Halloween. Sable finds courage and together mother and daughter bond through a horrific experience.

The Weekender

by Bryan L. Lee

A vacationing businessman catches more than he bargained for in this suspenseful short story.

Come Back Home

by David Kwaku

A romance short story, heart melting and a great read for those who love to read poetry and love stories

World Weary Avengers

by Tom Lichtenberg

The good folks at World Weary Avengers Incorporated had a simple idea - changing the world for the better merely by talking loudly in public. Seemed simple enough, but even with the help of the most sophisticated...

SPECIMEN

by Alan Annand

A wealthy businessman and butterfly collector visits his twin brother, warden of a tropical island penal colony, who is building his own unique collection.

Today's the day

by Clare Tanner

Life can be cruel, but help can come from unexpected places, at the most surprising times. We learn the most from the things that go wrong in life.

24 Hour Nightmare: A Short Story

by Gayle Tiller

"24 Hour Nightmare: A Short Story" is a short horror tale with about 6,000 words. It's Friday night and Monica is checking her e-mail from her apartment in San Jose. She hasn't had a date in over six months....

Friendship Changes Everything

by Jacquel Chrissy May

a short story based from my fantasy series "The Secret Library Guardians". In this story, Dlav Geinse wanders away from his classmates and forms an unusual friendship, one that changes the course of his life...

ThunderSnow

by Cindy Borgne

Marla goes snowmobiling during a strange snowstorm in April. She finds something unexpected in the woods.