Oubliette: Orientation – Part 10

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Linda knocked on the wooden door with an opaque glass window. On a small sign next to the door, it read “West Virginia Paranormal Society.” There was no response... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 9

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Owen stood in the living room of the Wellington Farmhouse. He watched a car creep through the melting snow from the large window. The car stopped and an elderly... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 8

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. The sounds of creaking wood surrounded Grace. She could not see anything in the darkness that surrounded her. She remembered she had a flashlight in her pocket and turned... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 6

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. “Agent Rodriguez! You need to see this!” Owen shouted from the basement of the Wellington farmhouse. Mara did not answer but the sound of her footfalls on the floor... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 4

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. When Owen and Mara arrived at Griswold Wilson’s address, they found a half dozen police cruisers and an ambulance parked in front of the residence. Mara found an open... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 1

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Somewhere on the interstate highway in West Virginia, Owen sat in a black sedan that cruised towards Charleston. They passed through Morgantown and were heading south. It would be... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Hold My Beer

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. (October 22, 2016) A gray older model truck slowly navigated down a forgotten gravel road somewhere in southern West Virginia. The vehicle groaned and creaked as its dented and... Continue Reading →

Little Jonnie: Yappy Dog

Little Jonnie sat at the table. He ate Frosted Snowflakes cereal. Sister ate eggs. She was messy. She kept getting them on her face. Father read the newspaper. He put the paper down. “Jonnie, you are a big boy, you take care of Mic now.” Jonnies face gleamed. Sister rolled her eyes. “Father, Jonnie is... Continue Reading →

Here are lots of short story ideas that you can use as writing prompts. Use these story starters on their own or to get ideas for the CWN online writing courses. You'll also find links to more creative writing prompts at the bottom of the page. Source: Short Story Ideas and Creative Writing Prompts

Little Jonnie: Private Club

Little Jonnie woke in the morning. He looked out the window. In the lot, next to his house, he saw a large box. He dressed quickly and ran outside without breakfast. He pulled the box to his house. He thought it would make the best fort. Jonnie got craft paints and decorated it. He painted... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Scare at Wellington Farm – Part 8

The door swung open and Griswold walked into the apartment. There was not much light but there was enough to see his roommate, Grease, sat on the couch. He held a small white cigarette-like stick that he had just lit. Small wisps of smoke rose from it. Grease looked at him wide eyed and froze as if he was a child who had just been got caught raiding the cookie jar. Griswold closed the door and walked across the room. He sat a case of beer and a green bottle of Huntsman next to some dark brown bottles and a small metal tin on the coffee table.

Oubliette: Scare at Wellington Farm – Part 7

Pete saw a car in the distance lose control on the icy road and come to a stop on the side. As he approached, he saw the silhouette of the driver and slowed down to see if he needed help. The driver was tall and wore a wide-brimmed hat. When he motioned him on, Pete sped back up and continued towards the abandoned farmhouse where he last saw Griswold.

Oubliette: Scare at Wellington Farm – Part 6

The melody of Brain Damage woke Griswold; it was the song he chose when someone in Spartan Hills Investigative Paranormal Squad called him. The light from his phone on the equipment table briefly illuminated the basement of the abandoned farmhouse. When the tune finished, darkness returned and Griswold continued to lie on the floor. He tried to remember what just happened. There were eyes staring at him in the darkness, he fell to the floor, and he was alone. There was something in the room with him as he remembered it grabbing him. The only certainty was that he was alive.

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