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Dark Tales and Flash Fun - Free - KenMagee - 13 Apr 2016 12:50 PM

Dark Tales and Flash Fun brings together my extensive collection of drabbles (100 word stories) with three short stories I wrote for other publications. And, to celebrate it's release... it's free.

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Here's the blurb.

In this anthology of wonderfully imagined tales we encounter captivating twists and turns, laugh out loud moments and intriguing entertainment from start to finish. The subject matter includes demons and vampires, Hollywood and electric chairs… there’s even a seasick seagull.

RE: Dark Tales and Flash Fun - Free - KenMagee - 20 Apr 2016 01:45 PM

Here's one of the drabbles (100 word stories) from Dark Tales and Flash Fun...

This’ll be the Day When I Die

My knuckles tensed white as I gripped the bridge’s outer railings. The wind lifted my hair and the crashing sound of rushing waters, hundreds of feet below, assaulted my ears. Thoughts of numerous pathetic attempts filled my brain.

‘This time I will do it,’ I told myself. ‘No more failures.’

I leaned forward and let go. I accelerated earthward as gravity took a hold. Terror engulfed me but serenity quickly replaced the fear.

Ironically, I’d never felt so alive.

‘The bungee rope should tighten soon’ was the last thought I ever had as my face smashed into the freezing water.

RE: Dark Tales and Flash Fun - Free - KenMagee - 29 Apr 2016 05:19 PM

Here's another drabble from the book...

The Show

“Today, Beth and Steve join us on the show,” announced the host, a cheesy grin spread like Dairylea across his face.


“Steve’s here to find out the results of the DNA test to tell if he’s the father of little Jamie. Beth says he is, but Steve says she’s been sleeping around, so God only knows who the father is.”


“So here are the results...” he opened the gold envelope.

“Steve,” pause for effect, “you are the father!”


“And hold on, this is unusual,” longer pause for bigger effect, “Beth, you are not the mother.”

Rapturous cheers.

Author’s Note. It never ceases to amaze me how willing some people are to air their dirty laundry on national TV.

RE: Dark Tales and Flash Fun - Free - KenMagee - 01 Jul 2016 08:58 AM

Here's another drabble from the book.

50 Shades of Denial

“Her best friend saw me out with a blonde.”

“And that’s when the row started?”

“No. ‘Just business,’ I said. Then she saw the love note.”

“OK. The note sparked the row?”

“No. ‘It’s obviously a joke,’ I said, but then she smelt the perfume.”

“OK. The smell brought the hell?”

“No. ‘Got squirted in a department store,’ I said. That’s when she found the panties.”

“Right! That’ll be the row now, then?”

“No. I told her they were a present. ‘For me?’ she asked. ‘Nope,’ I said, ‘sure you’d never fit into those’… and that’s when the row started.”

Author’s Note. As one (female) reader pointed out, all he had to do was say the present was in fact for his wife... no woman would ever say that he'd bought the wrong size, particularly not a size too small! So there's the proof, if proof were needed, that women are much smarter than men.

RE: Dark Tales and Flash Fun - Free - KenMagee - 31 Aug 2016 03:27 PM

Here's another drabble from the book...

Newspaper Headlines

The first headline to catch my eye stated ‘UK is Slipping Down Global League Tables in Reading and Geography’. Apparently we’re languishing twenty places behind Estonia. It appears that few of our children would understand ‘languishing’ nor could they pinpoint Estonia on a map.

The next headline read ‘Overuse of Antibiotics is a Ticking Time Bomb’. Bacteria are cleverly adapting and becoming resistant to the drugs. The growing resistance poses a bigger danger to the nation than terrorism.

Depressed, I stopped reading, it seems our kids are getting dumber, bacteria are getting smarter… this is not going to end well.

RE: Dark Tales and Flash Fun - Free - KenMagee - 05 Nov 2016 11:23 AM

Here's another drabble from the book...

The Seasick Seagull

I bob up and down, rather majestically, on a wave. Up and down.

Baaaaaaarrfff. There I go, sick again. This is ludicrous. I’m constantly seasick and I’m supposed to be a SEA-gull, for goodness sake.

I can’t take this anymore. There’s nothing else for it. I spread my wings and start my funny little run across the top of the water. Eventually, I lift off gracefully before the next wave swooshes in. I climb steadily up into the clear blue sky and soon catch a warm air current. I soar, rather majestically, above the hateful ocean.

Baaaaaaarrfff. Damn this vertigo.

RE: Dark Tales and Flash Fun - Free - KenMagee - 19 Mar 2018 11:00 AM

Another drabble from Dark Tales and Flash Fun... and the book's free at the moment.


Last night’s storm had littered the beach with thousands of starfish. Ahead of me a young boy stopped occasionally to throw one back into the ocean.

“They’ll die if left on the sand,” he told me when I caught up.

“There are too many, you’re not going to make much of a difference,” I said.

He tossed another starfish into the sea. “I made a difference to that one!”

He hadn’t seen the seals which were catching and eating every one he threw. I hadn’t the heart to tell him. He was too young to have his idealistic dreams crushed.

Author’s Note. Inspired by The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977). Many motivational speakers use the starfish story (without the seals!) to counter the argument which many people use as an excuse for inaction - ‘I’m just one person, I can’t make a difference’. The Dalai Lama countered the same argument in a different way “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”