Short Stories

THREE

Three by David Christopher Johnston was first published by UK publisher, Bandit Fiction, on 6 January 2021. 

Three is a comedy romance about a widower who reluctantly attends a speed-dating event at his local village hall.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA CLAUS

The Truth About Santa Claus is a festive comedy story by David Christopher Johnston. 

When Holly, aged six, discovers her parents have been telling her fibs about the Easter Bunny, she starts to wonder if the man with the big white beard and red suit is make-believe, too. So with the help of her school friends she decides to investigate.

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THE INFINITE WOES OF BEING A HERO

The Infinite Woes of Being a Hero by David Christopher Johnston was first published by UK publisher, Bandit Fiction, on 5 August 2020. 

An hilarious satirical fantasy, The Infinite Woes of Being a Hero tells the story of a knight in shining armour who hates his job and longs to quit. Stallions, princesses and handsome knights mix with social media, networking dinners and HR to poke fun at the modern workplace, class prejudice and fairy tales.

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THE MAN IN THE RAIN

The Man in the Rain is a mystery story with humorous edges by David Christopher Johnston. 

As Nathan and Cassie wait for a bus during a storm, they notice a strange man lurking in the shadows across the road. Who is the mysterious man? What is he doing? And why is he standing in the rain? 

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LAST DAY

Last Day is a short story by David Christopher Johnston. It is the tale of a devoted husband and his memories of love.

You were here on Tuesday. It was a cold morning; the sky was so clear and strikingly blue that it looked like an oil painting. The sun had risen long before me and peeped in through a crack in the curtains. It bounced off a glass vase and danced in colour… 

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EIGHTY-FOUR

Eighty-Four is a poem by David Christopher Johnston about the Western societal depiction of “masculinity” and “manliness”, and the role they play in male suicide. 

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WARD 31

Ward 31 is a short story by David Christopher Johnston. It is a tale of insomnia, boredom, pain and friendship beneath the watchful eye of a ticking God. 

Written several years ago, Ward 31 was the author’s first short story and is available here for the first time. 

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