Short Stories


THE INFINITE WOES OF BEING A HERO

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

A comedy with a fantasy twist, 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.

Click HERE to read the published story free at Bandit Fiction.


THE MAN IN THE RAIN

The Man in the Rain is a mystery story 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? READ MORE


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… READ MORE


EIGHTY-FOUR

Eighty-Four is a poem by David Christopher Johnston which considers the role of masculinity and the Western societal depiction of “manliness” as key contributing factors in male suicide. READ MORE


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. READ MORE