Category Archives: Flash Fiction

MONKEY SHINES

BARKHOUSE MONKEYFlash Fictionby Charles McKelvy Pete Barkhouse bought himself a monkey.As a pet mind you.This was back in the late 1950s when you could do such a thing in the Midwest.Large numbers of so-called squirrel monkeys were imported to the … Continue reading

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HISTORICAL FICTION

THE HESITANT HEADSMANFlash Fictionby Charles McKelvy Me Da was of the smithing trade, so, as his first-born son, that is what I was to do.So there I was, one fine spring day, at his forge, bellowing the fire, when up … Continue reading

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A STORY FOR CHRISTMAS

THE BEST CHRISTMAS SHOW EVERa story for Christmasby Charles McKelvy The old couple on 40 acres out on the edge of town were known for their wonderful Christmas sound-and-light shows.Upon seeing it for the first time, many a child, and, … Continue reading

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BROADCAST BOOR

THE ANNOUNCER flash fiction by Charles McKelvy He was told to speak his mind, so he did. Specifically, he called out the rookie pitcher and told the listening public: “That lout couldn’t strike out a hobbled Little League rookie. No, … Continue reading

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THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL Flash Fiction by Charles McKelvy The woman at the garden center promised that “these were the best clippers money could buy. They’re spring-loaded,” she said. “The best!” So he bought the clippers and went straight … Continue reading

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POCKET BOOK

Author’s Note:  I began writing this novella at the Panera restaurant in Saint Joseph, Michigan on July 2, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. EDT. I got the idea from the Moleskine® notebook I bore in my shirt pocket. Hence the title: … Continue reading

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TYPING WRITER

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CHRISTMAS EVE READING

Santa’s Pen a story for Christmas Eve by Charles McKelvy We were at the UPS Store in Saint Joe two days before Christmas to return a faulty computer we had purchased, sight-unseen, from some fly-by-night outfit in California, when I … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS STORIES: TICKET TO RIDE

TICKET TO RIDE a story for Christmas by Charles McKelvy The week before Christmas, the little boy’s big sister took him to Union Station to watch all the happy people boarding trains to see their loved ones for the holidays. … Continue reading

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A CHRISTMAS STORY

  Santa’s New Glasses a story for Christmas by Charles McKelvy The man in the Santa suit left his glasses on the seat as he got off the train. The man behind him, a harried bank executive named Hank, noticed … Continue reading

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FLASH FICTION: ARTISTIC LICENSE

She was so annoyed by the endlessly chattering trio of women that she took action: decisive action. No more blithering and blathering in the Dutch Golden Age galleries of the art museum. No mas. Halt’s Maul! Ruhe, Kinder! Cease and … Continue reading

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RECENT WRITING

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FLASH FICTION

THE ADMIRAL Flash Fiction by Charles McKelvy The nursing home staff smiled every time Mr. Magee said he was an “admiral in the queen’s nay-vee.” They smiled to indulge the man in the memory unit. What was the harm of … Continue reading

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THE WAITING GAME

Nick and Nora loved dogs, and they loved to travel. But they didn’t travel with their dogs, because that was way too much trouble for such a pair of urban sophisticates. So what they did was go the animal shelter … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

FLASH FICTION “You know what you need?” “No. What do I need?” “You need to watch It’s a Wonderful Life.” “What?!?” “The Frank Capra classic. “ “I’m not following.” “You’ve never heard of It’s a Wonderful Life? What rock have … Continue reading

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READ ALL ABOUT IT!

(Author’s note: I am pleased to present the first chapter of my recently completed novella, COLD CASE.  If you would like a signed, printed copy of the complete manuscript, please send me your address and a check for $10 (U.S. … Continue reading

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