From the Archives [Fictional Machines]

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Before I started the ongoing ‘Progression‘ series this site was a place for me to publish my new short stories.

Over the course of six months last year I shared no less than thirty-five tales here on Fictional Machines. When added together these fictional yarns total 26, 294 words. I created 68 original images [Some are photographs, some are original drawings and paintings-  And some are a combination of both] to accompany the stories as illustrations.

It was this experimentation with creating a mixture of images and words that led to the eventual beginning of ‘Progression‘ [Which, by the way, will be resuming in the very near future!].

Anyway, most of these short stories have been buried behind the first fifty pages of ‘Progression,’ and then behind the recent slew of awards.  I also removed the sidebar entirely a while back to make each post larger and easier to read, so the ‘Archives’ list is no longer there.

I decided to post this list- A virtual “table of contents” for all of the stories from 2012.



>The Dream Journal Series:

I have shared five of these with the public so far [With ‘Dissolution’ being the unofficial #0 in the series].  Even though I have not posted any of these for months I have continued to write and illustrate new ones.  These are all based upon real dreams and I have attempted to recreate each dream through words and images.

>>>>>Dream Journal Zero – Dissolution

>>>>>Dream Journal #1 – The Fifteenth of May

>>>>>Dream Journal #2 – The Twenty-Ninth of May

>>>>>Dream Journal #3 – The Fourteenth of June

>>>>>Dream Journal #4 – The Seventeenth of July



These three posts are the first three chapters of a short novel I wrote last year called ‘Impressions.’ It is a suspense / thriller of sorts that deals with technology being turned against the public to bring down a total police state. 1984 on steroids.  The story is finished and copyrighted and I think I’ve found a home for it. I plan to share more of this with you all in the future.  In the mean time…

>>>>>Impressions [Part One: The New Hire]

>>>>>Impressions [Part Two: Lunch]

>>>>>Impressions [Part Three: Friday Night]


>The Economic Collapse:

These three stories are not directly related to each other, but the central theme of each is the same-  The economic downturn / hard times / the recession effecting different people in different ways…

>>>>>Another Uncertain Future

>>>>>Another Day, Another Dime




The four stories listed below are all separate from each other.  They are only grouped together here because each is a dark tale with horror and / or supernatural elements.

>>>>>The Backwoods of Oblivion

>>>>>The Voice of the Damned

>>>>>The Reptiles in Basement Three

>>>>>A Gruesome Discovery


>Three attempts at humor:

‘Finger Pointing’ was later published as a cartoon on a news website [With permission], ‘Freedom of Speech’ is really more depressing than funny, and the other one, well…

>>>>>Finger Pointing

>>>>>Freedom of Speech

>>>>>A Romantic Dinner By Candlelight


>One attempt at poetry:

>>>>>The Source


>Two random stories that are not part of anything:

>>>>>The Alcoholic

>>>>>Water Down


>The Jack & Charlotte Altomare stories:

Before ‘Progression’ Jack and Charlotte were the focal characters in thirteen stories published here.  These stories are not directly related to what happens in ‘Progression,’ these would be set in the “regular world,” before Jack crosses over to the “other dimension.”

>>>>>Vacant Branches Reaching Out Across the Bitter Decline of the Day


>>>>>The Blue Tint of Tranquility

>>>>>The Sculpture Downtown

>>>>>The Man in the Shadows


>>>>>The Mind’s Eye and the Ticking Clock

>>>>>All that is Necessary…

>>>>>The Ghost Photo

>>>>>Reduce to Silence

>>>>>Inside the [Big] Box

>>>>>Letting Go



>And, finally, a short story that is destined to become a classic on WordPress:

>>>>>The Unknown Blog

from the archives 2 [Original writing & photography by J. E. Lattimer]

© 2013 J. E. Lattimer all rights reserved


10 thoughts on “From the Archives [Fictional Machines]

    1. Thank you very much for the nice comment, Sheri! I feel the same about your work as well! I appreciate all that you’re doing over there- Take care!

    1. Thanks, Mobius! I received an email from a subscriber recently who said they loved Progression but missed the old short stories. I was “unplugged” the last few days, taking a total break from technology and, during that time, decided to put up a table of contents for all of these tales. Also- Your new work is simply incredible! Keep it up & enjoy the day!

  1. I agree, those images pull the eye and mind. Thank you for sharing them and the links to your stories. Congrats on all that writing. May this year be filled with more and even better.

    1. Thank you very much, I appreciate the kind words! I hope that I can keep the creative juices flowing- And the same to you as well, I hope that 2013 is a fantastic year for you over there- Take care!

  2. It’s amazing when you see a year’s work together like this – what an achievement – I too love these images! I’m also going to have to come back! The archive is a great idea.

    1. Thanks, Richard! I took a few days off to “unplug” completely from all technology [Something that I have not done for at least a year- It was great!]. During that break I decided to do this with the archives / table of contents to the old short stories. I spent weeks on some of them, but only had a handful of subscribers back then. I even went back [This week] and ‘dusted off’ a few of the illustrations that accompany them in the process! Thanks, as usual, for the support & the street portraits are impressive! Take care!

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