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.
+JUST SIMPLY CLICK UPON THE TITLE OF EACH STORY TO VIEW IT IN A NEW WINDOW+
>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.
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…
>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…
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.
>>>>>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…
>>>>>Freedom of Speech
>One attempt at poetry:
>Two random stories that are not part of anything:
>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.”
>>>>>The Ghost Photo
>>>>>Reduce to Silence
>>>>>Inside the [Big] Box
>And, finally, a short story that is destined to become a classic on WordPress:
>>>>>The Unknown Blog
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