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Top 50 Classic Short Stories

 

1 Mother's Day by dualwriter

A short story that remembers Mothers

Age Rating: Anybody
Tags: Tear Jerker
Downloads: 962| Votes: 111 | Score: 9.45
Size: 8KB | 1,594 words | Posted:

2 Always a Marine by Ernest Bywater

What does an old man do when confronted with a danger? He remembers what he is, he remembers his oath to "fight all enemies, foreign and domestic." The story title says it all.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Politics, Violence, War, Military, Vignettes
Downloads: 7189| Votes: 946 | Score: 9.39
Size: 32KB | 6,491 words | Posted:

3 Plea for an American Hero by Misguided Child

This is an old man's last rant to an anonymous visitor. You probably shouldn't read it.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Politics
Tags: Politics
Downloads: 1649| Votes: 149 | Score: 9.13
Size: 8KB | 1,593 words | Posted:

4 A Tribute, on This Holiday by Lance Manne

An old warrior is honored for his sacrifice.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: True
Tags: Military, Aging
Downloads: 1226| Votes: 132 | Score: 9.12
Size: 3KB | 754 words | Posted:

5 The Magic of an Old Veteran's Dream by Lance Manne

The old veteran was feeble and frail. Would his final dream ever come true? I could make it happen. Would I take the time? Would those tired old eyes ever sparkle again?

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: True
Tags: Historical, Military, Aging
Downloads: 1659| Votes: 154 | Score: 8.99
Size: 11KB | 2,327 words | Posted:

6 Coming Home by Ernest Bywater

Father's been away 3 years. His young family's meeting him at the airport. --- Bad Fred, said --- It's poignant, and you hit the right notes. If I didn't know it was your story and trust you, I would have drifted away in the first few paragraphs. It moved slowly. It was lovely, but it wasn't hitting my "what happens next?" buttons. Well, until the end when it all comes together. Readers who stick with it will be rewarded. Set in Australia.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Politics, Military, Workplace, Vignettes
Downloads: 4431| Votes: 483 | Score: 8.92
Size: 11KB | 2,221 words | Posted:

7 Dombo and Angel by jeff thomas

Man's wife reminises about their life together during his posthumus induction to baseball's Hall of Fame. An often humorous, always piognant look at the differances between his public baseball life and their private family life.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Humor, Drama, Baseball, Tear Jerker
Downloads: 1179| Votes: 104 | Score: 8.88
Size: 28KB | 5,517 words | Posted:

8 One Gold Eagle by Argon

Max Wagner, former carpenter, lives on the streets of San Francisco. His only goal is the next mug of moonshine. Fate intervenes in the persons of a famous singer and a friendly young widow, but then Max has to prove himself in the face of a catastrophe.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Historical
Tags: Romance, Drama, Historical
Downloads: 3604| Votes: 424 | Score: 8.86
Size: 33KB | 6,430 words | Posted:

9 Fun Run by Ernest Bywater

The Ghost Reporter of the local newspaper is at the finish line of the 20 km City Fun Run. What he sees and reports moves his column from page three to the front page. Set in Australia.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: General
Tags: Sports, Young Adult, Vignettes
Downloads: 4131| Votes: 434 | Score: 8.79
Size: 7KB | 1,656 words | Posted:

10 Visiting Queensland by Pedant

Gordy and Weena (4)
Gordy and Weena visit the Hollisters in Queensland and encounter nasty insects and public health problems.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: True
Tags: Romance, True
Downloads: 2272| Votes: 236 | Score: 8.54
Size: 46KB | 8,528 words | Posted:

11 The Bell Ringer by Jake Rivers

Crane Hanson fights alcoholism bought on by the hell he found in WWII. A man's journey through a personal hell towards redemption and love.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Addiction, Christmas
Downloads: 2720| Votes: 249 | Score: 8.50
Size: 49KB | 9,910 words | Posted:

12 Coincidence by Denham Forrest

This is a very short story, more of a cameo. If I was to say anything more, there would be little point in anyone reading it. / (Reviews)

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 6756| Votes: 524 | Score: 8.43
Size: 11KB | 2,234 words | Posted:

13 Remington .44 by woodmanone

A Story in the The Trilogy and More Western Universe
A tale of the old west in the turbulent times following the Civil War. A young man sort of follows in his father's footsteps.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Western
Tags: Drama, Historical, Western
Downloads: 6424| Votes: 527 | Score: 8.25
Size: 45KB | 8,772 words | Posted:

14 I Lived a Life by Trabant The Lion

Jeff is 82 years old. He has lived a life so complete, that on the day his wife dies, he feels no need to continue it.
Premier members only

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Biography
Tags: Coming of Age, Romance, Drama, Violence, Tear Jerker, Aging
Downloads: 1176| Votes: 118 | Score: 8.20
Size: 18KB | 3,588 words | Posted:

15 I Took a Memory to Lunch by Denham Forrest

A man discovers that sometimes, our memories are recalling a life as viewed through rose tinted spectacles.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 2773| Votes: 257 | Score: 8.19
Size: 48KB | 9,117 words | Posted:

16 El Paso City by Jake Rivers

The lovely woman sitting next to Jack on the plane shocked him when she told him her name was Felina. He was intrigued with the mystery presented by the proposition that maybe Faleena didn't die in the shootout behind Rosa's Cantina. Please read "El Paso - Jake Rivers" first.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, Historical, Western
Downloads: 2208| Votes: 213 | Score: 8.17
Size: 42KB | 8,472 words | Posted:

17 'twas the Day Before Easter by Lance C

Terrorists attack the Mall of America.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Violence
Downloads: 1804| Votes: 156 | Score: 8.16
Size: 14KB | 2,738 words | Posted:

18 A Christmas in Peril by Lance Manne

A Christmas Story
A grouchy old man is about to spend another Christmas alone,until there is a knock at the door. Is there a second chance for Christmas joy?

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Drama
Tags: Christmas
Downloads: 2820| Votes: 204 | Score: 8.12
Size: 25KB | 5,048 words | Posted:

19 Venice in August by Denham Forrest

A short tale -- very loosely -- based on an encounter I had with a childhood friend in that beautiful city one summer about ten or fifteen years ago; okay maybe a little longer. Only my encounter - whilst extremely enjoyable for both of us -- had a completely different outcome, neither of us are widowed.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 2973| Votes: 275 | Score: 8.07
Size: 36KB | 6,951 words | Posted:

20 Molly, Alyssa, and Me by woodmanone

An older man helps two young runaways and gets a reward.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama
Downloads: 5649| Votes: 588 | Score: 8.00
Size: 49KB | 9,909 words | Posted:

21 Hey, Joe! by Jake Rivers

Danny comes home from 'Nam and when he see his buddy's girl he knows she's the one he wants. The fun starts when he tells his friend, "She's the cutest girl I've ever seen, I'll tell you face to face I mean to steal her from you." Joe was not pleased by this.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, War
Downloads: 2501| Votes: 293 | Score: 7.98
Size: 42KB | 8,511 words | Posted:

22 Unexpected Adventure by Celtic Bard

A Dark Wars Tale
Edgar Laetham had enough. He had spent enough time shedding blood and losing friends for Queen and country. A chance encounter with an old friend from Australia while recovering from a wound in Bahrain a year after the First Gulf War sent his life on a different path. How different he would not know until one fateful, rain-soaked day while driving his new charge through the streets of Harrow. After that day, he knew life with Dame Alice Spencer-Killdare would never be the same. Or boring!

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Crime, Violence, Alternate Universe, Shapeshifters
Downloads: 2843| Votes: 194 | Score: 7.98
Size: 30KB | 5,903 words | Posted:

23 The Bull Dog Breed by Robert E. Howard

A Sailor Steve Costigan Story
Nobody gets away with kicking Steve's bull dog Mike. First appeared in the magazine Fight Stories February 1930. In the public domain.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Pulp Classic
Downloads: 1055| Votes: 104 | Score: 7.98
Size: 35KB | 7,003 words | Posted:

24 Sarah by TC Allen

Some love endures beyond the grave, no matter what the cynics tell us. Sarah gave me something her husband couldn't buy with all his wealth. Sarah gave me Sarah.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Spiritual
Downloads: 2383| Votes: 276 | Score: 7.97
Size: 11KB | 2,189 words | Posted:

25 Best Served Cold by Shakes Peer2B

A Justiceman Episode (2)
Part of the The Post Sickness World of Phoenicia universe
In the post-Sickness Arizona territory, rape and murder are not uncommon. If you're going to commit these acts, though, you'd best be careful who your victims are. Bad guys are not always the baddest guys around.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Western, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Downloads: 8671| Votes: 901 | Score: 7.95
Size: 28KB | 5,315 words | Posted:

26 The Hangman Cometh by woodmanone

A Story in the The Trilogy and More Western Universe
Johnny Rawlings is in jail waiting for The Hangman

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Western
Tags: Crime, Drama, Western
Downloads: 3348| Votes: 336 | Score: 7.94
Size: 23KB | 4,398 words | Posted:

27 A Prayer for Santa by Jake Rivers

Charlie's gig as a department store Santa Claus doesn't go so well. Can he find redemption? / (Reviews)

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Addiction
Downloads: 2170| Votes: 178 | Score: 7.94
Size: 38KB | 7,500 words | Posted:

28 I Will Visit Her Grave Someday by Harrison_0978

Years after he had promised to visit the grave of a lovely girl who had died much too young, and aided by a few friends, Kent kept his word.
Premier members only

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 2179| Votes: 149 | Score: 7.94
Size: 33KB | 6,416 words | Posted:

29 Funny, How Time Slips Away by Denham Forrest

Just the ups and downs of one man's life. One of my older stories, and the first of mine that was posted widely on the internet.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 6892| Votes: 435 | Score: 7.93
Size: 31KB | 6,156 words | Posted:

30 The Cobbler and the Brownies by Stultus

A Story in the Once Upon a Time... Universe
How can a poor Cobbler find his Luck and win the hand of a Lady fair? Spend an evening with the local Brownies! (but don't let them catch you!) A old-fashioned Fairy Tale perfect for a bedtime story!
Premier members only

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Fable
Tags: Humor, Historical
Downloads: 1752| Votes: 184 | Score: 7.93
Size: 41KB | 7,637 words | Posted:

31 Night Moves by Carter County

A young man and a young woman share night moves
Premier members only

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 2056| Votes: 177 | Score: 7.93
Size: 30KB | 6,031 words | Posted:

32 Kathy and the Banker by Harrison_0978

While driving home from a funeral, a bank branch manager stops for car troubles, gives blood while waiting for car repairs, and meets a shy, lovely girl probably half his age.
Premier members only

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, True
Downloads: 2480| Votes: 223 | Score: 7.92
Size: 13KB | 2,622 words | Posted:

33 The Hanging Judge by woodmanone

If you're guilty, you better hope you don't come before the hanging judge

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama
Downloads: 3052| Votes: 312 | Score: 7.91
Size: 33KB | 6,242 words | Posted:

34 Last Patrol by LVWolfman

Dedicated to my fellow veterans, those who made it back and those who didn't.It's the early 1970's and Dennis is about two weeks away from rotating back to the world after his tour in Viet Nam. He's looking forward to seeing his wife again and his daughter for the first time. Join him on his "Last Patrol".
Premier members only

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Drama, Historical
Downloads: 2089| Votes: 235 | Score: 7.91
Size: 15KB | 2,793 words | Posted:

35 Five Ultra Short Stories by Ernest Bywater

Five short stories, entries in a contest for stories under 100 words with a twist on the end. See if you can guess the twist before you get to it. / (Reviews)

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Comedy
Tags: Humor, Vignettes
Downloads: 2043| Votes: 137 | Score: 7.91
Size: 2KB | 441 words | Posted:

36 Last Rites by TC Allen

Tis is a quick look at the last days of a proud man felled by a stroke.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: True
Tags: True
Downloads: 879| Votes: 114 | Score: 7.91
Size: 6KB | 1,356 words | Posted:

37 One Quantum Leap for Mankind by Lance C

Two super-smart guys do the impossible.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction
Downloads: 2228| Votes: 150 | Score: 7.90
Size: 30KB | 5,754 words | Posted:

38 Dogfight by Jake Rivers

After Billy humiliates Jenny in an Ugly Girl contest, what happens to him? Can the Marines make him a man? Maybe a stint at Khe Sanh would help.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, War, Christmas
Downloads: 4643| Votes: 457 | Score: 7.89
Size: 40KB | 7,853 words | Posted:

39 J.J. and His Sin (Cyn) by woodmanone

Meet the girl, love the girl, protect the girl

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 4522| Votes: 374 | Score: 7.86
Size: 45KB | 9,119 words | Posted:

40 Patrick by Pedant

Gordy and Weena (10)
Patrick feels alone. Mary has died; Rob is very depressed; Weena is upset; Rachel is in Japan with her grandparents. It's a time of transition and growing into middle-school.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: True
Tags: True
Downloads: 2513| Votes: 185 | Score: 7.86
Size: 46KB | 8,455 words | Posted: Concluded:

41 The Horse by Oz Ozzie

An orphan girl encounters a horse in her forest. The horse will change her life
Premier members only

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Kids
Tags: Knights, Witchcraft
Downloads: 2014| Votes: 225 | Score: 7.84
Size: 39KB | 8,009 words | Posted:

42 Three Times! A Lady? by Denham Forrest

A Story in the Spider and Fly Universe
A little wander through realms of improbability, concerning a confused young man and his interactions with one particular member of female of our species. Of course it is possible that the young lady in question, had just came up with a novel approach to solving the problem of "not" being noticed, by her intended pray.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Melodrama
Downloads: 7096| Votes: 526 | Score: 7.82
Size: 44KB | 8,342 words | Posted:

43 Hunted or Hunter by woodmanone

Four men attempt to do something evil. They picked the wrong man as a victim.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Drama, Violence
Downloads: 5450| Votes: 415 | Score: 7.82
Size: 43KB | 8,466 words | Posted:

44 Dragon by JOHNNY SACHU

A young man has no choice in the matter of facing a fierce and deadly dragon threatening himself and everyone. He must go up into its mountain and do battle with the creature, or is it one?

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Mythology
Tags: Dragons
Downloads: 2231| Votes: 186 | Score: 7.82
Size: 37KB | 6,838 words | Posted:

45 Everywhere by woodmanone

After she left, he saw her everywhere

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 4141| Votes: 350 | Score: 7.81
Size: 49KB | 10,058 words | Posted:

46 Final Breath of a Dead God by Celtic Bard

An old man walks through a odd city with his grandson sent to keep an eye on him by his mother. The mother, daughter of a bard, married into the family of an Oligarch. As such, she hates when stories of her father entertaining in pubs filter to her in-laws. Pzerra is there to prevent that. His grandfather takes him to his favorite pub for lunch. A strange man walks in, causing the patrons to eye him hostilely. After he leaves, the boy asks the old man why they hate him so. Thus begins the story! / (Reviews)

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Supernatural, Fantasy, Magic
Downloads: 2039| Votes: 116 | Score: 7.75
Size: 31KB | 5,674 words | Posted:

47 The CIA Exposed: T.a.R.P. Cover Up by Ernest Bywater

Some smart people invent a way to dispose of rubbish, and a few other things. The CIA want their technology, and they won't hand it over. Things heat up. Set in Australia.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Politics, Workplace
Downloads: 3413| Votes: 258 | Score: 7.71
Size: 36KB | 7,122 words | Posted:

48 A Fowl Affair by Lazlo Zalezac

A Story in the The Criminalization of John and Jane Smith Universe
Life was great until Charlie, the rooster, greeted the sun one morning and started a chain of events that rapidly spiraled out of control.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Politics
Tags: Drama, Politics
Downloads: 2352| Votes: 182 | Score: 7.71
Size: 20KB | 3,913 words | Posted:

49 Having It All by JimWar

This is a short story about a man who has a pretty good life, you might even say a rich life. He has things and yet he is lonely. Like most of us he doesn't realize that he is missing something. This is also a story about a young woman who is also missing something in her life. Well to say more would be to give you too much information.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 5315| Votes: 362 | Score: 7.70
Size: 45KB | 8,799 words | Posted:

50 Not What You Think by woodmanone

It wasn't revenge: It was justice

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Crime, Drama, Violence, Detective
Downloads: 3320| Votes: 210 | Score: 7.70
Size: 37KB | 7,343 words | Posted:
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