short stories


Heya, Fiendlings. Sorry for the long bout of silence. In case you weren't paying attention to the last blog post, my site experience some technical difficulties. So for your patience, here's a brand new Fiends' tale for your ear-holes Be afraid. This one will destroy what's left of your childhood.


Written and performed by Paul Elard Cooley

This presentation is copyright 2010 by Paul Elard Cooley.

Intro music, "Tread On My Dreams" provided by the band "A Love For Enemies" available from Mevio's "Music Alley". Check it out at Mevio. Outro music provided by Nine Inch Nails from their album "Ghosts" via a Creative Commons License. Please visit their site. Visit for more free stories as well as my rant casts.

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Story Clouds...

I don't know how she did this, but my wife created clouds for three of my stories. So I've gone ahead and attached them.



The Things I Do For Love


First Day of Vacation--New Story

Some days you get lucky. Some days when you're struggling through a bit of story, you realize you're writing shit and you stop. That's when I start going through my own dead-letter file, the place where remnants are stored. Fragments of stories that start, but never go anywhere. And when you get lucky, you reconnect with something. In a strong way.

I'm still editing what I wrote today, but basically I managed to sling through nearly 4k words in just a couple of hours. I like the voice of the character, and he's still raging through my skull. I've a feeling he's going to show up again. Which is good, because I like him.

I blame this latest story on Matt Wallace. I've been reading his book The Next Fix. His narration and characters kind of crawl into your brain and damage the neurons. It leaves a frenetic hangover of voice and image. And I love it.

Okay, more information later. And yeah, I'm still working on a review for The Next Fix. Cheers for now.

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