william calkins

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William Calkins

I’ve written off and on for thirty years while maintaining careers in music, art, and education. My short stories are told with an improvisational narrative and usually set on a surrealistic stage. Over the last ten years, I’ve developed short fiction covering everything from prose to quirky pulp, to mixed fiction. Most of my work falls within the Fabulist genre. I’ve published online, in Schlock magazine and written a script for a Noir podcast. My objective is to write original and entertaining content for readers everywhere. 

My stories


Ticklish Spots

When I was a small child between the ages of six and ten years old, I spent two weeks during summer vacation staying with my grandparents in Iowa. On...

Salt Shaker

Daisy, a middle-aged waitress with her name embroidered in cursive on her uniform, paused in the middle of filling the diner’s salt shakers to...


Hank's vintage ‘50’s coupe replica glided to a smooth stop in front of Barbie's house. He swiped his palm at the steering wheel and sounded his...

Dog Years

I snuck out of my caboose and stood on the train tracks outside. The feeling of the early summer evening air and the hard iron of track rails under...

Roadside Assistance

A bolt of lightning sizzled to earth in silence and then an explosive crash sounded. The lightning shaft stood out in the western sky where storm...