Category Archives: Short Stories

San Oku En Jiken

50 years ago this morning, four bank employees in Japan were transporting almost 300 million yen designated as bonuses for Toshiba workers. As they passed Fuchu Prison, a police motorcycle drew alongside, signalling them to pull over. After they complied, … Continue reading

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The Last Son of Heaven

He moved in with his sister, and got a job as a street-sweeper. As was characteristic of his forgetfulness, he somehow managed to get lost on his first day. Seeking help, this seemingly-ordinary urban worker doubtless dumbfounded passers-by when he told them the following… Continue reading

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Eat Your Heart Out, Sophocles

“The most terrible thing is that the possibility didn’t even register until I found out his mother’s maiden name. Even then, it seemed a coincidence….but who really believes in them any more? Up till then he’d looked like the cute … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Mennen

“Think ‘Soapy’ will swing the V.P. slot at the Convention?” Jeff London threw a sidelong glance at his companion driving their Studebaker Champion. It was hard to believe that this sweaty, uncouth figure was of such esteemed reputation around the … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Smooth Forest

Meticulous was the preparation. Horrifying, the execution. As an officer and, no doubt, a gentleman, it behooved Captain Swayne to take all necessary precautions when administering the…technique. He and his assistants – men of the North Cork Militia – clad … Continue reading

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One Man’s Supervillain…

Comrades & Friends, It is all a matter of perspective: The one that you think of as a hero – fighting crime, exposing corruption, upholding liberty for all decent, hard-working families… – is the same individual to us represents everything … Continue reading

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Of Dubious Reliability

“When I confronted him, he denied that he’d ever said anything of the sort.” Dieter looked confused at this point, so Walter added, “And it’s not like the guy was lying – at least, I don’t think he was – … Continue reading

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