Free Reads

I’ve been told that I had too many free stories linked from this page, and people couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Therefore, I’ve cut some freebies and organized the rest. Everything is still available, if you click the Sample Sunday posts link, and I just might be persuaded to put together a couple more short story collections. 🙂


On This Site




The Christmas Pool
The place was haunted, but only on Christmas Eve.
Good guys.
Rest In Peace
On the run.
How To Succeed Without Really Trying
A guide for the made man who wants to abide.
On With The Show
Everybody wants to get into the act.
Sample Sunday posts


Meanwhile, Elsewhere….

The following stories were published on other websites and are still archived there. Please let me know if the links don’t work. I check them now and then, but sometimes an archive goes away before I catch it. Thanks!

Fair Trade
Think of the kind of place you want to be, stare into a cup of coffee, and you’ll be there, with a history that you remember even though you know it’s false. Other people will remember you, too.
What’s an unwanted fat woman to do? Plenty.
Til Death Us Do Part
How many times can you dissolve and reform and still be yourself?






A little girl comes to terms with a demon.
The Stinky Awful Girl
The comic, short story of Barfola Snotball.
The Cautionary Tale of Silas Rockport
Written in response to Paul Molyneux’s (editor of Laughter Loaf) remark, “It’s hard to commercialize a holiday based on gratitude and humility.”
I Am Bick Pentameter, Private Eye
A hard-boiled detective story written in…well…iambic pentameter.

At Corydon Quills & Quibbles.

Sure Thing
Never take an alien to the race track. #WordToTheWise


I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

One thought on “Free Reads

  1. James S. Dorr

    November 28, 2011 at 1:39pm

    Hi Marian. Very nice! I blog myself with occasional samples — I call them “lagniappes” — of stories (usually linked, like yours are) or poems just copied into the text, but nothing of this magnitude. Thanks for sharing on the Short Mystery site. (I’m a dark fantasy/horror writer myself, short stories and poetry, with occasional forays into mystery and science fiction. A couple of collections, the latest a book of vampire poetry, plus individual pubs from Alfred Hitchcock’s to Xenophilia and The Yellow Bat Review.)
    James S. Dorr would love to share..Cthulhu Madness; SNM Horror’s December DoomsdayMy Profile

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      Marian Allen

      November 28, 2011 at 3:19pm

      James, my #1 grandson loves horror, though he’s a Lovecraftian Mythos and Zombie man, rather than vampire.

      Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting! Always proud to meet a fellow southern Hoosier. 🙂

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  2. Dave Caudell

    December 28, 2011 at 5:24pm

    Marian, I love your website. Your writing workshop was one of the best classes I have ever taken; in fact I still have all my notes! LOL.

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      Marian Allen

      December 28, 2011 at 5:57pm

      ~blush~ Thanks, buddy. That means a lot to me. You guys were great! I still have the interview I did of you. 🙂

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  3. James Alexander

    February 24, 2015 at 8:56pm

    Hi Ms. Marian!

    Thanks for those free yet quality stories, I’m having a wonderful time reading your pinches of imagination.

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      Marian Allen

      August 20, 2015 at 10:16am

      Thank YOU, Neal! I went and read one of your stories, “The Witch In The Window”, and I’ll be having nightmares for the rest of my life SO THANKS FOR THAT, TOO! ~shivers~ #GladTheKidsAreGrownAndGone
      Marian Allen would love to share..A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSEMy Profile

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  4. hits

    March 30, 2016 at 4:12pm

    Awesome free reads, thanks for these interestng stuff

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