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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.
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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. Leslea

    November 14, 2011 at 4:19pm

    Muy generosa!

  2. 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.)

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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. πŸ™‚

  3. 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. πŸ™‚

  4. Bill Brikiatis

    January 7, 2012 at 10:38am

    I like Holiday. Will you be expanding on it in the future. I’d like to see more.

    • Author

      Marian Allen

      January 7, 2012 at 10:59am

      I don’t plan to expand on Holiday. I’m glad it left you wanting more. πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      February 1, 2012 at 12:54pm

      My method is to overcommit, then drink lots and lots of coffee. lol

  5. Holly Jahangiri

    May 1, 2012 at 8:36am

    Meanwhile, elsewhere…

    We need a post if we’re to be a proper periodical! πŸ˜‰ Just sayin’ .. I THINK it’s your turn. Isn’t it?

  6. Helen Ginger

    June 11, 2012 at 6:27pm

    What a list, Marian. Congratulations. And thanks for sharing the covers and links, too.

  7. 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.

    • Author

      Marian Allen

      February 25, 2015 at 7:45am

      Thanks, James! Glad you’re enjoying them. πŸ™‚ Come back for Story A Day in May.

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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

  8. Neal Martin

    August 20, 2015 at 3:29pm

    So I’m told lol…

    That story was actually based on a nightmare I had as a kid. I swear to this day I saw a witch in the window. Although I didn’t kill my parents after…

  9. hits

    March 30, 2016 at 4:12pm

    Awesome free reads, thanks for these interestng stuff

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