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Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep (published July 1, 2018 by Literary Wanderlust) In his previous collection, Not Quite so Stories, David S. Atkinson twisted reality with small absurdities. Roses are Red, Violets are Stealing Loose Change from my Pockets While I Sleep leaves sanity completely behind, pondering modern life through surreal humorous flash fiction involving Margaret Thatcher, jam appearing in boxers overnight, Gene Roddenberry, and more.

Apocalypse All the Time (published January 1, 2017 by Literary Wanderlust) Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism. Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop…one way or another. Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.

Not Quite so Stories (published March 1, 2016 by Literary Wanderlust) The traditional explanation for myth (including such works as the relatively modern Just so Stories by Rudyard Kiping) is an attempt by humans to explain and demystify the world. That's crap. We may be able to come to terms with small pieces, but existence as a whole is beyond our grasp. Life is absurd, ultimately beyond our comprehension. The best we can do is to proceed on with our lives in the face of that. The stories in this collection proceed from this idea, examining how the different characters manage (and/or fail) to do this.

"Not Quite So Stories" by David S. Atkinson on Ganxy

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Short Stories:

"Washington Crossing the Language Barrier to Get to the Other Side of Pecos Street," to be published in Punch Drunk Press.

"Syndication Washes All the Color Out of Life but it Still Beats Emptying the Dishwasher Any Day," to be published December 14, 2018 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.

"Selling Caramel Turtles at the Concessions is Only Going to Confuse Visitors as to the Intended Use of the Reptile Ones in the Tanks" published August 27, 2018 in Idle Ink.

"In the Interests of Flame-Broiled Disclosure" published in Volume 13, no 2 of Wilderness House Literary Review.

"Sixteenth Century French Literature Still Makes Me Feel Vulnerable Even Though I've Almost Finished the Whole Ten Day Course of That New Antibiotic" published July 2, 2018 in KLEFT JAW ISSUE #13.

"Lee Iacocca Worked for so Many Car Companies Because he'd Keep Doing Blow and Forgetting Where he Worked" published July 15, 2018 in the first issue of flash & cinder.

"I'd Say it was Starting to Get Ridiculous if that Didn't Imply that this Garbage had Just Started Recently" published March 24, 2018 in KLEFT JAW Spring 2018 ISSUE #12.

"Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips Sound Like a Good Idea Though Halfway Through the Bag You Inevitably End Up Questioning the Direction of Your Entire Life and Maybe Want to Die a Little" published March 20, 2018 in issue 5 of The Ginger Collect.

"The French Have Some Explaining to do Regardless Whether or not the Irish Authorize the Mortgage Refinance" published in Issue 9 (June 15) of formercactus.

"'Psychomania' Resulted in the Deaths of Hundreds of Angst-Riddled Teenagers, but the Important Thing is that the Crap About the Toad Made No God Damned Sense" published March 9, 2018 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.

"Not Everyone Gets to be an Astronaut so Don't Hold Your Breath Trying to Practice" published March 26, 2018 in Spelk.

"The Indoctrination of Little Bee" published April 22, 2018 in Fictive Dream.

"First Night of Work" to be published in the addiction anthology Cheeseburger Nebula Galactic Press is putting together.

"Colloidal Suspensions Are Mixtures of Small Particles Dispensed in Gas or Liquids Regardless Whether You Had a Building Permit When They were Made or Not" published February 2, 2018 by Punch Drunk Press.

"A Dog is Just a Human With More Hair Anyway and We Didn't Feel Like Walking All the Way to the Gas Station" published December 8, 2017 at Philosophical Idiot‏.

"The Flavor of that Brach's Milk Maid Royal Was Either Memory or Prophecy, Though that was Overwhelmed by Vanilla Caramel" published December 8, 2017 in Vol 3 No 2 Fall/Winter 2017 of the Mojave River Review

"A Nickel is Not a Quarter and Nachos Aren't Even an Option" published December 1, 2017 in Dodging The Rain.

"No Way Out Once Inside" published January 5, 2018 at Ellipsis Zine.

"Sir James Frazer Determined the Maytag Repairman was a Modernization of the Flying Dutchman Legend, but he Forgot by the Time He Sobered Up Enough to Find Paper and Never Wrote it Down" published December 10, 2017 in KLEFT JAW Fall/Winter 2017 ISSUE #11.

"Plumbing Facilities in the City of New Orleans May Be the Most Memorable Thing About the Trip" published October 13, 2017 at Philosophical Idiot‏. 

"John Henry Was a Blue Steel-Providing Man" published October 3, 2017 at Friday Flash Fiction.

"Counting Cards Without Using Numbers" published October 5, 2017 in issue 9 of Boston Accent Lit.

"The Only Reason We Were Drinking Mellow Yellow in the First Place Was Because it Was Only 49 Cents" published October 21, 2017 in Occulum.

"Coriolis Was Not One of Shakespeare's Better Plays Regardless of Any Titular Character's Desire to Serve the Public" published in issue 21 (December 2017) of Thrice Fiction.

"Mission Instructions May Differ, but That's No Reason We Can't All Have a Picnic in the Park" published July 26, 2017 Philosophical Idiot‏.

"International Incidents and White Beans, Not to Mention a Duck" published May 17, 2017 in the Flash Special May 2017 17.5 issue of Blue Fifth Review's Blue Five Notebook Series.

"God Bless Us, Everyone" published March 19, 2017 in issue 167 of Squawk Back.

"There is Some Significance to These Things, Even When Cut off From the Original Structures of the Past" published in the Spring 2017 issue of Midnight Circus.

"Histamine" published in the May 2017 issue of The Airgonaut.

"All I Wanted Was Coffee, but Van Gogh Had to Play His Little Game" published June 23, 2017 at Jellyfish Review.

"90% of All Sourdough Turtles Break Apart in the Water on Their Very First Trip to the Sea" published February 15, 2017 in True Truth Serum Vol. 1 from Truth Serum Press. Also as Kindle, Kobo, ePub, NOOKBook, and iBook.

"Big Wheel Keeps on Turning, Little Wheel Abandoned Its Spouse and Children to Pursue Its Dreams of Becoming a Part-Time Mime in Spain" published January 22, 2017 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.

"Time is to Space as Frankfurters are to that Guy Who Hangs Out at Home Depot Asking If You Want to Borrow His Punky Brewster DVDs" published February 2017 in Blink-Ink #26 Space.

"Michael Rennie was There the Day I Forgot my Bus Pass, But He Told Me Which Metro Line Went to the Ziegfeld Follies" published November 28, 2016 in issue #26 of The Harpoon Review.

"Desperately Seeking Sea Level" published in the November 2016 issue of The Airgonaut.

"Ten Gallon Hats Full of Cottage Cheese and the Grassroots Movement to Free K" published December 13, 2016 in Freak Pure Slush Vol. 13. Also available as an iBook, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and an ePub.

"Continental Breakfasts Sound Fancy so You Don't Realize It's a God Damned Muffin and You Should Have Just Gone to Tim Hortons" published September 25, 2016 in the September/Motel issue of Flash Frontier.

"Finnegan on the Case" published May 31, 2017 in This Zine Will Change Your Life. Subsequently republished accompanying pin-up photography by Donigan Artworks in the April 2018 issue of Delicious Dolls magazine.

"Turns Out The Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program Was Not for Fleeing Tax Evasion Charges" published September 22, 2016 as part of the cake theme at Pure Slush.

"The Fox-Trot Is Not One of the Twelve Steps" published August 26, 2016 at 50-Word Stories.

"Just Another Day" published September 24, 2016 in the Fall Issue of Midnight Circus.

"In the Beginning, Good Always Overpowered Taxidermied Chipmunks and Free Frosting Wednesdays at Applebee's" published August 23, 2016 in Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12. Also available as an ePub, an iBook, Kobo, Nook, and on Kindle.

"Night at the Bar- A Predestination Choose Your Own Adventure" published May 27, 2016 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.

"Lord Rutherford's Gold Foil Disco Suits Were a Big Hit in Vegas But the Beryllium Earrings Were Simply Gaudy" published June 15, 2016 as part of the mirror theme at Pure Slush. 

"An Endless Series of Meaningless Miracles" published June 22, 2016 as an excerpt from Not Quite so Stories in issue 12 ("In the Age of Miracles") of Midnight Circus.

"Tony Robbins Told Fred to Follow Others' Dreams Instead of His Own Because They Thought Bigger" published June 10, 2016 in tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11! Available at Lulu in print, as an epub, as an iBook, for Kindle, for Kobo, and for Nook.

"Jesse's Damn Bacon" published March 24, 2016 at Cheeseburger Nebula.

"No Way to Run a Railroad" published April 20, 2016 in issue 24 of Literary Orphans.

"Exxon Stole my Oatmeal" published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.

"Polident Commercials for Indentured Servitude" published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.

"Deliberately Missing Henry Kissinger" published May 15, 2016 in Issue V, Volume VII of Connotation Press.

"Marc Summers Instigated the Bloods and Crips War so He Deserves Everything He Gets" published March 23, 2016 as part of the suit theme at Pure Slush.

"Hernández de Biedma Owes Me a Weekend" published May 4, 2016 in the Spring Quarterly – (Spring 2016 / 16.4) of Blue Five Notebook.

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"Lessons of the Moon and Gore-Tex® Thermals" published June 7, 2018 as part of the moon series at Punch Drunk Press.

"To Be Opened After The World Ends" published May 22, 2015 at Enclave as part of their #finalpoem series.

"A Bourbon Poetry Submission," published in the bourbon poetry anthology Small Batch from Two of Cups Press (presale now open).



My review of Person/a by Elizabeth Ellen, published June 7, 2017 at The Lit Pub.

My review of My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers by Fiona Helmsley, published March 22, 2017 at Digging Through The Fat.

My review of Movieola! by John Domini, published June 8, 2016 at Entropy.

My review of I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows, published May 23, 2016 at The Lit Pub.

My review of Tyler’s Last by David Winner, published May 10, 2016 at Change Seven Magazine.

My review of Daughters of Monsters by Melissa Goodrich, published March 21, 2016 at The Lit Pub.

My review of Kathy Flann’s Get a Grip, published March 2, 2016 on The Lit Pub.

My review of Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman, published October 22, 2015 at [Pank].

My review of After the Gazebo by Jen Knox, published October 6, 2015 at Change Seven Magazine.

My review of Last Mass by Jamie Iredell, published June 25, 2015 at The Lit Pub.

My review of The Devils That Have Come to Stay by Pamela DiFrancesco, published June 18, 2015 at [Pank].

My review of What Lies in Wait by James H. Duncan, published June 15, 2015 in Issue No. 8 of Buffalo Almanack.

My review of Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, published April 30, 2015 at InDigest.

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'Your Lifelong Dream' On 'Marge vs. the Monorail' and the enduring timelessness of The Simpsons"published August 15, 2017 at The Dot and Line

My guest post about my ideas for stories, published June 2, 2013 on The Story Prize's blog.

"Short Stories Present a Divine Singularity," published on the blog for Atticus Books as part of National Short Story Month.

"Hiding the Hacker Instinct: Or, No Oppressor Strategy Can Be More Successful Than Training the Oppressed to Oppress Himself/Herself," published (under the pen name Phineas Phreak) in the Summer 2011 issue of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.

"Ethical and Legal Pitfalls Hidden in Inventorship" published in the September 2007 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer.

"a security hole at s-cwis" published (under the name Phineas Phreak) in the Winter 1998-1999 (Volume 15, Number 4) issue of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.


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