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.
"Fever When You Kiss Me, Fever When You Contract Diphtheria and Perish in an Antiquated Nebraska Farmhouse Because People Keep Refusing to Vaccinate Their Teenage Goth Children Before Letting Them Watch Old Cannonball Run Movies" published September 17, 2019 in issue seven of Cherry Magazine.
"I Tried to Juice my Fruit Dehydrator and Caused a Temporal Anomaly that Broke the Universe" published June 2, 2019 in issue six of Cherry Magazine.
"We're Still Debating Whether 'Mud' was Really the Name of the Doctor Versus the Monster or if it was What he Called his Sled Since Those Tapes are Due Back to Blockbuster on Thursday" published March 10, 2019 in Potato Soup Journal.
"Transference is a Significant Psychological Problem Requiring Extensive Therapy but Most Will Simply Learn to Live with it Since Magic Lanterns are so Darn Cool" published January 10, 2019 in KLEFT JAW ISSUE #14.1 as part of the special 2 day 2 mini issue event.
"In my Younger and More Vulnerable Years my Father Used to Take me to the Strip Club and Make Me Hold Down Drunks While he Rolled Them for Empty TUMS Travel Containers and Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups" published December 14, 2018 in Flash Fiction Friday at Bizarro Central.
"A Wink May be the Same as a Nod to a Blind Man, but that Doesn't Mean he's Going to Lend You his Credit Cards to Get a Bunch of New Spongebob Squarepants Tattoos Unless You've Got Some Pretty Serious Collateral" published December 5, 2018 in South Broadway Ghost Society.
"Washington Crossing the Language Barrier to Get to the Other Side of Pecos Street" published April 12, 2019 in Punch Drunk Press.
"Syndication Washes All the Color Out of Life but it Still Beats Emptying the Dishwasher Any Day" published December 14, 2018 in Five 2 One Magazine's #thesideshow.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Histamine" published in the May 2017 issue of The Airgonaut.
"A Bourbon Poetry Submission," published in the bourbon poetry anthology Small Batch from Two of Cups Press (presale now open).
“'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.
"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.
"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.