Published Stories

Stan Dryer’s Publications

I currently have 7 published short stories. Some of these are available on-line, others I can send you on request as .docx or PDF files or you can order the printed or electronic magazine containing the story. If requesting a story from me, let me know the format you want.

Whenever a new Stan Dryer story is published, I’ll update this listing. If you have subscribed to my blog, you’ll get a notice that my publication page has been updated.

So as of September 6, 2020, here is the list of my recent publications (more recent first)

Trouble Free Driving (A hit man makes the serious mistake of ignoring the recall notices for his Bugatti.) A short flash-fiction story published in the on-line Autumn Issue of Lowestoft Chronicle. To read this story, click here: Trouble Free Driving

Never Kidnap a Crime Novelist (Martin Wielman, the author of the best selling Buck Slammer private eye series is kidnapped by a young couple greedy for a cut of the advance on his next book. By the end of the story, the couple discovers just how bad a mistake they made.) Published in the September 2020 issue of Mystery Weekly. This story is not available for free directly on-line. If your local library subscribes to Flipster you may be able to view it there. However, some Flipster library subscriptions do not include crime magazines. You can purchase a paper copy of the September issue through Amazon or an electronic version through a digital or Kindle newstand.

Playing Out the Deck. (The narrator of this story learns to play pushup poker from a friend while they are hiking the Appalachian Trail and discovers the importance in life of playing out the deck, a fact that he later uses to turn around his friend’s life.) Published in the September 2020 issue of Fabula Argentea Magazine. To read this story, click here: Playing Out the Deck

The Edge of Solitude (The narrator of this story works winters as a teacher on an island in a remote Canadian lake. He also works summers as Head Counselor at a boy’s camp on the same lake. One summer things happen to disturb his peaceful life.) This story has been electronically published on the May 2020 Edition on the Write Launch site. To read this story click here: Edge of Solitude

The Run. (Harry Staunten, driven from the lovely town of Thatchford by his divorce, longs to regain some standing in the Town.) Published in March 2020 issue of Adelaide Literary Magazine. To find this story click here March 2020 Adelaide Magazine and go to page 35.

Tracking Blackheart Bart. (A science fiction story set in the early West. After escaping from jail, Blackheart Bart seeks asylum with some aliens with interesting results. ) This story may be published in a Rogue Blades anthology Reach for the Sky, Publication, if that occurs, won’t be until much later in the fall of 2020.

Daily Bread. (Millie decides that the poet Agatha Windwhisper has a broken heart and needs help from Millie’s psychologist boss.) In the September 2019 issue of Adelaide Literary Magazine. You can read this story on their site. Click here to read this story: Daily Bread

Finishing off Gammie. (After that incident at the opera, Harry Fredder knows he must kill his mother-in-law. But the tables turn back and forth as each strives to outsmart the other until… but that would be giving away the ending..) Published in the March 2019 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine Ask me for a copy.

The Cookiemeister. (She was tall and blonde and lovely, a goddess in the eyes of fourteen year old Bub. She was also Mr.Henshaw’s mistress. Then Bub blurts out something really stupid.) Published in the March 2019 issue of Adelaide Literary Magazine. There may be some way you can download a copy of this story from their site (see below) but it may be simpler to just ask me for a copy.

*Some stories published in the Adelaide Literary Magazine can be read on their site, When you go to the site, select the magazine issue from those on the right hand side side bar and you will get a copy of the actual magazine that you can peruse page by page. This form of the story provides the best formatting. Note that when you get to the pages you want in the magazine, you can use the wheel on your mouse to enlarge or reduce the size of the text on the screen.

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