Eclectic Voices

Fiction, Monologues, Plays & More

Part I: Hunt the Leviathan

By Sean M. Kozma Phaedra stood at the bowsprit of the Skate with one hand holding the forestays and a foot up on the spar. The wind whipped her raven … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Fold

By Chelsea Sutton Originally published in The Rattling Wall’s Only Light Can Do That: 100 Post-Election Poems, Stories & Essays. On November 9, 2016, The Rattling Wall and PEN Center … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Precious Present

By Mark Bate Danny’s twelfth birthday was going really well until she had to kill a man in her kitchen. Ultimately, not the craziest thing that ever happened to her, … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dear Rodrick

Part of our annual Halloween issue. Read at the 2016 Lit Crawl. by Jeff Folschinsky Dear Rodrick, It’s with a heartfelt apology, that I must inform you that I will … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

That Guy

By Sean Kozma I’m a smoker. I know, I know, I shouldn’t smoke. I’ve been wrestling with that one for a while. I’ve quit before, but have always wound up … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Story Challenge: Time Travel

Our Monthly challenge! Please write a story/monologue/ about time travel. Max word count: 500 words. _________________ The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Timeline By Mark … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

100 Word Challenge: Bibliomancy

Challenge of the Month: Bibliomancy–open a random book from your shelf, turn to any random page, and find the third word in the first sentence on that page. That is … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

100 Word Story Challenge: Prophecy, Doom, & Betrayal

For at least one person in history, the 15th of March turned out to be an inauspicious day. For this month’s blog challenge, write a 100-word story on prophecy, doom, … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

One Minute Play Challenge: Valentines

One Minute Play Challenge: Write a play with a Beginning, Middle and End that all happens in One Minute. Theme: Since next month is February the Theme will be Valentine’s Day. Doesn’t … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

100 Word Story Challenge: Science Fiction

Challenge of the month: write a 100 word (or less) science fiction story.   _____________________________________________________ Medical Officer Off Entry This is Med-lab, date 2046-02-25. Dr. Clarence Bender issuing vocal recording. … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

100 Word Story Challenge: Pagan Traditions

Challenge of the month: write 100 word fiction (or less) about a pagan tradition. Real or made-up, it doesn’t matter. ____________________________________________________ A Prayer to Black Friday Hear me, oh high … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Sting

Part of the Halloween Issue 2015 By Sean M. Kozma Jacob realized someone was knocking at the door to his apartment. It was hard to tell the difference between the … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Little Joe Got Out

Part of the Halloween Issue 2015 By Taylor Ashbrook Mckaylah felt faint. Woozy. The candy corn, M&Ms, Mini Snickers and tiny Tootsie Rolls boiled and rumbled. She held very still, … Continue reading

October 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Ticking Of My Heart

Part of the Halloween Issue 2015 By Jeff Folschinsky  She could hear the ticking of the pocket watch. Like the unending heartbeat, it’s gears moved along, pulsating with life. Life … Continue reading

October 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Sparrow and the Raven

May Writing Challenge: Take life lesson that you’ve learned in your Adult Life and turn it into a Grim Style Fairly Tale. By Jeff Folschinsky The sparrow watched the raven flying … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Foul Bob

May Writing Challenge: Take life lesson that you’ve learned in your Adult Life and turn it into a Grim Style Fairly Tale. by Tyler Tanner Foul Bob woke up in a … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Dream Cobbler

May Writing Challenge: Take life lesson that you’ve learned in your Adult Life and turn it into a Grim Style Fairly Tale. by Mark Bate There once lived an old charlatan … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pink Bag of Poo

By Jeff Folschinsky I’ve been mugged three times this year, twice the year before, and twice the year before that. I don’t know why, I guess I’ve just got one … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Reset

Part of the April Writing Challenge. CLICK HERE to read the challenge (Chelsea chose picture C.) By Chelsea Sutton We can feel our breath bouncing back against the masks we’re … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dry Season

Part of the April Writing Challenge. CLICK HERE to read the challenge (Sean chose picture D.) By Sean M. Kozma Sarah pumped at the well tap in the middle of … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

I Wanna Be Loved

Part of the March Writing Challenge: Pick a song that means something to you, then tell the story of the song. (The song that inspired this story is included at … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS (or CATEGORIZED LOVE)

Part of the February Writing Challenge: Write a love story for the thing you love the most. By Taylor Ashbrook She knows what True Love is. Lately, Myrtle finds herself … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Universal Love

Part of the February Writing Challenge: Write a love story for the thing you love the most. by Sean M. Kozma The Universe was in love with itself. Leaving aside for … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Goodbye Moon

Part of the February Writing Challenge: Write a love story for the thing you love the most. By Chelsea Sutton The werewolf dreads that night once a month when she … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Love Story

Part of the February Writing Challenge: Write a love story for the thing you love the most. by Mark Bate She sat in my smoky neon-lit office wearing her usual … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Out of Body

Part of January’s Writing Challenge:  You wake up, or gain consciousness, in a different body. What? How? Why? What do you do now?    By Sean M. Kozma Susan didn’t … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Present

by Sean M. Kozma Part of the December writing challenge: It’s Christmas morning.  As you open your first gift, you are transported to an alternate- universe holiday celebration, in which you are … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grandma’s Discovery

This story was inspired by a photo from AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.  Click on the AWKARD to the left or on the link at the bottom to see the image. by Mark Bate … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dad Kept the Shawl

by Taylor Ashbrook Digging through one of his father’s old trunks, Dennis sneezed. He rocked back on his heels for a moment, rubbing the tickle from his nose. It was … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Black Dog

Part of the Eclectic Voices Halloween Issue by Sean M. Kozma Sleep is for the weak. Sleep is for prey. So says the black dog who lives at the edge … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Scavenger

Part of the Eclectic Voices Halloween Issue by Chelsea Sutton We starved that mouse until you could see its ribs stretching against its skin, one pointy little edge breaking through … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Do You Love Me?

Part of the Eclectic Voices Halloween Issue By Jeff Folschinsky   “Do you love me?” It was a question that had been asked many times. but this year Christy had … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

PART TWO: Turning Around

by Taylor Ashbrook John waited. Let Tommy try to do it alone. But the rocks, though smooth and mostly flat, were put together like a rough mosaic. There were deep … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

PART ONE: Stepping to the Edge

by Taylor Ashbrook Carla stood on the rocks. Her long strawberry hair was pulled up in a swirl of curls on top of her head, early streaks of gray shining … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 4 Comments

Excerpt from LAZARUS

by Sean M. Kozma The following is a excerpt from Sean M. Kozma’s work-in-progress novel Lazarus.  Feedback is welcomed!       Prologue My name is Lazarus and I was … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

Blitzen Reflects

Part of the Eclectic Voices Holiday Issue By Taylor Ashbrook Today is a good day. She can’t stop herself thinking about what she will say. She’s getting her 15 year … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

Night of the Krampus

Part of the Eclectic Voices Holiday Issue by Sean M. Kozma Dasher hid behind the stable, knots twisting in his stomach and the acrid tang of adrenaline in his mouth. … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tales from Little Lump: Alien Season – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 of Jeff Folschinsky’s Tales from Little Lump: Alien Season, a new sci-fi comedy novella now on sale in both Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon.com. “Hold your horses, … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

A Family Affair

Part of the Eclectic Voices Halloween Edition by Ken Patton As the fire roared deep, warm and bright, Benedict sits as close as he can stand it, marveling at how … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 3 Comments

Take Off Your Mask

Part of Eclectic Voices’ Halloween Edition by Taylor Ashbrook Halloween made Pete happy. He’d lost a few girlfriends over it, but, in the moment, he always figured “good riddance.” He … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

Not My Body

Part of the Eclectic Voices Halloween Edition by Chelsea Sutton I can’t feel my legs. I’ve been trying to move them, I think about them, try to imagine the feeling … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Employee Satisfaction Survey

By Jeff Folschinsky I would have never guessed that my boss was a necromancer, but I guess you can never tell with these things. I honestly don’t think it would … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · 7 Comments

Spongy Wude

by Chelsea Sutton Bruce Lee is crying into Kevin’s shoulder. Which is itself an oddity, what with the martial arts legend being dead and all, and there being absolutely no … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Juke Joint

By Taylor Ashbrook The delivery arrived the day before they opened. Judd and Hannah had given up the stress and poverty of teaching and were opening a bar. They’d met … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · 4 Comments