eStorybooks

     Author Keith B. Darrell has coined the phrase “eStorybook” for individual short stories published in eBook format. Sometimes you want a full-course dinner; and other times you just want a candy bar. For those times when you can't squeeze in a novel, you can still fit in an eStorybook ... on your smartphone, during a cigarette break, or on the train ride home, you get a complete entertainment experience in a bite-sized portion timed for your busy lifestyle.
      Keith's eStorybooks cross multiple genres and are written for varying ages.The stories come in all different lengths - as long as 15,000 words or as brief as 2,000 or less.
      Click on any book cover to download the eStorybook from Amazon's Kindle store or on the "Buy Now" button to download from Payhip to transfer to your Kindle. Listed below is the current line of eStorybook short stories for your Kindle:

Ratings Guide


SPECULATIVE FICTION

Reporter Sylvia Bartow has only one hour to make sense of the patchwork quilt of interviews that has consumed the past three months of her life, as she waits to interview condemned killer Max Crenshaw - one hour before the hangman's noose silences his lips forever. Is it time enough to unravel the truth, and to learn the secret of the Butterfly Lady? A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 3,690 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





Todd Drake awakens to find himself aboard a ship on a special journey through his past. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 2,178 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





Gladys Primm has been the MedSure Insurance Company's Employee of the Month for the each of the past 26 months with good reason: the heartless claims adjustor feels no sympathy for ailing claimants, realizing her true constituency is the company's shareholders, not its policyholders. But fate may have the last laugh. An short story by Keith B. Darrell. 1,966 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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Bobby Brannigan is a typical 21st century boy who finds himself transported to the 20th century of his father's youth and discovers a world completely different from the one he knows. A nostalgic treat for Baby Boomers and a blast from the past for teenagers. A short story for all ages by Keith B. Darrell. 9,282 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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As Lois Kravitz's life unfolds through a series of diary entries and events, an observer speculates reality may be in the eye of the beholder. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 1,994 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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Aside from being stalked by two ghoulish men in black suits, Kendrick Rourke's pursuit of a typical day at the office, at home with his family, and even at the local bar with his best friend would be unremarkable - if he weren't dead. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 3,516 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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In "The Girl of My Dreams", a man attempts to convince a doctor specializing in oneirology - the study of dreams - that he is a dreamwalker who can enter people's dreams in the mystic realm known as the Dreamscape. In "The Dream Merchants", a vindictive woman seeks revenge through nightmares purchased in the Dreamscape - but vengeance has its own cost. Two short stories for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 6,012 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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A lonely spirit is obsessed with the object of his unrequited love, who is unaware of his existence. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 2,051 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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A century after the election of the nation's first black president, America is a different place. But do race relations in the 22nd century more closely resemble the 20th, or even the 19th century, with the shoe now on the other foot? A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 1,769 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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A cup of coffee... a slice of cheesecake... and a chance encounter with a maysterious stranger who appears to hold the answers to all of life's questions. A young man learns life is more about not being in the wrong place at the wrong time than about being in the right place at the right time. Would you make life-altering decisions on nothing more than a belief in words on a piece of paper? A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 3,602 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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Artist Randall Deeds has discovered the secret of the universe! His epiphany reveals that art is the key to creation. So what does tha make an artist? A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 1,803 words. Kindle format (mobi file).




FLASH FICTION

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From funny to sad, from serious to satirical, author Keith B. Darrell presents 18 short stories in "flash fiction" format: fewer than 1,000 words each. Stories include: "May I Speak to Amber", "The Hotel On Rue Street", "A Writer's Lament", "A Matter of Perspective", "Another Perspective", "Bark Mitzvah", "Behind the Curtain", "By Any Other Name", "Shamaya, the Little Dead Girl", "Shamaya Makes A Friend", "The Addict", "The Library of Trees", "When A Man Cries", and "Zombie Clowns". Total story word count: 9,849 words. Kindle format (mobi file).




GENERAL FICTION

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An elderly man, armed only with his wits, confronts an gun-wielding young man burglarizing his home. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 2,230 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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A woman in an abusive relationship with a demanding boyfriend tries her best to please him for fear of losing him. Told in first person narrative, this gripping tale will leave you on the edge of your seat and shock you with its surprise ending. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 1,866 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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An apartment overlooking Manhattan sets the scene for an encounter between two men. One is a Native American teenager; a male prostitute. The other is a gay British expatriate. Two very different lives, filed with deadly secrets, intersect on a collision course with destiny. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 2,356 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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All good stories are about The Human Condition. They explore the emotions and behaviors of the characters and the ongoing manner in which humans react to, or cope with, events that affect their lives. Who the characters are as individuals and how they interact with others, reveal the human condition, allowing us to see, if not ourselves, then at least some of our emotions, characteristics, traits, attitudes, and behaviors that define us as individual and shape our destinies.
Lacy is a bright girl with a bad addiction she's had since childhood: his name is Johnny. He's part hustler, part small-time hood, and arrogant and cocky enough to take Lacy's devotion for granted. But when Johnny swims with the big fish, he learns he's a minnow in shark-infested waters. Sharks like Fat Freddy, who revels in the fear he inspires as recompense for a childhood filled with humiliation. Watch these three flawed characters interact as they reveal The Human Condition. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 3,521 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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A widow gifted her cottage to local abbey with one condition - she must be paid a single red rose as rent each year, for as long as she lives. For 50 years, the monks of St. Aloysius Abbey have sent one of their order on an annual task to deliver the rose. This year, the chosen monk seeks to learn the secret of the rose rent. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 2,658 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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As a little boy, Nick grows up believing nothing could be worse than the death of a loved one. Then, as an adult, Nick discovers losing a someone he loves to dementia can be a far worse fate. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 2,166 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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Caleb Yates is a farmboy with a secret crush on his neighbor ... or more specifically, his neighbor's cow. Caleb is willing to go to extreme lengths to visit the object of his affection: even as far as courting his neighbor's daughter, Mary Lou. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 3,431 words. Kindle format (mobi file).




FANTASY

A paranormal coming of age story. Brendan has a hard time fitting in as the new kid in town, especially on Valentine's Day. Although he hasn't made any friends at his new school, there is one girl he hopes will be his Valentine. But will their holiday end in newfound romance or heartbreak? A short story for young adults by Keith B. Darrell. 2,564 words.Kindle format (mobi file).





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A drunken Irishman stumbles across a man he believes to be a leprechaun, who shows him the true treasure he already has but doesn't appreciate. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 4,041 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





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In an age of sword and sorcery, a barbarian youth wanders into a village where a lottery is held to choose a sacrificial virgin to placate a menacing dragon. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 2,545 words. Kindle format (mobi file).




HUMOR

It's the Trial of the Century, as prosecutor Nicholas Scratch presents his case against Santa Claus. An irreverent short story by Keith B. Darrell. 3,690 words. Kindle format (mobi file).






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Nothing exciting ever happens in Colbyville. Bank teller Alana Peyton bemoans the fact her last date was with a quart of vanilla ice cream and a rented video. But all that may change with the arrival of her next customer. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 1,605 words. Kindle format (mobi file).




SCIENCE FICTION

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By day, Kyle Marsden leads an idyllic life in the suburbs with his wife and daughter. But at night, Kyle slips into a post-apocalyptic world gone mad - populated by animalistic ravers who rape and plunder at will; joyriders, scion of society's elite who kill for sport to relieve their boredom; and rogue cybernetic mercenaries called Kil-gers. But what happens when Kyle's nightmares merge with his idyllic existence? A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 4,575 words. Kindle format (mobi file).






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In the world of the future, all information, from news to history, is delivered via ubiquitous wireless PAL - Personal Automated Lifestyle unit - and books are prized collectibles preserved unread in acrylic cases by the wealthy and powerful. But when Karol Rossum realizes that unlike the digital PALs, the stained ink on the pages of books never changes to suit those in power, her discovery threatens to reveal long hidden truths.A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 5,242 words. Kindle format (mobi file).






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Technology has become an integral and ubiquitous part of modern man's daily life. Scientists like Hayden Canield and CDC Director Bryce Merrill approached each situation with an indefatigable optimism, buoyed by a sense that, no matter what the obstacle, in the end science would prevail. Yet on this morning, they revealed no trace of optimism. For this was the morning Bryce realized technology was no longer humanity's savior but its destroyer. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 3,201 words. Kindle format (mobi file).






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Summer, 1956. A small Alabama town. A roadside diner run by a WWII vet left with a limp from a Karabiner 98k shell that tore him on the beach at Normandy and the subsequent purple heart, tucked away in a little velvet box in his sock drawer. The ceiling fan humming as its blades swooshed and fapped in a rhythmic cadence, straining to alleviate the sweltering heat.
The characters:
James Michael Brown. Recent college grad. Negro. Twenty-three years of repressed rage, nurtured by the stifling Alabama heat. He doesn't want any trouble. Unfortunately, Negroes in the South seldom get what they want.
Jake. High school dropout. Redneck. A James Dean wannabe whose leather jacket, white t-shirt with a pack of cigarettes rolled up one sleeve, and slicked back pompadour can't hide his Southern roots, as his manure-tipped boots still give him away as a scion of the Confederacy. He's looking for trouble; what he doesn't realize is, trouble is also looking for him.
The plot: Jake and James Michael Brown find themselves trapped in a strange new world, each one's sole companion a man who hates him. Products of their society, they are forced together in an alien environment where survival may depend on cooperation... and not killing each other.

A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. WARNING: This story is set in rural Alabama in 1956 and deals with racism and prejudice. It contains characters using racial epithets and profanity typical of the period, which some readers may find offensive. It was an offensive time in American history and culture and this story reflects that. Contains characters using offensive language. 8,312 words. Kindle format (mobi file).




HORROR

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Terror has a new name... Abby and Gail Catera are conjoined twins. The sisters share one body but unlike other conjoined twins, they are not joined at the hip or the head, but inside the body, at the brain. The world sees only Abigail Catera, but she is one body born with two unique brains - and one of them is a sociopath! A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 6,294 words. Kindle format (mobi file).







Three tales of Encounters With Dracula!
"Silver Bullets" is a tale of the Old West in mid-19th century America, a masked vigilante, and... Dracula! In "Elementary, My Dear Renfield", in the final quarter of the 19th century, Mina Murray has engaged Sherlock Holmes to locate her missing fiance, Jonathan Harker, leading Holmes and Watson to an encounter with a foe more diabolical than Professor Moriarty. In the third tale, "The Dragon's Son", the year is 1897, the place is Vienna, and Dr. Sigmund Freud is about to encounter his most unusual patient. Three short stories by Keith B. Darrell. 10,171 words. Kindle format (mobi file).






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Jorge Vasquez is an old man living out his senior years at the Carlsbad Home for the Aged. But while Jorge may succumb to the infirmities of aging like his fellow residents, he will outlive them all, for he is an immortal lycanthrope. Once each month, the curse of the full moon changes Jorge into a werewolf. But it's not easy being a geriatric werewolf. Pity the wolf. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 1,351 words. Kindle format (mobi file).




ALL AGES

Wesley Snodgrass hates his life. Like most 16-year-olds, he hates the acne that dots his face, forcing him into a nightly ritual of playing Whack A Mole with a tube of acne cream, knowing a new pimple will sprout in any spot he missed. He hates the name Snodgrass. He hates his parents saddling him with a wimpy name like Wesley. He hates being viewed as weird by his classmates for living in an isolated lighthouse with his oceanographer father. But when his father acquires a rare yellow lobster, Wesley sees a path to popularity... unaware the lobster holds a deadly secret. A short story by Keith B. Darrell. 5,000 words. Kindle format (mobi file).






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A pair of fables for children of all ages. In "The Kitsune and the Hypnalis", a Japanese mother tells her daughter a bedtime story of a meeting between two legendary creatures: the kitsune, a fox spirit with magical powers, and a hypnalis, a human-devouring snake that can shapeshift into a woman. In "A Visit From the Tooth Mouse", young Wendy awaits the tooth fairy's visit but instead discovers the tooth mouse has come to claim her baby tooth safely hidden under her pillow; undaunted by the rodent, Wendy intends to drive a hard bargain for her bicuspid. Two short stories for all ages by Keith B. Darrell. 2,485 words. Kindle format (mobi file).






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When a foreigner from Romania moves into a quiet 1960s suburban neighborhood, the local children are convinced their mysterious new neighbor dressed in strange clothing and speaking with an Eastern European accent is a vampire straight out of the afternoon Creature Feature TV show, and make elaborate plans to stake him. A short story for all ages by Keith B. Darrell. 3,936 words. Kindle format (mobi file).





GOTHIC MYSTERY NOVELLA

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A tropical storm has washed out the bridge to the mainland, stranding a young woman on an island estate. She awakens with amnesia and a dread sense of impending doom. Surrounded by strangers who know her intimately, Monica Winters must learn whom she can trust... and whom she should fear. A novella for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. A novella for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 15,122 words. Kindle format (mobi file).