R. C. Smith — Short Stories and Vignettes

Short Stories and Vignettes

Do not read my works if you are offended by descriptions of sexuality and violence.
(Do not read them just for those descriptions, either.)

Most of these short texts take a thought, from somewhere, and explore it to its limit, or beyond, to some very dark place. Tread with caution. Be reassured that there is no need to worry about the author’s state of mind, though. At least not more than about anyone else’s.

The distinction between short stories and vignettes here is somewhat arbitrary. Within each category the texts, with one exception, are ordered alphabetically according to their titles. There is no suggested reading order, read them in any random sequence you may fancy. The dates given at the bottom of the pages refer to the time of writing, not of publishing.

Audio recordings exist of the stories marked with •

Short Stories:

The Monument •

The Mountain Farm •

The Promise

Red Feathers

The Scent of Roast •

The Witch •

A Slightly Lighter Darkness:

The Goatherd •

Plucking Roses •

Teaching •


Across the River

The Basement •

Dead Toy

The Empty Bed •

The Fountain •

The Fourth Sacrifice

His •

Instruction Hour •


No Love

On the River

Passion •

The Pier •

Rapture •

Rose Offering

Test of Loyalty

There is Nothing

The Window (War) •

Loss •

If you appreciate my short stories, have a look at the longer stories, and at my novel The Journey.

Most recently added:

The Window (War) (03/2021)

The Basement (09/2020)

There is Nothing (01/2020)

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