Some of Thom's Short Stories
All recordings copyright © by Thom Whalen, 2017, 2018
I've been experimenting on writing with different voices for the past couple of years. All of these stories were written to be read aloud in various writers' groups.
The Tale of the Bitty Green Frog (3:32)
Sometimes a frog can teach a man a lesson. But only if he wants to learn it.
Three in the Morning (5:52)
When you wake up in the middle of the night, everything looks dark. Better go back to sleep.
Cupid's Arrow (7:07)
Winner of the Ottawa Library 50+ Short Story Competition, 2017
If you think that love is a blessing, then you've never seen this cupid.
On the Boat (5:05)
A graduate student has to write his dissertation. He doesn't have time to go shrimping with his father. But he does anyway.
Fair Ball (5:25)
Everyone's got problems. The difference between people is how they solve them.
If you have an important meeting, you really should leave on time. Or even a bit early.
A New Friend of Bill (4:37)
A rogue decides to attend an AA meeting. He's going to quit drinking one of these days.
Opening Statement (6:20)
A lawyer has to explain why is client is innocent. But the man was alone with his wife when she was strangled.
Lew's Fantastical Zoo (7:04)
A young man who lives on a mountain is looking for a girlfriend. He's a canny trapper.
Nothing Happened (5:46)
A high-school senior tells his mother about his day. He can't wait to graduate.
Costco Shoppers (7:28)
A man has to make a quick trip to Costco. It's about to close, but it's hard to discourage a Costco shopper.
My Dinner with Mandy (11:41)
A middle-aged man reconnects with his favorite cousin. She's in town to seduce an old boyfriend.
The Great Trinity River Gun Battle (10:10)
A dairy farmer heads west to join the California Gold Rush of 1849. He'd have been fine if only he'd had a little luck.
The Recruiter (6:12)
An army recruiter just wants to make his quota for the month, but sometimes that's not as easy as it sounds.
Giving Thanks (7:36)
An investment banker shows a homeless man what it's like to be a winner.
The Case of the Nervous Bricklayer (5:50)
A nervous bricklayer tells a suspicious story to a cynical private eye.
The Cabbie (6:07)
A New York cab driver has his own philosophy of life.
Christmas Dinner (16:57)
Two young men, away from home for the first time, try to impress girls by making Christmas Dinner in July.
Snow Good (6:32)
A man from Africa moves to Canada in the winter. He doesn't like it.
The Long Island Gunslinger (8:50)
In 1885, a young man delivering furniture to wealthy folk on Long Island meets a dangerous customer.
Wedding Toast (6:07)
With a best friend like me, you may not be married for long.
Grocery Shopping (7:06)
Shopping for groceries can be hard if you've never done it before.
Saigon, Sixty-Nine (5:49)
In nineteen-sixty-nine, being stationed in Saigon was unreal for a young crypotgrapher.
Short Order (5:44)
Late one night, a young woman gives an itinerant short-order cook a new experience.
The Trouble with Sky (7:10)
When an old high school buddy shows up, it's like being a teenager all over again. Unfortunately.
The Case of the Blonde in the Rolls (5:59)
A private eye spots a blonde bombshell at a payphone and thinks he knows what she's up to.
Tea for One (5:23)
Buying some tea for your wife can be a worrisome problem.
The Woman in the Snow (5:52)
When a man finds a woman walking through the snow out on the range, he's got to stop and help.