Comedy Shorts: Four short stories by Robin Storey
Comedy and mystery with a twist of supernatural - tales of reality and beyond
‘I recommend these stories to those who enjoy a bit of the macabre with a blend of mystery and a twist of supernatural on the side.’ Readers' Favourite
Sleuthing For Beginners
Angela has always had a secret ambition to be a private detective. After her neighbour dies suddenly she launches her own investigation, with unexpected results.
A Peaceful Death
George, who has been obsessed with death since his father died, is visited by The Angel of Death, who strikes an unusual bargain.
A Girl’s Best Friend
Ali, the sole beneficiary of her uncle’s will, learns that he may have a secret, ill-gotten fortune stashed away. But she soon discovers she's not the only one determined to find it.
Esther, a struggling romance writer, meets her muse Alfred, and he moves in, providing her with a constant source of inspiration. But is the cost too high?
If you like comedy, mystery and fantasy, and you’re looking for a book you can read on the train or in a couple of spare hours, this book of short stories is for you.
‘I love Robin Storey's dry wit and realistic characterization of the foibles of human nature.’ Pamela Mariko.
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Did you come up with the idea of an anthology of short stories and then write them?
Not at all. The stories were already written, but not doing anything much, just lounging around in the Short Stories folder on my computer, eating pizza and watching Netflix. So I decided it was time they earned their keep.
Why did you choose those particular stories?
They all have a common thread of an element of humour, albeit subtle humour for the most part. Two of them are crime, (Sleuthing for Beginners and A Girl’s Best Friend), one is fantasy (A Peaceful Death) and the other has a romantic subplot (The Muse). So I figured there was enough variety to keep readers from being bored.
Sleuthing for Beginners and A Peaceful Death were short-listed in short story competitions, but had the sulks because their moment of glory was over before it even started. So to appease them I included them to give them some exposure.
What is it you enjoy about writing short stories?
Because most of my time now is spent on the marathon of writing novels, I love the sprinting exercise of writing short stories. It’s a refreshing change of pace to be able to see the ending as soon as you start writing. The discipline of short story writing is excellent training for novel writing – it teaches you to be economical and succinct in your word choice, to focus on the story at hand and not get side-tracked and to write in such a way that readers can read between the lines without you having to spell things out.
Short stories are as much an exercise on what to leave out as to what to put in. It’s a real art that only comes with practice.
Will you be publishing more short stories in the future?
I would certainly like to, but I don’t know when. Finding the time to write them is the challenge.
These short stories would win prizes for short stories but not for comedy. I did enjoy the ideas and they were well written. I would certainly read more from this author as light relief from some of the meatier novels I usually read. I particularly enjoyed story number two, 'A Peaceful Death.'