The Creepy Captivity Shorts: an experiment with an art form

What started as an eerie stand-alone flash fiction turned into a series of short stories and an experiment in publication.


Nails: the first creepy captivity short (the original version is available for free here) — Introducing our nameless host. An attempt to indulge his current victim threatens to tip him into insanity.

My original intention to write a stand-alone short story, because I love short stories, but usually fail at writing them. I guess I failed again.

The middle three stories can be read in any order:

Housebreaking (the original version is available for free here) — Our nameless host adjusts his methodology to draw his latest hostage out of her shell, with surprising success.

Tears: The most recent victim tests our nameless host’s patience with hard questions and erratic behavior. 



Praying Our nameless host is unsettled by his newest hostage’s grace and composure… and even more so when he discovers the source.


Her: the final creepy captivity short — Our nameless host acquired the object of his obsession… and soon realizes he may have bitten off more than he can chew. A satisfying ending for this series of serial killer shorts.

If you’re not satisfied by the ending, or if you want MORE, you might be in luck: I’ve developed a full-length plot to accompany these shorts, not from our nameless host’s point of view. I don’t know how long full-length will be, or when I will be writing it, but donating to my ko-fi or becoming a patron of mine on Patreon will certainly sway my favor.

These shorts became an experiment in publication in two ways: I created all of my own covers from scratch. I had never created my own covers before, and I’m sure it’s obvious. That’s OK, they’re just short stories.

But I had never published short stories on Amazon before, either. I can’t say that it’s been successful, but I can say it was worth it: I spent literally nothing on these stories, put very little effort in their promotion, but people have enjoyed them, and I’ve earned about $10 from them altogether.

Here is the description I used for all the creepy captivity shorts. I do not recommend doing this, ever.


Since the last short is about to be released, I’m going back to give their Amazon descriptions a much-needed make-over with the descriptions above. If you have any other suggestions for promoting short stories, I am always up to hearing them! Comment below or @ me on Twitter.


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