You know how most "freebees" you get in the mail or in stores are useless samples of things you didn't want in the first place? Well, none of that here! From this page you can read the opening chapters of every one of David B. Coe's novels. Or, you can check out some of David's short stories. So click on an image and enter the worlds David has created with his fiction. Enjoy!
The LonTobyn Chronicle
Winds of the Forelands
Blood of the Southlands
Well, all right, I haven't published a lot of short fiction, not yet at least. But here are a few short stories for you to look at, and I'm sure there'll be more before long.
Short Stories present a unique writing challenge, particularly for someone who is used to writing novel length pieces. The pacing is different, story lines and prose are more economical, subplots are kept to a minimum. I have incredible admiration for those who write short fiction well -- in many ways I think it's harder to write a successful short piece than it is to write a successful novel. Then again, I've had friends who specialize in shorter works tell me that they can't imagine writing a novel. I suppose it's a matter of perspective, of preference, perhaps even of how one's mind works. I don't really know.
I do know that I was thrilled to sell the stories offered here, and I intend to keep trying to master the form. I think making myself a better writer of short fiction will help me become a better novelist.
"Night of Two Moons," Black Gate, Summer 2002.
"The Christmas Count," SciFiction, July 27, 2005.
"Cassie's Story," Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, June 2008.