stories

The short stories of David A. Woodbury are now being added to this site.

Camping — Teenage cousins Danny and David attempt an overnight in the Maine woods.

Off Course — No one suspected how an elderly couple first met in their younger days.

The remaining stories at this site are taken from Tales to Harm Your Mind by David A. Woodbury,  (dedicated to those who have seen the extraordinary and have remained silent about it), a collection of whimsically morbid short stories: A train leaves the station and is never seen again, a boy falls in love with a face from 60 years before, an old woman trudges into her past, a child crawls into a place that is not suspected to exist and the entrance has disappeared behind him, and more.  Those to be added soon are so marked.

The Dentist’s Proffered Testimony — The Dentist’s proffered testimony, locked against public discovery for 87 years, until discovered in 1999, explains the disappearance of an entire railroad train in April, 1912.

How Miss Plover Handled Boxer Poop — without using gloves

In School Days — He lives to learn, In life’s hard school, How few who pass above him, Lament their triumph and his loss, Like her — because they love him.

Racing the Light at Dershem’s Corner — A line of elms stood sentry on each side of the road just before the new, improved ramp approach to the state highway intersection. As we came upon the elms, which up to now had obscured any view of the traffic light itself, I saw a glint of red through the branches.

Unjust Desserts — a fable

Weary — Memories were pleasant when they showed up, but they were like chipmunks or like hummingbirds: they came and went of their own accord, not to be captured and held for later examination and enjoyment.

That Face — When we pedaled our bikes back toward Kenny’s house, taking turns with the sloshing pot, we discovered what happens when a black, cricket-sized catfish hits blacktop that has been bubbling under the noonday sun.

The Resting Place — cool, dark, and too well hidden

Tales to Warm Your Mind — the song by the Irish Rovers that inspired the title of the short story collection, Tales to Harm Your Mind