Free Stories

On this page you will find some flash fiction and short stories for you to download, read and (hopefully) enjoy.

Please note that all downloads are (c) Lee Stoddart. You are free to print one copy of each, read them, and share them with your friends…but please don’t alter them, remove Lee’s copyright assertion or claim them as your own.

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Caught Blue Handed

A jealous and deluded husband wreaks a terrible revenge

Caught Blue Handed – May 2021


Clear Blue Waters

The memory of an early-morning Scottish loch.

Clear Blue Waters – August 2020


The Hero

A reluctant goblin takes on a great hero to try to save her race, with little chance of success.

The Hero – February 2020



A monk from Canterbury investigates rumours of heresy on the Island of Lomea, just off the ancient port of Sandwich. It’s “flipper-gripping horror!” (Gill Laker)

Lomea – January 2019


Johnny in the Waiting Room

Johnny awakes to find himself in an other-worldly waiting room, where his eternal- future is on the line.

Johnny in the Waiting Room – November 2018


From The Diary of Jane Pugin

An horrific re-imagining of the demise of notable Victorian architect and Ramsgatonian Augustus Pugin, with a distinctly Neo-Lovecraftian (?!) flavour.

From the Diary of Jane Pugin – September 2018


The Wanna-Be-Author

The Wanna-Be-Author was Lee’s second piece published by Thanet Writers, telling the frustrations and challenges of breaking free of the nine to five. Originally drafted in 2012, maybe its just a touch autobiographical?

The Wanna Be Author – June 2018


Steamed Punks

Steamed Punks was Lee’s first piece of published flash fiction, courtesy of Thanet Writers. Set in the Margate Literary & Scientific Institute, it never pays to underestimate the curator.

Steamed Punks – May 2018


Degrees of Separation

Degrees of Separation was first shortlisted and published in the H.G. Wells Short Story Competition Anthology, Class, in 2015. Two people, separated by class, are fated to love each other.

Degrees of Separation (as published by HGW) – July 2015



Diaspora was Lee’s first published piece. Shortlisted in the 2013 H.G. Wells Short Story Competition, it was included in the Anthology Flight. 

Note that the paragraph formatting, grammar and spelling have all been left as per the competition submission in the “unedited” version. If you want to read the corrected version, click on the “as published” version.

Diaspora (unedited) – June 2013

Diaspora (as published by HGW) – June 2013