Douglas James Troxell has over a dozen short story publications in a variety of online and print journals. His short stories range in genre from social satire to speculative to sci-fi to domestic fantasy and horror. Below you'll find descriptions and links for samples of his work.
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Modern Day Heroes Literally Stories
A man is slowly walking out into the water to drown himself. It's emergency personnel to the rescue...right after they fill out all the necessary paperwork.
This work of Troxellian absurdity is based on a real-life event where a man drowned in a bay while dozens of emergency personnel stood on the beach and watched it happen, mired in the red tape of bureaucracy.
Epidemic The Book of the Macabre
A nurse and mother-of-two returns home during a deadly viral epidemic to find her children missing. Her husband has taken them into hiding for fear she may be infected. She must wait three days for her husband and children to return while the neighborhood submits to the deadly spread of "Raccoon Madness."
Capacity Mobius: The Journal of Social Change
In the near future, the Internet has reached its full capacity. Nothing new can be added to cyberspace. Hilarious cat videos go unseen. Candy goes uncrushed. Tweets go untweeted. Lenny Berner, a suddenly out-of-work web designer, travels by train to visit his long-distance girlfriend for the first time and stumbles upon a mysterious farm where young people are flocking to receive assistance for their technology withdraw.
The Hitman The Opening Line
A Hitman takes a job with specific instructions to get a recording of the mark begging for his life. The problem is that the mark is suicidal and wants to die. In order to get paid, the hitman must sell the mark on the merits of living ... so he can kill him.
"The Hitman" is a dark comedy that started out as a short screenplay and eventually evolved into a short story. I respect its decision.
The Urinal The Story Shack
Margaret Anthony just got a promotion at work and some of the men aren't too happy about it. Now she has an even bigger challenge: Figuring out how to use the urinal in her private bathroom.
"The Urinal" is an illustrated flash piece that was originally written after an accusation was made that I write nothing but "boy stories."
Original illustration by Cara Lynch
Alice in Suburbia The Eunoia Review
Alan Spade, a tired police officer, finds a mentally unstable girl who claims to be Alice from the popular children's tale Alice in Wonderland. After he takes her in, it becomes unclear whether she's just a confused young lady ... or if the Cheshire Cat was right: "We're all mad here."
"Alice In Suburbia" is a work of magic realism inspired by my favorite children's tale of all-time.
A Wish Fulfilled Fiction365
In the midst of a fatal car accident, a man reflects on a wish he made back when he was a teenager, a wish to never grow old.
"A Wish Fulfilled" explores how our defintion of a fulfilling life changes throughout our lives and how the things we want evolve as we journey through life.
A man wakes up in a motel to discover that everyone else at the motel was murdered during the night. This strange event forces him to reflect on his life and ask a very important question: Why was I spared when so many others perished?
This is a morality tale mixed with a horror premise. If nothing else, it will help to remind you to lock your door at night the next time you stay at a motel!
Election Day Mobius: The Journal for Social Change
A man walks with his eighteen-year-old son to vote on the young man's first election day. While they walk, the father talks about the importance of voting and the responsibility of each citizen in this country. Then he grabs a battle axe...
"Election Day" is a speculative fiction piece that highlights the major problem with our political system, a problem that is even more true today than when the story was first written in 2010.