To Cut a Short Story Short – The Book!

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I’m very pleased and excited to announce that the ‘best of my blog,’ in the form of 111 stories, has just been published on Amazon in paperback as To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories.

All the stories have been rechecked, and revised where applicable, and the book has over 250 pages. It also includes a 4000 word ‘bonus story,’ a ‘horror comedy,’ which will NOT be appearing on my blog. It is priced at just £8.99/$10.99.

A Kindle eBook version is also available at only £3.69/$3.99 and features a clickable contents list for quick access to any story.

In both versions the word count for each story is given in the contents table for ease of selection.


A young magician in a pub opens his hands to release a cloud of tropical butterflies; a female bookseller is forced to attend a dance in drag to atone for a misdemeanor; a lonely man searches for a mysterious woman on a cruise; four school friends experience terror on a caravan holiday, and a macabre stranger wanders the streets at midnight, stealing dreams.

Ranging from just 100 up to 4000 words, these and 106 other memorable little stories are found in this eclectic and tantalizing collection by Simon J. Wood.

To Cut a Short Story Short preview

[2nd Sep 2017] Also, I’m excited to announce that a talented voice actor/narrator, Angus Freathy, is producing the above book of short stories as an audiobook! It will be available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes by mid-November, just in time for Christmas! His ‘voices’ really bring the stories to life!

Angus Freathy audiobooks/samples

Angus Freathy bio/samples

Bound in Morocco


The longest story on my blog (which is not included in the collection above) has recently been published separately in paperback and Kindle eBook. Entitled Bound in Morocco, it has 42 pages in the print version. It is priced at just £4.69/$5.99 for the paperback and only £1.99/$2.99 for the Kindle eBook.


Marcus Slater decides to forgo the cold, wet, wintry weather of England to join a walking party in the sunny climes of Morocco. There, against a backdrop of the curious, ancient towns of southern Morocco he meets the enigmatic Sylvia and finds himself embroiled in a game he cannot possibly afford to lose.

Bound in Morocco preview

Both books have wonderful covers and the paper quality is lovely. Highly recommended, and they make the perfect gift too! 🙂

Both books are available in paperback and Kindle eBook form on Amazon, worldwide.

14 thoughts on “To Cut a Short Story Short – The Book!

    1. Thank you for the feedback! I put the stories in alphabetical order at first and then shifted a few around so that two page stories were on facing pages, and that with three page stories there are no isolated pages with just a few lines on them. So the stories for the preview weren’t selected especially, it just worked out that way. However, I’m pretty pleased with them as they are quite representative. There’s a fair bit of black humour and supernatural influence in the rest of the book!

    1. Thank you! Although most of the stories are on my blog (ATM) it’s lovely to have the best of them collected into one good-looking package!

  1. Congratulations on the book! I’m fairly new to the world of flash fiction, and I love your take on it. I checked out the preview you provided and I am liking the way you write 😀

    1. Hi Jade, thank you for checking that out and reading! The Kindle preview feature is great isn’t it? Much nicer than the preview on the actual Amazon page. The paperback looks identical BTW, just that the contents links are active in the Kindle version.

      I’ll keep writing and maybe put out another collection at some stage!

    1. Thank you very much. I never imagined having a ‘real’ book published (not for a few years anyway), but thanks to KDP (and Createspace) anyone can now publish their own books and eBooks if they have some decent material. KDP have an easy-to-use online cover creator so designing the book wasn’t hard either!

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