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Below is a categorized list of most of my published short fiction since 2008 (newest work appears on top). Many of the stories are linked to the original online publications. Other stories are linked to print publications available for purchase. If you find any dead links, or if you’d like to discuss any of my work, contact me.

Absurdist/Surreal/Magic Realism

Love without Legs – Mondo Bizarro: An Anthology (October 2016)

A Boy and His Couch – Jellyfish Review (July 2016)

The Weatherman Riots – Black Heart Magazine (June 2015)

Definitely a Man’s Shoe – Drunk Monkeys (May 2015)

Coma Wife – Drunk Monkeys (November 2014)

Like a Son’s Funeral – Literary Orphans (Issue 15, September 2014)

The Collectors – Paragraph Line (September 2014)

Love is What You Can’t See – Blue Fifth Review (Flash Special – Five Editors, June 2014)

The Samford Story Collection – Pure Slush 2014

Magic Santa – Cease, Cows (December 2013)

Living Next to a Psychopath – ppigpenn (December 2013)

Single Use and Disposable – ppigpenn (December 2013)

Boogers and Jags – Drunk Monkeys (November 2013)

A Cloning Affair – Cartagena Issue 1 (September 2013)

Unaging Photos – Cease, Cows (August 2013)

My Life’s Worth – Santa Fe Lit Review (Summer 2013)

The Oaten Hands – Go Read Your Lunch (4 July 2013)

Arson and Brotherly Love – Cease, Cows (June 2013)

Death of the Party – Kleft Jaw Issue 2 (June 2013)

Bacon for Life – Cease, Cows (31 May 2013)

And the Men Didn’t Sleep – Rum Punch Press (May 2013)

The Abortion Party – Drunk Monkeys Anthology (May 2013)

A Future Foretold – Miracle E-zine Issue 5

A Blade of Love Pt 2: Love’s Sharp Blade – Gone Lawn Issue 10 (2013)

A Guilty Dream – The Washington Pastime (March 2013)

Penis Envy – Featherlit Lovebirds Issue (February 2013)

Laundry Day – The Old Timey Hedgehog (January 2013)

Magic Santa – The Hellroaring Review (January 2013)

One Man, Millions of Wires – Black Heart Magazine (November 2012)

Hair Garden – Lost in Thought Issue 3

It Doesn’t Matter – Downer Magazine Issue 2

Man on the Bridge – Nib Magazine (August 2012)

The Flaming Skull – The Pedestal Magazine (Pedestal 70, August 2012)

Garbage Disposals, Wedding Rings and Potato Kings – Drunk Monkeys (June 2012)

Living with a Giant Squid – Liquid Imagination #13

Steven Storky and the Case of the Lost Balls – Martian Lit (June 2012)

A Lengthy Interrogation Concerning a Murder I May Have Committed – Infective Ink (May 2012)

Chuckles for Speed – Alfie Dog

Dr. Worthington’s Lump – Drunk Monkeys (May 2012)

First Words of a Genius – Specter Magazine (May 2012)

Trying to Escape – Visceral Uterus (May 2012)

A Blade of Love – Bourbon Penn Issue 4 (April 2012)

The Birthmark – FilthySecretBooks Issue 2 (April 2012)

The Lifebuyer – A Baker’s Dozen (Issue 2)

Kiling Mom – Martian Lit (April 2012)

The Boy Who Ate the Mountains – Prospective: a journal of Speculative Fiction (Werewolves and Other Bitches, March 2012)

The Homeless Schedule – The Smoking Poet (March 2012)

A Blade of Love – Drabblecast (233 – Feb 2012)

Conrad’s Bayonet – Drunk Monkeys (February 2012)

The Most Beautiful Toes – Marco Polo Arts Magazine (February 2012)

The Last Words of a Genius – ZOUCH Magazine

A Conversation between a Dead Man, Himself, and His Alarm Clock – apt (February 2012)

Grandpa’s Wake and a Possum’s Smile – SCUD Magazine (January 2012)

The Cancer Tree – Aurora Wolf Fairy Tale Anthology

Praying for the Soul – Used Furniture (December 2011)

Building a Bridge – Pure Francis (November 2011)

As Easy as Black and White – Umbrella Factory (September 2011)

Intent to Kill – Powder Burn Flash (September 2011)

The Soul Shoppe – Moon Milk Review (Summer 2011)

A Happy Family – Drabblecast (220 – Trifecta XVIII)

Montanawich – Toasted Cheese 11:2 (June 2011)

Searching for the Right Name – Corner Club Press

Layers of Skin – State of Imagination (April 2011)

A Visit from the Moon – Caper Literary Journal (March 5th, 2011)

A Boy Who Looks Like Horses – Johnny America (March 2011)

A Happy Family – Bourbon Penn (Jan 2011)

No Luncheon for the Dead – Ear Hustler #2 (Dec 2010)

Dead Man Sleeping – Liquid Imagination (Issue 7, Sept 2010)

A Tale of Two Writers – Leaning House Press (August 3rd, 2010)

Cleveland Cassidy’s Dick – New Flesh Magazine (July 28th 2010) and YEAR ONE ebook

The Mole – Silly Mess (June 25th, 2010)

The Fallen Oak – Writers’ Bloc (April 2010)

Nuclear Mouth – Writing Shift (October 2009)

The Ladybug Murders – Shoots and Vines 4 (October 2009)

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Wrong Tree – Full of Crow (October 2009)

Putting the Fun in Funeral – Shoots and Vines (Sept 2 09)

The Disappearing Artist – Shoots and Vines Long Print Mag (August 09, Into the Well)

The Arrival – This Zine Will Change Your Life (June/July 09)

Last Words of a Genius – Shoots and Vines (June 09)

A Dick Move – The Right Eyed Deer (Issue 2, April 09)

The Oaten Hands – Toasted Cheese Journal 9:1 (Baker’s Pick) (March 2009)

176 Days Until Today – Outcry Magazine (Volume 9, March 2009)

Bradley Sands is a Dick – Bradley Sands is a Dick Anthology (Jan 09) Contest Winner

Promise of an Outlaw – Cantaraville (Jan 09)

Flirting With Immortality – Skive Magazine (December 08) Skive 10

The Fortune of an Accident – Long Story Short (November 08)

One Cent Baby – Cynic Mag (August 08) Volume 10 Issue 8

The Day They Beheaded Me – Inscribed ~ A Magazine for Writers (Aug 08) Volume 3 Issue 4

Literary Fiction

Misty Me and Me – Jukepop Serials (Ongoing, first published in Sept 2012)

You Won’t Be There When It Ends – Apocrypha and Abstractions (August 2012)

Looking for Clues – Mad Swirl (June 2012)

The Inlaw – Cowboy Poetry (June 2012)

My Only Joke – Electric Windmill Press Issue 1

My Biography – decomP magazinE (May 2012)

A Pledge to Stand – First Stop Fiction (March 2012)

Three Flashes: The Run and Its Runner, An Imaginary Affair, and The Mommy Assaults – Connotation Press (March 2012)

Stay Down Champion – Brawler Lit (March 2012)

Looking for a Way Out – Crack the Spine (Issue 11 – Feb 2012)

A Train to Somewhere – Train Write (January 2012)

Two Hands Are Better Than Four – fwriction : review (January 2012)

First Bike Ride – Pure Slush (December 2011)

Last Birthday Blast – InfectiveINk (December 2011)

Broken Promise – Eunoia Review (November 2011)

Throwing the Life Away – Eunoia Review (November 2011)

The Day My Brother Made The Earth Stand Still – The Foundling Review Special Invitational Issue (Events)

Two Cicadas – 50-Word Stories (September 2011)

Cornfields and Fog Dances – The Other Room Journal (Summer 2011)

A Bad Day to Ride a Train – Subtle Fiction (July 2011)

Mourning Through Fishnets – InfectiveINK (July 2011)

The Grand Unfurling – Untoward Magazine (Feb 2011)

Wavering Faith – The Literary Burlesque (Jan 25, 2011)

The Cruelest Man – The Foundling Review (December 2010)

The Suicide Lie – Bananafish (September 2010)

Suicide Draft – Spilling Ink (Sept 1st, 2010)

A Lesson in Racism – hando no kuzushi (inaugural issue, Aug 2010)

The Russian on the Train – Mirror Magazine (May 2010 – Sloth)

Six Degrees at a Time – Pens on Fire (January 2010)

Stories from the War – The View from Here (October 2009 online, November print)

The Suicide Lottery – Delivered (September) print edition

The Body Dumper – Southpaw Literary Journal (April 09)

The J – Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Winner (April 09)

Killing Myself Slowly – Ranfurly Review (March 09)

Journey Across a Salty Sea in Search of a Flower – Perspectives Thanksgiving 08 Contest Winner

When the Spring Dies – Short Story Library (November 08)

The Package – Bottom of the World (November 08) print edition

The Unplayed Piano – Bottom of the World (November 08) print edition

Waiting for His Wife – SHINE! (October 08)

Literary Humor

Cat Army – The Story Shack (February 2013)

Living Next to a Psychopath – Postcard Shorts (January 2013)

Baby Steps – Foxing Quarterly Issue 1

2012 U.S. Marriage License Questionnaire – The Delinquent Issue 18 (August 2012)

A Big One for Tobey – Misfits’ Miscellany (August 2012)

I’ll Kick Your Parent of the Year Award’s Ass – Marco Polo Arts Mag (August 2012)

The B’s Knees – Fiction Brigade’s Luscious: A Flash Fiction Collection of Sex and Relationships (August 2012)

Two Birds in My Hands – Storm Cellar Vol. II No. 1 (July 2012)

No Paranormal Romance for My Daughter – One Title (June 2012)

Everything (But Death) Dies – Alfie Dog

Riding My Balls to Glory – The Laughter Shack (April 2012)

A Staple Diet – Resurgo Magazine (Issue 1)

I’m Allergic to My Mother – Piker Press (March 2012)

Skydivers and Pornographers – MuDJoB (February 2012)

Easy Mourning – Pure Slush (Slut Print Issue)

Jesus Fritos – Pure Slush (November 2011)

I Wrote a Book – Pure Slush (October 2011)

Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right – InfectiveINK (August 2011)

Quitting is Easy – (Short) Fiction Collective (August 2011)

Breasts and Pickups – Flash Fiction Offensive (August 2011)

Be Not Afraid – Pink Eye Lemonade (March 2011)

The Great Nude Dude – Pig in a Poke (October 2010)

A Plan for a Bridge – The Momo Reader (August 2010)

9 Lives of a Cat – Short Humour (August 2010)

To Kill a Deer – Hobo Pancakes (August 1st, Issue 3)

An Unheeded Return – DivineDirtQuarterly (August 2010)

WWJRD – PicFic (Folded Word) – (Jan-February 2010 – serial on twitter and blog)

The Disappearance of I – Clockwise Cat (Issue 15, early fall)

There’s a Pube in my Coffee – Zygote in My Coffee (Sept 29th, 2009) issue 126

Cancer Research – Short Humour (March 09)

The Rise and Fall of the Sewer People – Short Humour (Feb 2009)

Experimental

Suicide Prevention Survey – Spittoon Magazine 2.2 (June 2012)

Green Glow 84 – Nailpolish Stories (March 2012)

Redeath (Again) – Orion Headless (February 2012)

Flowers for Our Dead Lovers – In Between Altered States (2011)

Painted Mind – Short Humour (June 2011)

We Planted Corpses – negative suck (August 2010)

Love in the Bookstore – Southpaw Journal Issue 3 (November 09)

The Spider and the Corpse, or, The Corpse and the Spider – WEIRDYEAR (October31st, 2009)

Ugly – Shoots and Vines (June 09)

Crushed by the Sky – Fiction at Work (June 09)

Another Day at the Park – Mud Luscious Issue 7 (April 09)

Pulled Apart by Horses – Short, Fast and Deadly (i66)

Overuse – Perspectives Magazine (Jan 09)

Literary Horror

A Savior for the World – Carnage Conservatory (Crimson Skull Contest 2nd Runner Up)

Witches in Disguise – Horror Sleaze Trash (April 2013)

Star Murders – Infective INk (February 2013)

Getting the Meat – Grim Corps Issue 1 (January 2013)

Our Grave Yard – Carnage Conservatory Crimson Skull Contest Winner

A Bowl Full of Snails – Tales for the Toilet (Crowded Quarantine, Nov 2012)

A War on Vets – Trinity Gateways LLC Shadows of the Mind

The Ugly Husband – Surreal Grotesque (Issue 1)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul – Five 2 One Magazine (June 2012)

Bags of Blood – MicroHorror (February 2012)

Late Nights and Bloody Knuckles – Micro Horror (February 2012)

A Leaky Head – Linguistic Erosion (January 2012)

Funeral Arrangements – Golden Visions Magazine (Fall 2011)

The Pain Scale – Best Served Cold: An Eye for an Eye Volume 1 (September 2011)

Zombie Road – House of Horror Magazine Issue 2 (May 2011)

Table for Twelve – Necrotic Tissue (Issue 13 – January 2011)

An Early Halloween – Pens on Fire (Nov 08 and Dec 08) – Winner of Halloween Contest

Hindsight of a Friend –Darkest Before Dawn (July 08)

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  2. […] Nathaniel Tower is a fine writer who edits and maintains Bartleby Snopes with Rick Taliaferro. As a writer he also maintains a long list of publications which you should check out. […]

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