Daily Short Stories from The Penned Sleuth



Providing you with daily short stories of all varieties from horror to comedy to adventure. Journeys of all kinds for you to enjoy!


  • The Abandoned - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 019

    21/07/2021 Duration: 07min

    https://www.thepennedsleuth.com/blog/the-abandoned They had a nickname for us. It wasn't a particularly good nickname, but we accepted it. The other kids called us the Abandoned. We were the group of children who sneak out at night to do God knows what. It wasn't long before we found our base of operations. The abandoned apartment building. Ever since we've been called the Abandoned. It was the perfect hideout, to escape adults and the problems they gave. Sometimes we were just rebelling against the curfew, but other times we just needed a place to be really alone. There were plenty of rooms in that building.

  • Silence Manor - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 018

    20/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    https://www.thepennedsleuth.com/blog/silence-manor Silence Manor, my home. The long halls, the quiet libraries and the balcony overlooking the ocean below added to the atmosphere. I even dreamt about the manor while I slept in one of its rooms. I've lived a good life, filled with wonderful people, all long gone but remembered fondly. I was the youngest; although I was now well into my fifties. I plan to spend my last days in Silence Manor and with the way that I have been ostracized by the outside world, why not make it my last few decades as well.

  • Redemption - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 017

    19/07/2021 Duration: 05min

    https://www.thepennedsleuth.com/blog/redemption The mist settled in and soon the compound was hidden from any prying eyes. The Captain rummaged among the rags and equipment until he withdrew a rifle. It was old and it took me a while to recognize the make. It was a Russian. Immediately I knew it was the rifle that the recruit was talking about. It didn't matter now, it was the Captains. What he laid his hands on belonged to him, be it the trigger of a gun or your throat.

  • The Devil's Contract - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 016

    18/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    https://www.thepennedsleuth.com/blog/the-devils-contract The office was an oddity in itself. A long table, two chairs either side and no windows. The room was lit by fluorescent lights that gave everything a sickly tone. He came in through a door at the end of the room, sat down on the chair his side and looked at me. He turned the room from sickly to sinister. Of course he did. When it comes to signing this contract what happens is serious, but at least effective.

  • Omerta - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 015

    17/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    https://www.thepennedsleuth.com/blog/omerta ​Omerta; the law of silence. When the boss issues the law of Omerta in the neighbourhood it means bad things are going to happen. If we witness or hear the event taking place in any way it is our job to pretend it never happened. We saw no evil, heard no evil and shall speak no evil. It was as simple as that. Of course, there is always a fool that does. A fool that is asking for a short life.

  • The Black Torii - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 014

    16/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    https://www.thepennedsleuth.com/blog/the-black-torii The Japanese gates, or toriis , are a common sight in Japan. They are used to mark the entrance to a holy shrine. All except one. The Black Torii, as it has become known in urban legends, marks the entrance to something else. As in all traditional religious faiths, anything different is considered sinister. However, there is no proof of anything sinister. People so far tend to lose track of where it is...or it keeps moving. Still, I had to discover the truth. Ever since hearing about the Black Torii I was obsessed with finding it.

  • The Less Grey - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 013

    15/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    https://www.thepennedsleuth.com/blog/the-less-grey ​The snow fell gently on our heads. I could feel it slowly melt through my beanie into my hair, chilling me to the bone. My brother was trying to make a fire. It was painful to watch. He was just poking a big stick with a little stick. The result? A sound that that was causing me to twitch like a psychopath after too much coffee. Ah, coffee...I missed the stuff. Honestly, I would gladly twitch like a psychopath if I had a pot of coffee in my stomach.

  • Light Roast - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 012

    14/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    The cafe hummed with life. Machines produced wonderful smells as coffee brewed. People chatted quietly to each other, but laughed loudly. However, the kitchen seemed to be much different. Chefs worked tirelessly to produce baked goods, and small, fancy lunches. Coffee was another challenge all together, especially since no matter who the owner hired they seemed to have lied about their ability to make coffee on their resume.

  • Synthetic Lights - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 011

    13/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    Synthetic, meaning created by man to imitate something natural. Light, is something that stimulates the eye to make something visible. Synthetic light, by definition, is man creating false light in order to make something visible. Does that mean what is presented to us by man is false by nature? It was often a perplexing contradiction of meaning, a paradox which I have circle my mind as often as possible till I have the answer. All I see is synthetic lights now.

  • Mist Valley - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 010

    12/07/2021 Duration: 05min

    Mist Valley, you may have heard of it. It is a forest up north inside a steep valley. The only way in and out is with some heavy-duty climbing equipment or a helicopter. Of course, as the name suggests, the forest is often clouded with mist, but fog would be a better description. If it wasn't for the tall pine trees you couldn't even see the forest. It was the perfect place for a resort. The atmosphere was magical. At least, that's what thoughtless entrepreneurs considered an ideal resort location.

  • Night Shift - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 009

    11/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    Night time is definitely the most eventful time of the day. More gets done during the night than you think more lucrative work anyway. Unfortunately, this is not my work. I drive people from where they are to where they want to be, while I never leave the same seat. The streets are complicated and never lit by proper lights. I have to follow neon streaks and hope that what I'm driving on is the right road. However, despite all my jobs faults I enjoyed it. There was a certain relaxing appeal to it.

  • Idle Hands - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 008

    10/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    Fire; one of the most interesting and useful discoveries in history. Unfortunately it’s also the most destructive. With these factors in mind fire can be used scientists to heat chemicals to create life-saving medication. Or, fire can be used to destroy something. So it is in the interest of the common man that fire, if used destructively, should be used by professionals. Standing in the scorched building I concluded that's not what happened here.

  • Happiness - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 007

    09/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    I didn't enjoy the silence. It was awkward and I didn't want to feel awkward in my last moments. Luckily, he decided to start speaking. "I suppose it has something to do with the economy..." he said eventually. "Hmm?" I replied breaking away from my thousand-yard stare. "What makes you say that?" "Well, if our lives were better, perhaps we wouldn't be doing this," he suggested. It was curt and I could understand his trepidation. Still, he had it wrong. "I think you can put that theory to rest."

  • Halloween 1974 - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 006

    08/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    Tensions were high this Halloween. Trouble in government, which affected everyone and trouble at home, which affected everyone I cared about. My father lost his job, my mother was sick and my sister was missing. I knew she ditched to go to a high-school party, which only annoyed me more. I was the one who drove from two cities over to see our parents, but I guess it was a three-piece Halloween this year. Still, I was glad to see them again. No matter what path of life you take it is always a pleasure to return home.

  • The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley - Book REVIEW

    07/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley is the story of a botanist and ex-East India Company smuggler, Merrick Treymane going into uncharted Peru to take illegal cuttings from cinchona trees. The bark from these trees yields quinine; the only known cure for malaria. What starts as an expedition to steal these plant samples leads to the discovery of something far greater. Here is my spoiler-free review of The Bedlam Stacks!

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig - Book REVIEW

    07/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is the story of a woman learning what life is all about after death. A story filled with lessons on seeing the good, recognizing the bad and making the most of it all.  Here is my spoiler-free book review of The Midnight Library!

  • Cloud 8 - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 005

    07/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    "How is the subject?" Dr Roberts asked. "All is well, sir. Project Q is doing just fine." "Good and how was Z's transition?" The scientist looked nervously up from his tablet at the doctor. Dr Roberts raised an eyebrow. The subject wasn't dead, but there was some sort of complication. That's what Dr Roberts read from the man’s face. Something inside him told him that another one of Z's complications had come up and despite the frequency of them, he still was afraid of being surprised.

  • Echo - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 004

    06/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    I worked for a large school just off the coast off the Atlantic. It was a prestigious school and man was it the largest around. I could spend a good hour walking around it before I visited all the rooms. I am the janitor; unfortunately, my family did not have the funds to send me to such a school. I wish they did.

  • Mechanical Difficulties - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 003

    05/07/2021 Duration: 06min

    He was a strange customer to say the least. The day was off to a great start. I had finished working on a long term client’s car, which recently has been having engine trouble. It wasn't hard to find the problem, but to fix it was a delicate matter. However, I did my job and relaxed after an arduous task. Working for the officers is never appreciated, not by my fellow man and not even by the officers. I was just happy to have him gone and hopefully my workmanship would keep him away for a long while. That's when the stranger walked into my garage.

  • Dark Water - The Penned Sleuth Short Story Podcast - 002

    04/07/2021 Duration: 07min

    Dark Water was by far the most terrible tourist spot in the city. We had festivals, carnivals, monuments and oversized furniture, but the lake was an eyesore. Of course, we were stuck with attractions that we gradually downplayed over the years until they stopped appearing on the brochure. This attraction was known as Lake Robinson, but locally it was known as Dark Water Lake. It was something the adults ignored and the children whispered about.

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