Dan Stout

Quirky noir tales of mystery, suspense, and speculative fiction.

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Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about fever dreams and half-glimpsed shapes in the shadows. His prize-winning fiction draws on travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan's stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Mad Scientist Journal. His debut novel, Titanshade, is available from DAW Books. Say hi on social media or at

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The Curious Case of Alpha-7 DE11

Published Feb 12, 2019 · 759 words (3 minutes) · 2 likes · 123 views

Fantasy Horror Strange

The transcript of a found voicemail, from a customer who is clearly unhappy with his latest batch of golems.

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The Memory of Elephants

Published Aug 24, 2018 · 1,040 words (4 minutes) · 2 likes · 154 views

Literary Fiction Love Memory Loss Alzheimer

Winner of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation 2016 Short Story Competition.


Ceci in the Sky

Published Jul 27, 2018 · 997 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 181 views

Humor Satire Science Fiction

Today is Ceci's birthday! And so was yesterday. And the day before that, and the day before that...


Grind my Bones, Scatter my Ashes: A Love Story

Published Jun 20, 2018 · 1,283 words (5 minutes) · 2 likes · 221 views

Fantasy Humor Love


Riding the Dragon

Published Apr 19, 2018 · 4,057 words (15 minutes) · 270 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction Addiction


The Bulldog Ant is not a Team Player

Published Mar 31, 2018 · 2,365 words (9 minutes) · 284 views


The heist was a success. Now all Kit Rowland and her crew need to do is lay low and stay out of trouble. Should be simple...


The Hula-Hoop Heart

Published Mar 17, 2018 · 2,942 words (11 minutes) · 302 views

Humor Mystery

A noir detective story set on the cracked and cruel pavement of a middle-grade playground.



Published Sep 17, 2017 · 860 words (4 minutes) · 325 views

Horror Science Fiction

A researcher wakes with a pounding headache and no memories since being in her lab.

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Plasma is beautiful.