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

Feb 12, 2019 · 759 words (3 minutes) · 1 like

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

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

Literary Fiction Love

Winner of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation 2016 Short Story Competition.

Ceci in the Sky

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

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

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

Fantasy Humor Love

Riding the Dragon

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

Fantasy Literary Fiction

The Bulldog Ant is not a Team Player

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


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...