Grim, Fair e-Tales

Writer on Demand Vol. 4

Grim, Fair e-Tales

Grim, Fair e-Tales

Writer on Demand Vol. 4

Short Story Collection by Donald J. Bingle



Not every story has a Hollywood ending. Sometimes the dark envelops the light. 

Writer on Demand Vol. 4: Grim, Fair e-Tales includes four stories: 

“Suburban Legend” (approximately 6,400 words) rips from the headlines and twists the classic tale of a suburban husband accused of murdering his beautiful wife. This story originally appeared in “Imaginary Friends,” edited by John Marco and Martin H. Greenburg (DAW Books. Inc. 2008). 

“Artists Only” (approximately 3,500 words) tells the tale of a little girl who goes unwillingly with her brother to the local traveling carnival, tires of the garish distractions, and becomes lost. This story originally appeared in compact disc format in “Carnival/Circus,” edited by Jean Rabe (Lone Wolf Productions 2004). 

“Stew” (approximately 3,900 words) deals with a boy who decides it is right to go to war, but later regrets his decision. This story originally appeared in “Civil War Fantastic,” edited by Martin H. Greenberg (DAW Books, Inc. 2000) and was later reprinted in “Stalking the Wild Hare,” edited by John Helfers, Chris Pierson, Marc Tassin, and Jean Rabe (Walkabout Publishing 2010). 

“Grok” (approximately 4,000 words) is a the story of the mud-man of the local Renaissance Faire. It originally appeared, appropriately enough, in “Renaissance Faire,” edited by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe (DAW Books, Inc. 2005). 


Donald J. Bingle is the author of a variety of thriller novels:  Forced Conversion (Five Star), a near future military scifi thriller; GREENSWORD (Five Star), a darkly comedic eco-thriller; Net Impact (Alliteration Ink), a new kind of spy thriller for a new kind of world; Frame Shop, a mystery thriller set in a suburban writers’ group; and (with Jean Rabe) The Love-Haight Case Files, an urban fantasy thriller about lawyers representing the rights of supernatural creatures in a magic-filled San Francisco. In addition, he has more than fifty shorter works published in anthologies, magazines, and collections in the thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, steampunk, romance, comedy, and memoir genres. Many of his previously published stories (and a few new ones) have been collected by subject in his Writer on Demand series, which includes: Tales of Gamers and Gaming: Tales of Humorous Horror; Tales Out of Time; Grim, Fair e-Tales; Tales of an Altered Past Powered by Romance, Horror, and Steam; Not-So-Heroic Fantasy; and Shadow Realities. Don is a full member of the International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He is a frequent panelist at various conventions and programs, including the GenCon Writers’ Symposium and Origins Game Fair Library. He was the world’s top-ranked player of classic roleplaying game tournaments for about fifteen years. More about Don and his writing can be found at