Short Stories, Novellas & Other Scribblings

"Two Fingers"
From the anthology Iced
Edited by Kerry Schooley and Peter Sellers
2001, Insomniac Press

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My first short story, featuring two old friends with a criminal past, meeting for a drink in a Montreal bar. It poses the burning question: how far can you trust a guy who makes a point of putting fruit in his beer?

"Athough it is hard to pick favourites in this outstanding collection, a few of these stories cause serious memory burn: "Two Fingers" by Kevin Burton Smith, "Foil for the Fire" by Vern Smith, and Sellers's own "Avenging Miriam." Sellers and Schooley are to be commended for their work. Long may it continue."
--Robyn Gillam,

"People Skills"
From the anthology Grunt and Groan
Edited by Matthew Firth and Max Maccari
2002, Boheme Press

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Yikes! I'm still not sure where this story came from. A brooding tale of after-hours sex, violence and difficult labour/management negotiations.

"The Revenge of the Red Avenger"
From the anthology
Beat to a Pulp: Superhero
Edited by Scott D. Parker and David Cranmer
September 2012, Beat to a Pulp
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After a ten-year hiatus from fiction, I've finally sucked it up and finished a story, and even more surprising is the subject matter: superheroes, comic books, and a crime fighting five-year old or two. And it's all based very loosely on my own childhood.

"The Revenge of the Red Avenger called to mind the innocent kids from Stand By Me and The Sandlot... Kevin Burton Smith packs an emotional wallop with this story, turning a tale of carefree innocence into one of tragedy with a powerful climax."

"I enjoyed all the stories here, but Kevin Burton Smithís The Revenge of the Red Avenger grabbed my shirt collars and pulled me right in... The Revenge of the Red Avenger is my favourite"
Hannibal the Carthaginian,

"The Peach-Streaked Blouse"
Crime Factory #14
Edited by Scott D. Parker and David Cranmer
October 2013
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The lead-off story in the issue's fiction section, and my very first appearance in a periodical, I've had this little thing bouncing around in my head for years, and I'm relieved it has finally seen the light of day. It was originally written for a creative writing class, and over the years it's popped up at readings and writing workshops, and it usually goes over well. But hey -- it's got Montreal, domestic angst, violence and incorrect laundry techniques in it -- what more could you want?

"Raymond Chandler Once Said..."

A poem, of all things, about Raymond Chandler, writing, heroes and clay feet. Set to appear in an upcoming poetry anthology edited by Gerald So. Or maybe not.

Care to drop me a line? Go ahead, punk. Make my day.

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