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Best Online Reading Story, Creative Writing, Free Online Short Stories With A Twist

Updated on November 21, 2012

Looking for the best online reading stories to quench your thirst? A tale with a twist? If you are here, you have successfully searched for free online short stories and have hit on the right place! Tap into some true creative writing talent here - it is just what you have been searching for!

The following tall tales will have you in a spin and will bite you without a thought of monetary reward - such are the benefits of free love on the Internet - I will showcase some of the cream from the writers site, HubPages.

The head of a creative writer is a private universe, so let's take a look at what twisted and unusual thoughts these people have on offer for you! Be aware, before you enter, and heed the morals of these stories. Come back, wise enough to carry the scars but innocent enough to carry on. Intrigued? You will be!

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HubPages For Internet Writers

Hubpages is an Internet writers site. People who want to write about anything and everything can do so. For their effort they are rewarded with a passive income, generated from advertising, and access to a strong community.

Here they have the opportunity to debate within a busy forum, or simply, have fun with like-minded people. Joining HubPages is here and free.

The many thousands of Hubpages writers are known as 'Hubbers'. They create articles or stories known as Hubs. By searching the site you will soon realise that there is a wealth of experience, expertise and talent oozing out from the computer screen, all of which are easily accessible to you, the reader. In this article I showcase just some of these free online short stories. Here, I focus on stories with a twist!

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The Online Reading Of Mark Knowles

My first writer that I wish to showcase is someone that is very well known on Hubpages. I am very excited to introduce you to him.

Some in the Hubpages community marvel at him, some not so much. Whatever, he is always seen as someone who might add a bit of contraversy to the site. None-the-less, he is an exceptionally talented writer, as you will see with the following two stories.

Enter the imaginative mind of ... Mark Knowles!

Courtesy of WordRidden of Flickr
Courtesy of WordRidden of Flickr | Source

Showcasing The Fine Print From A Fine Creative Writer

Mr Knowles is more recognised for his SEO expertise than abilities in creative writing. The Fine Print, however, demonstrates the true talent that he is. In this online short story, there is a twist that will rock you to the core. Here is the teaser:

“You specifically told me to make that appointment, and to keep the rest of the day free, only yesterday. Sprint is your mobile phone provider.”

“I did no such thing. Why would I want to see my mobile phone provider?”

“But you did, I clearly remember.” Nearly in tears now, she’d be fired and never work in a law office again, she knew it. Mary Parker-Denison had ruined more careers than she’d had Frapuccinos. “And Mr. Jones is waiting in the foyer.”

So, what happens next? Does Mr Jones revoke her contract for non payment? Well you will need to click on the link to know the twist to this sinister story!

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  • The Road To Hell

  • Did you know that Mark Knowles has written a script?  Well, if any agents out there enjoyed his stories, you just might enjoy his script!  Why not contact him via his profile?

Mark Knowles Road To Hell

Another twister from the Knowles genius head-bank? Well, if you liked The Fine Print, you would be bedazzled by The Road To Hell!

This short story is set in the future and things have definately changed in New York City.

'10:30 p.m. New York City, New York, United Nations Department 13.

Killing yourself is the easy part, thought Arne Christiansen. Staying dead is not so easy...

Eschewing the current trend for Direct-Data-Neural-Input transmissions, he pushed a button and turned on the view screen in his living room, in time to catch the late-night newscasts. He much preferred watching something on a screen rather than having it piped directly through his optic and aural nerves.

As Chief Researcher of The World Genetics Research Facility, he was not only entitled to watch the uncensored version, he had the wherewithal to afford the space for the screen in the first place. At nearly 50m sq, his personal living space was palatial by today’s standards.'

What happens to Arne Christiansen? Only you can find out in this complicated world of genetic modifications, this story is a must read!

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MotherThumper Goes Creative In The Foot Hills!

MotherThumper is a newcomer to HubPages but has not gone unnoticed. Joker, creative writer and Blogger, you will be able to access the mind of someone who lives at the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. What would you find in this head-stead? Peace? Tranquility? Or something else? I will leave for you to find out!

Apart from being an exceptional story writer, MotherThumper's other talents extends to designing! She designs a variety of t-shirts to suit anyone! Well, that is a claim, so why not check her profile out and take a look!

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Mystery? Suspense? Mind Your Own Business!

Mind Your Own Business is a mystery or suspense short story with a twist.

Written in the first person our writer appears a curious chap which leads him into a trail of events surrounding a man known as Oscar. So, what trigger's this fascination with the writer? I won't tell you too much or I will be giving the plot away! However, I can give you a snippet to whet your appetite for an online reading that will intregue!

'I decided to do something I had never done before today, I was going to follow Oscar when he left the bar. It should be easy enough, he is plastered and almost 65 years old, I figure. Plus, he doesn’t have a car...'

'Mind your own business' is a short story involving a nosy bartender and a man named Oscar, who was a regular at the bar and a complete drunk. What happened that rainy afternoon would remind the bartender that it is always wise to just mind your own business...

Now click on the link and satisfy your curiosity!

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Online Reading From A BadHubbit

HubPages BadHubbit is a hubber that lives up to his name - but only in a good-bad way! If you look at his profile page, you will see that he comes from the 'Hubbisphere' - a bit like the same place that I come from, but probably somewhere more whirly-hurly than the 'Middle of nowhere, centre of everything'.

Anyway, it gives you some idea as to the depths of his bizarre mind, whilst looking at his subject matter and the forum comments he makes, one could find oneself querying his mental state! Again, in a good way, of course! Online reading from BadHubbit doesn't come around everyday! He is unique!

So, lets celebrate his head, especially when it comes to his creative writing capabilities! Who else could pull off an original idea and extend it into something more bizarre? Yes, I have your attention now, don't I? Let me draw you into his only online short story further on...

Courtesy and thanks to Torley from Flickr
Courtesy and thanks to Torley from Flickr | Source

This Free Online Short Story Is An Original Concept On An Old Theme.

If 2012 could be the end of the known world, what will 3012 bring? Will life as we know it still exist or will it be a plastic, manufactured world? Will anything of the world we know survive and will someone like Lewis Carroll have a place in it?

Take a look at this mad snippet!

'Then came a new world order and here they were today, the perfect number of people who walked the planet Brillig with no deaths and no births. All that was in the past once the slithy toves gyred and gimbled in test tubes and threw up the perfect prototype for the race that was. When they were little borogoves, they were still mimsy – Jabber was, too...'

This free online short story, is an original concept on an old theme. Take a look!

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Creative Writing? It'sssssssssss Kenny!

Kenny Wordsmith is an illustrator and writer of children's books. He likes to have fun, share laughs and information on anything and everything. Not only is he a clever creative writer, he enjoys his art work and believes that everyone is an artist.

Kenny is also happy to share the hubber love by helping others to discover the artist in them and has a good following of fans. He has also been writing on HubPages for the last 3 years.

Why not go and check this HubPages long-timer out and become another one of his fans... only AFTER you have read the teaser that I have in store for you!

The Problems With Ghost Writing - Confess, Kenny.. Confess!!!

Confessions of a Ghost Writer is a complete short story about the struggles that Ghost writers endure on their paths to a non-existent fame.

The character has a very unusual method of gaining inspiration for his story plot plans, but how else can a writer be heard in this world of competitive market forces? If it works, then why not use it?

'Sitting alone on a tombstone at midnight is my idea of a highly profitable business venture. My partner in this is a famous writer who doles out regular doses of scary literature to horror-hungry masses. His first few blood-freezers were entirely written by him, until he suffered from what even horror-writers have a horror of: a writer's block. Though he had quenched his thirst for fame by then, he had to continue, as he had just accepted an advance for a screenplay and his farmhouse was only half-built. That was when we met...'

Take a peek into the intreguing world of the ghost writer!

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There Is Something Strategically Fishy About Kipperman - Checkmate!

Kipperman loves to write! Kipperman is new on HubPages but, by what he has written, I think he will be gaining lots of followers.

Presently he is attending college and has, by all accounts, participated in a number of writing courses throughout the years. Included in these are courses in English and Creative Writing for Fiction and Journalism. His writing style shows potential and talent! I am glad to be showcasing kipperman here and will be watching his stories with interest.

If you want to learn more about Kipperman, or you want to follow him, click on his profile link below - not before you read the below snippet of his showcased free online short story!

Courtesy and thanks for the photo by DLKinney of Flickr
Courtesy and thanks for the photo by DLKinney of Flickr | Source

A Free Online Short Story About Chess

Now that we have the road to hell by Mark Knowles, I thought it was about time we redress the balance of the force. It is with Checkmate - a short story - that this twist has a more moral theme - something to learn by, something to value.

Two men are competing in a chess tournament. It is during this game that a lesson is learned. This changes the life of the black player... forever?

'“Can you hurry up?” Black asked.

“This is a chess tournament my man,” he chuckled. “Time is as involved in this game as strategy.”

“I don’t see your point.”

“It takes time to think of a strategy,” white replied with another brief chuckle.

“We’re going to be here all day; I’ve got some things I still need to do.” White looked up from the board, and into his opponents eyes. He grinned, “Then why have you come to play in a chess tournament?”'

Black realises that there was more to this game of chess than he had counted on!

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Jed Fisher - An Invited Story Writer

So, along with the fishing theme, we have a Kipper, what about a Fisher?  How could I forget Jed Fisher?

This retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant has a BA in English. He is loving life right now - with no one is telling him what to do, he can be free to just be!

Many of his articles involve 'do it yourself', but apart from this, he enjoys creating short stories as well. This is where I come into play and have picked up on a very usual story, indeed! Why not take a look at Jed's profile and search for other articles of interest. In the meantime let me tease you with this chosen short story with a twist!

Uninvited - Proof That Wedding Joy Exists!

If you like weddings, Jed's story 'Uninvited' is a wedding story with a twist. Such are the joys of sweet love!

'She wrongly anticipated that her husband would have asked about the destination. “The wedding for Addison Madison and Birgit Scott, in Leon.”

Jack said, “After church?”

She turned the TV back on and spoke as she went to the kitchen, “We’ll go right after church; we’ll dress nice for the wedding.”'

Uninvited is a story that provides the proof that wedding joy exists. See how this couple enhances the wedding experience!

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Introduce You To Cindyvines And The Case Of Billy B

Although without a twist, here at HubPages, we have an exceptional published writer who inspires all with her talent. Cindyvines, created this exceptional book 'The Case of Billy B'.

People who have read it have marvelled at the story with 5 star review examples, like this one by Stephen Richens:

'The Case of Billy B is a very touching and emotional story. The Author effectively illustrates how authorities do not view men abused by women with the same seriousness that they view the inverted scenario. The Case of Billy B is very well-written, and an emotionally resonant read. The book defines the story of the perseverance of a single father, Chris and his son Billy. The story is very emotional and heart touching. The characters are well defined and easy to understand. In my opinion this book is suitable for adults.
Overall, The Case of Billy B is an amazing story and I highly recommend this book to all readers.'

Need I say more? Check it out!

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Cream Rises At HubPages!

Well, that is it for this online reading! I want to thank the above HubPages writers for giving us a peak into their world of imagination and creative writing skills. I do hope you enjoyed these recommendations and that you will come back and visit soon for more free online short stories. Cream certainly does rise and, as you can see, there is a universe of talent here on HubPages. I look forward to welcoming you back.

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    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Docmo - I look forward to reading your stories :)

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Great Hub, especially for a newbie like me - as a short story writer myself it showcases what talent is out there. Kudos to you for putting it all together and being generous with your time and feedback. Hope one day I will be worthy of being featured:-) voted up.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Website Examiner - you really are an exceptional writer - how could I NOT include you here? :)

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      Website Examiner 

      8 years ago

      Thank you very much Shazwellyn! I am grateful for your decision to include me here. I could not have wished for a better person to present me, and your sophisticated introduction of me and my work exceeds my wildest expectations. I am pleased. W.E.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      travelespresson - thank you, but the bow should go to our dear writers!

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      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      This is fantastic shazwellyn. Well done indeed!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Badhubbit - only in a green horny way! lol Good story!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Eiddwen - do you know of exceptional talent on HubPages that I can showcase? If you do, wing them over to me!

      Great you liked the article - give the stories a read, you will be enterained!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Kenny - thank you for an unusual and exceptional story! :)

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      8 years ago from Wales

      hi I have read through this hub and I am bookmarking it so that I can read it in depth later on.

      It came accross as very useful and hubs such as this are priceless to so many of us newbees on here.

      . Take care


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      8 years ago from Hubbisphere

      Thank you! Does my swollen badhubbit head show? :D

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      8 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you for putting me up here, Shazwellyn! Honoured and delighted! :))

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Saleheen - and I thank you for sharing the hubbers stories too!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Denise - it give me a joyous feeling to share and these stories are really unusual. Gracious, Shaz x

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful work, Shaz. I voted it up. Thanks. It's a big boost for creative writers.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      You have been outted, Mark, for the true talent that you are! I think now is the time that the world should know the real power of the Knowles - one who produces great imaginative content. I must say that your stories blew me away! Believe in yourself and you just might be surprised at what might turn up!

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      Mark Knowles 

      8 years ago

      Woo hoo! I am famous at last. LOL Thanks for this Sharon. Who knows - might be my big break, in which case I will try not to forget you too quickly..... :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you Dallas :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      You are making a positive difference..!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Website Examiner - Im not one for hot kitchens and contraversy - Im the sort for slowly, slowly catchee monkey! Keep plugging away and making a difference.

      I value your support, as always :)

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      Website Examiner 

      8 years ago

      Very cool! Job well done, and then so quietly. Looking forward to following this project, which I'm sure will be a big success. W.E.


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