Short Stories


Christina Engela began making up and writing stories literally as soon as she could hold a wax crayon, although she only really began writing short stories at high school.

Below is a list of standalone short fiction works by Christina Engela.

The List

  1. The Curse (1987, revised as ‘Mercury Rising’ in 2017)
  2. Code Red (1988, revised 2017)
  3. Dysfunxion (1990)
  4. The Devils in The Sky (1993)
  5. A Really Bad Day In The Life Of Lance Corporal Thomas O’Blivion (1995)
  6. Beyond (1998)
  7. I, Mac (2006)
  8. Homecoming (2010)
  9. Little Green Men (2014)
  10. The Thirteenth Ship (2014)
  11. Midnight Station (2014)
  12. Death By Vampire (2015)
  13. Wiggle Room (2015)
  14. Duck Blind (2017)
  15. Good Evening, Mr. Gleeb (2018)

One Act Plays by Christina Engela

  1. Ballad For A Nutter (1987)
  2. Villa Of Terror (1989)
  3. The Traitor Loyal (1990)

Publishing History

“The Devils in The Sky”, “A Really Bad Day In The Life Of Lance Corporal Thomas O’Blivion”, “Beyond”, and “I, Mac” appeared in a collection of sci-fi works by Christina Engela titled “Space Sux” released by Christina Engela in 2006 (First Edition).

“Beyond” appeared in “For Love of Leelah” (JEA) an anthology in February 2015.

“Homecoming” appeared in “Autumn Burning: Dreadtime Stories For The Wicked Soul” (JEA) – a Halloween anthology by various authors, published in October 2014.

“The Thirteenth Ship” appeared in “Inanna Rising” (JEA) – an anthology of short stories published in February 2015.

“Midnight Station” appeared in “All That Remains” (JEA) – an anthology of short stories published in August 2015.

“Wiggle Room” appeared in “M v F: Death Personified” (JEA) – an anthology of short stories published in February 2016, and also in volume #5 of Phantasmagoria magazine (UK, June 2018).

“The Devils in The Sky”, “A Really Bad Day In The Life Of Lance Corporal Thomas O’Blivion”, “Beyond”, “I, Mac”, “Little Green Men”, “The Thirteenth Ship”, “Midnight Station” and “Death By Vampire” appeared in “Space Sucks!” (Second Edition) a collection of short stories by Christina Engela in May 2016.

“I, Mac” was selected by a panel of judges in 2015 to appear in “The #Coinage Book: Journal Of New South African Writing“, published in October 2016.

“Wiggle Room” appeared in Phantasmagoria Magazine Issue #5 in June 2018.

“Homecoming” appeared in Horror Anthology IV in 2018.

Short fiction anthologies to which Christina Engela contributed:

Autumn Burning - Christina Engela contributorInanna Rising - Christina Engela contributorFor Love Of Leelah - Christina Engela contributorFearotica - Christina Engela contributorAll That Remains - Christina Engela contributorM v F Death Personified - Christina Engela contributor - Sml

Short story collections by Christina Engela:

  • Space Sucks! (2016)
  • Space Sucks Too! (in process)
  • Space Really Sucks! (in process)

Synopses:

Short Stories:

  1. “The Curse” (‘Mercury Rising’) – The last thing Stuart Flane, captain of the Mercury, expected while he and five members of his crew worked to discover the answer to an enigma, was a day-long running battle inside the bowels of the moldering corpse of a long-vanished loderunner. (This story formed the foundation of the “Panic: Horror In Space” series.)
  2. “Code Red” – After an unexpected battle in orbit over a strange planet, the crew of the surviving battlecruiser land to repair their damage – and to look for a good spot to plant their flag. (1988)
  3. “Dysfunxion” – a teenage sci-fi romance featuring robots, kidnapping, and a mad scientist. (1990)
  4. “The Devils In The Sky” – a ship on deep space patrol is attacked by an unknown alien warship. (1993)
  5. “A Really Bad Day In The Life Of Lance-Corporal Thomas O’Blivion” – an entertaining and comical tale about the adventures of a young security guard on a space station. (1995)
  6. “Beyond” – The commander of Earth’s first interstellar flight is recalled because it is discovered she is transgender. (1998)
  7. “I, Mac” – The hilarious tale of an insurance salesman exacting revenge on his abusive childhood bully of a cousin when the cousin drops in for an unannounced visit . (2006)
  8. “Homecoming” – A romantic Halloween tale involving a young vampire and her erstwhile love interest. (2010) Winner of the E-Book Diva Contest, 2010.
  9. “Little Green Men” – A diplomatic mission to recover the bodies of some clowns who crashed there on the way to a convention takes a sour turn on a small planet inhabited by strange little green men who don’t like to be laughed at by tall aliens with exposed shins. (2014).
  10. “The Thirteenth Ship” – A romantic and tragic vampire tale. (2014)
  11. “Midnight Station” – A spellbinding romantic encounter between two vampires who haven’t seen each other in 50 years. (2014)
  12. “Death By Vampire” – an interplanetary double agent brokering a trade-off of blood-diamonds in return for 100 Terran hostages gets more than he bargained for. (2015)
  13. “Wiggle Room” – This story involves a scary old hospital, a nurse, a scalpel, a bedpan, and a dark and stormy night.
  14. “Duck Blind” – a space vacation in a giant simulator goes frighteningly awry. (2017)
  15. “Good Evening, Mr. Gleeb” – Things take a turn for the surreal when one of the guest speakers on a midnight talk radio show about “those mysterious crop circles” turns out to be an alien wearing a disguise. (2018)

One-Act Plays:

  1. “Ballad For A Nutter” – a play about a bumbling police detective. (1987)
  2. “Villa Of Terror” – a play inspired by the ghostly legend of a haunted villa in ancient Greece. (1989)
  3. The Traitor Loyal – a play about a conscientious German soldier doing the right thing during the Nazi occupation in WW2.  (1990)
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