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Story in Fiction William H Coles

The award-winning stories and novels of William H. Coles. Each unique, character-based with dramatic plots, and written as an art form to engage, entertain, and enlighten. Read by the author. Produced by storyinliteraryfiction.com.



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Story in Fiction William H Coles
Apr 1, 2019 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. But in his new home ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Apr 1, 2019 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. But in his new home ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Mar 31, 2019 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. But in his new home ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Feb 1, 2019 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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McDowell, an arrogant, selfish, uncaring surgeon–except with his three children whom he ineptly tries to council as they come of age–loses his career, wealth, respect, and fame when his grandson goes on a killing spree and then fails in a suicide attempt living in a vegetative, braindead state. When the boy dies under suspicious circumstances, ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Feb 1, 2019 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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McDowell, an arrogant, selfish, uncaring surgeon–except with his three children whom he ineptly tries to council as they come of age–loses his career, wealth, respect, and fame when his grandson goes on a killing spree and then fails in a suicide attempt living in a vegetative, braindead state. When the boy dies under suspicious circumstances, ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jan 31, 2019 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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McDowell, an arrogant, selfish, uncaring surgeon–except with his three children whom he ineptly tries to council as they come of age–loses his career, wealth, respect, and fame when his grandson goes on a killing spree and then fails in a suicide attempt living in a vegetative, braindead state. When the boy dies under suspicious circumstances, ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jan 31, 2019 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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McDowell, an arrogant, selfish, uncaring surgeon–except with his three children whom he ineptly tries to council as they come of age–loses his career, wealth, respect, and fame when his grandson goes on a killing spree and then fails in a suicide attempt living in a vegetative, braindead state. When the boy dies under suspicious circumstances, ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Oct 1, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A literary psychological thriller by award-winning author William H. Coles. Two orphaned sisters, facing a future of want and loneliness, quarrel when the older sister, responsible for her dependent teenage sibling, repudiates her sister’s affair with a political activist–older and unacceptable–she bonds with on the internet. Can adolescent love ever transcend innocently ignored incompatibility to ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Sep 1, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A successful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. She is faced with deep questions about who he really is and she returns ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Sep 1, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A successful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. She is faced with deep questions about who he really is and she returns ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Aug 31, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A successful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. She is faced with deep questions about who he really is and she returns ... Go To Episode
The Wreck of Amtrak’s Silver Service A surgeon in a small town lives with his garrulous socially adept but childless wife. He blames her for his failed career and anger mounts to where he plots to be rid of her, seeking help to remove her from his life, but his plans go horribly awry. Gatemouth ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jul 5, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A disabled young man becomes homeless when his only relative, his grandmother dies. He’s a kind soul in a world of anger despair and hurt. A homeless woman befriends him and teaches him to stand up for himself against others, knowledge that leads to newly learned violent actions that change his life. These stories and ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jun 28, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Clouds The first story is Clouds, the story of a loving single parent mother who must take her developmentally disabled son to be institutionalized when a trusted caregiver dies. Her grief is intensified by the obstacles her estranged husband presents. The first . . .”Clouds” is the story of a mother who must take her ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jun 21, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Finalists in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. The first story, the Bear, is about two trappers and a boy in Alaska who anger a bear who seeks revenge with unrelenting rage. Second Story: Father Ryan. The Bishop is escorting Father Ryan from Boston to his new assignment in Idaho, under mysterious circumstances and salacious ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jun 14, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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The armed-service wife of an air force Captain stationed in France in the 1960’s stands up to the selfish philandering of her pilot husband and demands justice and compensation for her leaving him and returning to the states. A resistant commanding officer denies her just demands to disastrous consequences. Award winning short story in the ... Go To Episode
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The first story, On the Road to Yazoo City, is about a broke, loveless guitar player walking through Mississippi hoping to find a gig when he comes upon a young aloof waif of a girl who leads him through a day of shocking awareness of the nature of love and life that changes the direction ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jun 1, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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In a small town in Mississippi, a young boy is bullied by an older girl on the way home from school he retaliates and is blamed as the aggressor. When the families of the two children are on an outing, the girl is found dead. Although there is no proof, and the boy is innocent, ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
May 24, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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With consternation, a long-haul big-rig truck driver reluctantly picks up a young woman seemingly injured on the side of an interstate highway and against his will and judgement takes her home to his wife who receives the girl as the child she never had and irreversibly alters the trucker’s future. Award-winning short story in the ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
May 17, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A medical student is infatuated with her much older professor and defies her mother’s warnings of disastrous results if she continues an affair with a much older man highly respected for his status and work at university. But the mother’s feelings and advice are complicated by the arrival of a box that has items that ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
May 10, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A boy mother takes him to visit his grandparents in upstate New York when the farm is swarmed with hordes of flies from swampland on an adjacent property forcing angry dysfunctional interactions among grandparents and mother that finally presents an opportunity for the boy to see his father, who is estranged from his mother and ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
May 1, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Mike Boudreaux is the chief of surgery at a prominent New Orleans hospital and his much older partner, Clayton Otherson, is making life-threatening mistakes in surgery. Catherine, Clayton’s wife, finds herself attracted to Mike, and when family life becomes unbearable, she turns to him for help and support; they fall in love. Clayton become obsessed ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
May 1, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Mike Boudreaux is the chief of surgery at a prominent New Orleans hospital and his much older partner, Clayton Otherson, is making life-threatening mistakes in surgery. Catherine, Clayton’s wife, finds herself attracted to Mike, and when family life becomes unbearable, she turns to him for help and support; they fall in love. Clayton become obsessed ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Apr 30, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Mike Boudreaux is the chief of surgery at a prominent New Orleans hospital when he is called upon to make tough decisions about his partner, Clayton Otherson, a distinguished and influential surgeon who is making life-threatening mistakes in surgery. Mike owes his career to Clayton and wants to help his colleague and friend. Catherine, Clayton’s ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Apr 26, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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The daughter of a well-respected portrait painter confronts the reaction of the community to the series of nude portraits her father painted of a young woman and must respond to rumors the town has disseminated based on more than a few carnal interpretation of the paintings. The daughter, as her father’s business manager, scrambles to ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Apr 19, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A former college roommate Peter comes to university to interview and Tony and his wife Amanda invite the roommate to dinner. Tony’s attraction and always unstated affection for Peter intensifies. The couples, at a sit-down dinner, listen as guest Peter tells a story of sexism and poorly disguised misogyny. Tony must decide whether or not ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Apr 12, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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The younger daughter of a mother battling against the society and humanity with misdirected fervor that when her first grandchild dies in the womb of her elder daughter, the mother seeks vengeance on erroneously perceived injustice; her younger daughter realizes she is of age and must make decisions that her mother does not agree. Finalist ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Apr 5, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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An insecure, uptight, assistant professor of English denies his suppressed attraction to a precociously arduous and passionate student in his evening noncredit creative writing course with twisted consequences that could deny his desire to be full professor. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. This story ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Mar 29, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A Chinese girl abducted and imported illegally into the syndicated New Orleans sex trade befriends one of her handlers scheming to escape and fulfill her dreams of living the American dream—like she knows from seeing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. After many attempts to gain freedom, she finally succeeds in escaping but not to ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Mar 26, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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An older couple with deep caring for each other live together unmarried and take an extended tour of India where they befriend a married couple, the wife who insists on wearing an expensive and ostentatious multicarat-diamond necklace on tour that is stolen with repercussive consequences that make the unmarried couple realize the value of love ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Mar 22, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A lonely grocery store manager hires a seriously disabled boy to collect wheeled shopping-carts and becomes involved in false accusations, injustice punishment, unexpected caring, and painful loss. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. This story and thirty-two others are available online free for listening or reading, and download: https://www.storyinliteraryfiction.com/stories-novels An Illustrated print version ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Mar 15, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A half-crazed, homeless con-man meets a young girl grieving for her father killed in a plane crash and is faced with the dilemma whether to persist in a scam when truth is called for. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. This story and thirty-two others ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Mar 8, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A Socialite’s philandering physician husband goes to a medical meeting and when he doesn’t return she must face the humiliating pain of friends’ sympathies and the discovery of betrayal by her closest friend Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. This story and thirty-two others are available online free for listening or reading, and ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Mar 1, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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During the French Revolution, a fatherless apprentice iron-monger carries his mother, dying of a throat lump, to a cathedral near the sea to find a miracle to save her, and is gifted with many miracles that will shape his future. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. This story and thirty-two others are available ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Feb 22, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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The time is late nineteenth century, the place “A Barnum and Bailey’s Circus on tour just ten years after the civil war. DiDi, one of the performing dwarf falls in love with Lazlo, the five-foot one trapeze sensation and rejects the amorous attention of the diminutive attendant of her midway act. She learns about the ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Feb 15, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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An arrogant, self-centered audiovisual technician is fired for incompetence, his wife leaves him and he courts and marries the rich widow of an owner of a used-car lot. When his first and only love becomes ill, he hard-headily makes uninformed decisions about her health care with disastrous consequences for all. Finalist in the William Faulkner ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Feb 8, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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Following the teachings of non-violence by Dr. Martin Luther King, a low-down blues piano player befriends a white-farmer of the Klu Klux Klan at a truck stop gig in Maryland. His activism saves lives but destroys his family. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. This story and thirty-two others are available online free ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Feb 1, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A young white male in prison for murder is the object of a young graduate student’s research—his first female contact since his mother stopped coming years ago. He begins to covet the attention of her sessions and schemes to charm her so she’ll never desist but has difficulty finding a key to open her caring. ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jan 31, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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An adolescent boy, the only son of an illiterate gravestone cutter, falls in love with one of his father’s beautiful clients and during his fatuous, one-sided affair he finds admiration and love for a father he’s silently scorned and dishonored for as long as he can remember. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jan 26, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A story about a man’s anger for his dead wife who he despised for her betrayal and rejection for whom he reluctantly agreed to deliver a eulogy at the burial. He discovers the power of forgiveness, through an unanticipated acquaintance with a college student. Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. This story and ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jan 25, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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At a small Midwest college a failing college student takes summer courses to stay in school and is charmed by the innocent beauty of an Amish girl selling pastries and baked goods on a street in  an adjacent village. The shy girl ignores him at first but as his attraction intensifies they must face inevitable ... Go To Episode
Story in Fiction William H Coles
Jan 24, 2018 Story in Fiction William H Coles
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A mother, fearing social disdain, sends her pregnant teenager daughter to a convent in France to deliver the baby for adoption. The infant girl is deformed and adoption fails but the daughter loves the child and must try to raise  her to thrive and succeed despite a parent’s objections. Award winning short story in both ... Go To Episode