Featured stories

– and their starting dates in the lives of our characters

Boats Against The Current

What would you do if you had ruined the first meeting with someone who could have been your best friend? Carrie has to find out quickly after her first meeting with Lin – at an insane party where everyone has a secret.

Portrait of a Killer

Carrie has finally ditched both drugs and her violent boyfriend. Is it time to get rid of her gun, too?

His Last and First Breath

While trying to save a young boy from drowning, Jon almost drowns himself in a a flash flood. The boy dies and once again Jonathan has to face off with his survivor’s guilt from the Iraq war 15 years earlier. And his attempts to find peace may just end up destroying his family …


Jon works hard to prevent a young man from juvenile detention, but begins to doubt his own motives.

That Which Cannot Be Broken

When Carrie is a witness to bikers assaulting a man, she has to make yet another choice about life or death.

Like Blood In A Darkroom

Carrie, Lin, Lars and Alan meet for one last time in an isolated holiday house to party all night before they go their separate ways after high school. But as the clock ticks toward new year, only one thing is truly clear about the future: That nothing is.

Newest stories

These are the most recent stories added to Shade of the Morning Sun, including flash fiction and vignettes.
(Dates on each post denote when in time the stories are set.)

New stories - January 2022

More Mileage

Carrie has started taking Taekwondo-classes but is kicked to the floor again and again.

Shining Through

In Prague, Emma and Stephen seek out vastly different sights.

New stories - December 2021

Ground Control

Michael puts a serious problem into new perspective.


On her first vacation overseas, Emma is struggling to keep her first relationship going.

Every Time

Jon reflects on how to help his autistic son to play. [Vignette]

In Black and White

On the way to her new psychiatrist, Lin decides to start treatment early. [Vignette]

Without Any Fear

In New York, a lonely Deborah ponders what life may hold for her now. [Vignette]

Shade of the Morning Sun is ...

contemporary electronic literature

an ever-growing collection of linked short stories

a century-long chronicle of three generations in the same family 

Meet the creator

Christopher Marcus

Reflections about ...

Electronic literature

“In general, as I have taken to saying to colleagues suspicious of all the buzz about digital technologies, the stake for literary studies in the digital age is not first of all technological. It is to follow the living language of human thought, hope, love, desire—and hate too—wherever it goes and wherever it has the capacity to be literary, even if the form, style, or grammar of such literariness does not always conform to canonical standards.”

– professor Alan Liu, “From reading to social computing” in Literary Studies in the Digital Age – An Evolving Anthology

Short stories

“[Virginia Woolf] said of photography; ‘Isn’t it odd how much more one sees in a photograph than in real life?’ This gives us, I think, a clue to the enduring power and appeal of the short story – short stories are snapshots of the human condition and of human nature, and when they work well, and work on us, we are given the rare chance to see in them more ‘than in real life.’.”

William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart and Brazzaville Beach

Novels in stories

“Life is a loose-flowing thing. There are no plot stories in life.”

– Sherwood Anderson

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