Short Story Corner: Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror by Philip Harris & In the Empire of Underpants by Robert Jeschonek

Short Story Title: Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror: A Short Story

Author: Philip Harris

Publication Date: May 13, 2018

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Glitch and his friends are traveling on an airplane when it crashes into a mysterious island! On this island, they find dinosaurs, which were thought to be extinct! Who brought them back and how is it a part of a larger nefarious scheme that is unfolding here?

The story moves quickly, with dinosaur action, danger, and adventure on every page. Glitch and his allies travel across the island trying to find an escape but discover something more sinister than they would ever suspect. The fate of the entire world is at stake as Glitch tries to find a solution!

This tale is infused with fun and excitement glitch mitchellon every page and it ends far too quickly. I was grinning from ear to ear with each chapter at how Glitch tries to solve one perilous conundrum after another, often while trying to escape the teeth of various dinosaurs trying to eat him.

This short story is done in the style of the old time serial stories of the 1930’s like Flash Gordon, with a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter. It begs you to turn the page to see what happens next. The action escalates and the situation becomes ever more dangerous. Action and adventure the way you like it is found in every scene.

If you enjoyed this short story, do yourself a favor, go check out the full-length novel starring Glitch, called “Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet“. You’ll be glad you did, as it is written in the same fun style as this one.

I originally read this story when it was published in “The Jurassic Chronicles“, an anthology filled with many more compelling tales about dinosaurs just like this one.

Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about stories by Philip Harris include “Serial Killer Z” and “Serial Killer Z: Sanctuary.”

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Short Story Title: In the Empire of Underpants: A SciFi Story

Author: Robert Jeschonek

Publication Date: July 23, 2018

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


A pair of artificially intelligent men’s briefs is on a mission. His compatriots are getting sick and he’s looking for a cure from the Magic Panties. On his journey, he finds all sorts of clothes, from shoes to bras to hats, all of them filled with the same level of sentience as him. Some of them, however, are slowly going mad. Will this pair of briefs live long enough to find the cure?

Sensient underpants. Yes, I said it. I never thought in a million years that I would read a story like this. But yet, while this story is filled with ludicrous hilarity and laugh out loud moments, it also has a love of life imbued in it, a sense of purpose, a dark crisis of apocalyptic proportions and a genuine threat to the protagonist. It all meshed together underwearseamlessly as I wondered whether the briefs would survive the story or not.

This universe is well thought out, with different pieces of apparel speaking different languages, amazing abilities for different types of undergarments and made me think about clothing in a new, unusual and unique way. Also, “smart” clothing with a sense of its own mortality? With intelligence built into its briefs, the story can go anywhere and does. Its conclusion is as surprising as the entirety of the story is: unexpected and heartwarming.

You might be wondering, what happened to all the humans in this story? Well, that answer will make you laugh too.

I read this authors story in the “Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 22” called “Dirty Dreams of a Dishwasher” and loved it. Based on the strength of that tale, I tried this one as well. It’s filled with the same type of whimsy while also firmly sitting in the science fiction realm. I enjoyed them both equally and unequivocally.

Sensient underpants. I still laugh and smile when I think about it.

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