Story Archive

These stories are written under ‘Esther Ariel’ (my name here) or ‘Hila Katz’ (the name I go by elsewhere). If you’d like to contact me about my writing, you can reach me at writehilakatz (at); I’m also on Twitter sometimes.

Good-Bye, Douglas – starts like many other evenings, with the locked door of an older brother’s bedroom.

Outage – a woman wakes up from a nap to what seems like a power outage.

Chapters in the Life of a House Frog – a frog’s life changes when he gets stuck in a pool filter.

When Linda Sketched the Dead – begins with a girl taking her sketchbook to a cemetery. Published in Halfway Down the Stairs.

An Unexpected Descent – starts with two young brothers, home alone, and the older one gets an idea. Published in Bartleby Snopes.

Human After All – an isolated woman makes a connection for the first time following a horrific injury. Published at Front Porch Review.

Coughing Through Shostakovich – a violinist’s performance goes so wrong in some ways, but so right in others. Published at Subtle Fiction.

Seven Incarnations of a Spinster – best read it and see what these are. Published at Word Riot.