This section of my website is filled with short stories. It is called “Nibbles” because each story is a small but satisfying bite at about 600 words. The topics and tones range from this to that and everything in-between – starchy, sweet, beefy, crunchy, homespun, random – just like a good tray of Nibbles. Hope you enjoy.

Court Her, Pound Her

October 25, 2011

by Ken Grout Copyright 2011 I was sixteen and felt God find me. I was at one of those camps for God-finders that were so prevalent then. And it was Sunday afternoon and I still hadn’t had THE EXPERIENCE. Everyone else had it. Or they just arrived that way and wanted a booster shot. But by Sunday afternoon, I had a scant ninety minutes left to find God before my chance was over. I was frantic. People were murmuring phrases like, “just ... read more

Lil’ Bug Frank

October 19, 2011

by Ken Grout Copyright 2011 When Harry and Emma Frank bought their 1930 Ford Model A, it was the first car on Hotchkiss Street. Harry wrote his cousin Mal Lonergan from down Sugar Grove a series of bragging postcards about it, so one Sunday Mal took the train up along with his wife, Joanie, and their three, to see this new automobile for himself. It was June 25 of 1932. Harry took first Mal for a ride, then Mal, Mitchell, Norma, Lil Bug, ... read more

The Lay-On

October 19, 2011

by Ken Grout Copyright 2011 He is beautiful. There - among the lacquered bamboo and dewy succulents, the burnt sienna pendants and the hum of familiarity – stands this man I have never seen. Steel-blue suit, steel-blue eyes, steel-blue hair. A superhero without the letter shield. I try not to stare. My cell phone buzzes. “When you get in, go straight to HR Conference Room A.” A text from my boss. Hmmm. Conference Room A. The one with the real mahogany table, reserved for ... read more

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Moneytubes – my first film, a short absurd-comedy written and directed by Nick Carlisle.

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