Cafe Stories 
the stories of Jerry Guarino

The 7 Hills Technology Group (21,000 words) is the sequel to The Da Vinci Diamond.  It was originally published in The Best of Cafe Stories.


30 Minutes of Hell (820 words) is a metaphorical look at a slice of Hell, through social injustice and the meaning of home.  It was originally published by The Scarlet Sound.


30 Seconds of Hell (985 words) is another look at Hell on Earth, this time a man is victimized by an ironic twist of medical privacy laws and the DMV bureaucracy.  It was originally published by Litsnack.


All Things End (1200 words) is a flash science fiction about a man's end of life memories.  It was originally published in the United States by Farther Stars than These.


An On and On (480 words) is about sons paying for the sins of the father.  It was originally published by The Legendary.


The Angry Vegetarian (950 words) is another quirky love story.  It was originally published by Larks Fiction Magazine and reprinted by Writing Raw.


Anything But Indian Food (965 words) is about an Indian man who hates the taste of his cultural food.  It was originally published in the U.S. by The Piker Press and reprinted by Larks Fiction Magazine.


Apple Juice (1230 words) is a flash fiction story set in Broadway, NYC.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


Apple Sauce (740 words) is a flash fiction love story set in Cambridge, MA.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


Babybump.com (1565 words) is a political satire about strollers in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  It was originally published by Hobo Pancakes and reprinted in Motley Press.


The Bank Teller (1300 words) is a satire about corporate consolidation.  It was originally published by Farther Stars than These.


Bird on a Camera (250 words) is a micro fiction story about the evil of traffic cameras.  It was originally published by Postcard Shorts.


The Black Hole (955 words) is a story of justice triumph over evil, of one man's revenge against a corporate bully.  It was originally published by The Piker Press and reprinted by Watch Me Bounce and Troubadour 21.


Boxes and Ladders (1520 words) is about finding love in Silicon Valley.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


The Bridge Game (1965 words) is a love story about a woman who wants to use her friend to bridge a relationship with another man.  It was originally published by The Rusty Nail.


The Chess Table (1065 words) is a wheel of fortune story of fate and destiny.  It was originally published by Twenty of Less Press.


Coq a Doodle Do (970 words) is a quirky story about a couple who are tormented by a rooster.  It was originally published by Bewildering Stories.


Computers and Jet Travel (460 words) was written for everyone who has had to endure modern travel on a jet.  Article originally published as Computer and Jet Travel: The Big Crunch on Blogcritics, an online forum for writers.


Conflicted (1180 words) is a story about a man caught between his thoughts and his actions.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


The Devil's Orchestra (5485 words) is my signature story.  It explores the life of a man who mistakes evil for happiness and the way it affects the lives around him.  It was originally published  and printed in The Chaffey Review Literary Magazine, in June, 2011 and reprinted in Writing Raw.


The DJ (1370 words) is about a college radio host who has a dream night which almost becomes a nightmare.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


Double Sting (1500 words) is a love story between a con man/actor and a beautiful girl working in a bookstore.  It was originally published in Australia by The Fringe Magazine and in the United States by Shadow Fiction.


Dream a Little Dream (980 words) is a love story about a man longing for his high school sweetheart.  It was originally published in the United States by Bewildering Stories and in Canada by The Scarlet Leaf Review.


Drone Fishing (800 words) is a satirical glimpse of the presidential election.   It was originally published by The Piker Press.


The Duke of Yelp (1000 words) is a love story in today's age of virtual living.  It was originally published by Daily Love and reprinted by Eskimo Pie.


First Love (2680 words) is a coming of age story set in the 1970s.  It was originally published in Canada by The Glass Coin and in the United States by Wherever It Pleases.


Fresh Contacts (1145 words) is a quirky college love story.  It was originally published by The Piker Press.


Girls Selling Fireworks (1115 words) is about a teenage romantic date ruined.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


A Good Marriage (1200 words) is about what we love.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


Good Weather (  words) is a glimpse into the world of the writer.  It was originally published by Yesteryear Fiction.


​The Grand Poobah (995 words) is the story of a gambler who worships luck over faith.  It was originally published in the United States by Weirdyear and in Australia by The Fringe Magazine.


I am the Writer; I speak for the programmers (with apologies to Dr. Seuss) 615 words - is the story of pop ups and their plot to take over the virtual world.  It was originally published by The Stream Press.


In the Mood (1245 words) is the story of a romantic date ruined by a series of unfortunate events.  It was originally published by The Piker Press.


In and Out (860 words) is the story of rising and falling stars.  It was originally published by Writing Raw.


It's a Lot of Work Being a Girl (800 words) is a coming of age story.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


Jury Duty (2340 words) is a quirky love story written from a man's point of view.  It was originally published by The Piker Press.


Kneel and Pray (595 words) is the story of one man's attempt to prevent a violent crime.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


The Lighthouse (1870 words) is another quirky story about the 1960s.  It was originally published in Great Britain by Alfie Dog Fiction and in the United States by The Rusty Nail.


Like Father, Like Son (865 words) is a prequel to Unfaithful.  It was originally published by The Rusty Nail.


Love Choices (950 words) is the story of two men trying to decide who to marry.  It was originally published by Smashed Cat Magazine.


Love, Luck and Fate (1690 words) is the story of teenage love interrupted by life.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


The Love Beads (925 words) is a story of teenage angst in the 1960s.  It was originally published by The Blotter Magazine and was reprinted by The Stream Press.


Mama Mia (1370 words) is another story about technology and our lives.  It was originally published by The Piker Press.


Mashed Potatoes and Marinara Sauce (760 words) is another quirky love story between an unlikely couple.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


The Music Man (2110 words) is the first story in The Rooster Trilogy (Trilogies: 18 sets of short fiction).  It was originally published in 40 Slices of Pizza and reprinted in The Piker Press.


Now I Understand (635 words) is the sequel to It's a Lot of Work Being a Girl.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


The Old Man and the Sea (9800 words) is a love story about two people redefining their lives.  It was originally published in the United States by The Piker Press and in Canada by The Scarlet Leaf.


One Prius, Two Prius, Pink Prius, Blue Prius (1000 words) is the story about a young couple starting their new life.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


Operation ICU (830 words) is my first science fiction story, about a law enforcement technology not too far off in the future.  It was originally published by The Scarlet Sound and reprinted by State of Imagination.


Overdue (1000 words) is the story about an affair gone awry.  It was originally reviewed by Flashquake and published by Eskimo Pie.


Phone Booths and Mailboxes (810 words) is a story about a man living in the past.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


Pie or Die (1000 words) explores the concept that evil can follow a person from one stage in their life to another.  It was originally published by Writing Raw.


Poached (760 words) is a cooking mystery set on the North Shore of Boston.  It was originally published by Larks Fiction Magazine.


Practical Goldberg Part 1 (375 words) is a humor story about an enterprising college student using his education for practical purposes; it is a slice of the longer story below.  It was originally published by Eskimo Pie and reprinted by Ray's Road Review.


Practical Goldberg (A love story in 3 parts) - 1175 words is the longer, O. Henry version of the story about an enterprising college student using his education for practical purposes.  It was originally published in The United States by The Scarlet Sound and in Australia by The Fringe Magazine.  It was reprinted by Daily Love, Larks Fiction Magazine and MediaVirus.  It also appeared in Daily Flash Fiction 2012.


Preheat the Microwave.com (965 words) is an affectionate look at the elderly and some of the things they do.  Everyone with a funny story about their grandparents will like this story.  It was originally published by Leaning House Press and was reprinted by Scissors and Spackle.


Public Radio (245 words)  was written for everyone who has had to endure fund raising pledge drives.  Article originally published as Public Radio Fundraising Could Use an Update on Blogcritics, an online forum for writers in Blogcritics.


Respectable Sinners (2320 words) is the story of a very wealthy town with sins to match.  It was originally published by The Feathered Flounder.


The Rich are Going to Hell (700 words) is the story of a preacher and his congregation.  It was originally published by Weirdyear.


The Road (995 words) is a story about a veteran returning from war and trying to find his way.  It was originally published by The Piker Press and reprinted in Great Britain by Alfie Dog Fiction.


Rooster Redux (1025 words) revenge of the birds is a sequel to the much loved Coq a Doodle Do.  It was originally published by The Feathered Flounder.


Starbanks (425 words) is a story about a new business combining two traditional favorites.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


The Social Justice Experiment (1350 words) is another back from the war story that will be in the new book Trilogies.  It was originally published by The Piker Press.


Software Bugs (1500 words) is a conscience story of love and passion.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


The Sonoma Murder Mystery (6500 words) is a murder mystery combining traditional elements with high technology.  It was originally published by Thadd Presley Presents: Murder and Mystery and has also been adapted as a screenplay.


The State versus Robert Citadel (360 words) is a rant against public radio broadcasting.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


The Stop Signs (1240 words) is a story about a teacher who learns some harsh lessons.  It was originally published by Eskimo Pie.


Tastykakes versus Dunkin Donuts is the rant that just had to be written.  It was originally published by Postcard Shorts.


Tea Time (1015 words) is about a teacher on summer vacation.  It was originally published by Linguistic Erosion.


The Thief (790 words) is the story of a girl whose life was stolen.  It was originally published in Great Britain by Hackwriter's Magazine.


The Tightrope (2790 words) is a story of two people experiencing very different lives in the same place.  One measures their life by faith and the other by material wealth and reputation.  It is considered my best story.  It was originally published in the United States by Writing Raw, in Canada by Zouch Magazine and Miscellany and in Australia by The Fringe Magazine.  It was reprinted by 6 Tales, The Piker Press, The Legendary and Larks Fiction Magazine.  It has also been adapted as a screenplay.


Traffic Stop with Annie Kim (830 words) is a quirky look at L.A. traffic.  It was originally published by Weirdyear and reprinted by Stanley the Whale.  


TV All the Time (1000 words) is a college love story.  It was originally published by Daily Love.


Trick or Treat (1545 words) is a tale of love, deception and murder.  It was originally published in Australia by The Fringe Magazine.


UFO (480 words) is a story about how much times have changed by science and technology.  It was originally published in Australia by The Fringe Magazine, in Canada by Zouch Magazine and Miscellany and reprinted in Mouseprose.  It also appears in Daily Flash Fiction 2012.


Under the Apple Tree (550 words) is about the dangers of going off line.  It was originally published by The Scarlet Sound and reprinted by Troubadour 21.


Unfaithful (715 words) is the story of a woman who turns a man's character flaws against him.  Ari is an undercover SEC agent who captures a corrupt financial services broker.  It was originally published by The Scarlet Sound.


The Waiting Room (500 words) is the story of a woman in a waiting room.  Read carefully or you'll miss the point of this absurdist flash fiction.  It was originally published in the United States by Apocrypha and Abstraction, in Australia by The Fringe Magazine and in Great Britain by The Short Humour Site.  It also appears in Daily Flash Fiction 2012.


What's in a Name? (900 words) is a sequel to Unfaithful, the final chapter for Clayton Rook.  It was originally published by The Piker Press.


Who Stole Asbury Park? (1180 words) is a coming of age story from the mid-1960s.  It was originally published by The Piker Press.


You Don't Have to be High to Crave White Castles (830 words) is the story of junk food differences between the East and West coasts.  It was originally published by The Legendary.