W.A. Stanley (or ‘Was’ for short) is a multi-genre author with a penchant for telling strange tales with undertones relating to society, the modern world and the human condition. His debut novel, Till Death Do Us Party, is due for release in 2022 (but please don’t hold him to that).

In the meantime, take a look at some short stories, book reviews, opinion pieces, and of course, news and updates about the progress of his works.

The Latest

The Retirement Plan

Where a Hunter for the City, Kex Atto, approaches her retirement. But in the City, circa 2254, retirement means death: you don’t work to live, you live to work. After this, the City has no furthur use for you.

Read on…

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News & Updates


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news & updates

Shorts

  • The Retirement Plan
    Where a Hunter for the City, Kex Atto, approaches her retirement. But in the City, circa 2254, retirement means death: you don’t work to live, you live to work. After this, the City has no furthur use for you.
  • The Slumlord
    Where Detective Jon Bakker is recruited by one of the City’s powerbrokers to locate the mysterious Slumlord… But aren’t they just a myth?
  • Brothers in Claws
    A tale of two brothers who love each other very, very much. When they’re not trying to rip the flesh from the other sibling, that is.
  • The ANZACs: A Lesson in History
    Where Alexa, a student in 2235, receives a lesson about what was once the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
  • The Synergist
    Where Artur Simril, born on 15 September, 2253, grows up in the City. As the years pass, he tries to reconcile his dreams of becoming an artist with the career that the system has mapped out for him.
  • A Plea to Facebook
    Originally published on Silent Protagonist, this is a plea to Facebook requesting they treat Silent Protagonist with the respect it deserves, and block it with all the other Australian news outlets.

Ramblings

Book Reviews

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