Joey To

Photo of Joey To

Birth date: Ticks the box next to “1980 – 1984”
Lives in: Melbourne, Australia

Joey was born in Hong Kong but nicked off to Australia (Os-tray-ar) way before the commies took over. In both countries, he had to suffer school and, with way too many stupid subjects and not enough time, he was put off of reading and writing. However, he was always the creative type and preferred to sketch and draw but that’s another matter.

Anyway, he knew the world was mostly unhelpful to those who wished to pursue an artistic vocation and thus made the practical choice of doing something else, albeit with a degree of spite and bitterness. It was only after he exited university when he had time to read the stuff he wanted to read and at his own pace. He binged on Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and other so-called classics. This was his attempt at educating himself after spending over eighteen years at some sort of school, having learnt very little during that time.

In addition to reading, Joey was also interested in film and television and so it was only natural for him to finally progress to some sort of writing.

Other Publications by Joey To

Joey’s stories have been published at 50-Word Stories, 365 tomorrows, Aphelion, Shotgun Honey, Microfiction Monday Magazine, Positive Words Magazine and here at The Story Shack. He also has a few pieces shortlisted at Needle In The Hay and he won the Bloomsbury Short Sentence Competition for June & July, 2013.

Writing Goals

Joey simply hopes to be able to see his stories out there in the appropriate medium, be they text on the page, a graphic novel or even a film. If he’s happy with it and if one person enjoys and learns something from it (and without setting it on fire afterwards), then that’s good enough for him.

Short stories by Joey To

Illustration for Joey To's 'Trains' by Hong Rui Choo


The raindrops streak and split across the window, softening what little sunlight there is. I feel like yawning but I don’t. I also feel like shutting my eyes. I don’t do that either. Th…


Joey To | Read flash fiction 'The Scene' Illustration by Joey To

The Scene

As a police detective, Jake had seen some horrific injuries and fatalities but nothing looked this warped. Ever. “We’re lucky more people weren’t hurt,” said the par…


Joey To | Read flash fiction 'Noises' Illustration by Joey To


From: To: Subject: noise 19:52:02 04-Apr-2013 Hey Harry, Did you hear anything st…


Joey To | Read flash fiction 'Prudence Demands...' Illustration by Mike S. Young

Prudence Demands...

The cute blond chick was walking alone. It was only six o’clock but it was dark enough. Brad stalked her, although not too closely. She turned left at the next street, glanced behind her and …


Joey To | Read flash fiction 'Lilac' Illustration by Jessica Wilson


Kasey could barely keep his eyes open but he was determined. The dark purple moon was setting and it was the first time he got the chance to see it. It had been a month since he arrived on R-718 an…