The Stone

The Stone – A Digital Literary Magazine – was a venture from The Schleicher Spin that was launched in December of 2011 and produced its last issue in March of 2013.

The Stone was founded to bridge the gap between classic storytelling and new technology. The goal was to provide great stories to the masses in a modern user-friendly format, through the Kindle app, at an affordable price. We sought contributors from across the globe (goal achieved!), both established writers and independents.

I am extremely grateful to have had the contributors we had to have been able to publish three issues.  Unfortunately due to lack of quality submissions on a consistent basis, stiff competition, and time constraints that produced zero marketing efforts beyond word-of-mouth, the decision was made to discontinue the venture.

We still invite readers to enjoy the back issues, with links to download found below.

Founder and Editor – D. H. Schleicher


Remember – You don’t need a Kindle to read The Stone.  All you need is the free Kindle App!  Don’t have the Kindle App yet?  Click here to download it for free to your PC, Mac, iPad, tablet or smart-phone.


Back Issues:

Issue Three Cover Final


  1. Hi David. I loved the premier issue. Honestly, I don’t have any negative feedback — everything was just perfect — only praise. I loved all 4 stories and the common string that connects them.

    Willemijn, Ruysdaelkade 135 absorbed me in to the story and I could feel the loneliness and tears of the characters.

    Having grown up on the East Cost of India, I could completely relate to the changing face of the coast/beach in Shore to Please. In a way, I revisited my childhood.

    You Are What You Dream was stylish noir that caught me unawares. I read it twice to relish it more. Brilliant work by Jack.

    And The Ringing got me laughing at the irony of it all. I share the protagonist’s hatred for mobile phones albeit at a subtle level.

    The layout is neat, the length of the stories is just about right — neither too long nor too short. Please maintain this. The language is literary and so was the theme. I hope you don’t go in for really short flash fiction (less than 500 words), it might ruin the literary flavour.

    Overall, great selection, great job.

    One question: What does the title “The Stone” symbolize here? Words immortalized when they are etched in stone? Or just a metaphor for life rolling-by like a ‘stone’?

    I’m sending across one of mine. Daresay, after reading this premier issue I’m skeptical of my work’s literary value, but I’ll give it a shot and keep my fingers crossed.

    Prakash – thank you! If I might be so bold – I imagined The Stone having a quasi-biblical connotation – as in “rolling away the stone” to Jesus’ grave to reveal the resurrection…and here readers would be “rolling away the stone” that was the printed page and revealing the resurrection of the short story in digital form. Or to put it more simply and humbly – rolling away a stone to uncover stories inside. I look forward to reading your work and I’m sure the other contributors will appreciate your kind words. –DHS

  2. The comments of Prakash Jashnani were a treat to read. Writers don’t need much to continue, but every once in a while…these words will last me for years. Jack Lehman

    • The feeling is mutual. I would love to read more of your work Jack. I can see you have so much to say about the human psyche in a literary manner that’s both stylish and has depth at the same time — which is quite rare I must confess.

      I dropped by your site and expect me to be there more often.

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