Short stories on all manner of themes, ideas and in all sorts of genres. Enjoy!
Bleak Midwinter – A Christmas story. Too fun not to. I hope Mr. Dickens would have approved.
Hearth and Home – ‘You can’t see the dark side of where you came from.’ Jean has a successful career as a homicide detective, but years of working in London and seeing humanity at its worst drives her back to her home town in the North West, desperate for a break. Little did she expect that returning to her roots would reveal more about her home town and herself than perhaps she wanted to know.
Ash – Now available in the dystopian sci-fi short fiction collection Tuned to a Dead Channel and Harvey Duckman Presents, Vol 2 (see my Publications page) Humanity is having to scrape a living from what is left of the planet. There is a global recession, rationed food and Earth is under a trade boycott. These are grim times, times to simply survive. Argyle has been surviving for years until someone turns up at the Albion Ash Rose farm that might give him a chance to live.
Cenwick Priory – Matt’s dad decides to take him on a trip to try and break him out of the bleak mood that has settled on him since the death of a close friend. A Lunar eclipse is due and he’s has heard of a great spot to watch. What Matt’s dad doesn’t know is it’s not just depression that’s haunting his son
Under Aletsch – To her twin brother, Dawn represented everything he loved and hated about himself. When she disappeared he thought maybe he might be able to settle into some semblance of normality. But when, decades later, her body is discovered on a glacier, perfectly preserved, he realises he always knew he would never be free of her and wonders if he ever wanted to be. Based on a true event.
Off-Buttons – What do you do when you find out that the one thing you struggle desperately to control turns out to be everything that drives who you are?
Showtime – Every year an act gets ‘cut’ (literally) from the Cirque de Mort’s repertoire. Every year, every act prays it’s not them.
Felicia’s New Shoes – Felicia is a caricaturist, until her art takes a nasty turn and she tries to find out just what’s changed.
Screaming – Chris is a successful author. She has a formula that works and that her publisher relies on for guaranteed sales. But it has been a long time since she enjoyed writing. One day her brother turns up at her front door with a smile, a story and a mysterious package to remind her just who she is. Based on a true event.
Bubble on a Mud Puddle – ‘No one knows that that bubble on the mud puddle they call a pond is me.’ They can’t remember why or how and know they don’t want to, but they do know they died in that pond. But no matter how many times they try to forget what happened, it just keeps coming back.
Hong Kong 1990 – It’s Christmas but it’s hot. It’s also windy and getting stormy out.
Wayward Farm – Gerard never liked Wayward Farm but when it gets left to him in his father’s will he doesn’t need his brother to remind him of his history or obligations, as much as he’d rather wash his hands of the whole sordid and deadly mess.
Life Cycle – What happens to all those people who win radio phone-ins, when you’ve never met someone who has?
The Highwayman – A longer one this at 16,000 words and one of my favourite kinds – a Christmas Ghost Story. Eleanor’s left her big city life behind to gamble on a dream – restoring the Annexe of the old Highwayman pub at a crossroads village in the English countryside with a view to opening a community recording space. There’s just one problem. Something…or someone…seems reluctant to share the space.
The Visitor – We all need support to get through hard times. Sometimes that can come from a very unexpected direction.