The Danger of Stories

This is what comes from telling stories all my life. I can no longer remember what was true and what I made up. I would tell stories in each village I passed through, for food, ale and somewhere to sleep. Then then the women came to me in the night, looking for a further tasteContinue reading “The Danger of Stories”

The Door into the Stories

I was frightened. We all were. They say the waiting is the hardest part, and that is true. We all were too scared to think, to hope to dream, to fear. You hear rumours, of course. But back in the Learning, they told us it did not matter what we felt, whether we hoped, dreamedContinue reading “The Door into the Stories”

Excuse Me?

‘Excuse me?’ ‘Yes?’ ‘I hope you don’t mind me asking?’ ‘Well, I am a bit busy at the moment.’ ‘I can see that, but-’ ‘What?’ ‘I couldn’t help noticing… are you the protagonist in this story?’ Bill stood a little straighter, turning to face the tall, dark stranger in the long black leather coat. ‘YouContinue reading “Excuse Me?”

Stories of Beginnings and Endings

There were stories we told each other. We spoke of beginnings, of middles and muddles and of the endings that came before we knew each other. They were tentative at first, half-told tales that petered out into hesitant looks and small nervous smiles. It takes time to know someone, at least to a point whereContinue reading “Stories of Beginnings and Endings”

New Cover: An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge

Above: The new cover for my short story – An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge. Available on various formats here An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge (26 pages – 7000 words) Dark creatures writhe in the city’s shadows, Claire has seen them and seen their hungry eyes watching her… and waiting. Claire avoids the darknessContinue reading “New Cover: An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge”

New at Wattpad: An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge

Sometimes, Claire glimpsed a world hidden away behind her thoughts. Back there, in the shadows, were those lurking creatures she tried not to think about too often. She knew those dark creatures hid in the shadows behind her. Occasionally, she saw flickers in mirrors and reflected back from the glass she brought up to herContinue reading “New at Wattpad: An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge”

New Updated Book Cover: An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge

I have updated the cover for my short story: An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge above. Here is the book description: Dark creatures writhe in the city’s shadows, Claire has seen them and seen their hungry eyes watching her… and waiting. Claire avoids the darkness and the shadows of the city’s nights because she knowsContinue reading “New Updated Book Cover: An Undulation of a Shadow’s Edge”

New Updated Book Cover: Twisting the Night Away

I have updated the cover for my short story: Twisting the Night Away above. I’ve updated the book description too: (Short story – 5,000 words approx.) What could be a better way of getting an ex-girlfriend back than a magic carpet ride through the night to a romantic evening together in some alternate dimension? ThatContinue reading “New Updated Book Cover: Twisting the Night Away”

Twisting the Night Away

  ‘What is it?’ I said, already thinking I knew the answer. ‘It’s a carpet.’ ‘Hmm….’ ‘A magic carpet!’ ‘Bollocks!’ ‘It is… honestly… would I lie to y…. Well, it is a magic carpet. Not a word of a lie.’ ‘What, you mean flying…? All that Arabian Nights stuff?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Bollocks!’ ‘Come on, then?’ ‘What?’Continue reading “Twisting the Night Away”

Memory Stones

The words themselves are just standing there in the desert. Describing nothing, they stand as monuments: separate, unconnected, devoid of meaning. I do not have the strength to dig them out of the wind-blown sand, to move them and make shapes out of them, shapes both pleasing and sensible. I carve the shapes, the words,Continue reading “Memory Stones”

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