No Sun or Stars

That winter was cold and dark, colder and darker than any winter I remember. It did not snow that much, so it was not a proper cold winter. It rained, and the mornings were dull and misty. Everything felt damp, with a coldness that wearied rather than chilled. I remember longing for one of thoseContinue reading “No Sun or Stars”

When the Crows Laugh

We knew the story long before we young ones realised the place existed. A tale told by the old ones around the fires at night. They talked of the Old Times, and we thought they were just stories. Stories like the tales of the various long-ago gods fighting each other until they killed this world.Continue reading “When the Crows Laugh”

Not Even Here

I gave these things names. I thought it was important at the time that this should be a named world and that the creatures I put there should also have names. I have wanted a name for so long. For all those eons, I desired not just to be, but to be someone. But thereContinue reading “Not Even Here”

When the Page Thinks About Words

There are no words. At least, there are no words yet, anyway. The page lies empty waiting for something to happen. Sometimes the page thinks it would like to remain white, clean. Remain untouched by the footprints of letters turning into words as they follow the twisting paths of the sentences deep into the paragraphs.Continue reading “When the Page Thinks About Words”

The Tears of Memory

There was a time. But then there usually is… or was. As you get older, you find that more and more the new days resemble the old days. Or, at least, I think so. Sometimes it is hard to know if I’m remembering something, or if this is another new day. Most of the time,Continue reading “The Tears of Memory”

A World Written on it

There was nothing there. Zeka stood in the doorway, looking back at her flat. It was normal in its chaotic untidiness. Her work briefcase lay where she’d dropped it last night as she came in late, struggling to juggle it and the takeaway she’d picked up as she’d come past the shop on her wayContinue reading “A World Written on it”

Held in the Darkness

It was a long dark. It was a lonely dark. Lona lost track of the time, she lost track of her place. The darkness went beyond the mere darkness and beyond the shadows where she knew not to tread. Helda had told her that it was for Lona to come to know the darkness, toContinue reading “Held in the Darkness”

Out Now: New Comedy Novel – The Dirty Book

The Dirty Book My new comedy novel is out now at the special low introductory price of 99p/$1.29 Available here: Amazon UK Amazon US Universal link When his novel becomes a surprise bestseller, author Robert Block thinks all his problems are over… but they have only just begun. Robert Block wants to be a famousContinue reading “Out Now: New Comedy Novel – The Dirty Book”

Learning the Secrets

‘Is that it?’ Stena crossed her arms and the ball dropped, bouncing off the desk and into the corner of the room. Smeg, Briston’s cat, watched the ball roll past him with some interest, but made no move to chase it. He had been a wizard’s cat long enough to learn what seemed like aContinue reading “Learning the Secrets”

A World Spinning Out of Control

There were too many times now to dismiss them to all as accident or coincidence. Gina was getting increasingly nervous, unsure if her day would be normal, or if it would be One of those Days. There were people for whom one of those days was little more than a string of petty inconveniences, butContinue reading “A World Spinning Out of Control”

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