Behind The Scenes: Killing Christmas

This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for the story “Killing Christmas“. Please read the story first if you want to avoid spoilers… I’ve had the idea of this one for ages – years, in fact. It originally came to me while living alone in a flat some years ago, and wondering what would happen […]

Killing Christmas

The soft lilt of the church bells in the distance provided my usual Sunday morning wake up call. I got out of bed, brushed my teeth, dressed slowly, made myself hot chocolate and sat in my chair in the window, looking at the frost outside. “It’s cold today, isn’t it?” she asked. I nodded. I […]

Behind The Scenes: Reunion, Chum and Disappeared

So, the experiment of adding these “Behind The Scenes” posts to the end of the stories is over. (Ab)normal service has been resumed. Sorry about that, but the problem was that I just didn’t seem to want to write them at the time that perhaps I should. So, let’s start with Reunion. You know what […]

Reunion

Have you ever wanted anything so badly that it hurts? I don’t mean like when you were nine and the Care Bears were on sale and your parents wouldn’t buy you one for Christmas and you felt your life was over, I mean actual gut-wrenching sad; the kind of thing you cry every night for […]

Back (Our World, part 2)

This story is a sequel to the story Our World. It should be stand alone, but includes spoilers for the original story if you haven’t read it yet. As will happen for the remaining stories, the “behind the scenes” can be found at the end of those post… The mobile phone clattered into life, vibrating […]

Fake

From now on, I’m publishing the “Behind The Scenes” as part of the same post – you can read it at the bottom of the story. This happened ten years ago, maybe more. I was heading for the team leader role and was pretty much second in command on that – Lexi was just starting […]

Walking Home

I’m sick today. Not life-threateningly sick, just bad enough that I didn’t even want to get out of bed. So here is the story I wrote for the Story Guide podcast. If you want the “behind the scenes” on this one, you’ll just have to listen to the original episode, I’m afraid… It’s a hot […]

Chum

“What are these big fishes daddy?” The man followed the girl’s finger and looked at the board next to the tank. “They’re a kind of shark, darling, I think.” “What kind of shark?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “This one only tells us about rays – those big fishes that look like kites.” “Oh,” the […]

Disappeared

The screen door opened before the sheriff’s foot even hit the floor. Somewhere in the house, a dog barked. “Sheriff Nicholls,” Mrs Trotter nodded. She was thin, sunburned lines etched into her face. “Good afternoon Mrs Trotter.” He made a small wave with one hand and got out of the car. “What can I do […]

Behind The Scenes: Ginger, Zebra and Our World

I’ve been getting a bit lazy with these of late, so as it was Wednesday, here they are… As always, read the stories first if you want to avoid spoilers – I have linked the stories to the titles. Ginger This one changed a lot between the first and second drafts. For one thing, I […]