Zebra

“He’s standing there again,” Tilly pointed out the window. “Oh Tilly,” Brenda sighed. “Another reporter?” “No,” she said. “He’s not, mother. Come and look.” Sighing, Brenda got up from the kitchen table, carrying her coffee in one hand. “Must be some sort of Paparazzi, I expect,” Brenda said. Tilly turned her head. “I know paps […]

Ginger

You know how you’re walking down the street one day, and you spot something. Not something big, like a road accident, or a bank robbery, but just something small. Just one of those niggles that, while it doesn’t make things better, it doesn’t really make things that much worse. A broken piece of pavement you […]

Behind The Scenes: September

No I haven’t forgotten about this, it’s just been a busy few weeks… Not only have I been working on these but possible submissions to two other places as well, neither of which have panned out. Still, I suppose the good thing about these pieces is that if anyone ever asks me where I get […]

Trust Me

The hypnotist leaned over the table and turned on the recorder. “Bennett Mason,” he said into the microphone. “Monday, September the 24th, seven twelve P M. Eliot Hunter, past life regression session number fourteen.” Mason’s mouth twitched into a smile as he sat back down. “What do you see, Eliot?” he asked. Hunter moaned. “Trust […]

Nicola’s Neighbour

Ben parked the van outside the apartment block and looked at his watch. “Two hours and a half,” he said. “Not too bad for packing your entire life into a van.” Nicola adjusted her woolly hat and shook her head. “Can’t believe I’ve left that old place though.” “Well, at least you own this one.” […]

Security

Nothing was happening. Eric looked at the clock. Just past midnight. Another six hours before even the early morning cleaners turned up. He yawned. Looking at the desk, his mug was empty. Time for another drink. He picked up his radio and buzzed it. “Marco, where are you?” There was a brief hiss of static. […]

Quiet, Please

The winter sun streamed through the library window, hitting the side of the wooden shelf. The poster on the side of the next rack had turned from its original two colours to a steady change in hue over the years, the words “never judge a book by its cover” starting out black, but ending a […]

Behind The Scenes: Arcana

This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for my latest short story, “Arcana”. Please read the original story first if you want to avoid spoilers, because this one is really very spoilery indeed. You’ve been warned… This one came to me around Tuesday or Wednesday evening, and it made me smile – the idea that […]

Arcana

Destiny Jones watched the rain against the window and cradled her coffee mug in both hands. Like many naturally thin people, she had low blood pressure. And like many people with low blood pressure, she felt the cold. And on a cold November day, a single gas bottle heater cuts through the cold like a […]

Behind The Scenes: Poppy And Zara

This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for the story “Poppy And Zara. Please read the original story first if you want to avoid spoilers. This story flowed. It’s nice when that happens, and it doesn’t happen all that often. I started with it, and every sentence seemed right, it seemed to be making the […]