A stormy day at Saint-Blaise


Photos from a stormy day at Saint-Blaise added to the Secret Paths Saint-Blaise gallery.

Flowerpot scientists


Read my latest short story called Flowerpot Scientists, inspired by a strange conversation with Ginger. Here’s the first sentence:

“No. I insist. They hide under flowerpots,” she says, draining most of her cup, turning it upside down and placing it dripping over a solitary sugar lump… (Read on)

Brent’s spirit rising

Brent's spirit rising

Hinting at things to come, Brent lets his spirit wing on the winds and feels the joy of flying like a bird. Read more about The Reaches, Book One of The Storyteller’s Quest.

Reading at Payot, Geneva, April 9th 2015 at 6pm

Payot Geneve

Alan McCluskey will be reading an extract from his latest novel In Search of Lost Girls along with readings by a number of other Geneva Writers’ Group authors at the English section at the new Payot shop in Geneva (rue de la Confédération 7 on the 1st floor) on Thursday, April 9th starting at 6pm. Drop by and say hallo. You can get signed copies of both In Search of Lost Girls and Boy & Girl.


The Buried Giant


I just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel The Buried Giant. Read my thoughts about this fascinating book here. And here is an extract:

The central theme of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Buried Giant is forgetfulness. Not the forgetfulness that is the result of modern life which leaves the elderly untethered from the past and disconnected from society around them, but rather a magically induced loss committed then forgotten in the name of peace that preserved medieval society in a restless present… (Read on)

New people, old people

Albera Van de Keuken

See the new photos added to the Secret Paths People gallery. This photo (taken from one of my notebooks) shows the now professor François Albera but then teacher at the fine arts school in Geneva in discussion with the late filmmaker Johan van der Keuken during a visit of the latter to Geneva in the 80’s.

Power and chaos

More Chaos

As Sally listened to Professor Outman’s lecture about Chaos Theory, she couldn’t help wondering how the crème-de-la-crème of Avan university attending the lecture her took his comments about power and control. Read more about The Reaches, book one of The Storyteller’s Quest.


A splay of keys

velvet & keys

Even the most mundane objects can unveil magic and it is just such magic that Brent wanders in search of as he makes his way around the town of Avan in The Reaches, book one of The Storyteller’s Quest.




Professor Outman, visiting speaker at Avan University’s Theosophy Department and old friend of Sally, throws a new and sometimes amusing light on chaos and the beginning of the universe. Read more in The Reaches, book one of The Storyteller’s Quest.

Devouring Folk Tales


Read Alan McCluskey’s new short story: Devouring Folk Tales. Here’s a short extract:

Something went wrong, dreadfully wrong, once upon a time.

Von stood alone on a broad open plain, hills of pink dust rolling away in every direction. The sun blazed high in the sky causing waves of heat to ripple over the desert making it look as if it throbbed. (Read on)