Umbrella People

Umbrellas

Read my new flash fiction: Umbrella People. Here’s a brief extract:

Rain patters on the flagstones that pave the square. Rivulets of water converge forming ever growing puddles, till the place resembles an immense lagoon bordered by a forest of pillars curving upwards, arching protective over tables huddled like bedraggled lambs.… Read more

Short Story: Her

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Read my latest short story, Her, sparked by an idea during a workshop given by EmJay Holmes. Here’s the beginning of the story:

Time to crack open my eyes, to yawn and yawn again, to stretch, to scratch, then pounce on the ball of wool sending it shooting under the bed.… Read more

Encountered

Encountered

Branched out into SciFi with this flash fiction entitled, Encountered. Here’s the beginning:

The whir of colour wheels settled and a familiar sinking announced the return to gravity. Ahead the docking station took shape. AT381. Home. He let out a deep shuddery breath.… Read more

Flowerpot scientists

Flowerpot

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)… Read more

Devouring Folk Tales

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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 more