I’m thrilled to be part of the live launch event for Eerie River’s Publishing new anthology It Calls from the Sky. On October 17th, I’ll be chatting about my story Thorn in my Side. There’ll be plenty of giveaways and a live reading of Tim Mendee’s story On a Wing and a Prayer to whet your appetite. Be sure to join us.
Here’s a bit of dark tale I wrote for a mirror themed monthly writing competition. Obviously, mirrors are a well-travelled theme in dark fiction and I think it’s a tricky one to write something really original. So instead, I’ve chosen to reflect some of the more common motifs. (~3745 words).
This story was written for Eerie River Publishing’s monthly horror writing contest. May’s theme was carnivals and circus’. It didn’t win. I know the two talented writers who did win and their contributions were top notch. June’s theme is “Mirrors” why not take a look and have a crack at it yourself. (~4950 words)
Here’s a bit of an amusement I wrote for a monthly writing competition themed around cursed objects. It didn’t win, which is not too surprising. I was up against some incredibly talented horror writers. I suspect it’s a little too niche to shop around so on the blog it goes. Let me know in the comments if you figure it out before the reveal. No sneaking a peek. Not one for the kids. (~1390 words).
This was originally written for the Blogbattler’s January 2020 writing prompt ‘bucket’. In the end, I went with a different story as I had several challenges with this one. It started as an exercise in free writing I’ll let you try and guess which bits those were 😉 Anyway, hopefully, I’ve managed to edit it into something that might make sense. It’s still a little bit odd, even by my standards. (~1000 words)
This one is a bit of a failed story. It originally started as a writing prompt, but I blew right through the word limit and it all went a bit off-piste. Rather than bin it, given that it’s the Halloween season I thought I would finish it (1046 words).
This is is my entry for the October 2019 Blog Battle. Be sure to check out the other entries. This month’s challenge is to write a story incorporating the idea of a “clone” in a thousand words, more or less. A little more (~1070 words) in my case.
This is part 3 of a short story inspired by the intriguing BBC article – The mystery of screaming schoolgirls in Malaysia. Well worth a read. It’s a fascinating phenomenon that appears to bridge the gap between folklore and the modern world. Fertile ground for a good tale if ever I’ve heard one.
This is my take on Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #33. The challenge, to write a piece of flash fiction based on the great photo below. My entry is a 377-word horror. Thanks to Fandango for organising a great prompt. Like the story? Don’t like the story! Either way, why not pop over and have a go yourself.