I’ve had short stories and flash fiction published in anthologies in Australia, the US and the UK including:
- Maggie’s Rat, in Eighty Nine (eMergent Publishing) (2011)
- The Colour of Blood, in From Stage Door Shadows (eMergent Publishing) (2012)
- Poisoned, in A Seers Guide to the Haunted Labyrinth (A Raven Above Press) (2012)
- A Sticky End, in Eating My Words (National Flash Fiction Day and Gumbo Press) (2014)
- The Blue House, in Landmarks (National Flash Fiction Day and Gumbo Press) (2015)
- Roses for Sylvana, in One Hundred Voices, Vol 2, Centum Press (2017)
- Instructions for Living, with annotations, in Vine Leaves Literary Journal: A Collection of Vignettes From Across the Globe (2017)
My short fiction has also been widely selected for publication in print and online in the US and the UK including, during 2017, The Ham, Idler, Story Shack, Paragraph Planet, With Painted Words, Sixteen, Brilliant Flash Fiction and Fictive Dream.
Most recently on-line:
- The glue between, September 2017, Flash Frontier
- I was wearing a sky blue frock, October 2017 in The Pygmy Giant
- Bees make honey, October 2017 in Foxglove Journal
- The Man Who Repaired Umbrellas on the Corner of Rue Briand, 2nd place in Dorset Fiction Award, November 2017
- Across the field, November 2017 in Ellipsis Zine (withdrawn February 2018)
- Between the Light and the Dark, November 2017 in Spelk
- The sweep of the bay, December 2017 in Riggwelter #4
- The enveloping whiteness, December 2017 in The Writers’ Cafe Magazine
- Boy, Five, December 2017 in Moonchild Magazine (First published in Short, Fast, and Deadly)
- It is this that will save us, December 2017 in Idler
- Her Children, January 2018 in The Cabinet of Heed
- Looking into the sun & Un chat couvert de fleurs, January 2018 in formercactus
- The attraction of music, February 2018 in The Writers’ Cafe Magazine
- No Welcoming Party, February 2018 in Fictive Dream
- Florinda, February 2018 in Visual Verse
- She said her mouth was like the sea, March 2018 in Visual Verse
- Painting the wings of angels, March 2018 in CafeLit
- Out of the picture, March 2018 in Spelk
- Even the angels, April 2018, Joint winner of Retreat West Photo Flash Challenge #1
- Revelation, April 2018, in Visual Verse
- In the night garden, May 2018, in Moonchild Magazine
- When there are no words, May 2018, in Visual Verse
- A Kind of Dance, June 2018, in The Cabinet of Heed
- Lonely Hearts, June 2018, in NFFD FlashFlood Journal
- Birds on a Wire, June 2018, in The Bangor Literary Journal
- The Lost Boys, August 2018, in Spelk
- The man I am not marrying, August 2018, in Paragraph Planet
- Obliterated, August 2018, in Visual Verse
- Nothing is Immutable, September 2018, in The Cabinet of Heed
- Gathering the Hill, November 2018, in Idle Ink
- Le Rouge et le Noir, December 2018, in Visual Verse
- Ask the Angels, January 2019, in Visual Verse
- Pumpkin Pie, February 2019, in Foxglove Journal
- Peacock Pie, February 2019, in The Cabinet of Heed
- The Man I Am Not Marrying, February 2019, in Spelk
- At the Circus, March 2019, in Paragraph Planet
- Ultima Thule, March 2019, in Visual Verse
And in print:
- The Wood has Ears, The Field has Eyes, November 2017, The Lonely Crowd, Issue 8
- The Man Who Repaired Umbrellas on the Corner of Rue Briand, March 2018, Deceiving Light, Dorset Fiction Award Anthology, Vol. 1
- The Arctic Commandments, April 2018, Nothing Is As It Was, Retreat West Books
- Conjuring Tricks, July 2018, Normal Deviation, Wonderbox Publishing
- The Man Who Asked for Lapsang, July 2018, Strix #4
- Finding the Music, September 2018, Second Taste, Book A Break Anthology 2018
Here are two of my favourite mini-stories:
You’ll hurry into the market hall. Held up by those fat people who waddle, clogging up the entrance, hardly making any forward progress. You’ll probably have to push past them. There’ll be one woman you remember. She’ll be slap bang in front of you with a baby buggy. Just stopped there. You’ll notice her baby’s cry. Just like a cat. Poor brat, you’ll think.
You’ll buy marmalade oranges. And lemons. Then spend the afternoon boiling up the fruit. Making preserves. The kitchen all warm. Fuggy. You won’t be surprised that your cat’s not there. Your cat Baby. Because you know that cats hate the smell of oranges. And lemons.
Six o’clock is your cat’s supper time. Baby won’t be there. You’ll put dry biscuits in her bowl anyway. There’ll be ten glistening jars of marmalade on the kitchen table. Still warm. Sticky underneath. Maybe you’ll go out for supper.
The phone ringing will wake you in the night. You’ll answer it but there’ll be no-one there. Just a cat miaouing. You’ll go down to the kitchen, wanting a cup of tea.
You’ll find a baby eating cat biscuits in the middle of the kitchen floor. Its fat face will be smeared with sticky orange marmalade. And you’ll wonder what that woman has done to your cat.
First published in Fractured West, Issue 2, February 2011
He appears in front of me, between two blinks of an eye. I see his feet first. Clown’s feet in big shoes. They flap as he walks towards me. His white mouth stretches into a grimace and he holds out a hand. He’s shaking and I feel his fear. I take his hand and it’s stone cold. I want to say how cold it is and that I can give him gloves, but he shakes his head and glitter falls from his curly hair, falls onto his feet and onto my feet. And then we’re running together, hand in hand, his shoes slapping on the ground, and we dodge the people who turn and stare and – I’m glad about this – his hand is warming up.
We’ve run into the castle grounds and I know where he’ll be safe. I lead him there, my sad clown. I’m thinking about how I’ll cover him with dry leaves while I go and fetch a blanket. But he’s shaking his head again, he’s reading my thoughts and he waggles a finger back and forth. I want to say he needs a blanket, but he snuggles into the leaves and I can see that he doesn’t. I try to pull the gate closed but it’s so old and rusted it won’t budge. It’s getting dark now and I tell him I have to go home.
People are shouting in the streets but I ignore them. I go to bed but I can’t sleep. I’m thinking about my clown and about how cold his hand had been.
In the morning I go back. There are sticks, broken sticks thrown over the leaves. They look like broken bones. I blink and he’s standing there, just for a moment. Glitter lands on my shoes. I blink. He’s gone.