Saying Everything and Nothing Revisited

One of the most useful tools in writing short stories, especially those under 2,000 words, is implication. This is a skill that can take a long time to develop because firstly we have to figure out what we can imply and what needs to be stated and secondly because we need to acknowledge that if […]

The Vampire Blogs

On the subject of protagonists sometimes abandoned ideas have a tendency to crop up again and here’s one of mine originally written as a satire on the vampire genre. A four-foot-eleven redheaded protagonist with questionable morality… Where have I seen that before? Entry One Apparently familiarity breeds contempt. Probably why if Eph quotes one more […]

The Genuine Article Take Two

This is an edited version of The Genuine Article part of my new series of articles on editing. ‘Genuine Psychic’, the posters stuck all over the theatre announced. I wondered if people could get their money back if they reported it as false advertising or if they be laughed out. After all, everyone knew that […]

Repentance

WARNING: References to suicide. ‘Y’know; if you close your eyes and chant three times “I don’t believe in Goths” we all disappear.’ Richard started and looked up at the woman who had appeared beside his table holding a glass of red wine. She was young, and smallish, with excessive eye-makeup and whitened lips. ‘Plaid suits […]

The Mason’s Arms

WARNING: Bad language and terrible tea. Hale was roused from what his mother used to call a ‘deep melancholia’ by the sound of a familiar voice ordering tea. He looked up to see Jayne crossing the room towards him with a large white mug in one hand and her phone in the other. ‘Not chronic, […]

Mr Puss

WARNING: Features one instance of bad language and a suspected moggy murder. ‘Oh, crap.’ I peered down at the redish smear which had once been Number Forty-Two’s beloved Mr Puss. ‘I told you to stop pulling out so fast.’ I glanced up at the culprit, and it was a long way up. Men like Victor […]