Short Stories

Dark in the Day Dark in the Day is an anthology of weird fiction, penned by established writers and also those new to the genre – the latter being authors who are, or were, students of Creative Writing at Staffordshire University, where editor Storm Constantine occasionally delivers guest lectures. Her…
The Black Dog of Peterloo Guest post from Rosie Garland. Commissioned for Halloween 2015.Read the full text here:Click to go to Invisible Works site Read an excerpt below… “A Manchester Encounter, or, The Black Dog of PeterlooFrom an unpublished and anonymous letter now in the collection of the Portico Library,…
Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny, Edited by Hannah Kate (Hic Dragones 2012) Feral, vicious, fierce and lost… the she-wolf is a strange creature of the night. Attractive to some; repulsive to others, she stalks the fringes of our world as though it were her prey. She is…
Room With A Partial View - The Sandhopper Lover and other Stories (Cinnamon Press) I was still determined to go, even without you. The flight from Stansted blurred into every other flight I had taken from there; the coach transfer from Pisa was held up by road works. By the…
Sadie Jones Took Me Line Dancing, Discovering a Comet (Leaf Books, 2008) EXCERPT: Sadie Jones is a cowgirl. She’s my mum’s new friend, but isn’t like a mother. She’s got this thing she does with her eyes: you know she’s never changed a nappy. My mum has taken up dancing.…
Ballista speculative short fiction journal was published twice a year from 2006-2009. It presented deliciously inventive and chilling tales considering the supernatural, psychological, macabre, SF or just the downright bizarre. sold out http://www.flapjackpress.co.uk/page16.htm Visiting Hour, Ballista Issue 1 (Flapjack Press, 2006) Visiting Hour Ben only went once, the first Sunday afternoon. She'd been…
Terminus - Necrologue (Diva Books, 2003) The day I died, you were the first to notice. I would say, you were the one to find me, but I wasn't lost. I was on the bus, on my way into town. Knew exactly where I was going; meeting Pat for lunch…
Rides with Strangers (Velvet magazine, Autumn 2008) I don’t take rides with strangers. But you had stormed off, and I needed a breather. She wound down the window and raised her eyebrow. I wondered if she’d caught the tail-end of your tantrum. I liked the way the windows were neither…
You’ll Do, Diva Book of Short Stories (Diva Books, 2000) WINNER of LAMBDA AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION I’m driving with my girlfriend through town after fuckwit town. Just to get away, but that’s another story. We’ve left all that behind us now. She’s driving, I’m riding. She doesn’t mind, which…
BITCH LIT – ED by Maya Chowdhry & Mary Sharratt Bitch Lit features women who take the law into their own hands, who defy society’s expectations, put their own needs first and don’t feel guilty. Characters that give Lady Macbeth, Imelda Marcos and Narnia’s Snow Queen a run for their…
A Trip to the Zoo – winner, Practice To Deceive fiction competition 2007 ‘I can’t believe you’ve brought me here,’ you said, twisting the hair over your right ear. ‘I hate zoos. The whole caged animal thing.’  ‘Oh, Come on,’ I said. ‘You wanted to go to a bullfight when…
Look Both Ways – in The Art of Tying Knots (Flax Books 2007) Everyone deserves an interesting exit. Better than that bare-gums, blurred eyes, roped fingers clutching nothing, wondering why no-one looks like your children drift down into the void. That’s what decides me. Filling the tank with unleaded, calmed…