Zero Nine

The clouds lifted a little, and the sun peeped out. Henry and Harriet, snuggling together on the sofa, didn’t notice. Moira continued her knitting. Graeme put down his book and looked up. “It seems to have finally got sunny out there,” he said. “Shall we take those dogs of yours out now?” “All right,” Moira […]

Your Death, Foretold

Michael put the knife and fork down on his plate and looked over the table. Sally was already on her phone, texting. “Is she coming?” he asked. “Yep,” she replied. “Going to be late, though.” “Well, so long as you know where you’re going to meet her.” He stood up, took the plates and placed […]

Behind The Scenes: Xenon

This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for the short story “Xenon”. To avoid spoilers, please read the original story first. Of course the name came first. I’ve been doing them in alphabetical order all year, so naturally the name came first. Instead of the idea coming to me through inspiration, it came to me […]


XENON “You put our money into what?” “Xenon,” John replied, grinning, wiping his hand on his paint stained overalls. “What, exactly is xenon? Don’t they make photocopiers?” “It’s a gas,” John said. “Not a photocopier maker.” Shannon sighed, turned round and took off her coat. It was enough to deal with having to try to […]

Behind The Scenes: The Woman In The Water

This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for “The Woman In The Water“. Please read the original story first to avoid spoilers. This story was the first idea that I had and tried to write for this year of short stories. For some reason, it wouldn’t come then, and it wouldn’t come a few weeks […]

The Woman In The Water

“It’s hot today,” Megan said. “Hmm,” Eric managed to say, the melting ice cream occupying most of his attention. “It’s quite nice, really.” “You only like hot weather,” she replied. “I’m sure you were a lizard in a former life.” He took his attention away from the ice cream and flicked his tongue at Megan, […]

Behind The Scenes: Veronica

This is the “Behind The Scenes” for Veronica. Please read the original story if you want to avoid spoilers. Veronica came to me while walking the dogs, basically while looking for a story to write for the week. The idea came to me more or less fully formed, and all I had to do is […]


Mitch first saw her at the hotel bar. She was a little shorter than him, maybe early twenties, short bobbed dyed blond hair, miniskirt, black high heels and legs that brought out the animal in him. Hello, he thought, the wife’s away, and when the cat’s away, the mice will play, right? He summoned the […]