20. The End of the Twenties

I’m back with another “Fiction by Numbers” tale.  We are now up to number 20. *  *  *  *  * In her apartment high on the hillside above Hollywood, Lotte raised her glass of champagne to the twinkling lights of the city. The air was sweet with the scent of hibiscus and geranium. The lowContinue reading “20. The End of the Twenties”

19. Halloween Story – The nineteenth floor

“The lift never stops on the nineteenth floor,” the two guys from IT were talking beside me. “Sure,” grinned the bigger guy, “ that’s because of the ghost.” They didn’t see me shiver. They stepped out and the lift lurched upwards. The truth was I always felt colder as I passed the nineteenth floor. I’dContinue reading “19. Halloween Story – The nineteenth floor”

18. Signs

This week, an ominous tale…. *  *  *  *  * The signs had been read years before. The astrologers and the soothsayers, the readers of runes and the oracles in the mountains, all reported the same thing. 18. The king had sat in his throne room musing on the meaning of this sign. Over time,Continue reading “18. Signs”

17. Real Jobs

“One of us is going to have to get a job.” Billy, the aspiring game designer, looked around at his roommates in the crowded apartment. It may have been in Sydney, Australia or Brooklyn, New York or London, England. Anywhere where rent was high and dreams were so hard to reach. “I’ve already got aContinue reading “17. Real Jobs”

Two Sentence Stories

The return of Two Sentence Stories – a tale in two sentences! Flash fiction resumes on Friday. *  *  *  *  * Their only chance was the hour before sunrise. Deep within the earth, the remaining humans set off in single file, to save their planet. *  *  *  *  * “If only you couldContinue reading “Two Sentence Stories”

14. Time Travel

This week, a lighthearted tale… *  *  *  *  * “Do you want a seat?” the guy sitting by the bus window asked. “Sure,” Janey had been happy to stand, but now she saw the seat was free. The guy moved over and she perched next to him. He had a slide phone. Janey hadn’tContinue reading “14. Time Travel”

13. The Underworld

This week a short urban supernatural story….! The boy was taller than the other people walking through the tunnels to the railway, and moved with a swagger that set him apart from the crowd. His hair was black as a raven. His coat was long and slightly dirty, although he did not look homeless. HisContinue reading “13. The Underworld”

7. Goblin Cabs

“If you had the chance to change your life, would you?” It was a strange question to hear on a street corner and the guy who said it was a strange-looking guy. He wore jeans, a sweatshirt and grubby sneakers, but his eyes shone brightly and his expression was impish. “You don’t look so happyContinue reading “7. Goblin Cabs”

6. Monsters

  Six monsters lived in Lizzie’s closet. They looked a bit like the monsters in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things are”, only smaller. When Lizzie was a kid, they would come out at night and sit on the window sill, or walk with her in the park, or just listen to her childish chatter.Continue reading “6. Monsters”

Story Excerpt – “The Wary Traveler”

We’re now heading towards the last 24 hours of the free promotion for “The Wary Traveler”! If you haven’t done so, make sure you hop across to Amazon to get your copy – http://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN/B00DILP6JS! Free offer ends midnight (Pacific Standard Time) Sunday 8th December 2013! It’s midsummer in Europe and Jim, a young American who hasContinue reading “Story Excerpt – “The Wary Traveler””