Sequels, Prequels and Interquels

Be careful, the note said, for I had found a phantom. Albert Price had been known across Europe for the past fifty years, although if he were real or a legend, no one knew. – The Alchemist of Rome When your main character has lived for centuries, are your books sequels, prequels or interquels? TheContinue reading “Sequels, Prequels and Interquels”

Flash Fiction: An exercise in POV

Earlier this week, I had a post about describing places in your character’s words. Here is a mini-flash fiction from three POVs. The scenario, the summoning of three immortals, to a well-to-do house on a bay overlooking Sydney Harbour. *  *  *  * The door fell open as Alexander approached. He entered the hall, takingContinue reading “Flash Fiction: An exercise in POV”

Flash Fiction – Hipsters versus Vampires

The vampire had seen many changes over the centuries. Born a human girl on the vast plains of Hungary in the last days of the Roman empire, she had survived the age of magic and superstition, observed the revival of Gothic architecture, been present at the birth of the renaissance and celebrated the triumph ofContinue reading “Flash Fiction – Hipsters versus Vampires”

23. The Perfect Age

I had a Christmas story, but didn’t post it in time – I will have to post it next year. So for number 23 in the “Fiction by Numbers” series, here’s another short and sweet piece from the vampire underworld… *  *  *  *  * She’d read somewhere that twenty three was the perfect age.Continue reading “23. The Perfect Age”

21. The Bet

As the year nears its end, here is the 21st story in the “Fiction by Numbers” flash fiction series. This week, a deal with a supernatural twist… *  *  *  *  * “What’d you bet?” A drop of sweat ran down Matt’s face. What was he betting? His home, his life, his family’s future? HowContinue reading “21. The Bet”

16. The Gulls

Another urban paranormal tale… *  *  *  *  * Seagulls normally flew ashore when there was a storm at sea, but that morning was fine and sunny. As Ed walked across the square in front of Circular Quay, he was amazed by the number of crisp white wings fluttering in the sky and then soaringContinue reading “16. The Gulls”

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”

12. The City behind the Fog

I’m back! Here is a flash fiction piece inspired by a thick fog we had a few weeks ago, when everything looked strange: * * * * * The fog on the 12th of August was the thickest ever seen in the city. The people woke to find their regular landmarks were all but gone,Continue reading “12. The City behind the Fog”

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”