Another old one. An experiment in writing from a different point of view- not sure how well I managed to capture a seventy something old woman’s world view but an interesting test.
Rated pg13 for some strong language and themes
The first story I’ve written for a few years. A dialogue heavy, dark, hopefully humourous sick tale, not for the faint hearted or minors.
A lot can be said on the journeys into work.
Especially when it’s a couple of veteran killers…
But what about their new apprentice?
All comments appreciated.
A short short pastiche which is another cursed one accepted by three magazines which all bit the dust before publication.
Basically an attempt to try to answer the question about how all those awesome killers in pulp fiction get to the end game…
Written way back, probably around 2000.
A bit of silly fun.
Probably my favourite story of mine in terms of feeling over ‘twist’ or ‘plot’.
While the editors who had bought my previous stories said they liked it, none had a clue what to do with it…fair enough. I don’t either.
Description: not much more to say than a father reads his son a bedtime story. Anything else comes out through the story.
Rated PG12+ for reasons that become obvious when reading the story
There are two versions of this story- a slightly shorter, much more open ended one was published by Strange Horizons and was nominated as an honorable mention by Ellen Daltow in her annual anthology of the year’s best horror (I think Stephen King was one of the 12 or so actual winners…and for the longest time he was probably soooo worried…)
I originally submitted it with more closure (this version) but the editors at SH thought it worked better with the open ending found here which seemed to confuse many people who wrote and asked if there was a part 2 or at least a page missing so I’ve used the slightly longer version to post
I was also accused of plagiarism in the use of a Tom Waits quote. (There are also references from John Hiatt, Robbie Robertson, Warren Zevon which weren’t picked up)…
I actually like this one better than the published version, but the only real difference is an extra couple of paragraphs at the end as far as I recall.
Rated 12+ for some language/ some imagery