Short Stories


TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE by Ian Turney Tick, tock, Tick, tock…. An echo of the past. Jenny held her paint brush in mid-air lost in thought, caught up with memories of her Grandma. There had always been a clock, … read more


GOLDEN CLOUD Flash story  By: Ali Fathy Unintentionally, quickly and pointlessly he was glancing to the sky. Suddenly he felt a great joy that made him dance with ecstasy like a drunk. He saw her. Yes! It is her: The … read more


GENOA: LIVE or DIE by Sarah-Jane Steadman “Give her to me, Sofia, she is too big for you, now.” The heavily pregnant woman gladly handed over the wriggling child to the older woman. “Grazie, Mamma.” The mother-to-be sighed, “I shall … read more


SURPRIZE! by Joy Lennick September Afternoon 1999 A first-time visitor to London, UK, Esther Delaney, a young, stunning American photographer from Alabama, USA, optimistically set out in sunshine in a snappy dress and sandals, heading for Kings Cross station. It … read more

Death at The Carters Arms

DEATH AT THE CARTERS ARMS by Janette Davies   “What’s goin’ on, Percy? Why’s Blackie’s not open? “Dunno, Tom. Polly’s not ‘ere either.” The two men stood in silence for a few moments and Percy scratched his head. “Might as … read more

Ravens’ Conspiracy

RAVENS’ CONSPIRACY by Ian Turney The frozen, midwinter night sky was alive with sparkling starlight but the magical sight was lost on Gallus and Ariette – his wife – in their desperate flight from the marauding North-men. Deathly screams and … read more

Baptism of Fire

BAPTISM OF FIRE by Ian Turney Where had the wide-eyed, apple scrumping choir boy of Witchford church gone? What happened to those cider summer days: lying in water meadows: chewing a grass stalk: dreaming into the blue haze, at one … read more

Cat Burgular

THE CAT BURGULAR by Maggie Hegarty The following incident occurred some years ago when my husband and I lived in England:  We returned from a wonderful holiday, and although we were looking forward to seeing our two cats, Harvey and … read more

Fifty Word Stories

FIFTY WORD STORIES. THE RED SHOES  Fancy a coffee? The chap had wood chips in his hair. Do I know you? Yes, well sort of. I see your red shoes going past every day. My workshop’s in the basement. I … read more

Twelve Word Stories

TWELVE WORD STORIES Heavy snow, car stalled, no phone…wrote book, best seller. Woke up! Janette Davies   Karen Albright here, a Stephen King character. The end’s coming. I’m terrified! Joy Lennick read more