This anthology contains five short stories exploring themes of loss, loneliness, childhood, fatherhood and the ghostly, unexplained connections to the world and to each other that we all have, whether we notice them or not. More
The Rioters Candle.
This short story is a completely new one, inspired by the Tunisian man Mohammed Bouazizi, who set himself alight and set the whole world alight at the same time. In this tale a prisoner is brought to a cell block used for torturing and detaining high profile prisoners of a generic Arab regime. He is a simple rioter, rather than a revolutionary, a politician or a human rights campaigner. He’s only there because the other prisons were full, but his effect is much, much bigger than his counterparts in the neighbouring cells could ever have imagined.
A mysterious darkness arrives on a housing estate in Northampton and experts are drafted in to discover its origins and secrets. The Police and the army send in their officers to investigate, only to find that they don’t return. The darkness seems to swallow up human beings as effectively as it does the light. Hidden deep inside is a tragedy which will confound the government and leave a lasting legacy. This story was entered into the The Bridport Prize Short Story competition 2009, then published on www.vagabond-unlimited.co.uk and Kalkion.com later that same year (Dark Day - Kalkion.com edition).
Say Goodbye to Macy.
A lonely salesman is haunted by a dream of a troubled young girl in a children’s home, when he realises his dream has become a reality. This short was also entered into The Bridport Prize Short Story competition in 2010.
Lenny's Dreams: The Last and Days of the Beetle.
Lenny lives alone after the end of his marriage. Depressed and lost in his own world, he becomes fascinated by the minutia of the insect life around him. This short was first published on www.horromasters.com in 2004.
Caitlin is a ten year old girl who has got into the habit of getting up in the middle of the night to stand silently and still in the partially finished extension on her house and stares out the window for a few minutes and then returns to bed. Soon it becomes apparent why she is doing this, when she witnesses an event that no other person sees, nor understands. This was published as an ebook on www.vagabond-unlimited.co.uk in 2007 and in Escape Velocity edited by Geoff Nelder and Rob Blevins in 2011.
While abseiling off an escarpment called Devil’s Rise, a man finds himself lost in country lanes, having been separated from his family. When he stops at a farmhouse, he discovers a terrible crime. But as he goes to call the Police, he begins to realise that he maybe in the frame himself. This story was entered into the The Bridport Prize Short Story competition in 2007.