New short story – ‘Clay’

Another short story for you. This one’s called Clay, and you can read it here.

When I wrote the first draft of the first Dominions novel, I had whole sections from Sertio’s point of view. I explored his reasons for becoming an artist, and the shocking truth that drove him. But it didn’t fit with the rest of the story, and so I cut it, leaving only the smallest of hints.

So I knew I had to return to Sertio at some point (and I have plans for him in later Dominions books). But for now, I thought it would be interesting to see him at work. Again, there are only hints at his past, but it’s interesting to see a darker side of a character who appeared so carefree and full of life in Dark Glass.

It’s a bit different to my other stories, so I’d be interested to hear what you think, either in the comments section or directly (twiain@twiain.com).

Don’t forget the other short stories, too‌—‌25 of them now, and all free to read here.

New short story

There’s a new short story to read. It’s called Ghost, and I’m not going to even hint what it’s about‌—‌you’ll have to read it for yourself. You can find it here.

If this piques your interest, I’ve got more short stories freely available. Click here for the full list.

And, as always, I’d love to know what you think. Contact me, or add a comment.

New short story – ‘A Joke’

Another free short for you. This one’s called ‘A Joke‘, but don’t expect many laughs.

This was something of an experiment. I started with the line ‘a man walks into a bar’ (hence the title of the story), and wrote whatever came to mind. It ended up pretty dark and twisted, and strays into possible supernatural territory, but after editing it, I’m pleased with how it’s turned out. It’s even sparked ideas for more stories featuring Grim.

Hope you like it. Click here to read it, and I’d love to know what you think.