‘Life Story’ – new short story

Life Story is a new short, free to read here.

Everyone tells stories. When you tell someone what you’ve done that day, it’s a story. When you relate a tale from your childhood, you’re a storyteller. But stories always have an angle. And sometimes, the stories we tell are fabrications.

But any story, once told, is alive.

You are the story you tell.

Read Life Story here, and check out more free shorts here. And, as usual, I’d love to know what you think.

New short story – ‘The Pinnacle’

It’s time for another short story. The Pinnacle is the story of two once-friends on a climbing trip. Or possibly it’s about maturity verses remaining carefree. Then again, it might be about the lengths people travel to protect what they believe to be important.

No, scrap all that. It’s close to 1000 words for your enjoyment. Read into it whatever you want.

But, as always, I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Read the story here, and don’t forget the full list of short stories here.

New Short Story – ‘A Little Moment Of Happiness’

Whatever is happening, the mundane is never far away. The master criminal may well have a moment of doubt, wondering if the oven is still on. The professional assassin might be worried about their kid’s school tests. The hired thug might be struggling with the breakup of a relationship. And a husband-and-wife torture team, when you got past their job, would be just like any other couple.

This story, A Little Moment Of Happiness, sprung from these kind of thoughts. You can read it here.


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.