New short story (follow up to last one)

My last short story, For Blood, had a creature attacking a village, and those villagers doing what they could to defend it. This time, in For Blood (II), it’s the creature’s story.

I’m heavily into edits of Shadowstrike (the third Shadows novel) at the moment, and there are may different monsters in that book. But they aren’t all ‘evil’. Even the most monstrous have reasons for their actions.  In many cases, monsters are only defined as such by our own perceptions. Truth is often a matter of viewpoint rather than fact.

Anyway, you can read For Blood (II) here. And, as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.

‘Crossing’ – new short story

A new short story for you. I’m not going to say too much about the story itself, but the idea for it stared when I was on a night ferry surrounded by mist‌—‌my mind started wondering what was hiding out there, and what secrets might be on the ferry itself. The ideas bounced around for a couple of hours, and later, on my bunk in the small cabin, I tapped away on my phone to get the first draft down.

Some editing later (on both phone and laptop), and Crossing is now on the site. You can read the story here.

New short story – ‘Virtually Reality’

I’ve got another coffee-break short for you.

Virtually Reality isn’t as dark as my usual stuff. It isn’t violent, either. I don’t think it’s shocking‌—‌but I’d like to think it’s a little thought-provoking. Or maybe it’s nothing more than a few minutes of escapism.

I’ll let you decide for yourself.

You can read Virtually Reality here, and there’s a full list of my short stories here (all 49 of them)

New short story – ‘Paradise’

Enduring solitude for the greater good, or something else?

I wanted to write a new story, but had no idea for plot or character or anything else. But I had an image in my head‌—‌someone on a planet, wearing a space-suit, bounding over rocks.

I started writing, and ideas developed and came together, resulting in this new short story, Paradise.

You can read it by clicking here. I hope you enjoy it.

New short story – ‘Predictable’

I feel like this story needs a warning. The main character is not pleasant. She is not the kind of person you would want to meet, or have anything to do with.

I’ll give you a bit of background. I’ve recently finished writing the first draft of Shadowstrike, the third Shadows novel, and there are a number of new characters in it. One of these is Siren, a woman with a very dark background. I don’t go into too much of that in the novel, but to help me understand her character, I wrote this short story.

It made me dislike her more (although I still find her interesting), and as I edit Shadowstrike she may well change. But, for the moment, she’s the horrible person as portrayed in this short story.

So if you want something pleasant and light-hearted, don’t read this.

And if I haven’t put you off, you can read Predictable by clicking here.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this one.

New short story ‘The Illusion Of Control’

Another short story for you.

The Illusion Of Control started of as an attempt to write in second person (because one of the great things about writing short stories is the opportunity to explore different things). However, it soon changed, and became something else (read it to find out what).

The ending kind of echoes the thoughts in Calum Chace’s book Surviving AI: The promise and peril of Artificial Intelligence (well worth checking out if you’re at all interested in where AI might be taking us), although I wrote the first draft of this story before reading Chace’s book.

Anyway, you can read The Illusion Of Control here. And, as usual, I’d love to hear what you thought of it.