Thursday, 29 October 2015

Twisted Tales 2015 Anthology Release!

On October the 23rd The Twisted Tales 2015 anthology was released, with my small tale 'The Cabin' in it!

This was as a result of a Flash Fiction contest run and hosted by Raging Aardvark in aid of National Flash Fiction Day.

An 'Author in the Spotlight' series of blog posts were hosted by the editor, Annie Evett, in the run up to it, and you can read mine here.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Ink After Dark - Monster Mash Flash Fiction competition

This is my entry for the Monster Mash Flash Fiction Competition. I went for the 'Dark' side, obviously, because for me scary can't be anything else. Enjoy.

In the Dark, They Sing

Over bumpy roads Crowley drove back to the sanctuary. His heart lifted upon sight of the derelict building it resided beneath, black against the night sky. It had been a long week.

They heard him enter, their cries bringing a smile to his lips, and washing away the remnants of his arduous week. He’d missed them – and them him. A week alone was long, he knew that.

He went about his ministrations, giving the minimum needed to sustain them; their outstretched hands grabbing what they could, a few lucky ones grabbing more.

As they settled, he did too, taking his place in the worn armchair positioned in the centre of the cavernous room facing the cell doors. Eyes peered between bars set into thick oak. It afforded him protection, until he opened them. But it was early yet, and he had to nurse a week out in the real world first.

He unscrewed the bourbon, enjoying its glint in the lantern light. He relished the first sip, the fire awaking his soul as it warmed his body. It wouldn’t take many to bring him back to life tonight.
They watched him as he drank, knowing.

After just two he stood up, hearing their collective breaths as he walked to the back of the room to the CD player. He needed something dark and heavy tonight, something that would talk to his soul. He knew the one he needed, and they knew it too once he put it on.

He heard their murmurs when the first chords came through the tiny speakers, and he felt their eyes on him as he walked to the corner to fetch the keys, the rattle of which seemed to heighten their voices, bringing out their melodic high pitched tones. His mood lifted further; this was always his favourite part.

They shrank back as he turned the key in each lock, but he let them do the opening tonight; he was in no hurry. Instead he returned to his chair and the amber liquid that enhanced his enjoyment.

The door in the middle creaked open. Crowley knew she’d be first; she was bolder than the others, more daring. She slithered out, pressing herself against the wall, and then sliding down it, relieved to be out.

Her nakedness aroused him, but he remained seated, knowing she would come to him in her own time, but only once the others were out too. They were a collective – it was why he enjoyed them so much.
As they appeared they drew together like magnets, huddling close, their unique forms fitting like a writhing puzzle. He watched their constant motion as they stroked and caressed each other, comforting and titillating at the same time. Once fully awake and excited they turned their gaze on him, with a sparkle in their eyes. It was his turn to inhale.

Crowley set his drink down, and loosened his trousers, bracing himself for their onslaught. Capturing dark forest fairies was one thing, but satiating their lurid desires was another. He’d learnt to hold his own under their frenzied devouring of all he had to offer, and although he might be left raw, he was never left wanting. He didn’t know if he could ever let them go, and in the peaks of their coupling, he hoped they didn’t want him to.

55 Word Challenge is back! - Death

The 55 Word Challenge is back! - and so am I after a bit of a hiatus, although my flash fiction writing will continue to be significantly reduced. I do have plans for something else thing else though, so stay tuned, it will be coming soon.

In the meantime, this is my entry for this wonderful little challenge, hosted by Lisa Hollar.

She turned over the card, shivering in the candle light as Death stared up at her. But whether it portended an actual Death or a transformation depended on the next card. She flipped it over with trembling hand to reveal the Falling Tower. Her stomach sank as the back door rattled and candle blew out.