‘Montis Absentia’: A narrative experiment

Well, hello there! How are we all doing this fine Saturday? Keeping well? Social distancing? Grand.

You might’ve noticed I’ve not reported on my Reedsy stories in a while, and the reason for that is I’ve started a bit of an experiment! I’m aware that, as a writer, I’ve got more than enough short stories to my name, but no complete novel. I thought to myself, as I’m in the throes of wrangling a full-length manuscript (more info on this once it’s closer to completion), yet write one Reedsy story a week, I could try to weave my Reedsy pieces into material for a full-length.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past four weeks. This experiment is still ongoing (and I imagine it’ll take a year or so to complete). The experiment is this: I’ve got a vague idea for a story, so, when each Reedsy prompt comes out, I use that prompt as inspiration for the next chapter. I have no idea how this story is going to end, or where each chapter will go every week. As I said, this is an experiment! I may end up realising that it just doesn’t work. But, for the meanwhile, I quite like this idea and I’m going to give it a go!

Well, that’s enough blathering on about the initial idea, Joshua, tell them about the story. The title of the story is Montis Absentia, and Pt. I was written for the contest Introductions. I chose the prompt, “Write a story about two people meeting during unusual circumstances and becoming fast friends.” You should know the drill by now. You can read the story here on WordPress, or over on my Reedsy profile!


The two sets of headlights intersected each other in the midnight’s blackness, shades of yellow and orange sliced through the inky gloom.

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I’ll be uploading each part on a weekly basis. So, I hope you think this idea is as cool as I do (and, really, that I feel excited is the most important thing). I guess we’ll see how it goes, eh?

Until next time, guys!

‘In the Dark of the Zombie City’: A story of an intense discussion

Hey, everyone! How’s everyone doing this fine *checks notes* September afternoon? This next one was written for the contest, In On a Little Secret. I chose the prompt, “Write a story about a meeting of a secret society.” The title of my short story is In the Dark of the Zombie City, and you can read it here on WordPress or over on my Reedsy profile.


“So, the first item on our agenda is killing Ethan.” Lilly looked up from the sheet of paper on her judge’s desk. “Are we all in agreement?”

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Well, that’s all for now! Until next time, guys. 🙂

‘18.01528’: A short story about a heated conversation

Hey, guys! Hope you’re all doing well, as autumn fast approaches! This next one was written for the Reedsy contest, Dog Days of Summer. I chose the prompt, “Write a story about another day in a heatwave.” At first, I wasn’t really sure what direction to take the story in, but then inspiration struck and I went for a Mad Max-ian vibe. The title of my story is 18.01528, and — as per — you can read it here on WordPress or over on my Reedsy profile!


The old man spoke, pale blue gaze resolute. He ignored the barrel of the assault rifle that was aimed at his forehead. “We were neither prepared nor equipped to cooperate.”

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Well, until tomorrow’s Friday Afternoon Frights… 😉

New short story: ‘Lights Shined into Pried-Open Eyes’

Hey, how are we all doing? I hope you’re all well! 🙂 Sorry for the brief pause (it seems it’s becoming a habit, as of late!), but I spent the week at my in-laws’ for my partner’s 25th. Lots of food, hiking, and drinking. I’m back now, however!

This next one was written for the Reedsy contest, In Reverse. I chose the prompt: “Come with us,” two burly men in gray suits say, grabbing you by the arm and handcuffing you. “You know what you did.” But you have no idea. The title of my story is Lights Shined into Pried-Open Eyes, and you can find it here on WordPress, or over on my Reedsy profile.


The plasma glow from the television was the only source of light in the apartment. All the curtains were drawn — they always were, day or night.

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I published a book!

Hey, guys and gals, I’m extremely pleased to let you all know that I’ve released a book! It’s called A Chance of Rain, and it’s a collection of my short stories — particularly the darker ones!

If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you might know several of these stories, but I’ve included all of the sci-fi/horror that I’ve written, regardless of the platform it was initially published on — so, there’s something new for everyone here. Additionally, I’ve added one extra short story that’s entirely brand new, just to sweeten the deal. 😉

You can find A Chance of Rain on Amazon, available as a paperback (£6.99) and for the Kindle (£1.99). If you fancy buying a copy and leaving me a review on Amazon and Goodreads, it would mean the world to me.

If you are worried that this means there will be no “proper” novel coming from me, rest assured, I’m still working hard on that WIP. 🙂

‘In Circles’: My 50th Reedsy story!

Here we are! All caught up — on the Reedsy stories, at least! Whew! Took me long enough, didn’t it? Thanks for sticking around. 🙂

This next one was written for the fairly recent contest, Two Hundred. This one was special because not only did it mark Reedsy’s 200th writing prompt, but it was also my 50th story with them, since they started publishing stories on their site! (I had a few stories with them before the site, but I still feel that this is a rather momentous occasion!)

I chose the prompt, “Write a story that involves a mystery — it doesn’t need to be crime-related, it should just include something that remains unexplained until the end.” Such a great prompt, as it can be taken in so many different directions! The title of my short story is In Circles, and — you know how this goes by now! — you can read it here on WordPress, or over on my Reedsy profile.


I just woke up in this place, and I don’t know how I got here. I’m not alone, but I don’t know any of the people that are with me.

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Well, that’s that! You’ll have to wait until I’ve written the next one to read it, as we’re all caught up, now! Hope you enjoyed the ride, guys! Oh, and here’s to 50 more stories! 😀

‘Where the Children Used to Play’: A story about what happens after the horror

Hey guys! How we all doing? Sick of this constant barrage of stories yet? Well, I’m afraid we’re not quite done yet — but we’re almost there! This next one I’m really rather fond of. It was written for the contest A Moment Like This, and for a while I was thinking about using the prompt, “Write a story told entirely through one chase scene,” but in the end, I went for, “Write a story about a summer afternoon spent in a treehouse.” I don’t want to become predictable, after all! Anyway, the title of my story is Where the Children Used to Play, and you can read it here on WordPress or over on my Reedsy profile.


They couldn’t climb, so she knew she was safe, even if only temporarily.

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Well, until next time, guys and gals — stay safe, and look after each other. 🙂

Read ‘The Lonely Earth’: Another meditative short story

…and we’re almost there! It’s been fun and furious! This next one was written for the contest Worth the Wait. I chose the prompt, “Write a story about a person waiting for an answer to a question.” It feels like a spiritual sequel, of sorts, to my other short stories Sea the Moon and snoitseuQ and srewsnA. The title of my story is The Lonely Earth, and — as always — you can read it here on WordPress or over on my Reedsy profile!


She stepped barefoot onto the grass, feeling the dampness of the night against her skin.

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I’m really enjoying these dreamy, floaty pieces — I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to come!

Check out my second person POV horror story: ‘Treading Water’!

So very nearly all caught up! I must admit, I’ll be a little bit sad once I don’t have a story to post every day or so. I guess I’ll just have to write even more! 😉

This next piece was highly experimental, as it was written in the second person perspective. I’ve never played around with this POV before, so it was brand new. I had a lot of fun with it, and reckon the end product is actually pretty effective! It was written for the contest Second Person. I chose the prompt, “You looked out the window and, not for the first time, thought about how wrong the weather forecast had been.” The title of my story is Treading Water, and — as always! — you can read it here on WordPress, or over on my Reedsy profile.


“It was supposed to be a sunny day,” you say to yourself, as the rain lashes against the window which has cracked into a spiderweb.

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Well, that’s all for today! Hope you liked the story! Until next time, guys…