Solaris

Mysterious planet. Incomprehensible intelligence. Ghosts of regret. Within hours of arriving in orbit around the mercurial planet Solaris, Kris encounters evasive inhabitants, self-isolating scientists and the ghost of a lover who died long ago. Above an uninhabitable world possessed by a powerful intelligence, the crew are sleepless and lost. They fight with the nature of … Read more

Cleaning The Roof

Dave always thought of himself as a handyman fixing things around the house that need some TLC.  Last summer Dave thought the roof on his eighteen- year old house was in-need of a good clean. Over the years Dave’s terracotta tiles had been growing a garden of dusty greyish green Lichen.  The roof had a … Read more

My Me

A poignant and somewhat disturbing short story by Samuel Elliot set in a Victorian era sideshow.

He Always Knew

He woke with a start, not knowing what had disturbed his sleep. Closing his eyes to the darkness, he rearranged his pillow and his legs. Something was wrong. He couldn’t hear the refrigerator gurgling and rattling in the kitchen. He raised his head to hear better but still no gurgling and rattling. He waited for … Read more

Daily Pressures

It got to the stage when one is forced to wonder if it was worth it! The idea had been maturing for a while, it had got to the point when it is either put to action or discarded like a soiled nappy. “It’s now or never!” She said, and I who must listen and … Read more

A Scarf for Alfred

There was a rhythm to the clicking of the knitting needles as the scarf grew longer. Her fingers were knobby and stiff but they never faltered, stitch after stitch, row after row. Her brown eyes were as bright and alert as those of someone much younger. The knitting yarn was the color of the sky … Read more

Katy and Me – An obsession most peculiar

Like all twenty-nine-year-old heavily-tattooed males, I harbour an obsession for pop sensation Katy Perry. Hear me out and try and work this out. When driving, I exclusively listen to her immortal Teenage Dream album. Now, I’m not alone in my love of it, that self-same album placed Perry in the record books in being the … Read more

Old Mike

The veterans were at a reunion, And pleased that they’d met once again. They retold a thousand old stories, Of adventures, drinking and pain. An old soldier then finished his story, And said, “You’ve now made me think, Of old Mike, who was once in our section, And by Christ, he really could drink.” Dave … Read more

The Omen

Kate’s radiant smile had made her briefly beautiful; she stopped and left a seat for Zoe to come and rest on the way to the race… had she wanted to. Some people left those rare empty spaces for others, be they elderly or in some way disadvantaged, but today, since the spectators had been prevented … Read more

The Old Dark House

The black and white film contained many well-known and familiar elements of old horror classics, such as spooky shadows, flickering light, and warped facial reflections, resulting in a horror which resonates even today. The scripting of the film makes for a hilarious watch, with theatrical acting and more one-liners than a Hollywood action flick. At … Read more

A Resolve to Ruin

Part 2 (Part One was published here) ‘Wait, hey, wait,’ the young girl raced off after him, neither of them remembering to pay. Not that the waitress was inclined to rectify the matter, she observed the drama unfolding like the rest of those entranced by the spectacle, with a broad, dopey grin plastered on her … Read more

A Resolve to Ruin

Part One Malcolm surveyed the lay of the land, studious and stoic, face betraying nothing, ignoring the heat toasting his shoulders from the sun overhead. The crowd lumbered around him, babies bawling in prams, geriatrics wheezing what could be their last, kids haphazardly weaving paths through the gaps, jostling with nonplussed adults. The heads of … Read more