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Short Stories

Every so often, I like to write short stories, most of which remain unpublished. Meanwhile, here are the handful that have found a home. Most of these are relatively early works.
Reflections of Alice
Scheherezade #19

Notes:

Technically my first published short story, as this was the one that was accepted first - although it took a while longer before it actually saw print. And still a work I'm very fond - and proud - of, this is something of a take on Alice in our modern world, but the focus is less on technology than the moral and ethical trappings of our modern age. Printed in Scheherazade #19 (the small press Magazine of Fantasy, Science Fiction & Gothic Romance) in 2000. Illustration (right) by Noel Bateman. Like most stories, it's better read than explained, so I might well post it here on my website at some point.
Landmarks
Landmarks

Notes:

For those who don't know, the train journey from London to my home town of Penzance is a long one, with plenty of time for the imagination to wander - and plenty of great scenery to explore. On one occasion, I found myself exploring closer to the tracks and it struck me that even in something as common as litter there was a little mystery to be had. Hence, this anthology in short story form. Essentially we'd all like to leave some mark, but some, like this story, will be passing impressions, open to interpretation by those who chance across it.
The Hearth God
The Hearth God

Notes:

Cats are great. Even if they don't have any great wisdom, they give a good impression of knowing all manner of things that will be forever beyond the reach of mere mortals. So, when I read about the idea of the Hearth God of Chinese mythology, a spirit that inhabits the home and dutifully records the Truth of everything that goes on, well, there was no doubt in my mind as to the form that spirit should take.
Developments
Developments

Notes:

One of the things I love to do, from time to time, is to retell a fairy tale in a modern or futuristic setting. And since Beauty & the Beast is a favourite, this story was bound to happen sooner or later. Set in my own'AlterNet' world, it's a backdrop that features in a number of stories of mine, both short and novel length, more of which I hope will see the light in the future. Meanwhile, although this is not the first story to feature the AlterNet, you can at least enjoy what amounts to its fictional birth.
Murder in the Fourth
Murder in the Fourth

Notes:

Noir detectives. Murder mystery. Time travel. A veritable minefield of clichés. Still, I love a challenge, so once I had the idea I wanted to see if I could navigate my way through to something new. This hopefully also serves as a reasonable introduction to the AlterNet, a backdrop that features in a number of stories of mine, short and novel length, more of which I hope will see the light in future. Here the AlterNet serves as the'mechanism' for the time travel but also supplants the mystery of whodunnit with a different kind of question altogether.
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