Here resides a collection of my short stories, bravely exposed to the criticisms of the world. Given that I’m an aspiring author, I had to start sharing them at some point.
Get comfortable and, please, peruse at your leisure the stories originally and ironically called ‘tales of woe’ – far from it, they’re actually pretty thrilling (I’m completely unbiased).
Meet Vance Howler, freelance detective extraordinaire, as he battles the challenges of the ‘Harmless Escapism‘ series. Each part embroils our hero in a new, explosive adventure, against the backdrop of his mysterious arch-nemesis deviously plotting some unknown catastrophe…
‘Harmless Escapism‘ is just that – variably light-hearted and pulse-raising, witty and gritty. Escape your woes with these scintillating stories:
Short on time? Want a quick and striking 5 minute read? Try selecting one of these top picks:
The March of the Midges
An impossibly vast carpet of blue melted into the distant horizon, the cloudless sky bleeding almost imperceptibly into the water. From here, the sea appeared everything that was. Coated by a shimmering sheen, the waves had journeyed thousands of unbroken miles…
Sleeping the deep, deep sleep of England
Whilst enjoying a quiet evening in their new home, a couple are suddenly struck by a horrifying realisation…
The Face in the Mirror
Ever felt that creeping sensation of being watched? Appearances are not what they seem. When a man’s reflection becomes possessed by its own life force, he is compelled to embark upon a journey of discovery, testing the limits of his bravery.
‘Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended’
Feeling my vision blur, I quickly lifted a glass to my face. A desperate attempt to conceal the awkward moisture now pooling in my eyes, to hide the innocent tears that might scar my blemished cheeks. It was already empty. Instinctively,…
‘The Pier‘ – Alone, questioning his existence, one man is forced to endure the haunting trials of murder and betrayal. Throughout his attempts to escape, having inadvertently witnessed horrific scenes, the compulsion of the pier inevitably draws him back for a fateful conclusion…
More stories are always coming soon. Vance Howler might be lying low, but he won’t be gone for long… Other quick reads will be available in the coming weeks. As always, these gems are still marinating in my brain…
Hopefully they captivate and inspire, or at least entertain.
Enjoy reading! I regularly post short stories, travel blogs and contemporary commentaries, so stay tuned!
Much as I want to be heard, I also want to listen. If you have any thoughts, I’m contactable either through the comment box below, or on Twitter and Instagram – I try to be active on all fronts.
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