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A pretty tall castel...

HIS COLLECTION OF STORIES

In the shadow of the stupendous tower of Fleckenstein Castle in the Alsace (left... so the engraver got carried away a bit? It can happen to any of us), here is a page where you can choose a story from among countless. These have been accumulated over centuries, otherwise destined simply to pile up higher and higher, to gather dust and then to crumble to nothing - much like Fleckenstein. To find one that suits, go on ...

... BROWSE ! please click here Click here to investigate... to see what is on offer...
If technology fails us once again and no selection of stories appears, then click here for a low-tech version...


Some of the stories available (from the collection suggested above) now appear in paperback or Kindle format. Click on any of the four titles below (or revolving dizzily to the right here) to view them at Amazon...
If - by chance - you like a story that appears here, please let me know by clicking here and seeking contact..

So, what do we have, then?

We have all kinds. Click here to browse for...
  • Stories for the young innocent - inclusive of, but not restricted to: Useful Gadgets, Christmas, Pet-shops, Toys, Indoor football, Hamsters...
  • Stories for the young cynic - covering such mandatory subjects as Fantastic Soup, School-teachers, tigers, grannies, Santa's troubling home-life, extra-terrestrials...
  • Stories for Sophisticates and those who Have-Seen-It-All - A slightly different perspective on opera, language, death, the Classics, old age, science, death, job-opportunities, and...oh, why not? - death...
  • Stories concerning hamsters - Hamsters Have...tremendous technological advantages over humans, and an enormous appetite. These two great attributes propel them into mighty adventures.
  • Stories by Turckyz - The turkeys have taken over the farm as part of the long-term strategy of the Permanent Fowl Revolution. Follow the chronicles of their lead historian, who has learned how to spell...
  • Here's a thing. Kindle. Technology. Worrying. Disturbing. I've looked, and I know. Why don't you? Download A Littel Read Book. There may be a good reason for the title...

Published ones? No problem!

Writing WrongsA Chronicle of the World, 1840-93
A group of emigrants is abandoned a thousand miles from anywhere. The world falls apart in their absence. It was primarily the war of attrition between Paraguay and Manchuria which kept the exiles in their isolation - that, and cabbage .
Published in: Writing Wrongs (Canongate) Edinburgh 2002.
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Unfit for EdenDr Calvin's Grand Illuminated Bestial Pleasure Dome
At Rivière du Loup, Jespersen had seen half of the season's profits eaten up in a night of mayhem, when a group of French lumberjacks made off with all the scenery used as a backdrop for the crowning act of his show - "The Monstrous Miasma of the Mozambican Jungle." What they had done with the scenery was anyone's guess, but doubtless it now formed an interesting talking-point deep in the forests of the Shickshock Mountains. To compensate, a contract to entertain the New Yorkers in winter is offered - but there is a rival establishment to beat. A short-cut via the new Chignecto Marine Transport Railway, however, goes badly wrong.
Published in: Unfit for Eden (Postscripts 26/27) Hornsea 2012.
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MemoryvilleThe Providential Preservation of the Universal Bibliographical Repository
An early attempt at the Internet? At the start of the First World War, Dr Otlet seeks to send his entire collection of Human Knowledge to a safe spot. His assistant Mademoiselle Poels embarks on a train-journey into France and, despite the unfortunate loss to the Front of her simple-minded porter, meets - she imagines - with great success.
Published in: Memoryville Blues (Postscripts 30/31) Hornsea 2013.
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Far VoyagerOne Hundred Thousand Demons and the Cherub of Desire
An old mystery solved, perhaps! The three keepers of the lighthouse upon Flannan Isles board a strange vessel and meet with an interesting voyager.
Published in: Far Voyager (Postscripts 32/33) Hornsea 2014.
 
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You want new ones, eh?

(January 2021)

A moment only of your time...? Here are two very short, short stories.

The first one won the competition for a 100-word story at the Wigtown Book Festival in 2008

A Job At Last
Wee Eck texts Big Horace: "Bank job. Friday 9am. Bring shooter."
Police watching Wee Eck. Message intercepted.
Big Horace thinks: a job at last. Arrives at bank on time. Police waiting. Horace opens sports bag, police pounce, Horace thrown to floor, "Michty me!" Wee Eck saunters in, "Crivvens!", handbrake turn, nowhere to run, taser.
In bag, just Big Horace's prized digital camera. In Wee Eck's jacket, contract from head office - 'Photo-shoot - Theme: Local Bank Working for Community'.
"Justifiable suspicion," say Police. Bank statement: "Normal background checks failed, contract now cancelled." Big Horace back to the margins of society.

Sammy Gregg's Bad Day
Ken this? Ah felt crap. Ma heid hurt, ma erms wiz legs, couldnae budge. Sammy, sez ma, ye've turned into wan of they giant beetles, like yon DVD. Come oan, yer at yon Trial at ten, aff yer erse.
Sheriff Castle sez the accused must stand, like. Ah couldnae, ma legs werenae lang enough, my back wis a' stiff, ken? Samuel Gregg, ye're in contempt - six months in The Penal Colony, that'll learn ye. Och, but ah'm aff tae Florida wi' ma auntie next month. Aye well, sez he: America's no for youse. No real, ken what ah mean?


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