Archive for the ‘sci-fi and fantasy’ Category

Part I here Alice was furious. It felt as if all eyes were on her and she almost left the diner. But she knew that would be running away and would have only made things worse. Instead she sat glowering at the table top and fidgeting with the ceramic tray that held the salt, pepper and […]


Jocelyn Deveraux was a four feet eleven inch tower of defiance. Her impossible gold blonde tresses were neatly pinned under a riding bowler draped at the brim with a pair of driving goggles. From under these two big blue eyes regarded the world in triumph. The goggles were a promise to herself that she would […]


Part I here Alice felt like a shy teenager when Adam had looked at her and amid blustered blushes she suddenly found something of pressing interest in the barber shop window. That was until she realised what she was doing and turned back. The two men were no longer looking at her and were crossing the […]


Part one here Alice Eden leaned back against the diner wall and looked up at the Montana sky with a groan. All she had to do to complete the probate work on the Stephens estate was get three crumby signatures and then she was out of this dump. Dr Anderson had been pleasant enough. He […]


Garrick was old, even older than he looked. A head shorter than his three sons, he still drew glances on his rare trips to town. With his straggled mane of grey hair and patched up lumber shirt and denims, strangers to the area would take him for a 60-something hobo, but the citizens of Pulver […]


The Machine

10Nov15

This story is a sequel to The Curious Case of Amelia Craven It began with a humming noise like a slow metallic fly. Dr Marley was out of the workshop so instead of the usual disciplined attention to their work many of the apprentices moved away from their desks and started looking about. Even Amelia […]


Witchcraft

14Jul15

Erin dropped a cobweb into the pot and cackled. Neither would have the slightest impact on the spell, but sometimes she just couldn’t resist the joke, even when there was no one else to enjoy it. The pot had once belonged to her grandmother, a seventh generation witch going back to… oh what the hell, who […]


Age Play

15Jan15

There are many ages of man and many for mankind; the trick is to match one’s age to the one in which you live. Anon All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players… William Shakespeare   Jenifer Maxwell glared at the car in front with something approaching hate. “It’s a […]


Nobody knew exactly what Dr Ebenezer Marley was a doctor of. He certainly wasn’t a medic and although he had something of an educated slant to his words, nothing about his demeanour suggested he had had very much to do with the great institutions of learning either side of Atlantic. Marley was neither tall, nor […]


Steampunk is very much back in vogue these days, although many of you might be forgiven for never having heard of it. The label ‘Steampunk’ was not coined until 1987 and even then it was merely mooted as a possible collective term for a sub-genre of science fiction writing. And some say it was wholly […]