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When it stops

This story was first written for an online writing competition. While it didn’t win, it did receive some high praise and one writer (from America) was very enthusiastic about adapting it as a short independent movie. This is the first time in nineteen months that the station and the Earth have …

Introduction

Over the years I have written some pretty odd short stories. Most of them have a slightly scary twist. The first story, for example, “When it Stops” – that was written for an online competition. I’ve given it the once over, brushed a few lines up and fixed a few minor …

Throne Room

Like many dark paths, Malial’s started with light and hope. Of course, in his case, the light was coming from glowing undersea plants but, nevertheless, my previous statement still stands. Malial (in the form of a hideous undersea beast) and the mermaid Cantrelle (not actually her name), swam along a …

Mermaid

“Am I doomed to live in the sea forever?” Malial asked. “If the answer exists,” said the old man, “it exists under the ocean where your mistake was made.” “Wait for me?” asked Malial. “I will wait until dawn,” said the old man. “Then, I will take these oysters and …

The dive

Malial did not drown if that is what you are thinking. He encountered some of the pitfalls that come with following plans of some old man that you met in the middle of a haunted woods two days ago. With a tiny enchanted clay tablet that he knew nothing about …

In which much tea is consumed

The hot water ran out again, halfway through making a cup of tea for Doc. That’s the second time that’s happened, Jack thought crossly, how many people are in this house? Somehow, no matter how many cups of tea Jack made there was always one more thirsty person demanding Jack …

Mermaid’s Purse

The four ancient sisters gathered around Malial. There was no escaping the singular fact that each of the old ladies was equally, yet differently, repugnant and deeply offensive to all but the bravest of noses. Malial, who had dealt with many a goat which had eaten something that had upset …

Mushrooms

The old man led Malial back to his shack. Once there he handed the boy a basket. “What is this for?” Malial asked. The basket was the kind that he had used many times when gathering wild food. “Foolish boy,” said the old man, “have you never gathered food in …

Malial

In a far off land, many years ago, there was a dark and malevolent being whose name was secret from all. Legend has it that he had inestimable power so that no one could hope to stop him. This dark being entered into a conflict with a boy from which …

The New House Mate

Jack sat alone in the kitchen. A small grey and white kitten, more fluff than cat, padded in through the open door. “Hello little pussy cat,” said Jack. “Aren’t you the most adorable little thing.” The kitten glanced up. “Feed me, human oppressor,” it said. Jack scanned cautiously around the …