Fantastic Flash Fiction

Bite size fantasy, SF and horror stories How long does a good story need to be? Ten words? The length of a tweet? 100 words? 1,000 words? More? You’ll enjoy finding out in this collection of very short stories of fantasy, science fiction and horror.

Meet Liz Tuckwell

Liz Tuckwell lives in London and shares her house with a husband and too many books. She enjoys reading and writing all types of fantasy, science fiction and horror. Liz also enjoys travelling when there isn’t a pandemic. She’s a member of the Clockhouse London Writers group and the British Fantasy Society.

Shimmers of Estera: Scripts I & Ii

Little Estera Hubert, is an only child of a single mother, despite being hurt by her own home, the colourful village that treats them as the wretched, all she could do is ask herself why. Despaired by her biggest question, she still finds hope from the light within her dearest Mama. But the lost truth is shattering away that light and to protect her dearest, the little girl must resolve to risk it all on an ominous journey, to free her mother.

Meet Sirius Pen

Sirius Pen is just your average boring person, went to college, got a degree, got bored and studied a course on a different field, got a certificate, got bored again and got a postgraduate diploma in another different field, whilst self-studying some different fields of game development … which was fun! But after amassing the necessary skill and building a project up to its later alpha stages, then it happened, the twist. It turns out, video game development requires much, more resources than just skill to make a game that’s at least interesting and the only way around it, is to make something that’s just rushed or meh …! Oh no! The nemesis! The game must be stopped, why? Because, Sirius Pen feels like the legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto-san used to say ” If it’s not interesting, then why make it?” But luckily for Sirius Pen, Sirius Pen had been working part-time on something, writing a story, which is both fun and exhausting. Then it got scrapped, because working on both games and writing is, well overkill and ridiculously daunting. In 2020 that story was axed, but with nothing else, interesting enough to turn to, Sirius Pen took the pen! No, wait! Sirius Pen meant … the smartphone! After game development was halted in June and the year 2021, writing began, again with the terribly named story ” The girl who helped”, then it got changed to “Estera” and later “SHIMMERS OF ESTERA” and later divided into five parts, what can I say, that little child of a book grew way too fast on countless gruelling revisions that made Sirius Pen sick, well not that dramatically sick, just burnt out, posture stuff, some days of fever and some canker sores, one of which that lasted for about three months, it’s nothing really. Fast forward, April 2022 here we are, Sirius Pen had finished the first two parts of the book and got them published, finally, Sirius Pen has made it to Sirius Pen’s debut as an author! P.S. Sirius Pen hopes you will enjoy this story that tells the journey of little Estera. Thank you!

This is China – Misadventures in the Middle Kingdom Part 1: The North

Since leaving his job in the UK, journalist Alex Coverdale has spent over a decade working as an English teacher in China. During that time he has travelled the length and breadth of the country, seeing things he never thought he would see and doing things he never thought he would do, from digging for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert to eating snakes in Hunan Province, along the way finding himself in a series of awkward, often hilarious situations. This is his story.

Meet Alex Coverdale

Alex Coverdale is a London-based journalist, editor and dark fiction writer. When he writes about Asia he uses a pseudonym, rather than his real name, to protect the guilty as well as the innocent. And also because he doesn’t want his friends and family to know what he really gets up to when he travels.

Forgotten Erf

A British science fiction novel, with a hint (maybe more than a hint) of humour. Oliver is a would-be time traveller. He’s been working on a time machine in his garage for ages. He won’t tell his wife what he’s building, as he’s usually in enough trouble with her as it is. One of his experiments causes his next-door neighbour to disappear, in a bright green flash. One day, in an attempt to escape from his wife, he accidentally falls into his machine and ends up in a field. He thinks he’s travelled through time, but soon starts to realise that things are not quite as they seem.

Meet Layton Bushel

About Layton Bushel Layton was found under a tree in the middle of a golf course, on a desert island. He was picked up by a passing golfer, who quickly put him down again. Layton didn’t say what the golfer was passing. He eventually escaped from the island. Not an easy task, when it’s chasing you. Being able to swim would’ve helped. Fortunately, islands can’t swim either. I don’t believe Layton, as the island doesn’t actually have a golf course. About the author As you’ve probably guessed by now, ‘Layton Bushel’ isn’t my real name. I wanted an unusual pen name, and didn’t want my real name on the cover, as there are a lot of others with the same name as me, especially in Scotland. My real name is Alastair Warren (yes, I’m English). I’m a retired former engineer. I’ve worked in railway signalling, at an MOD site, at a satellite ground station, a cheese factory and a helmet factory (not all at the same time). Writing books is new to me. I’ve only written one book so far, called ‘Forgotten Erf’. It’s a rather daft Sci-Fi novel. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously. Friends and relatives seem to like it. (The book, I mean. What were you thinking of? I didn’t even mention rice pudding.) Influences include Douglas Adams, Doctor Who, the Goons, Monty Python and the Goodies (not that Doctor Who is particularly funny). The book wasn’t written to make lots of money. However, if it makes just a few people happy, then it’s been worth writing. If you buy or download it, I hope you enjoy it.

BILLY 9F

BILLY 9F Like Orwell’s 1984 — but even funnier! In 15-year-old Billy 9F’s world, the School is the centre of government and the Principal is the despotic Big Brother figure. All forms of humour have been outlawed. A smile, a laugh, even a single HA! is punishable by an excruciating electric shock to the neck — or worse, banishment to the deadly Clown Wars. All Billy 9F has ever wanted is to make people laugh. But in such a world, what is a natural-born class clown to do? BILLY 9F is about the importance and power of laughter. For readers 12 years of age to infinity.

Meet David Finley

David Finley is an award-winning television Screenwriter and Story Editor, Filmmaker, Playwright and published Author. In 1996 he received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program. In 2003 he was the recipient of an Award of Excellence from The Alliance for Children and Television. In 2005 he wrote, directed and produced a 21-minute film, “My Last Confession”, which screened at 41 International Film Festivals and won several awards. Also in 2005 he won the 2005 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical for “Aladdin”. In 2006 he received a Nomination for the same award for “Snow White and the Group of Seven.” He wrote, directed and produced the 2009 Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival hit comedy, “Donny’s Day.” Most recently (2017), he co-wrote and Co-Executive Produced Cody Westman’s comedic short film, “It Could Be You.” He also Directed and Produced a behind-the-scenes Documentary, “100 Proof Musical Theatre”, about an intriguing new Musical Theatre format. “Billy 9F” is his first novel, aimed at readers 12 years of age to infinity.

Welcome to D*ck n B*lls Tower!

What’s it like to live and work deep in forested isolation at a fire tower for six months of the year? While battling mental instability. And the medication prescribed for it. And your Mother. And your Maker. And your Maker’s assassins who see you as nothing more than an easy piece of meat supported by two edible stilts. And inappropriate behaviour around your female supervisor’s posterioso perfectus. And a tendency to enter your wiener boat in too many spankathons. And a multitude of other questionable habits. And, and, and, ad infinitum.

Oh, Tony. Tch, tch, tch.

Meet Tony Butterworth (and his unfortunate sidekick, “Gorby”), a fifteen-year veteran of forestry’s seasonal Game of Towers. A secret worshipper at the altar of that delectable skankstress, Muffy—sixty kilometers to his southeast. Co-conspirator and trusty lookout for Dingleberries’ infamous “Turd Burglar,” Boogie Bowshaw. Sufficiently obsessed with the legendary tower duo, D*ck n B*lls. Novice Cornholer. Whisper Gardell’s new reluctant boyfriend.

Oh, Tony. It’s Uncle Bonzo, mate. Can you smell the shrimp on the barbie? Why don’t you drop in and join us for a round. Where for art thou? Tony. We miss you.

“Hysterical and inventive … an ingenious and brilliant work of art … I won’t be forgetting it any time soon.” – Foluso Falaye (5-Stars: Readers’ Favorite).

“If I had to summarize this cocktail of insanity, I’d say get a tall glass, add one shot of Terry Pratchett, a healthy measure of Hunter S. Thompson, top up with some Jim Jefferies and garnish with one of those special mushrooms people aren’t supposed to eat….” – Michael Gardner (5-Stars: Readers’ Favorite).

“The plot is quirky and completely unique … the narrative throughout is wonderfully vivid and descriptive … this novel will make you laugh but also shed a tear….” – Lesley Jones (5-Stars: Readers’ Favorite).


Meet Jeff Pearson

Jeff Pearson was born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, in 1963 and attended Carleton and Lakehead Universities where he mostly majored in Maximum Intoxication / Fiasco Production. Then he went vagabond—rambling / exploring / travelling / working—for years, all over Canada and beyond. For the past twenty years, he has been manning various fire towers deep in the Canadian wilderness. Mr. Pearson’s memoir, Miss Nude Canada’s Shoes (And Other Fiascos) – Act I * Greenhorn, was a 2020 Readers’ Favorite book award winner in the non-fiction humour category. Jeff has been seriously stoned on ASMR since he stumbled upon it in 2014.

The Free

Milgorry turned cold eyes upon Tiernan. ‘Say it,’ he demanded. ‘If you do this, I’ll hunt you down and return your dead body to the Creator. That is the law, and I’m bound by the law. I am a Guardian. I’ll have no choice,’ his voice dropped to a whisper. ‘There’s always a choice,’ said Milgorry. ‘If this is such a problem why don’t you return me right here and right now? You know you can!’‘ Because you’ve not done anything wrong yet,’ said Tiernan, sounding insecure.‘ But you can see into my mind! You know I’m going to do this!’ Tiernan’s shoulders sagged. ‘Please don’t do this. There must be another way.’‘ I don’t see any other way,’ Milgorry said bleakly. ‘Then go. But think hard on this before you act. You say there’s always a choice, but I’m not Free. For me there’s no choice. So be assured, if you do this, I will come after you. And I will find you. And I will return you.’ Milgorry was startled to feel the depth of pain emanating from the Guardian. ‘I’ll think on it, but if I find no other way to save my people, I’ll do what I have to do, and you can hunt me down and return me if you must.’ He ran down the stone steps, dodging Borgulnay, Timbul and Araas as they passed by. ‘Mil!’ Timbul called after him. ‘Where are you going? ‘Home,’ said Milgorry, not looking back. Disease ravages the land of Nyinaku, bringing the physically superior race known as the Fallen to their knees. Unable to watch his people die, Milgorry of Tarl, the land’s foremost cunning and deadly warrior, defies Tiernan, Lord of the Guardians, and returns to Nyinaku, intent on sharing the forbidden gift of healing with the Fallen race. Constrained by the laws of the Guardians, Tiernan struggles with the fact that he is required to disregard their friendship and hunt down the most dangerous Fallen warrior he has ever known. Meanwhile, knowing the illness will spread like wildfire and cripple neighbouring countries, an army of Fallen warriors prepares to use the opportunity to their advantage, and defying the orders of Prince Garran, they gather for war against the humans in the land of Alkira and their Guardian allies. In the Kingdom of Alkira, young King Kelian races against time to find a cure for the disease as it decimates his people, whilst preparing his nation for a war he knows he will not win.


Meet Danielle O’Sullivan

Danielle (Dan) O’Sullivan is a writer of fantasy fiction who has published 4 books in the Daoine Maithe series. She was born in 1971 in Emerald, Queensland, Australia, and her family relocated to Toowoomba at the age of 8. After marrying an Australian man of Irish descent, she became interested in the idea of a world with a fusion of Australian and Irish mythological history, hence the combination of interesting names, places, and language in her books.
O’Sullivan is currently working on a fantasy trilogy for middle grade children, titled The Ruby Key.
Her hobbies include amateur astronomy and teaching classical ballet, jazz ballet and tap dancing at her own dance studio located in her home suburb of Highfields. She is an avid fan of the works of JRR Tolkien and Raymond Feist. She has a particular interest in fantasy fiction for middle grade children and is working towards publishing The Ruby Key trilogy in the coming year.

The Adulterer’s Confession: A Novel

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“Excuse me. Do you mind if I squeeze past?”

And so it begins.

Two strangers meet on a plane. 

One has a terrible confession to make. But is it safe to tell a stranger?

The other is haunted by past mistakes and looking for a fresh start.

Over the course of their ten-hour flight they come to know each other’s deepest, darkest secrets

Is confession good for the soul or is it better to keep your crimes bottled up inside?

Discover what becomes of Lee, Tamsin and Jake.

Rated FIVE STARS by real readers:

Praise for The Adulterer’s Handbook: A Novel

Wow. This book is fantastic! I had absolutely no idea when I started reading that I’d be taken on this journey. The writing is great.”

“I really enjoyed this book. I’m not sure how to categorize it — a thriller or just good fiction?Regardless, I highly recommend it! I didn’t want to put it down!”

The tale weaves its way down a winding path so beautifully that, before you know it, you’re at this bizarre place in the story where every character is not who you thought they were!”

“I was drawn to this novel because I was interested to see how the author handled the subject of infidelity, purely from a male perspective. He’s done an excellent job.”

“The humour and author’s style are reminiscent of David Nicholls.”

“There is much to admire in this entertaining read. The dialogue is natural, the editing is well done and the narrative flows. All in all, a good debut novel and I feel sure we’ll see more from this promising new writer. I recommend you give it a try.”

“The book just becomes fun. It’s like a puzzle that you’re trying to figure out.”

“The internal dialogue is so hilarious that I literally LOL’d a few times.”

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Good Girl (The Siren Island Series Book 1)

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What the heck was she doing on this island?

Samantha Jameson finds herself washed up on Siren Island – well, if she was to be honest with herself, more like worn-out, defeated, and dead tired. Her whole life has been spent playing by the rules, and for what? An empty apartment, a career with no upward movement, and one failed relationship after another. When it all blows up in her face, what’s a girl to do but book a last-minute trip to the ridiculously named Laughing Mermaid Bed & Breakfast on an unknown speck of an island in the Caribbean?

Lucas Mosteron knows all about burning out from first-hand experience. Over the years, he’s discovered that he isn’t the only one, as everyone has their own unique story for landing on Siren Island – including his lovely and mysterious neighbors at The Laughing Mermaid Bed & Breakfast. Little does he know that there is more to their story than he could ever have imagined possible. When Samantha Jameson arrives as their guest – depleted and needing respite, Lucas can’t help but feel like he could be the man she needs. Irresistibly drawn to her uptight demeanor, Lucas is determined to unwind Samantha and show her that life on Siren Island could be the answer to all her problems.

The Siren Island Series

Book 1: Good Girl
Book 2: Up to No Good
Book 3: A Good Chance (Expected early 2020)

Queenie’s Teapot

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Now optioned for a movie! The perfect antidote to political blues.
A post-Brexit, post-Trump romp through the world of what-if: In a world where democracy has been declared no longer fit for purpose, a cohort of randomly selected British Republic citizens receive their call to serve in parliament. As the strangers gather to learn their tasks for the next three years, the Cabinet Support Team try to fit jobs to skills–but Queenie can’t do nuffin’. Naturally she becomes head of state. Together the new government muddles through, tackling unrest on the streets and a spot of global bioterrorism in addition to their own journeys of self-discovery.