I thought I was done for the year, but I've had a couple of stories come out this week. The first is one of my favorites. Breath is about a girl who makes clockwork automatons, activated with a dying breath, and her sword-slinging girlfriend. And my climate change story about an old woman and her goat, Grass Still Grows has been collected in Little Blue Marble's anthology, Tipping Points available now as an e-book.
Stan had never given much thought to what shape his afterlife might take. Now that he was stuck haunting the rhubarb patch at the bottom of the garden, he wished he'd been more careful... My first ghost story, 'My Left Leg' and first UK publication comes out today in Monnath Books' Beyond the Grave anthology
If full length horror is too much for you, perhaps you should try micro fiction. The 666 Anthology serves up hundreds of delicious bleeding morsels of horror. You won't be able to stop at just one.... Oh, and I wrote a couple of them.
I've never really been sure if I believed in ghosts, but something happened a few days after my mother died that made me wonder. I wrote a short story about it: https://www.mumlifestories.com/happy-birthday-a-short-story/
Short stories seldom get reviewed, so I was delighted to find Charles Payseur has reviewed my recent story Breath during his monthly roundup at Quick Sip Reviews. His comments: "And the piece is cute and heavy, unfolding in a place ripe with corruption and touched by tragedy. But the story refuses to let these things define it, reaching for freedom and happiness and love in an interesting and fantastic way. I love the romance and world building, and it’s an amazing read! "
Now that I've started keeping track of what I'm reading each month, I'm surprised how quickly I forget books. Here's the best of my reading pile in January: The Secret Life of Mister Roos by Håkan Nesser Valdemar Roos wins a lottery, and this jolts him out of his quiet boring life. He buys a cottage in the woods and quits his job without telling his wife and daughters, and spends his days walking in the forest or napping in the sunshine. Until a girl on the run shows up, and his life becomes...