Grab some darkness before the adverts for holidays, weight-loss and new jobs…

In the first of two updates in the same day: In times of endless Turkey, Cranberry and Stuffing sandwiches. In the days filled with rubbish TV ads (and there are not many good ones this year). With every organisation telling you to buy stuff you don't need because you love your wife/children/yourself/friends/pets/normally anti-social neighbours more …

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The Troll ‘ neath the Towers – Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 31 | Flash! Friday

  The Troll ‘ neath the Towers (Story elements = Conflict and Character)   The troll lives ‘neath the forever-shadows of the twin towers. On his commute, through the dustbowl city, he brings light to the masses with his disarming smile and a tip ‘o the cap. In the ramshackle apartment he calls home, he …

Heart of Glass : Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 17 | Flash! Friday

Heart of Glass A city is just a desert. Sand everywhere, transformed by furnace and chemicals into the spires of glass, transparent walls of opulence and gluttonous coffee-shop excess. I run through the dunes, a blurred shape against the glass malls and lights. The city also has an absence of intelligent life. The passer-by assuming …

Z-A of an Apocalypse : Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 12 | Flash! Friday

Z-A of an Apocalypse Zedonk once roamed the savannah. Yet we ignored their extinction, like our own. Xyster winds scrapped soil from land, like flesh from bone. We watched oil tankers turn to rust on the sand dunes of London. Voices of nature, whispered then screamed. Muffled by our greed. Useless products filled our homes …

The Sirens of Europa : Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 11 | Flash! Friday

The Sirens of Europa …and so I find myself with a difficult choice to make. Nestled between the hulking cookies ‘n’ cream swirling skies of the Jovian overlord and the fragile crackle-glaze ice-moon of Europa, I watch, monitor and wait. Despite the rewards, NASA couldn’t afford the mission. It was paid for by the 1% …

“Mirror | Mirror” – Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 7 | Flash! Friday – Shortlist

Mirror | Mirror Her paddleboat is a glorified bicycle on water. Yet it skims the mirrored surface, on dreams of tranquillity. She is leaving the shores of eroded memories, of this long and prosperous life. She envisions the sunsets of Monet. How she has lived. How she has loved. How she has taken everything, from …

“A Woman Needs a Man like a Fish Needs a Bicycle” – Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 7 | Flash! Friday

A Woman Needs a Man like a Fish Needs a Bicycle Ariel was the pretty one. The one the sailors died for. The one the crustaceans sang to. Ariel was lured to the stagnant lands, the desolate dunes and the harsh dryness of air and sun. By…by…a man. A man! She’d seen his type before. …

“Angel of Death” – Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 5 | Flash! Friday

Angel of Death She walks wards of clinical hinterland and navigates paths of life and death. Her uniform is always clean, crisp and blindingly white. She looks like the model professional and her smile is that of cherubim. She gleams brightly at the visitors. But they infest the hospital. They are like parasites around their …

“The White Tail of the Metal Dragon” – Flash Frenzy Round 52 | The Angry Hourglass

The White Tail of the Metal Dragon The little boy plays in the field outside the city. He tenderly touches his father’s hand, looking for respite from the gathering of the crops. It has been so long since he rested. “These are times of war, son. You know we have to gather the crops to …