Runner Up...

Thanks to Lily Childs for picking my little flash piece, Just Another Echo, as runner up for the Friday Prediction challenge over at the Feardom.

It's reflection of something that happens on most streets in most major cities around the world, and the title reflects how society perceives those who find themselves coping on the streets, and how they are victims of our ignorance.

Just Another Echo

The wretch in her eyes shrank behind the shadows that swallowed her sullen flesh.

Shapes oozed into focus before vanishing into a dull blur, leaving her squinting.

Sounds...slipping in and out of her velvet-tinted haze with a slow coiling resonance, like a soft burr, an aching hum.

Muscle fibres tautened around her torso, rippled around her ribs. Vomit spilled down crumpled, soiled clothes but she barely noticed.

She looked up from her stooped position; people drifted by, unaware of her pain.

She was just another echo through the cold damp streets.

No matter. She lifted the bottle, took another sip.

Available anthologies

Two recent anthologies have been published by Static Movement which contain some of my short stories.  Driftwood - a dark take of death on turbulent seas - first appeared on Lily Childs' February Femmes Fatales, and is now published in Tales of Salt and Sorrow, available from

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Nocturne, another tale originally featured in the February Femmes Fatales series is about things that go bump in the night, and features in another anthology called Comes the Night

A second seminal short story is also included, called Watched.  This originally appeared on Thrillers, Killers and Chillers under the original heading of The Watcher.

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Both anthologies are edited by Dorothy Davies. If you like your stories dark, then these are for you.  Happy reading...