Pick of the day

Samhain and Beyond

Samhain and Beyond


We stand in hallowed doorways, hand in hand,

hallway light spilling out onto pavement traffic,

small fingers summoned to fumble in buckets,

treats countering tricks, a sea of sanguine smiles.


Nocturnal bat wings flap unobtrusively overhead,

stoical belfries watch stone gargoyles spout rain,

carved pumpkins illuminate porches, fired grins,

Read more

Story of the week


The gaunt old man in the pinstripe suit hovers over the microphone and starts speaking in a strange accent before they are ready. ‘It’s a ridiculous question, really, but have any of you every known hunger, true hunger?’
Bright eyes observe him. They filtered into the unheated school theatre with the stench of dampness dissipating as the seats banged up and filled with their warm presence.
Read more

Poem of the week

The Senile Neurologist

a comical farewell to an old friend after his own fashion - I guarantee, he'd have laughed at this!

Read more


A Supermarket Love Story by John Osborne illustrated by Katie Pope published by Go Faster Stripe

I'm very pleased to announce that John Osborne, who writes on ABCTales as mcmanaman has a new poetry collection out now!

Read more

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 15th October 2021

This is more difficult every week, in my experience.

Read more

Story and Poem of The Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of September have very kindly been chosen by london_calling79:


Read more

YOU (From Pissed to Publication) by Drew Gummerson

I'm very happy to announce that YOU (From Pissed to Publication) by ABCTales' very own Drew Gummerson is out now. You can buy it here:

Read more

A Working Class State of Mind by Colin Burnett: Review

Once again, It's my pleasure to announce the publication of ABCTales writer Colin Burnett's debut short story collection. Here's a review by Celticman:

Read more


We have had to suspend the automatic joining facility for a while so if you would like to join us please email claudine@abctales.com or jane@abctales.com with your desired username and...Read more

Bee's Journey

Picks of the Month

A Paradise Not Yet Lost

just some thoughts while out early this morning; photo taken then

Read more

Busmar Astral


Read more
View all Picks of the Month