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The Alien Buddha's House of Horrors featuring ABCTales' very own Marandina!

In July Marandina wrote to me to say that he'd submitted two of his short stories (his first submissions!) and that they'd both been accepted. Today, I'm very pleased to announce that the first of them is available from The Alien Buddha. Here are a couple of Amazon links to buy if you're in the UK: https://tinyurl.com/yjyddtsn https://tinyurl.com/bdz5fxmu A very big congratulations to Marandina from all of us at ABCTales!

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for September have very kindly been chosen by Drew Gummerson: Story and Poem of month Well it’s an honour to be choosing September’s Story and Poem of the month and what a hard choice that was. Once again I am amazed by the talent on the site and by the real variety of pieces submitted. But choices I have made. In these turbulent times the Story of the Month goes to Mark Burrow and his Small Town Insurrection...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thanks to all who've posted such brilliant pieces this week. They've been a pleasure to read. Thank you also to the editors who keep everything going. We couldn't do it without you. Very quickly before I tell you about the picks of the week, I spoke to Tony Cook the other day who you'll be pleased to hear sounds back to his normal jolly self after his couple of mini strokes - anyway he asked if we'd think of having another London reading night (...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 23 Sep 2022 We're living in a strange old world at the moment, one way and another, and our Story of the Week reflects this perfectly. Jane Hyphen's 'It's the year...' is sharply funny and surreal, and yet somehow all too believable. If you happen to know an Orca, now might be the time to start getting on the right side of it. It's the year. . . | ABCtales Our Poem of the Week takes the autumn equinox as its theme...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Two wonderful picks for you in this strange week where nothing feels quite normal. Our brilliant Poem of the Week is Angusfolklore's stunning 'Knowing the Crows' and our Story of the Week goes to Ewan's thought provoking ' The Day After'. Do read both - you won't regret it. https://www.abctales.com/story/angusfolklore/knowing-crows https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/day-after Here's our new Inspiration Point: https://www.abctales.com/...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for August have been chosen by Ewan. Here's what he says: As always, singling out one of each for Picks of the Month is very difficult. Story of the Month is one of maddan’s monthly ghost stories “Sea Mist” . If you want to read them all there is a collection here . Honorable mentions go to: Celticman for his ongoing Ugly Puggly, which continues to amuse and appal in equal measure Jeand for her clear-eyed cancer...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

This week's Story of the Week is maddan's latest ghostly tale, Sea Mist. I have been loving these and hoping there's a collection of them in the future. You can read it here: https://www.abctales.com/story/maddan/sea-mist Poem of the Week is skinner_jennifer's beautiful poem, View Beyond. You can read it here: https://www.abctales.com/story/skinnerjennifer/view-beyond This week's Inspiration Point can be found here: https://www.abctales.com/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 26 Aug 2022 So much good stuff to enjoy! Our Story of the Week goes to Hudson Moon's 'Onward I Mutter - A Ramble'. It's funny, it's instantly relatable, it was a bright spot in the week, it's like having a conversation with a good friend: Onward I Mutter - A Ramble | ABCtales Poem of the Week is TJW's stunning 'Insidious'. This is writing from the heart and soul, and it will stay with you: Insidious | ABCtales This...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you for all the wonderful things you've posted this week. It's been a pleasure to read them all, even though it's 155 degrees outside (it definitely feels that hot!) Anyway - my choice for Poem of the Week is the beautiful Glorious Moments by Richard L Provencher, and Story of the Week goes to cliffordben502 for Exotic Illnesses - he's posted two parts of this novel so far and it's really impressive: https://www.abctales.com/story/...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for July, very kindly chosen by Di_Hard. Here's what she says: It was a huge honour to be asked to do Poem and Story of the Month, till making the choice could not be put off any more, and now, it's so hard! How to compare such different treasures? Winding through all the writing gems of July is Celticman's Ugly Puggly. If you haven't read it yet, please do. Starting with three very different people, he has woven...

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