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I have 205 stories published in 26 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 379172 times and 267 of my stories have been cherry picked.
1239 of my 4,088 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 1253 votes

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Paul

I am a Brummie living in Northampton who loves to write but gets distracted with other things. I enjoy horror/fantasy and anything that provokes original thought.

My literary heroes are Clive Barker, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft. Everyone should read George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four .

I have work published by AlienBuddha Press, Loft Books, BlackBough Poems, DarkWinter Literary Magazine and Paragraph Planet.

You can find me on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/user-62051685

on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BeeRummie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beerummie/

at Bluesky @marandina.bsky.social

and at Threads https://www.threads.net/@beerummie

 

My stories

Cherry

When November Comes (with audio)

Audio version at https://soundcloud.com/user-62051685/when-november-comes-mp3 When November Comes Leaves of russet curl into balls of withered rust,...
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Gold cherry

A Lorry Load of Sleaze

This is part 5 in the satirical series at https://www.abctales.com/collection/pandemic-tales-bojo-and-co A Lorry Load of Sleaze “Oh do shove over...
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Gold cherry

The Black Crow of Purgatory (Part 3 of 3)

Draft for a 3 part short story Part One at https://www.abctales.com/story/marandina/black-crow-purgatory-part-1-3 Part two at https://www.abctales...
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Cherry

The Black Crow of Purgatory (Part 2 of 3)

Draft for a 3 part short story Part one at https://www.abctales.com/story/marandina/black-crow-purgatory-part-1-3 The Black Crow of Purgatory Part 2...
Cherry

The Black Crow of Purgatory (Part 1 of 3)

Draft for a 3 part short story The Black Crow of Purgatory It is said that a crow can transport souls from the next realm back to the land of the...
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1239 of my comments have received 1253 Great Feedback votes

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Yikes....that is a grim

Posted on Sat, 19 Aug 2023

Yikes....that is a grim finale. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder even when it's inflatable. Nicely done, Jane! 

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Posted in His Bit of Fluff

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"...by net of muslin mizzle..

Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2023

"...by net of muslin mizzle.."

Gorgeous, vignette. Nicely done, Rhiannon. Paul :)

 

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Posted in Drizzle

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"Now only the weeping willow

Posted on Wed, 16 Aug 2023

"Now only the weeping willow

comforts our reflections.."

 

Another beautiful reverie and photo. Always a pleasure to read your reminiscences :) 

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Posted in Glancing Back

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"...of being both the ghost

Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2023

"...of being both the ghost and the haunted

that makes a cuckoo a cuckoo."

 

That's an insightful take on a notable bird. Thoughtful and, of course, beautifully written :) 

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Posted in The Loneliness of a Cuckoo

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"...king of his domain

Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2023

"...king of his domain
among his harem he will reign...."

A neat contrast shown between cow and bull. Succinct and neatly done, of course. And welcome back, Rhiannon. Paul :)

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Posted in Cow — and Bull

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Ah so nicely done, Penny. I

Posted on Sun, 13 Aug 2023

Ah so nicely done, Penny. I do love a good ghost story and you certainly have one here. Really enjoyed. Paul 

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Posted in "Hug-a-lass"

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Lovely to hear from you, Jean

Posted on Sun, 13 Aug 2023

Lovely to hear from you, Jean. It sounds like you are still in there, fighting this thing. So sorry to hear that about your friend. Your quality of writing defies the physical challenges you are encountering. These updates will be invaluable for...

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Posted in Dozey Bella and Cippy

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 "See I have my visa

Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2023

 "See I have my visa

in the form of white skin."

 

A searing poem, Turlough. You paint such a graphic picture with a story that, I imagine, is hard to re-tell.. Issues like this need constant profile until we finally get to...

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Posted in Trip of a Lifetime

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Nicely done with a subtle

Posted on Sat, 12 Aug 2023

Nicely done with a subtle twist at the end. The dialogue is great blended in with the observations. Another deft tale that's so readable

[Should that say "Last week I took all my courage..."?] 

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Posted in A confession

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"... that stand madonna

Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2023

"... that stand madonna serene in the muddy mess.."

 

Holy cows, for sure. Revered in India and allowed to roam where ever and whenever they want. You are right, we owe them so much. Really enjoyed your poem :) 

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Posted in Holy Cows

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