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I have 38 stories published in 3 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 28674 times and 50 of my stories have been cherry picked.
42 of my 359 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 42 votes

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Mark Say

My stories


The Temptation

Flipping a New Testament story into a very different perspective
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Whispers from the Hole

An artist creates a dark force that he cannot control .... Written with a nod to MR James
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New Year’s Eve, 1999

Hours from the turn of the century, an old man recalls an episode of terrified desperation from his youth.
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Big Macs in Bangkok

A disturbing sight, a reckless reaction ... and then ...
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The Rubber Face

A stranger in a market, lemon juice, an act of violence


42 of my comments have received 42 Great Feedback votes

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Nice piece

Posted on Fri, 23 Nov 2018

I liked the gentle, suggestive quality of this, paintine some vivid pictures of the places and hinting at a connection through the sound of the piano. I couldn't help seeing it as the opening scenes of a European art house movie. Is it the...

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Posted in Melancholic pigeons from Berlin.

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Posted on Sun, 28 Oct 2018

Considering it's an extract this works very well as a standalone piece. A credible slice of the type of angst that affects many people at some stage in their life, but with a nice uplifting conclusion. Good one Harry.

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Posted in Gift: A Son's Story (short extract 3)

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Very sad....

Posted on Fri, 10 Aug 2018

... but quite uplifting in a way as well, and the narrator's big choice is quite credible.

One typo: you talk about a temp making positive notices when I think you mean noises.

Very good story drew.

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Posted in Words to the Wise

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Very sad ...

Posted on Sun, 29 Jul 2018

... but powerful in its honesty. I'm sure a lot of people go through these emotions when a loved one who has been seriously ill for a long time passes away. And I like the way you convey that in a lot of little details about the narrator's life...

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Posted in Those Moments

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Very sad

Posted on Sat, 16 Jun 2018

This might come across as a bit too quick and a bit too brutal, but I'm sure it represents the way some people treat their children. It pulls together a lot about parental favouritism, impatience and a heartless competition between siblings that...

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Posted in Choose One Cake Only

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First rate story Kilb. I

Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018

First rate story Kilb. I liked the way you use a few details to convey Robert's memories of the marriage and the dynamics of the new relationships, and create an underlying tension with the lump in his stomach that couldn't realistically be...

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Posted in Something Hard Inside Him (Part 2)

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It rings so true

Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018

As someone who was once an occasional, and unwilling goalkeeper on Sunday mornings, I can identify with this completely. The sense of desolation does take one to a spiritual place that would have been a great inspiration to Shakespeare.


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Posted in The Hapless Goal Keeper at Yeadon

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Ha ha ha!

Posted on Sun, 28 Jan 2018

I'm sure plenty of us 'mature' male readers will identify with this. A nice combination of frustration and funny. Nice one shackleton.

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Posted in A Younger Man's Trousers

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Very effective

Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2017

It shows how efforts to deal with a social problem with a strong degree of humanity have been undermined in recent years. Excellent piece Elsie.

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Posted in 2002-05 My memories of working at a hostel for homeless men

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Yes, it's like that ...

Posted on Sat, 30 Jul 2016

... and that's speaking as someone who's spent decades commuting in London.

Very impressive torscot.

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Posted in District Line ( London competition)