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I have 265 stories published in 13 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 82072 times and 225 of my stories have been cherry picked.
17 of my 245 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 16 votes

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I write these days a cacophony of genres: fantasy, sci-fi, mainstream, literary, some poetry every now and then. Novels, short stories, novellas, and whatever might fall in-between. I joined ABC Tales in May of 2014, and appreciate the forum it gives me to write and experiment, and even to include my strange little illustrations next to my work. 

You won't see a lot of my stories published anywhere else just yet, but please check out a few of these sites:

Or check out my e-book: The Price of Blood; Book One of the Golwerra Stories, available from Amazon.  Links here to my book on Amazon UK and US.

and keep watching this space...

There are also a few more stories, and a few ravings (I mean, blog entries) to be found on my website:
And check out (somebody... please... anybody) my 24-part story "These Words That Describe Melissa":

My stories

Gold cherry


My body is nothing but dust these days, Dragged in from the outside, From the ragged side-streets, the forgotten lanes, It’s what happens to stardust...

Where Would I Go?

It rains so hard, That I don’t know, If the world outside, Can still go on. It rains so loud, It fills the air, Until I don’t know, If I’m really...


You have to pay to get in now. Five dollars. I’m not sure if I mind or not. I try to imagine what the cashier would say if I told her why I was here...

The Time Comes to Fly

She wants to blame the girl. She tries to blame the girl. It was the girl who’d swum in out of the blue and slid into Roddy’s life and started...


People just keep dying. And dying. And dying again. This is not the zombie apocalypse, but you can see it from here. No, I don’t know how it’ll end...


17 of my comments have received 16 Great Feedback votes

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Love it! The rhyming and

Posted on Tue, 12 Nov 2019

Love it! The rhyming and rhythm are first rate, and it's hilarious. But is this a bit more about the kind and mind of a male than I ever needed to know? I may never look at one in quite the same way again...

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And yet the protagonist did

Posted on Sun, 06 Oct 2019

And yet the protagonist did find an audience, even if it was an audience of one. Lots of good writing in this story, with the 'damaged goods for damaged good' and 'rip-offs for rip-offs'. There was a kind of symmetry to it as well, with the...

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Posted in Awakening from Stephen King's Nightmare.

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Beautiful stuff. As soon as I

Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019

Beautiful stuff. As soon as I caught that bit about the 'drunken filigree of midnight', I knew i had to read this poem. It's power-packed and full of energy and evocative, challenging writing.

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Posted in American Diaspora

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Lovely poem, all the right

Posted on Fri, 19 Jul 2019

Lovely poem, all the right phrases to bring the subject to life. Simple and powerful and real. Nice work.

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Posted in Monachopsis

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Nice, well written.  Getting

Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019

Nice, well written.  Getting the rhythm and rhyme to come together naturally, and with a point to make, without sounding at all forced is not an easy task.

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Posted in Actual Action

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Well, it looks like progeny

Posted on Sat, 14 Apr 2018

Well, it looks like progeny of pepsoid is a prodigy...

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Posted in Mr and Mrs Nose

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Ooh, perfect.  So much to

Posted on Sat, 20 Oct 2018

Ooh, perfect.  So much to like in here, just this great collection of perfect little mini-descriptions of life.  An excellent of "jingle of words" indeed.

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Posted in What to Do

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soft, charmed; the sort

Posted on Sat, 25 Aug 2018

soft, charmed; the sort length works with the simplicity to make this poem stand out as something 'extra.'  Very nice.

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Posted in The rift between us

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Cute, funny, topical.  Great

Posted on Fri, 04 May 2018

Cute, funny, topical.  Great poem.  Casting my vote for the Orang-utans too.  And rainforests.  And continued life on Earth and so forth....

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Posted in Palm oil or Orangutans?

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Clever.  Intriguing.  I liked

Posted on Sun, 14 Jan 2018

Clever.  Intriguing.  I liked this one.  It leaves an adequate amount of mystery for the story to remain in your mind after reading it.  I always like a story that just scratches the surface and leaves some unanswered questions.

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Posted in Clock Is Ticking