The Truth of the Orb

“The land where legends are born,” my father would say with a faraway look in his eye.


I will be a tower of strength beside you. I will be a pillar of light before you.

The Meeting

Seven men who spent most of their work days surfing the internet.

The Bridal Trail

The full moon, gravid mother of light that she is, only makes things worse.

The Hidden Hand

His eyes opened, then, and he smiled at her.

The Leviathan Sea

The sea is a mighty leviathan beneath an enormous grey net.

The Sound of the Sea

The ocean rolled over and over, scrapped across the seabed and then leapt and lapped against the seawall.

I Travel

They will lie on a bed that thousands of other people have lain on.

The Small Step

But then, ahead of him, he spied something different: two teenagers sitting on a small step outside a shoe-shop.


On rainy days, sadness seeps through me.

If Love is a Drug

He spent his days watching televangelists and talking to Iggy, his pet iguana.

Mr Stanthorpe and the High-Speed Newspaper Perfor…

Individual pages are far easier to manage, don’t you agree?

The End of the Road

He was ashamed of his melodramatic tendencies, the banal way in which his mind chose to occupy itself.

Side Tracked

I have been side-tracked. You have seen me.

The Department of Unexpected Consequences

“How in God’s name did you know that?” Mr Johnson exclaimed. / Malcolm Fisher tapped the abacus. “Calculations sir: that’s what we do."

The Retreat

Truck drivers are 91% more likely to have beards than car drivers.

Billy Gently and the Annoyance Pandemic of 2012

Global annoyance levels peaked on the 23rd October, 2012.

The Solution

I’m observing people who feel like they’re being observed.

Making Money Made Easy

If I was rich I would start an organisation that taught freeloaders to become fisherman.

Pytheas and the Midnight Sun

He took a biscuit from a small sunny-yellow plate, moistened it in the smoky infusion, and ate it.


His wife had kept him going, the thought of his wife; it was the thought of the look she would give him once he’d completed the race.

Thursday Angel

His memory of her could be encapsulated in the image of a grain of sand caught amongst strands of golden hair.

Buried Treasure

Commander Bennet stood staring at the map. His eyes were blazing orbs of polished magnetite.


This did not happen.

Connor Buys Coffee

The first time he saw her it was if he’d been punched in the solar plexus: he was in love.


Paul stood over Kim and Kim could see that he was full of fire.

The Broken

He re-read the note. They all know, he thought.


“I will always be here for you, little girl,” I whisper.

My Mountain and Me

We are like the sun and the moon, my mountain and me.

The Black Hat

She has no caution. She drives like a demon, as if she is possessed by the devil.


My mind was restless. My mind moved across the surface of the earth looking for trouble.

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