Short Is Sweet

In the end it is the mystery that lasts and not the explanation. Sacheverell Sitwell, For Want of the Golden City A few months ago a friend recommended I read a short story by the English writer Robert Aickman. ‘The Real Road to the Church’ is in the collection Cold Hand in Mine (1975), and my friend wanted to discuss the story with me. And so I abandoned the novel I’d been reading, and have been enthusiastically devouring Aickman’s “strange stories” since then. Last week I was asked why I’m drawn to writing short fiction. I talked about the form … Continue reading Short Is Sweet

Broken Rules, news

A couple of pieces of good news today. Broken Rules and Other Stories is now available from the Transit Lounge website, here, and from Readings, here. The official release date is 1 September, so this is an early opportunity to get hold of a copy of the book. It’s nice to know it’s finally out there after COVID-19 forced a reschedule from May. And an online launch has been set up with Readings for Monday 14 September at 6:30PM. Their online events usually last around 30 to 40 minutes, and are conducted on Zoom. Short and sweet, very relaxed, and … Continue reading Broken Rules, news

Broken Rules and Other Stories | Transit Lounge, September 2020

From derelict industrial districts, to a lonely highway diner, to the faded charm of a British seaside resort, these are stories of growing up marginalised and living in working-class England and Australia. There are just over two months to go now until the release of Broken Rules and Other Stories (Transit Lounge). A new title for a new season. I’m looking forward to it. Why not check out the details at the Transit Lounge website, here. If it looks like it might be your cup of tea, I’d love you to add it to your September reading list. The book … Continue reading Broken Rules and Other Stories | Transit Lounge, September 2020