Two Reunions: Hammersmith (seven)

Hammersmith Chapter Seven Two Reunions         Ruby Magley went walking down the dewy hillside towards the same creek that had attracted Hogben. This early morning, she too hoped to sit in quiet thought; listening, in her case, to birdsong. She felt not quite so bereaved today…just lonely. All the same, it wasn’t […]

My Blog Week: May 13 to 19

All the Latest from Torsade!                     A new chapter of A Figure from the Common Lot began this week, with part one of “Peas in a Pod”, the narrative taking up young Richard Everard’s perspective. “All the Sires of Generations”, flash fiction, is the story of […]

Peas in a Pod: part two

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part two)               “I can read and write,” he’d told Mrs. Purfoy. Richard’s father had paid her ten dollars cash, extra, for two weeks lodging. She had been unwilling, when she’d accepted the money, to sign a […]

The Loath of Oilty (poem)

    The Loath of Oilty   You, the undersigned Sacrifice your present ha ppiness for future winnings The future is the be st place for be ach combings and the shaking out I saw the shine Of a crushing double blood Macchiato lime twist with a cinnamon stick Moonbeam Bearing heavy on the vanishing […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (six)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part six)       My next choice had been the better one. Although when Sente beckoned me indoors, and his servant—that officious sort, inevitable, who elevates himself wherever two or three are gathered to one purpose—brandished a flat palm at Lom (making…only feebly…to stand), I had been inclined to […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: five

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (five)                         II.   Before the Volcano (On the way to Saint-Pierre, at sunset)     The land!  It is always there at the end of a voyage, an impatience, a quivering, when we approach land. The […]

Please Help: conclusion

Short Stories Please Help (part four)         Their names, but he might have got them wrong…he only heard what he thought he heard…were Katrina and Lusanne. Maybe Katherina was the name of his girlfriend. Her sister had been here longer, and her accent was easier, but her name was harder to be […]

The Sovereignty (poem)

    The Sovereignty   King toad in straw basketed with his fellow Rivals lords of hollows under walls King toad yellows shrinking sandy-hued withal His eyes squeezed wise to the sovereignty of tucking He sighs himself flat and banks his warmth Like to a sun-baked skipping stone he can Be a pleasing object in […]

All the Sires of Generations: Flash Fiction

All the Sires of Generations           “That’s too bad. How you figure,” Arbuthnot asked McCoy, “if I put it out…if you get around, I mean, and put it out under my name… Tell ’em the professor, that’s what I hear they been calling me—” Arbuthnot stopped here, and chuckled. “A man […]

My Blog Week: May 6 to May 12

All the Latest from Torsade!                         Chapter Two of A Figure from the Common Lot ended this week, with the culmination of Ebrach’s séance. On Monday, a poem, “Oracle”; Tuesday, the two halves of “The Immortal Lake” posted as one for the first time. […]