In late 2013 I decided to knuckle down and get serious about my creative writing and trade ‘binge writing’ for a daily habit.
To help me do this, I decided to commit myself to The Short Story project in 2014 – my own 12-month challenge to churn out a story a month, and also submit a number of stories to writing competitions.
I hoped by the end of the year to have enough stories for my own short horror-dark fantasy anthology. That was the plan, anyway. Along the way I was sidetracked as at least one short story spawned several more, and other stories have found their way into other anthologies.
My first effort was ‘Army Dreamers’, a horror story set in the Australian outback. In ‘Army Dreamers’, a group of soldiers rouse an ancient and legendary evil when they trespass on sacred Aboriginal land during a training exercise. Scary stuff! It featured in the horror anthology Tales of the Damned.
My second story for 2014 was ‘For Fear of Little Men’, a dark fantasy tale set in a quiet neighbourhood beset by bad faeries. In a strange and darkly magical twist, it has taken on a life of its own and will now form part of a novella.
There have been a string of other great ideas – some half-formed, others almost finished, and a few no more than keywords and half-baked descriptions. Creative writing’s like that! 2017 is fast turning into the year of tying up loose ends and getting work completed.
I’m still ironing a lot of work our for publication, but in the meantime, check out the standalone version of ‘Army Dreamers’ for the price of a coffee. If you enjoy any of my stories, please leave a review – your recommendations can help expand an author’s readership. Thanks in advance 🙂