#VignetteSeries – A Queen Angers

Author's Note: This is a snippet from the Steampunk Novel I am currently editing. Here, two particularly slimy scientists are confronted by a — let's say altered — Queen Victoria. She is not a happy monarch.  “What is it you wish of us, Your Majesty?” Monk’s words shot from his mouth like a trigger-happy […]

#VignetteSeries – Lost

Author’s Note: This is a snippet I’m working on, where the investigator, Mortimer Headlock, begins to lose his cool. Headlock is a man who never loses his cool!  Lost in the space between dreams and insanity, I tremble with the frustrations of another damn dawn. The world reshapes before my eyes, twisting, contorting, stretching […]

#VignetteSeries – Merryweather

Author’s Note: Here we find Sir Walter Merryweather charming the ladies — sort of. I liked the idea of this but ditched it from the beginning of The Eternals as unnecessary. I’ve added the names here so you know who’s talking. Still makes me laugh though.  Merryweather: “Ah, Jean, the blackhole to these ladies’ […]

#VignetteSeries – Luna

Author’s Note: A first draft clip from the latest fantasy I’m working on. Here we find the mysterious gentleman Cornelius Black preaching to a very frightened little girl called Luna.  “There are few views ones might accept as the truth of all things, fewer still an exactitude. The universe in all its alternate dimensions […]

#VignetteSeries – This Dancer / This Monster

Author’s Note: I was playing around with twisting paragraphs. Just when you were to think ‘ooh, that’s lovely’ it wouldn’t be. This is one of them.  She pirouetted like a dandelion seed caught in a breeze exuding freedom from her every fibre. She danced across meadows and twirled over sidewalks, skipped through puddles and […]

#VignetteSeries – The Pegasus Carriages

Author’s Note: Scenes in first draft from an upcoming work. The flying things filled the sky like oversized bluebottles buzzing here, there and everywhere with a general disregard for their passengers safety. Dark ink stains on a dirty blotting paper sky, the Pegasus Carriages went about their business of human transportation with even less purpose […]

#VignetteSeries – Fair Enough

Author’s Note: From my WIP.  “It infuriates!” “I’m sure it does” “Her sheer refusal to die flies in the ideals of God and nature!” “Must you rant and rave so?” “Yes!” “Fair enough.” Headlock flipped the pages of The Times open with such ferocity as to rip its central spine. “Is there anything I […]

VignetteSeries – Universal Shores

 Author’s Note: I still may use this, but as it stands have stripped it from an anthology I’ve just about finished. We opened our eyes to endless night and a firefly vista of twinkling lights. We’d washed up between worlds, realities, time and space, those places parked in dreams and lucid nightmares. Our universe, […]

#VignetteSeries – Pearl

 She shone. Her skin, albino in the strong sunlight, glimmered with a translucent sheen to rival a pearl. If I’d not worn sunglasses, she should have dazzled me. Reclined upon the sand like a seashell awaiting a wave, she casually lifted her head, squinted sapphire eyes and smiled. In that moment, that beach by […]