A Matter of Mattering

A Matter of Mattering I had doubts. When the nights came, the bedroom walls pulsing out like ripples growing further and further away from my bed, those doubts amplified to the beats of my hollow heart. Echoes, I called them. The echoes of a misspent life had come a calling. They would never leave. No […]

Of Dreams & Ghosts

Author’s Note: I wrote this immediately after reading a post by my good pal the wonderful Sue Vincent and her struggles with sleep. I hope you enjoy it.  When one is small, the night terrors seem all the more fearsome, bigger, unavoidable. The act of sleeping becomes a nightmare that one will do anything […]

50 Word Stories: Midnight

They came at midnight inveigling their way into the hearts and minds of our small town like crows a farmer's field. One day our dreams were of golden laughter, the next, tempestuous, obsidian waves. The daylight never returned. If this document, written or imagined, reached you, then you're there too.


This dripping heartbeat Pitter-patters on the windowsill An uninterrupted rhythmic thrum Like mice in clogs Or ballerina sparrows Practicing whilst the curtains remain drawn. It soothes the soul All this water, All these cloudburst tears Easing a mind when nothing else will; I’d let it pour across my soul If I could, Purge these pre-rainfall […]

Open Your Eyes

The motion of these memories, dreams, they sway, churn like ocean waves; I hold my breath and ride them. There are flashes of recollection, snippets of presumed realities, things I would turn from, but I’m unable; they haunt me. When sleep terrifies more than day and darkness is a shroud, I remember her words: open […]

The Interior

There are doors I would not see opened Corridors best left untrodden Cobweb strewn landings etched in black That creak on windless evenings like old mens’ bones They haunt me these nightmarish visions These places where ghouls roam by moonlight And creatures nip and tear, then scuttle away on broken limbs They play at me […]