When I’m not writing thrilling novels, one of my favorite things to do is to write short stories.
They are usually horror, science fiction, fantasy or speculative fiction, and when they’re done I send them out to be considered for anthologies, magazines, websites and competitions.
One of the reasons I love writing short fiction is because it’s a great way to learn. It’s much easier to experiment with tense, perspective, pacing and plot when you’re writing shorter things. The smaller amounts of words at your disposal, means you have to consider every little thing much more carefully – and it also means it won’t take you six month to finish the thing!
Anyway – a while back I wrote a short story called Time Of Death. It’s about a man who meets Death as he lies dying in the back of an ambulance. In an attempt to make the end of his life last as long as possible, he agrees to play Death’s guessing game.
I’m really proud of how this story turned out. It twist and turns in just the right places, and it builds up towards the end perfectly. I’m even more proud of the fact that the story was picked up for publication by Dark Recesses Press – which means you can read it right here, right now.
Give it a read, won’t you? If you like weird, dark stories you’ll love this. And I’d love to hear what you thought of it when you’re done! Let me know in the comments.