Axe Head

Photo by Dmytro @VikingAxerazor Antiquities Shop

Murder, Malformation and Memory in the Museum … mmm?  I’m pleased to say that my short story ‘Axe Head’ has been selected by Didcot Writers for inclusion in their printed anthology ‘Museum’ to be published by Oxfordshire publisher Enliven Press, to be launched on Wednesday 4th December 2019.  Details will follow soon. Many thanks to Editor Alice Little.



Due Diligence

I’m pleased to say that my latest short story ‘Due Diligence’ in the Selwyn Series has been published in the autumn edition of ACES ‘The Terrier’ magazine.  Selwyn worries for the future of his ex-colleagues.  Read it for free at ‘Due Diligence’.

#VSS365 Anthology 2019 – Print Version available

#VSS365 Anthology 2019 – print version

Mark A. King@Making_Fiction says

Making dreams come true…

#VSS365Anthology paper version now available!

UK : US: Canada: To find other local versions, just replace the country suffix on any of the addresses above.


Close Relations

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

I like flash fiction competitions but producing 300 words on a character/location/genre prompt within a two days deadline is a tough discipline. Sometimes I submit an entry which I think is just ok and it does well. Other times I think I’ve written a masterpiece and it bombs with the judge. You just cannot second-guess it. This week I tried comedy but without success. See what you think yourself by reading it at ‘Close Relations’.

A Murder in Acrostics City

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Read my Moment for free. ‘A Murder in Acrostics City’. 18 consecutive Tweets using #vss365 daily prompts (21 Aug to 7 Sep 2019) to produce one story including acrostics & ending with #serendipity. Apologies to Raymond Chandler for unashamedly including some of his titles. Each day I never knew where it was going until the next day’s ‘prompt’ was published. It was a laugh but could have ended in Tempestuous Emotion And Random Screaming.

Earth to Earth

Image by mitsuecligsx from Pixabay

Not everything that I write is successful. ‘Earth to Earth’ was unplaced in Microcosms Flash Fiction competition – Microcosms 169 – on 30/09/2019.  I thought that it was a reasonable little poem but the judge favoured other entries. That’s how it goes sometimes. You can’t win them all.

The rules required a story in no more than 300 words in response to the following prompts: Character – Coloniser / Location- A”New World” / Genre – Poem or Character – Pilot / Location – Space, Another Planet / Genre – Sci-fi/Fantasy. The story had to be written and submitted within a two day deadline.

VSS 365 Anthology – release date

#VSS 365 Anthology release date.

Mark A. King (Editor) says

‘I’ve been working day and night to get the anthology ready.

Thank you to all those that responded while we were performing author checks. Reading the stories, communicating with the authors (and those that contribute each day) has reaffirmed what an incredible pool of talent we have and what a genuinely charming and beautiful bunch of people are in the community. It’s heartwarming and makes all the effort worthwhile.

So, thanks to some very long days and nights, the book is ready much earlier than I anticipated. I have given it a release date of 23rd Sept.

Go to Amazon in your country and search for “vss365 anthology”

The KDP (Kindle) account has been set up so that all the royalties go directly to the children’s literacy charity, The Book Bus.’

The Acrostics Distraction Technique

Background Image by Peter H from Pixabay
Background Image by Peter H from Pixabay

I just knew that all that acrostics practice on #vss365 and #davidlpogson on Twitter  would pay off one day.  I now have my short story ‘The Acrostics Distraction Technique’ winning the Judge’s Pick of the Microcosms Flash Fiction competition – Microcosms 167 – on 17/08/2019.  The rules required a story in no more than 300 words in response to the following prompts.

Character – Prisoner/ Location – Jailhouse/ Genre – Comedy

The story had to be written and submitted within a two day deadline. ‘The Acrostics Distraction Technique’ was the Judge’s choice as the winner. Read it for free by clicking on ‘The Acrostics Distraction Technique’ or Microcosms 167.