Bring Me Sunshine – Alan Cadman
2500 words General Fiction
Steven Maybury reluctantly attends a meeting at the local alcoholics support group. A woman recognises him straight away. As the events unfold, Maybury learns why she is so hostile to him; and what he has done to upset her. A gritty tale set in the coastal town of Morecambe.
Steven Maybury winced at the dryness in his throat. The sound of rain pattering on the church hall windows broke the uneasy silence. ‘Hello, my name’s Steve . . . and I’m an alcoholic,’ he said without much conviction. The woman next to him narrowed her eyes. ‘You write ‘‘Maybury’s Musings’’ in the evening paper, don’t you?’ Maybury rubbed his head and thought, only four people in a church hall on a Sunday evening in July, and someone’s recognised me already…
Discovering Marilyn – Alan Cadman
2000 words Women’s Fiction
When Michael ducks inside a shop doorway, to shelter from a sudden downpour of rain, he doesn’t realise he is about to embark on a brief, but revealing adventure. The woman he literally bumps into looks familiar; there’s something about her eyes that holds his attention.
Michael winced as fat splashes of water rained down on him. He ducked into the nearest shop doorway and bumped into a woman already sheltering there. ‘Sorry,’ he said, ‘another typical English summer, isn’t it?’ ‘I know. I’m so annoyed.’ Michael ruffled his hair and shivered, even though it was in the middle of August. The woman’s eyes held his attention. ‘Do we know each other?’ he asked. ‘You remind me of someone.’
Ice and Roses – Alan Cadman
2350 words General / Thriller
It is the hottest day of the year. Rose is stressed more than usual. She has the perfect solution for the suppressed lifestyle she has endured for years. It is not the first time Rose has thought of murdering her husband; but will she go through with it?
The delicate fragrance, which floated into the living room, filled her nostrils with disgust. Rose leaned against the open French doors glaring at her husband, as he inspected his beloved flowers in the garden. Even though it was only 11 o’ clock in the morning, the outside wall thermometer already displayed 25 degrees centigrade. ‘Put the kettle on, Rose,’ her husband said without looking up, ‘I think it’s time for a nice cup of Earl Grey.’
Spanish Midnight – Alan Cadman
2000 words Ghost Story
After enjoying a relaxing holiday on the Costa del Sol, Neville and his family are ready to head back home to England, but he is now confronted with a big problem. There are only two choices he can make. If you were in his position, what would you do?
The sound of small feet, pattering across a marble floor, caused Neville to glance over his shoulder. ‘Molly,’ he asked, ‘did you hear any strange noises in the night?’ His daughter placed a finger on her cheek. ‘Not really, only Jack snoring as usual. Can I go and play with Mummy?’ ‘Where’s she gone?’ ‘Swimming in the outdoor pool.’ ‘What’s Jack doing?’ ‘Listening to his iPod, he said he’d come with me.’ Neville didn’t want to scare Molly, but couldn’t resist telling her, ‘Make sure you hold on tight to your big brother’s hand on the way down there.’
The Day Death Wore Boots – A Collection of Ghost Stories
Find out if the miniature Western town is really a toy in the title story. Was Jed Holloway’s death really down to faulty brakes – The Haunted Rig? You want to go home from your holiday in the Costa Del Sol but is it safe – Spanish Midnight? Does it matter that you don’t believe in ghosts when the ghost believes in you – Shard?
From Pompeii to the Wild West, from Australia to the shores of the United Kingdom the spirit world may be closer than you think!
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