Alexei doesn't like his wife Elena wandering around half-naked in the flat after her shower. There's a man out there, looking, and he won't hear her when she points out that they live so high up in the sky that a man would have to go to extraordinary lengths just to look. My short story Just Looking is out now in the wonderful Mystery Weekly.
Christ. It took me a year, once again, to forget 'Shakey' singing Merry Christmas Everyone, and 'Macca' warbling Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime. I walk into a cafe in Lewisham, and it's Christmas there, FFS, and so those songs came at me again, and I'm stuck with them again. I honestly don't mind Christmas, but - really - it's barely December.
It's probably fair to say that Carrie's and Ivan's relationship will not be strengthened by the challenges they face on a slacker roadtrip along the coast of a hot country full of rather bad-tempered people. It very nearly ends in disaster when some off-duty soldiers throw themselves into the mix. And friends Ellie's and Jacob's vegetarianism may also suffer just a little. Pavlov's Dogs will be out in the December edition of Writing Raw magazine.
My story Traffic, was runner-up in the 2015 V S Pritchett Short Story Award. Traffic is set in contemporary Kiev, in Ukraine, the capital city of a country beset by separatism, factionalism, schism and any other ism you can think of that will definitely NOT contribute to the quality of life. In this scenario, is it right to bring up a baby? A young mother dreams of unburdening herself and leaving, and hits on a radical solution to help her on her way.
I am so proud to have come second in this competition, and to be among those keeping up the short story standard set by the eminent V S Pritchett.
Traffic is now available to read on the Unthank Books site. Click HERE.
Kent-based musician with Clash covers band Clashback, among others. Writer of novels, short stories and pastiche Balkan tunes. My five longest works are Laikonik Express, The Exploding Elephant, A Blue Coast Mystery, Almost Solved, The Émigré Engineer and Cleopatra's Script. My stories are all over the place... in a good way!