Short story collections

Although novels are my preferred form, I also enjoy writing short stories. It is, in many ways, an entirely different discipline from novel writing. Generally, there’s no time for a great deal of character development, no room for elaborate description, no space for multiple side-plots. While novels allow a certain degree of indulgence (though only to a point – I dislike novels that devote page upon page to describing the same thing; it’s why I’ve never got on with Dickens), a short story needs to be sparing and succinct.

Back in 2012, when I first noticed the self-publishing revolution that had been happening while my attention was turned elsewhere, I had around twenty short stories gathering cyberdust on my hard drive. Prompted by a beer session with my brother, I bundled ten of them together and put them up on Amazon. The collection didn’t even have a cover at first.

It contains the first piece of fiction I ever had published – ‘Celesta’ – and the story which spawned the Earth Haven trilogy – ‘The Third Coming’.

Ebook
Amazon UK    Amazon US    Amazon AUS    Amazon CAN    Apple    Kobo    GooglePlay    Barnes&Noble    SCRIBD

Audiobook
Audible UK    Amazon UK    Amazon US    Apple    GooglePlay    Kobo    BingeBooks    SCRIBD    chirp    Nook    Libro.fm

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A collection of three stories with a common theme – the search for lost loved ones. Two of the stories I had written many years previously; the third, ‘A Matter of Perspective’, I wrote to complete this small collection. It’s a post-apocalyptic tale (the others are science fiction and fantasy) and contains a nod to one of my favourite PA novels: Riddley Walker.

Ebook
Amazon UK    Amazon US    Amazon AUS    Amazon CAN    Apple    Kobo    GooglePlay    Barnes&Noble    SCRIBD

Audiobook
Audible UK    Amazon UK    Amazon US    Apple    GooglePlay    Kobo
BingeBooks    SCRIBD    chirp    Libro.fm

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Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, yet I quickly grow weary of the crass commercialism and saccharine sentimentality that so often is rampant during that season. It’s why I make sure to watch films like Bad Santa and Krampus (though I also watch films like It’s a Wonderful Life, too) as an antidote. What follows is my own antidotal offering – four festive tales, plus a bonus story, from the dark side, involving ghosts and vampires and zombies. There are also a couple of tales set in the Earth Haven universe.

Ebook
Amazon UK    Amazon US    Amazon AUS    Amazon CAN    Apple    Kobo    GooglePlay    Barnes&Noble    SCRIBD

Audiobook
Audible UK    Amazon US    Amazon UK    Apple    GooglePlay    Kobo    BingeBooks    SCRIBD    chirp    Nook    Libro.fm

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A free offering – not a collection, but a single short story. (If downloading from Amazon, check it’s free before you click – the Zon sometimes changes it to paid without warning, or doesn’t price-match it to free in every store.)

Update 1st Sep 2021: the audiobook version is also now available at a modest price.

Guilt. The heaviest burden.

An old man has for many years borne a weight that runs deeper than survivor’s guilt. He is a survivor, of humanity’s darkest hour, but wouldn’t have lived through it if not for the actions of another.

Now he has the opportunity for which he has long yearned: to meet his saviour’s daughter and tell her about her father’s supreme act of selflessness. And maybe, in the telling, one of them will find release.

Ebook
Amazon UK    Amazon US    Amazon AUS    Amazon CAN    Apple    Kobo    GooglePlay    Barnes&Noble

Audiobook
Audible UK    Amazon US    Amazon UK    Apple    GooglePlay    Kobo    SCRIBD    chirp    Nook    Libro.fm

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Finally, readers who sign up for my mailing list receive a welcome email giving them the option of downloading two free short stories that aren’t published elsewhere.  It’s a small token of my gratitude for their interest in my work.