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Fistful Love by Muhammad Asif Hanif Unfinished Love. [600 words]
A Dragon Is To Eat, Not Just For Christmas by Rowan Davies This story is poo. [680 words]
One Winter Day by Shelley J Alongi One man's small action to combat the hideous direction in which Hitler is taking his country. T... [1,665 words]
Casa Cantina De Loco by Branson Storm Crazy man, his favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, and a sexy young girl... Marshall strugg... [4,040 words]
The Only Dream I Have Ever Won by Branson Storm This is actually a part of Chapter 7 of my novel in progress. The main characte... [2,198 words]
Venge by Adam Brelsford Kill a spider and have bad luck. How bad is bad luck? You forget your homework? You lose a fiver? You g... [5,590 words]
When Mad Mike Cried by Norman A Rubin The story of a hard-boiled detective who shed a few tears at a funeral of a friend when he ... [1,832 words]
The Joys Of Heaven by Moya Green Getting there is fine - but what if you don't like it? [2,171 words]
The Devil's Curse by Norman A Rubin A group of lumberjacks, sitting around the warmth of a fireplace, listening to a tall tale sp... [1,824 words]
Postcards From Italy by Aurelia Bauer During an Italian sojourn, Anna Gilbert, a 20's socialite has a most unexpected meeting... [1,646 words]
No Title For This One by Joseph Robert Herrick - [240 words]
Monday's Child by Aurelia Bauer Keeping secrets has never been Maria's strong point... [632 words]
Mobile Misconduct by Moya Green The perils of leaving a mobile phone switched on. [697 words]
Missives by Caitlin Conaway A few letters from Brother Rufus, 12th-century English monk, to his adoptive brother John Godwinson. [2,123 words]
Isabella's Alchemy by Caitlin Conaway Isabella of France, three-years' wife to King Edward II, has problems with her husband and h... [2,487 words]
Brooklyn Cowboy by Lawrence Peters - [2,364 words]
A Little Piece Of Me by Jennifer Street Discovery of the Soul. [486 words]
Sweet Tooth by Adam Brelsford Hey everyone. This is my second story here, and this is the start of my collection of short horror ... [6,581 words]
The Spirit Of The Buccaneers by Norman A Rubin Fantasy piece which tells of a travel writer during a trip to Eastern Canada. He i... [3,621 words]
The Spice Of Life by Simon King Sometimes memories are all we have... [1,527 words]
The Season's First Charter by Jan Stephen Maizler An imaginative short story set in South Beach, our modern Babylon. Our main characte... [1,867 words]
The Profundity Of Madness by Robert Edward Levin A short story. [7,619 words]
The Painter And The Horse by Simon King Beauty can also be in the *soul* of the beholder... [3,015 words]
The Mysterious Golden Robe by Stan A Fowler Looking for abstract answers in a real world. [8,325 words]
The Curse On The Bones Of Quzma, Son Of Salimu by Norman A Rubin A short story. [1,557 words]
The Casino by K P William Cheng Life of Chinese people in Britain - A perspective. [4,447 words]
Memento Mori by Simon King A disturbing discovery... [1,275 words]
Man, Ape And The Rather Large Boulder by Rowan Davies Longer! Funnier! Un-cut! This is a beautiful story of one man and his mon... [3,037 words]
Last Night by Adam Brelsford It's a story about the last day of Earth before it is destroyed by a meteor, and what one little boy... [2,774 words]
God Does Indeed Understand Irony by Johnny Abrahams Basically a strange way to die. [691 words]
Genesis Quest by P Garrett Weiler For untold millenia the Toysarians had prowled the galaxy searching for the planet of their origi... [1,550 words]
Furtive Glances by Sue (Sooz) Simpson Always the last to know! [891 words]
Freedom By Another Name by Sue (Sooz) Simpson He's an imposter [557 words]
Eve by Simon King Who knows what is just around the corner...? [3,230 words]
Crazy Crash by Johnny Abrahams Just plain stupid [645 words]
Away From Earth by Simon King There's so much that we take for granted... [1,758 words]
Kissing My Spanish Woman by Branson Storm The time I kissed a very beautiful, younger girl and found out the value of such a kis... [1,970 words]
While I Wait by Simon King Memories of a long life... [1,992 words]
Where Does My Heart Go From Here? by Joan Bentley It is my belief that John Donne's "No man is an island" dictum is 180 degrees... [1,501 words]
Wasting Time by David H. Paniagua The story of a drug dealer, his bisexual girlfriend, and other wacked-out people in his life. [1,783 words]
The Moment Of Truth by Simon King A once-in-a-lifetime achievement... [4,539 words]
My Date With Gavin Winterbottom by Moya Green There's many a slip... [1,042 words]
Making Connections by Joan Bentley Ever thought about where you would go if you killed yourself, what it would be like? Ever w... [7,087 words]
Lucky For Some by Moya Green Exclusive! In his own words! The story of the guide dog who saw off the blind. [709 words]
Lost World by G Siddharth Story of the Past and the Future. [1,059 words]
Glass Drop by Plume About a woman who tries to make amends. [2,157 words]
Empty House by Sue (Sooz) Simpson This had been her domain, now it was only a shadow. [649 words]
Double-Act by Simon King A dark tale of temptation and betrayal... [4,386 words]
Different Road by Sue (Sooz) Simpson Charlie is running scared. Will he find his way before his precious time runs out? [521 words]
The Story Of Joe by Prymed Moon - [230 words]
Telephone Operator - The Unsung Hero by C Klink A short story. [1,455 words]
Somewhere Something Strange by Juned Ahsan About my expirience of journey to my hometown. [1,095 words]
Seth by James A McGee Beneath a pecan tree in the depression era deep south a boy longs for a father he can't remember, and puzz... [3,561 words]
Footprints In The Ashes by Mark Brittan Little Lena Walker had no idea who Osama Bin Laden was. She didn't understand politics... [936 words]
Fear The Reaper: Batman And Michael Myers Part 2 by Mark Brittan Bruce Wayne had not had a restful night of sleep since his enc... [13,314 words]
Close With A Bang by Govindaraju Sita Devi Unable to take care of her impaired child, she tries to... But couldn't... [2,139 words]
A Matter Of Life And Death: Batman And Michael Myers by Mark Brittan Michael Myers had been pursuing his sister, Laurie Strode,... [7,825 words]

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Behold the handmaid of the Lord...
[5,268 words]
David Gardiner
53-year-old former Belfast schoolteacher, satellite TV techie, Utopian dreamer, traveler, armchair anarchist, keen amateur diver, now working in the field of mental health. Living with partner and adopted 19-year-old daughter in London, UK. One published sci fi novel "SIRAT". Many short stories, different styles & subjects.
[April 2012]
[email protected]
Collateral Damage (Short Stories) Some explosions keep on echoing. [4,127 words] [Horror]
Ellen And Aubery (Short Stories) - [1,555 words] [Relationships]
Favorious (Short Stories) In the late Middle Ages, an obscure village seems to have witnessed a miracle. The ageing monk Favorious must judge if it is genuine or not. The power-hungry clerics at the Vatican must judge both Fav... [4,769 words] [Science Fiction]
The Battlefield Philosopher (Short Stories) We all had that poster of Che Guevara on our walls. We all wanted to fight for the oppressed. One or two of us actually tried to turn the dream into reality. This story is for the people who are sorry... [3,702 words]
The Go-Between (Short Stories) Everybody in the big city is looking for something. The trick is to find out what. [1,638 words] [Relationships]
The Lies Of Sleeping Dogs (Short Stories) History is the attempt that each generation makes to come to terms with its past. Personal history is no different, and no less painful. [4,992 words]
The Monkey-Trap (Short Stories) An ageing ex-Nazi receives a visit he has been waiting for since the end of the Second World War. [4,815 words]

"David this is one of the best short stories I've read in a long time. If I was summing this up in one word, only one would do 'Professional'. I'd love to be able to write with such an understated confidence. This is sort of Munchehousen's (please excuse my spelling) by proxy-by divine provocation. There's nothing like a good old bit of religious mania to losen the mental screws. I loved the "Aul Maid of thirty" Line (Godhelpus!)and "A little Tea" how very trite and 'Bishoply' He'd hardly offer "A bloody great mug full of Tea" your dialogue throughout is excellent. I have several favourite writers on various sites dotted around, now I've got another to add to my list of writers to aspire to. " -- Sooz, Dalton, England, Cumbria.
"Fascinating story, excellently written. Of Grammar or punctuation problems, I could find none! The only slight difficulty I had was in the flashbacks; I don't think it was particularly clear that the scene in the doctor's surgery and the two in Imelda's bedroom were happening *before* the meeting at the Bishop's Palace. Maybe the first sentence of each could be written in the...oh crumbs, past perfect tense, is that right? Eg. "Imelda *had* timidly entered the doctor's surgery..." That's very clumsy, but you get the idea. Anyway, that's a very minor point about what is a *extremely* well-written story. The narrative flowed smoothly and the dialogue was crisp and believable. One quick tip I've learned through doing it the *wrong* way: when writing speech in an accent, don't overdo it. Makes it difficult to decipher. I think you're *just* on the right side of the line here :) Thanks for posting, I enjoyed that :) " -- Simon King, Ilkeston, United Kingdom, Derbys.
"No point in letting the British take up all the review space, so I think I'll comment. Mr. Gardiner you are indeed one of the finest writers on this sight, just as I said with your story "The Go-Between" and I can't help think of other great works such as "Angela's Ashes" when I read your work. - The Advisor" -- JA St.George.
"Loved this story. It is really well written - a pleasure to read from the first sentence, the heavy Churchy atmosphere is brilliantly well maintained, my heart goes out to the young girl, and the ending is gross and unforgettable and extremely thought-provoking. The Jones Towns make the news but how many more small scale and personal atrocities are committed in the name of religion? Religion works by appealing to the non-rational, and when the non-rational takes over this is exactly the kind of place to which it leads. I think the term the first reviewer was looking for is Muchausen's Syndrome by Proxy. And this story provides a superb text book account of it." -- Krist, Paderborn, Germany.
"Really rocks! Could have kicked myself cause I din't guess the ending. Great story." -- Leonard Caville, Key West, Fl.


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