Tippi

Pig Beach

We took Tippi with us on our annual pilgrimage to Pig Beach. Now, before you start pointing fingers at us, apportioning blame for what happened, let me tell you about our dark, fair-bird. (14+)

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Furl and Sandie

Umbilicus

He became physically and emotionally attached to her during their one-way voyage to the stars. The scientists, light years away on Earth, warned him that this might happen. Subconsciously, as they lay facing each other in their hibernated state, and at their re-awakening. But he never expected to fall in love with her. (18+)

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Sharleen

God Bless Ya!

She was sweeping the floor when I crept in. Sharleen. I took the pink ticket from my wallet, and walked up to her altar. There was a silver- bell, a tinker-bell. I rang it. She ignored me… (14+)

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The Girl

The Girl on the Bus

I saw the girl on the bus today. Standing in the wasteland by the burnt-out shell of the reactor. (14+)

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Claudia

Adelphi

‘Dear Lord, I do not want to be a saint, some of them are so hard to live with. Give me the strength to create good in me today and to renew the health of those less fortunate.’ Adelphi, a magical fantasy about miracle healing. (14+)

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Maud and Lydia

Unbelievable Highs

Maud was stressed, flustered, hot and bothered. Her cheeks flushed. Her flesh prickled with unbearable heat. Thick sweat ran down her body, pooling in an annoying wet patch in the small of her back. (14+)

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Sergei, Ekaterina and Gleb

Supposed Paradise

Imagine a beautiful expanse of turquoise water, a white sandy beach, inflatable beach toys, and women lounging around in bathing suits… now pollute it! (14+)

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Wioletta and Della

Worried About Wioletta

I’m worried about Wioletta. She’s only small. I haven’t seen her since bedtime last night. That’s cool. She likes to hide and play. But she hasn’t come up for air since. And it’s getting dark outside… (14+)

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Darcy?

The Hide

‘Will you see the Hide?’ (14+) from Basque – Love Stories

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Joanna

Captivity

There is no door or window, Joanna is alive in captivity. (18+)

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Me, Sophia

Dream, to Me

He feels lonely and unloved. Every night he surfs the internet in search of love. Will his dream come true? Or will he find despair? (14+)

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Chantal, Faith and Dani

Knight in Shining Armour

Chantal strutted onto the patio, glided down the stone steps, threw her lady-bundle onto the sun lounger, and faced the camera. The sun lit up her burnt sienna hair… (18+)

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Why?

Why, Is It?

‘Is It Tonight?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Why?’ (16+)

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Deborah 2006, Orb, Deborah 2020

The Appearance

The shape was clearer now: an umbra, an unyielding circular sunglass surrounded by a thick black line, fading. The vision in the rest of her eye was just a blur. Her good eye shut. And she went into total eclipse. (14+)

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Stretch Class

Stretch Class

It’s five-sixteen, rush hour, Poet’s Day, Friday 20th July 2029. Time for Stretch Class. (14+)

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The Hut

The Hut

The Hut lies beyond the auld groin. The rotting sea timbers cut a black swathe through the estuarial slime. It is dusk. The man-sucking, fermenting morass of ragworm-infested mud flats stretches as far as the eye can see… (16+)

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jellyfish, Tess

Red Sparkle

‘How big were these jellyfish?’ Tess spread her hands apart more than a foot, ‘Oh, these were big ones, David!’ (18+)

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Life in the trenches, Helen

Myrtlesham Halt

Helen, a war widow, leads a solitary life in the Suffolk countryside -until her life is transformed by the arrival of a young soldier. (14+) from Basque – Love Stories

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Salt Marsh

Salt Marsh

‘There’ll be no moon of cheese tonight, no starry night sky, no witch riding a broomstick.’ Salt Marsh. Ghostly goings-on! (14+)

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Gail, Keir, Quill, Jill, Pat, Nick, Emilia, Maggie...

Intimate Exchange

An intense encounter between catering students Keir and Gail begins in the college restaurant on their first morning of lectures and ends in the canteen just after lunch. (14+) from Basque – Love Stories

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Julia

Heathen

I don’t like it here. Something evil, terrible, will happen to her here, near the dark forest, in his alehouse, in the pond, by the old oak tree. ‘Wake up, girl! look who’s come to see you…’ (18+)

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Mae, Nick, The Balti, Sal

Mae

“Woo! A cross between Sweeney Todd and Silence of the Lambs! Love it!” MAE! You don’t want to meet her on the last train home. MAE! It’s getting DARK outside. (18+)

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Vanity

Vanity

‘Think I’m vain, don’t you Mum?’ ‘I don’t think you’re vain, poppet. You had a thick vein. It needed to be cut out. I paid for you. He cut it out.’ (16+)

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Sian with Martin, Sian, Helen. Angie, Tom, Amber Slick

Deceit

A fatal hit-and-run accident. A husband with a guilty secret. A widow craving intimacy. A cripple seeking revenge. In a sensuous web of deceit. Sometimes deceit costs lives. (18+)

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Rosie

Memory Foam

‘Dreaming about tooth loss is scary enough….’ ‘…but when you wake up to find you’ve lost your teeth…’ (16+)

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Olivia

What Is The Point, When?

‘What is the point, when…?’ ‘The point, Lieutenant,’ the Captain interrupted, ‘is that these inhumans are infected. They only have to spit in your eye or kiss your mouth to infect you, understand?’ (18+)

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Genome

Genome

A behavioural psychologist and a geneticist, specializing in human behaviour, study the effect of genetic mutation on several couples on a boozy night out at a local bar. The human’s behaviour disintegrates into chaos as the women get drunk and their stupefied male partners look on helplessly. The climax of this psychological sci-fi thriller is sensational and disturbing! (16+) Meet the Characters: Professor Hayley Colorado DPhil, Behavioural Psychologist (olive green top, glasses): Professor Elliot Detroit DPhil, Geneticist Specializing in Human Behaviour ( jacket, blue shirt over white vest, glasses): Suzie McPhail (blood-stained white smock, rose tinted spectacles): Alex McPhail (petrified, buttoned chequered creamy yellow shirt, dandruff-flecked red sweater, glasses): Karen McNiel (knowing look, salmon halter neck top, round spectacles): Liam McNiel (pensive, purpled face, horn-rimmed spectacles): Paula McVeigh (busty, grey vented dress, round shades): Delmont McVeigh (blank “out of it” expression, glasses removed): Fleur McPherson (pink vest, blue denim shorts, blonde hair, luminous war paint): Liam McPherson (hiding behind cannabis plant, shades): Marnie McTavish (blonde, short red crop top, faded denim shorts, pulling at hair, glasses): Ewen McTavish (surprised, “spaced-out” look, beard, quiff, pink-tinted spectacles): Debbie McIntyre (smug look, braided hair, glasses): Bartender (proud Germanic look, grey hair, glasses) … and Doug.

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The Bald Woman

The Bald Woman

I first saw the bald woman early on Wednesday evening. If I’m honest, I found the experience extremely upsetting and it is only now that I feel able to tell you about it. (14+)

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Anastasia, Marc, Sienna, Jason, Piotr, Doreen, and Mack

The Elite

How long do I expect to live for? I don’t want to live, not like the elite. (16+)

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Message in a Sealed Letter

Message in a Sealed Letter

She sits in an old armchair, sits in the quiet of her living room in this modest house. The letter rests on the table next to its ripped-open envelope. The man from the pit delivered it – embarrassed, stern-faced – then departed with subdued and unheard words; glad to escape without further ado. About the Author: Adam Carlton has a background in Physics and Artificial Intelligence. His writing is informed by his experiences of left-wing politics in Paris, France. He has had stories published in ‘The Ronin Express’ volumes 7, 8, and 10, and by the Aphelion Webzine. His first book, ‘Freya’s Deathbed Conversations and other stories‘, was published in 2019; his second book, ‘Donatien’s Children‘, an SF novel, was published in 2022. Both are available on Amazon: Freyja’s Deathbed Conversations: and other stories: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Y1Q85ZG/ Donatien’s Children: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09Q8Y98Y9/

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Helen

Blood Beasts

The evening draws on. Some swifts fly in and out of our eaves. I take my glass, stand, and walk towards the kitchen door. Some dead leaves rustle underneath our hydrangea, beside the garden wall. Strange, there’s no breeze tonight, not even a zephyr. Can’t be an animal. Must be a bird, I decide, a baby bird, poor thing, with a broken wing… Blood Beasts by HJ Furl and Adam Carlton (18+)

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Carmen, Celeste, Astute, Ad Astra, Elektra, Primordia, Claire, Tiernan, Rose, Synth, Rose

Primordia

Tiernan, a black man, and Rose, a white woman, are hibernated and sent to a new-born planet in the outer reaches of our Solar System to establish an equal civilization. Just as CLAIRE (Caring Loving AI Really Exists) suffers an emotional breakdown. Primordia, a sensational new space audiovisual thriller by HJ Furl featuring amazing Isla McNair. (16+)

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Tania

The Tania Imperative

I want a lovely figure, and rare amber eyes, like Tania’s. (16+)

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Box of Tricks

Box of Tricks

Been hiding in the forest with my wooden box of tricks. Well, I say it’s a box. It isn’t a box, really! Box of Tricks – an anti -War Story dedicated to the end of all suffering for innocent children and their parents in times of war (16+)

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The Picture Girl

The Picture Girl

This is the girl who leads you astray, This is the girl who takes you away! The Picture Girl from Thrill Ride (!) (16+)

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Jessica, her men

Killer Girl

‘You can put your gun away! Come in and give me a hug. The water’s lovely and warm.’ (18+)

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Donation