HJ Furl subjects disarmingly vulnerable characters to distressing conflict in a world of isolation and controversy. A filthy glue-sniffing girl begs you for help at dusk. A racist mother and her young children face certain robotic annihilation. Chaos breaks out on a long-haul flight when a tourist is incapacitated by bugs. Unclad soldiers hunt down a ruthless insurgent. A widower wanders through the wilderness searching for his dead wife and little boy. A male and a female contestant fight a beast in the deadliest game of chance in the world. A schoolboy is challenged to a cruel dare by a bully. Thrill seekers are infected with a deadly virus in their remote jungle retreat. An airman is fated by a mysterious wartime dancer. A three-year-old girl goes missing presumed dead in a blazing inferno. A car crash victim stalks a gigolo hell-bent on revenge…

Is It Today? they meet their fate?

What will you do when the harsh realities of modern life become too much for you to bear?

Will fantasy be your only salvation?


I live in a remote lighthouse on the coast with my two Siamese cats, robot and live-in lover. When I am not busy dreaming, I comb the beach for unusual shells and your plastic waste, saving stranded marine mammals. Of indeterminate age, I love to swim in the ice-cold ocean to keep myself looking young.

Is It Today? is my first, devastating, anthology of short stories.


Blue Infinity, Red Heart –  Dancers, Why? – Fallen Leaves

The Kissing Gate

Lighthouse – Our Secret Place – Red Rubber Ball – Scraley’s Angel

Science Fiction

The Arrival – Apocalypse – Bugs – Dying Wish – Insurgent – Letter to Zoe

Lose Yourself – Plastic Man – Trust – Young at Heart – Thrill Seekers


Act of Kindness – Coming Out of the Rub – The Dare – Face at the Window

Fuss – Inferno – Siren – Taut – Wishes

Audio Stories

I am thrilled to give you Is It Today? LIVE featuring sensational voice actor Linnea Sage as narrator Harriet-Jacqui Furl:

“Hi there! I’m having a fantastic time working on your book! Following all your detailed instructions. Thank you for being so thorough. Most people say things like Julie: woman, 30. So I really appreciate it.”

Linnea Sage

I write from images, cuttings from glossy magazines, leaflets, newspapers, and the incredible creations of many artists at Alamy, Unsplash and Pixabay. Their images are startling. A huge thankyou to the brilliant photographers and artists.

Like the audio stories? Then why not read the book? Is It Today? is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon:

Thank you so much for reading and listening to us.

Stay Safe,

H-J x

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All stories, poems, and audio tracks Copyright HJ Furl 2019 & 2020

Is It Today?


‘flamboyant and hallucinatory’ ‘heart-wrenching’ excellent and evocative, mesmerizing’ ‘whoa, that was some story!’ rich, deep imagery’ ‘a roller-coaster of emotion’ 


Come into the garden, Maud,

For the black bat, night, has flown,

Come into the garden, Maud,

I am here at the gate alone.

TENNYSON, Maud, xxii, St. I

– quote from Is It Today?

I hope Covid ends for us all soon.