Tightly written, provocative science fiction short stories – tales to incite a reaction and question our modern world.

Not for the faint-hearted, this collection of 28 short stories is full of big, challenging and even controversial ideas. It can be unsettling at times, but if you are ready to think deeply about humanity, conflict, and connection then you will relish my stories.


I subject disarmingly vulnerable characters to distressing conflict in a world of isolation and controversy:

Act of Kindness: a filthy glue-sniffing girl begs you for help at dusk.

Apocalypse: a racist mother and her young children face certain robotic annihilation.

Bugs: chaos breaks out on a long-haul flight when a tourist is incapacitated by bugs.

The Kissing Gate: A widower wanders through the wilderness searching for his dead wife and little boy.

Lose Yourself: A male and a female contestant fight a beast in the deadliest game of chance in the world.

The Dare: A schoolboy is challenged to a cruel dare by a bully.

Thrill Seekers are infected with a deadly virus in a remote jungle retreat.

The Arrival: Blue Infinity, Red Heart: Coming Out of the Rub: Dancers, Why?: Dying Wish: Face at the Window: Fallen Leaves: Fuss: Inferno: Insurgent: Letter to Zoe: Lighthouse: Our Secret Place: Plastic Man: Red Rubber Ball: Scraley’s Angel: Siren: Taut: Trust: Wishes: Young at Heart

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?

Amazon reviews:

***** ‘Light enough for a holiday read!’

***** ‘Great read for lockdown!’

***** ‘Shocking, flamboyant and smart!’

***** ‘Most creative work I have ever read!’

***** ‘Amazing read!’

**** wow!

About Me!

I live in a left behind Essex, a land of shabby suburbs, mixed with ancient forests, that dwells in the shadows of London. Welcome to a world of nail-bars, coffee shops, bald-headed barber’s, toxic beauty clinics, and crowded gyms where no one takes off their headphones to talk!

Audio Stories

I am thrilled to give you The Kissing Gate, Our Secret Place, and Dancers, Why? LIVE featuring sensational actor Linnea Sage as Narrator:

“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 tracks? Then read the book! Available in paperback and e-book from Amazon:

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Thank you so much for reading me, and listening to us.

H-J x

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Stories, poems, and audio tracks copyright HJ Furl 2019, 2020 & 2021

Deirdre in Fallen Leaves

Meet Your Voice Actor

Linnea performs Is it Today? & Is It Love? Isn't she sensational?!

Linnea Sage

Linnea Sage sensationally brings to life the disarmingly vulnerable characters, subjected to distressing conflict, in Is It Today? Linnea, a Professional Voice Over Artist, has done voiceover for a range of national commercials, cartoons, smartphone apps, online courses, and special projects.


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

Our Secret Place

Dear Linda,

I found your old diaries this morning. I sat on the rectory bench where we used to meet, the weak autumn sun in my face, turning the faded pages of a life filled with love and tears. Do you remember the tennis courts where we played when we were young? They are all overgrown now, covered in moss, dying leaves, curling crisps of bronze and gold. Their nets are torn to shreds, like my heart. I closed your book and thought of all the good times we had.

I miss you.

Daniel xx

Our Secret Place