The Mirrors (part twenty)

The Mirrors (part twenty)                             The way the mirror stuck on, she’d had the fleeting sense, was it, the phenomenon itself, the centrifugal pull inherent… The room came unmisted, clear sight rolling as her second mirror fell—and it was Carmine stopping her. […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part eight)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part eight)           “I know you can make a decent showing for yourself, unless…” The Peddler toed my wrapped bow and arrows. “This living inside the scholarly head proves a rusty affair. A poor man like myself must hunt to eat, as he would […]

Celebrated (part one)

Novella Celebrated (part one)                           He is disappointed in the hope of regaining his lost health. Week after week, month after month, year after year, he waits for the termination of his sufferings. He tries to apply the remainder of his strength to […]

Flash Fiction: May Day

    A few years ago, Hogarth Press started the Shakespeare Project, contracting with famous authors to write novels in a modern interpretation of the plays. I haven’t worked my way to famous yet, but I liked the idea. The one I would have latched onto was The Comedy of Errors…setting it in the McCarthy […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part ten)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part ten)                               v.   Annie had been tormented, frequently, by a childhood nightmare. She had dreamed someone chased her, that in the impetus of escape she came detached from earth and flew…but soaring, banged her head against […]

The Mirrors (part nineteen)

The Mirrors (part nineteen)                             Old Dumain descends from his manor house, uses his key, and climbs the staircase. No one knows what he does up there. That something will become of the wretched clan, Bonheur never doubts. The more Dumains in […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part six)

Yoharie Because Society (part six)               “Is your brother still living at home?” “Where do people live, if they don’t live at home?” She knew the point was weak…while, the day she moved in fulltime with Trevor, she would of course be at home. “I still see him go […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Élucide second)

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide                       “What did Hawkins do?” “He spoke, Walter. Rambled, I should say. The voice was nothing like his own. I have mentioned that he was a Cornishman.” He turned from Walter to meet Fannie’s eye, and this detail […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (The House of Gremot second)

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Four: The Eye of a Magpie i. The House of Gremot                 “Mr. Jerome, please forgive me.” Lovas cleared his throat. “Do you recognize these papers…do you acknowledge them, sir?” With the sleeve of his dressing gown, Honoré blotted away tears. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part nine)                         She opened the door of an adjoining room. The boy put aside his picture-book and came to greet Annie. He was a pretty child, delicate, his thin face overweighed by a high forehead, his large feverish eyes shadowed […]