The Bog (conclusion)

Short Stories The Bog (part seven)                   “I don’t know what it can be,” Dana murmured. But he began to walk, then jog, down the plank way, making for the road. “We’d better go,” Laurel said. “I don’t see how we can stay.” “Pack?” “Leave it.”   […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-four)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-four)                     A light bobbed through the window. Andreas turned onto his stomach, and slipped to the floor. But outdoors he saw only a dark shape, glimpses of earth and a robed man’s midsection, as the lantern was raised and […]

The Bog (part six)

Short Stories The Bog (part six)                   In respect of Dana…the two of them alone now. “The strip on this side of the road is all you’d have to donate. Just don’t let Harry pollute the creek.” He told her an irrelevancy, rather than hear this. “Rocky’s […]

Looking Good

      Readers, the above is the cover of my new book, which you can buy from Amazon! You may, if you’re a longer-term subscriber to Torsade, have seen Sequence of Events in draft. Well, I’ve edited it up to readiness, and it has been retired from the blog to live in the world […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-three)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-three)                   “What, so far?” Henryk said, seating himself. “We have established that the Queen’s sister lies in her room, unwell.” In the embarrassment of his counsellor’s discourtesy, Andreas overlooked this, that such news had not been established; that he was […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part six)           And what was the Citadel, when finally I saw it? Not for the first time. When long ago I had spoke to Wosogo, I had seen that odd configuration, the plain at the foot of vast stoneworks, the green valley safe on […]

The Big Pants (part one)

Short Stories The Big Pants (part one)               “Someone has got a watch.” They all knew it. Two, in point of fact, green as well as blue light bumping from the floor, modest hemispheres glowing where the exercise demanded pitch dark. The lights rose, converged, shed themselves on Toby’s […]

Hammersmith: You Never See It Coming (chapter twenty-five)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Five You Never See It Coming               He had lost out on the chance to get up to Philly and talk in private with Le Fontainebleau. Even this, thinking of it, irritated Shaw…not merely because he was soft on Aimee Bard, and might have permitted for the […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty-one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-one)                         They took some time arriving within sight of the grand entry, flanked by its pilasters of granite. At last, for their halting progress, they had climbed the stairs. But it was by the right wing they went indoors, […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-two)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-two)                           Chapter X September Eighteenth     He shut the door, finding it could not be bolted. Neither a hasp of metal, nor a board to be laid into brackets, barred visitors. But why should a […]