Short Stories

638 Steps
A Black Feather
Bloody Idiot
Boxing Dumb
Cassanova Succumbs to Two Ton Tina
Cutting Loose
Death of Me
Does Sparky want another sausage?
Infrared Dead 
It's a Dog's Life
King Canute
Nearly Extinct
On a High Wire
Preparing the Lure 
Scattered to the four winds
Spirit of Fear
Sweet Dreams
Target Practice 
The case of the strange white van
The El up Ninth Avenue
The Snake House
To cut a long story short
Two men get thrown out of a bar
Trust and Fear
You Raise Me Up


My first 100 drabbles are collected together into a free to download book, The Song of the Sea.  Available here.  Below are links to all the drabbles published on the blog.

A bad start to the day
A bit part in her life 
A blank page and a blinking cursor
A coming storm?
A deadly descent?
A flowing tide
A front seat view across the valley
A good death
A handful of bullets
A hint of death
A journey under the skin 
A leap to the West 
A little encouragement
A long, lonely night in the desert
A matter of time
A murder in Iceland
A murder in Venice
A seed of doubt
A singular venture?
A thin slither of hope 
After the storm
Alive and kicking 
All I can hear is the wind, the rain, and you whispering loudly
All sins require justice
Always running 
An ambush in the mountains
An empty house 
An honest man?
And half of nothing is?
A ship without a rudder 
A slither of hope
A tiny hand
Bad ball
Battle of wits
Beauty and the Beast 
Because ...
Before the school run
Beneath the ice 
Bishop to G3
Blood pumping quick
Blowing hot and cold
Both too old for this
Breaker's yard 
Brief encounter
Bulldog Salts
Called from the path 
Can you smell smoke? 
Cancelling Christmas
Can't live without shoes
Carpetbagger blues
Caught in a trap 
Changing channels
Changing paths
Chasing ghosts
Clearing rubble
Closing down sale
Cutting turf
Dead ends 
Desperately seeking ...
Dying for a dare
Due process
Dust and moonshine
Ear ache
Empty promises
Exit strategy
Eve to the power of infinity
Eye trouble 
Fallen behind
Fall-guy witness
Fast car 
Fearing rejection
Fifty shades of black and blue
Final notice
Finders keepers
First at the scene
Flash mob robbery
For a few pennies more
Forty minutes to transfer terminals
From the ground
From the tree
Get away from me with that twig
Gone fishing
Got a light, mate? 
Guangzhou heist
Guarantees and promises
Gut instinct
Gutter and stars
He axed for it  
He'll be coming down the mountain
He's gone
Head like a shattered windscreen
Heading to Pearl Harbour 
Her head had no room 
Home run
Home to vote
I am. I was. I will be.
I can barely breath, let alone run
I can't confess to what I don't remember
I have to know 
I know you're not the answer
I want to tango
I was nine when I killed for the first time
If we find her alive, I'll kill her myself 
Il était Charlie
I'm meant to be grateful? 
In harm's way
iphone, your phone
Is she worth it? 
It is what it is
It was that time of the night
It's a long way to Tipperary
It's just a job
Karma coma
Killing time
Laying in wait
Learning to count in the shelter  
Leaving home
Lighthouse blues
Lisboa rendezvous
Lone patrol 
Losing Trigger
LR is better than A
Mad or bad?
Making waves 
Man on a mission
Many a true word said in jest
Marching towards Inishgora
More with less 
Mouse trap
My name's Marie
My nerves can't take this
Night swimming
Nine tenths of the law
No comment
No Name 
Nothing under the mattress
Number one at the end of the bar
Oddly absent
One drop three drip
One giant leap
On the bus with grandfather
On the ropes
Out in the storm
Over the edge
Path of least resistivity
Peppered tail
Plane envy
Playing by the river
Playing with fire
Preparing for the turkey shoot
Proof of absence 
Pulling a thread
Purls of wisdom
Pushing one's luck
Questions and doubts  
Ready-made family
Real life calling
Rear window
Reluctant witnesses
Rock and a hard place
Roots and drift
Save it for the court, doll 
Seagulls and crows
Second chance 
Sharing the moment of the damned 
She has to go
She's got pretty persuasion
She looked like Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity 
She wrecks my head
Shhh ... Sugar 
Silence and lies
Sitting target
Snap inspection
Snow White
Soft boiled egg
Soldiering on
Sore feet
Spark with a long shadow
Staring into the jaws of defeat 
Stick of twist?
Stranded behind enemy lines
Swept out to sea
Swimming with loan sharks
Taking on airs
Taking the devil for a swim
Testing stupidity
That's all there is to it
That was our home
The body in the bench
The captain has switched on the seatbelt sign
The clearing
The cook is in meltdown 
The dance floor swallows him whole
The distant shore
The drink talking
The end of a dream
The evidence proves otherwise
The first punch
The game is up
The haunted hospital
The last hurrah!
The last one
The last snowman
The long drop 
The long walk
The makings of a grouch
The morning after
The next morning
The price of the moon
The red section
The right kind of wrong 
The signal in the noise
The song of the sea 
The tide has turned
The wrong man?
There's a new sheriff in town
There's something down there
These woods are haunted
This has to stop
This is from Santa? 
This isn't a game
This isn't a video game
This isn’t Pretty Woman
Tiny seed of doubt
To the death
Too quiet 
Too slow on the draw
Trapped on the sixth floor
Trouble in aisle four
Upping the ante
Vanished into thin air
Waiting for the NKVD 
Wandering in half-light
Wandering the streets
Was different time 
Washed up on the tide
Watching you, watching me 
Wayward salmon 
We need an ark
We're not losing any more
Wet dog
Wherever the road takes us
Whiskey and tears
Will be caught, won't be caught 
Will you still love me tomorrow?
Wishing on a star 
Why do I always attract the weirdos?
Why have you applied for this job?
Would suit a DIY enthusiast
You can ring my parents
You can practically taste the pong 
You'd better sit down