Writing News….

LINEN PRESS

Linen Press will be releasing news about my next book, a psychological thriller about the art underworld, this week! Follow @linenpress on Twitter and Instagram for updates…

REFLEX PRESS

My story, You Fold Yourself into Tiny Spaces, was longlisted in the Reflex Press International Flash Fiction Competition in 2021. It has just been released in their anthology, In Defence of Pseudoscience: Volume Five, Reflex Press, July 2022. My contributor copy arrived this morning, along with a copy of the London Review of Books. I’m very much looking forward to reading stories from fellow contributors.

You can purchase a copy directly from Reflex Press. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting book information to be released this week from Linen Press. I can’t wait to share news about my latest psychological thriller with you! Pop back soon…

New Reflex Press Anthology

In Defence of Pseudoscience: Reflex Fiction Volume Five, Reflex Press, 28 July 2022

I have a short story in this anthology from Reflex Press. You Fold Yourself into Tiny Spaces was longlisted in the Reflex Press Quarterly International Flash Fiction Competition in 2021. I’m honoured to be published alongside so many wonderful authors. It will be released on 28 July, but can be preordered from Reflex Press.

In Defence of Pseudoscience contains 176 flash fictions from 152 writers from across the world. These short short stories, each no longer than 360 words, were longlisted for the four rounds of the Reflex flash fiction competition held in 2021.

Within these pages, the traditional narrative shares space with the experimental. Humour sits alongside tragedy. Each of these page-long stories packs a punch greater than its word count suggests.

In Defence of Pseudoscience is the perfect introduction to readers new to flash fiction and essential reading for those already familiar with the form.

Includes prize-winning flash fiction from Annette Edwards-Hill, Jeanine Skowronski, Thomas Malloch, Joshua Jones, Kirsteen Ure, Simon Linter, Morgan Quinn, Matt Kendrick, Evelyn Forest, Becca Yenser, Karen Jones, Rosaleen Lynch, Nora Nadjarian, Jo Withers, and Katja Sass.

Listen to Blood Red on SoundCloud

Short Story, Blood Red, by FC Malby

I’ve been recording readings of short stories and extracts of my work to SoundCloud. You don’t need an account to listen. I’ve recently added one of my longer and earlier short stories, which you can download as an eBook.

Set in Jaipur, India, this story reveals the hidden tensions in the mind of a young boy as he has to let go of the girl he loves for an unknown young bride, chosen by his parents. As the wedding day approaches, will he be able to follow his parents’ wishes in the face of his passion and quiet desperation?

Reader review:

Top review from United Kingdom

Kindle Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Two Hearts Broken and Bleeding

“The title of this book is very rich in symbolism, and the story true depth. Two young hearts filled with a love that can never be, left facing a life of emptiness they have not chosen. It is easy to imagine their hearts left broken and bleeding. These two young people have no choice but to be obedient to their families and their traditional ways of life. The first line of the story reads: “Her, sari, the colour of blood, caught the breeze as she turned and walked away”. He knows that is the last memory he will ever have of the love of his life and is prepared to carry it forever. What a stunning start to a story! This story continues so full of emotion and is delicately written. It was very easy to empathize with the character right at the start. It takes a great talent to drag me in so quickly. I felt the pain as he did. This book can turn even the most hardened bachelor into a romantic! The story may be short, but the memory will last on.”

Listen on SoundCloud