Small Sounds Ricochet Through the Darkness by FC Malby

Don’t walk home alone, not at this time of night, my friends say, waving at me from a table of empty cocktail glasses, flapping like a gaggle of geese. I’ll be fine, I say, I’ll text you when I’m home. Are you sure? they ask, but it’s more a way of allaying their own fears. Yes, I’ll be fine. I walk out of the bar, keys in hand, each one pushed between my fingers — a miniature Edward Scissorhands — EarPods in, mobile phone clutched in the other hand. I wore flats, because that’s what you do when you might need to run. It’s normal, except that it’s not. Normal is wearing what you like, not thinking about when you might need to run or who you would need to call, it’s not turning the music down in case there’s a Come over here, Love. Oi. You. I’m talking to you.

Competition listing and other news

A very Happy Easter to you all! One of my stories has been longlisted in the Reflex Press Quarterly international flash competition, Spring 2021. “We received 720 entries from 39 different countries. We’ve compiled a longlist of fifty stories. Congratulations to everyone who made the longlist!” Reflex Press. They have also asked me to be … Continue reading Competition listing and other news

Non Poetry Publication of the Year nomination with Spillwords Press Awards 2021

I am thrilled to announce that my short story, You Bruise Easily, first nominated for Publication of the Month in July 2020 in Spillwords Press, has gone on to be nominated for Non Poetry Publication of the Year in the Spillwords Press 2021 Awards.   "Join us in congratulating the writers whose publications have been … Continue reading Non Poetry Publication of the Year nomination with Spillwords Press Awards 2021

Short story publications

Stories published in online journals Short stories are the heartbeat of many writers. I intersperse writing short stories with writing and editing novels. My second novel is now complete and edited. Below is a list of my recent publications and some links to other stories I have enjoyed reading. Is He?, Mojave Heart Journal, February … Continue reading Short story publications

Lots of Reading: Flash Flood Journal – Short Fiction

Issue three of the Flash Flood Journal, an international flash fiction literary journal, is published today on their blog with some wonderful works of short fiction. I would really recommend reading some of the stories as they are varied in topic, style and genre, and are really interesting. My short story, I.P, is also there … Continue reading Lots of Reading: Flash Flood Journal – Short Fiction