The Dalmatian, the Cactus and the Wormery

ALEX tells me he had a dream in which he has a dog. A Dalmatian to be precise. Only, it leaves him because he didn’t feed it properly. “Jeez, that sucks,” I say. “If a dog leaves you, you really have to be doing something wrong.” Nose in the air, bags packed, the Dalmatian saysContinue reading “The Dalmatian, the Cactus and the Wormery”

High Altar

A LONG long time ago in a far off town, some friends and I were invited to a swanky party at an abandoned Victorian monastery that had been converted into a corporate events venue. Rumour had it that back in the day the monks used to run their own moonshine. II ON FINDING ourselves aContinue reading “High Altar”

When life imitates fiction II

There’s nothing holding the plane together and Leslie Nielsen is in the next seat. What now? “ … WHILE the stewardesses were dishing out the meals, I had seized the opportunity to get a sneaky peek at Mister Nielsen. However, the waft of musk emanating from the scarved bosom of the overgrown Girl Guide leaningContinue reading “When life imitates fiction II”

When life imitates fiction I

The evening started so well. Like a fairytale it was … “… I LEGGED it at the next stop … Giving nothing away until the last possible moment, I attached myself to a small group of people in order to make my escape. Even as I dashed along the platform, I took a backward glance, onlyContinue reading “When life imitates fiction I”

The Performance

A heady cocktail of past lives and a vivid imagination … “… I AM hearing a voice from above me. I turn my attention towards it and see a host of other people, not doctors, not nurses, begging me to come with them … The walls and ceiling dissolve into the sky and everywhere isContinue reading “The Performance”

Weejie

Five curious students that should have known better perform a séance. It seemed like a good idea at the time … “… I LOOKED for the tell-tale signs of white on the end of someone’s fingernails but there were none … [The glass] darted from letter to letter, spelling out words that did not makeContinue reading “Weejie”

The Undertaking

The aftermath of a funeral is the setting for an encounter with the supernatural. Appearances can be deceiving … “I had already returned to my home town by bus by the time the fancy Hearse arrived from Glasgow … In the first few moments of being introduced to the young undertaker and melting at theContinue reading “The Undertaking”

Port Wine

Granny’s acting awfy suspicious-like. Why on earth would she want to harm her newborn grandchild? “… [THE woman] quietly turned the handle and crept towards the little cot that had been placed beside [the] bed. There she found the infant loosely wrapped in layers of swaddling blankets, a tiny set of fingers poking out theContinue reading “Port Wine”

As the Crow Flies

What has Iain been up to? The Old Man has his ways of getting to the truth of the sins of the son … “… THE MAN slammed his brakes, veering to the other side of the road to avoid lurching forward and flying through the windscreen … When the car finally screeched to aContinue reading “As the Crow Flies”

Chicken

The house has a little secret. What is Roddy not telling his wife? “… MR MCDIARMID was just polishing off the last spoonful of cream from his plate when the light and soft quiet emanating from the window was interrupted by a dark shadow and a loud flutter … By the time Morag returned fromContinue reading “Chicken”