Ava is locked up in an institution. Her sentence is ‘overt overabundance’. Her new roommate Monty is ‘highly inadequate’. Ava is fond of everyone, but there’s something explosive about the bug-loving, show-tune-singing (and taken) Monty.
They’re not really crazy but they aren’t ‘functional’ members of society either: they drink, feel, touch and love too much. Is it possible to hold onto yourself, and still get out of the institution?
Originally published in Torpedo Greatest Hits (Hunter Publishers, 2010) edited by Chris Flynn.
Cover artwork and design by Kenneth Erickson.
NB. the novel manuscript I’m working on came out of this story.
In the rainy city of Bergen, Norway, a tattooed, troll-like figure quietly disposes of ‘the guilty’. But Knut’s instinct-driven mission is becoming more and more complex…
Originally published in The Lifted Brow 6: Atlas, edited by Ronnie Scott.
‘It’s just a job. It’s just a day. Everyone does it. People are worse off somewhere. There is nothing wrong. The walls are not closing in. You are fine.’
A near-future story about anxiety.
Originally published in Wet Ink: Issue 14 (2009).
Cover: artwork by Lily Mae Martin, type by Kenneth Erickson.
My flash fiction piece ‘Trash’, inspired by a documentary about John Waters’ early career, can be found on Capsule.
You can read my short story ‘Instinct’, written after reading a lot of Kafka, over on Verity La.
‘My Sweetheart Saw a Child’s Face in the Train Window’ is the very first published in Seizure‘s Flashers (flash fiction) project.
I had two super-short stories published as part of the London Literary Project. The challenge was based on the London Clock. One of my stories is set at the Green Park Tube Station, and the other features George Orwell.
Two flash pieces in an absurdist vein, ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘Glitch’, were published in Tincture. Available in multiple e-formats. Read more here.