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A while ago, I answered a shout-out for contributions to an anthology from the brilliant author Caroline Smailes. The request was for a flash-fiction of one hundred words or less, inspired by a piece of music available on YouTube. The collection of one hundred flash fictions – including My piece “Birthday” (inspired by Tom Waits’ “Kiss Me”) – has just been published as an eBook, and you can buy it from Amazon right now.

Here’s the really important bit. All the royalties will be going to support the work of the charity One In Four. One In Four provide support for people who have suffered sexual abuse and sexual violence. And they’re called “One In Four” because, by the time they reach the age of eighteen, one in four young adults will have suffered exactly this.

One in four. One in four. That’s a horrible, horrible statistic. One in four of us, one in four of our children. One in four. It’s the kind of thing you read and want to instantly dismiss, like this can’t be true so I’ll just forget about it. One in four. That’s not how the world should be. But as long as it is, there’ll be a need for charities like One In Four to provide help and support for the victims.

I don’t often use my blog to beg people to buy my work, but I’m happy to do so this time. Please buy the flash anthology “100 RPM”, and help to support the work of One In Four. You’ll be helping them make a real difference.

100 RPM, edited by Caroline Smailes and introduced by Nik Kershaw, is available from Amazon for the bargain price of 99p. All profits will go to support the work of One In Four.

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I absolutely love short stories. Short stories, and the notion of Superpowers. Short stories, the notion of Superpowers, and Free Things. Among the things I love are Short stories, the notion of Superpowers, and pretending I’m as funny as the Monty Python team just because I’m pastiching one of their most iconic sketches…

Ahem. What I’m trying to say is: there’s a fab new book out, called “Freaks!”. It’s a collection of short stories by Caroline Smailes and Nick Perring, with illustrations by Darren Craske. And, in support of its official launch, I have a free sample to share with you all.

This story wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but it’s brilliant – in that way that makes you wince in recognition, and want to hug the narrator. I’m looking forward to reviewing the entire collection very soon. In the meantime, here’s your Free Sample.

I’m warning you, though. After reading this you’re almost certainly going to want to read the whole thing.


[Super Power: The ability to make oneself unseen to the naked eye]


If I stay totally still,

if I stand right tall,

with me back against the school wall,

close to the science room’s window,

with me feet together,

pointing straight,

aiming forward,

if I make me hands into tight fists,

make me arms dead straight,

 if I push me arms into me sides,

if I squeeze me thighs,

stop me wee,

if me belly doesn’t shake,

if me boobs don’t wobble,

if I close me eyes tight,

so tight that it makes me whole face scrunch,

if I push me lips into me mouth,

if I make me teeth bite me lips together,

if I hardly breathe,

if I don’t say a word.


I’ll magic meself invisible,

and them lasses will leave me alone.

“Freaks!” is available from Amazon as a paperback for £5.04, or an ebook for £2.99.

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Author and blogger Caroline Smailes is putting together a flash-fiction anthology in aid of the charity One In Four, who support victims of sexual violence and abuse. The anthology will contain one hundred flash-fiction stories, each of one hundred words or less, and each inspired by a different song.

As someone whose natural authorial style is not-terribly-succinct, I’m especially proud that for once I managed to stick to the word-limit, and tell a story in a saintly ninety-eight words. And I’m delighted that the piece I wrote, entitled “Birthday” (inspired by the track “Kiss Me“, from Tom Waits’ album “Bad As Me”) is one of the hundred chosen for inclusion.

Everything about this anthology’s happening fast, fast, fast – the shout-out for entries was only a week ago and already the final selection’s been made – so I can’t yet tell you the title or publication date, or share the cover artwork. But I can tell you that all profits from the anthology will go to support the work of One In Four, so I’ll be shamelessly soliciting you all to buy a copy to help support this very worthy cause.

Watch this space!

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