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Short Stories

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MYSTIC MASTER SALVADOR

“Saturdays at Pickering’s changed forever. The man was Mystic Master Salvador, and he was a real magician.” 

1st Prize - Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition - Cork Short Story Festival 

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ELVIS WAS MY DAD

"These were the challenges for an imaginative fourteen-year-old, undead parents, unrequited love, and finding rhymes for Sharon. That and how to get down off the roof now the caretaker’s taken the ladder away so Mum has to come to school and have a “chat” with Miss Wilson about me. “It’s becoming a habit,” Mum says mysteriously. Looking back, maybe it wasn’t so mysterious.."

Published in Mr Bull Magazine - April 2024 

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THE OUTSIDE IN

“Summer barbecues, cranberry gin and tonic with so-called friends. A whole weekend marinading lamb kebabs, tiny bites of dead baby animal, red lipstick, strip lashes, cows for milking, air kisses, chit chat chit chat, meat, dead meat, meaty-meat.” 

Published in Fictive Dream - June 2023 

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PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM

"When his parents went to The Mariners, they would leave him with the binoculars, so he could watch the ships. Mostly he watched for Mum and Dad coming home from the pub, arm in arm."

Published in Volume 1 Brooklyn - Feb 2023.

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SCARPER

“We were in the refuge together for a bit. Then we both got a flat at the same time, we were neighbours, yes, for a bit. I managed, with some help. He…well he didn’t manage. Not at all.” Published in Litro - June 2022

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ONE OCTOBER NIGHT

"A butcher’s with massive animals hanging in the window, pigs cut in half, rabbits with their fur on, un-plucked pheasants, and chickens. Now, it’s just Groper Gary lurking in his doorway, like a spider, sucking on a strawberry vape."

Published in The Wells Street Journal - Issue 18 - December 2022 

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