Category: Novel Flash

Novel Flash: Bull Mountain
“Family,” the old man said to no one. The word hung in a puff of frozen breath, before dissipating into the early morning fog....
Novel Flash: Bull Mountain
Novel Flash: The Watcher
It was late on Sunday evening when Carla was first conscious of a peculiar thing about the lift and its doors. At that point she did not...
Novel Flash: The Watcher
Novel Flash: Bring Up the Bodies
His children are falling from the sky. He watches from horseback, acres of England stretching behind him; they drop, gilt-winged, each with...
Novel Flash: Bring Up the Bodies
Novel Flash: Lila
The child was just there on the stoop in the dark, hugging herself against the cold, all cried out and nearly sleeping. She couldn't...
Novel Flash: Lila
Novel Flash: Goat Mountain
Dust like powder blanketing the air, making a reddish apparition of the day. Smell of that dust and smell of pine, smell of doveweed. The...
Novel Flash: Goat Mountain
Novel Flash: The Shock of The Fall
I should say that I am not a nice person. Sometimes I try to be, but often I'm not. So when it was my turn to cover my eyes and count...
Novel Flash: The Shock of The Fall
Novel Flash: “I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them”
“Maybe we can get him into luge,” his mother says, thumbing back at her son. Then, tone rising: “How many people can be into luge? A...
Novel Flash: “I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them”
Novel Flash: All the Light We Cannot See
Leaflets At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between...
Novel Flash: All the Light We Cannot See
Novel Flash: Far Beyond the Pale
As long as I can remember everyone’s always called me Honey Boy. It wasn’t Mama who gave me that name, she just mostly called...
Novel Flash: Far Beyond the Pale
Novel Flash: Yellow Jack
During my destruction of Daguerre’s studio I toppled his prized orchid from its windowsill. Coins pooled on the floorboards when its...
Novel Flash: Yellow Jack
Novel Flash: Island of a Thousand Mirrors
It is 1948 and the last British ships slip away from the island of Ceylon, laboring and groaning under the weight of purloined treasure. On...
Novel Flash: Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Novel Flash: The Lion Seeker
Whatever crouched beyond the lakes and forests of her green life was unseeable as night. She had never studied a map till it came time to...
Novel Flash: The Lion Seeker
Novel Flash: The Ten Thousand Things
The times are turning bad again. I have been arrested for going to see a private art collection. Can you believe it? An old man of nearly...
Novel Flash: The Ten Thousand Things
Novel Flash: Red Sky in Morning
Night sky was black and then there was blood, morning crack of light on the edge of the earth. The crimson spill sent the bright stars to...
Novel Flash: Red Sky in Morning
Novel Flash: Out of the Easy
My mother’s a prostitute. Not the filthy, streetwalking kind. She’s actually quite pretty, fairly well spoken, and has lovely...
Novel Flash: Out of the Easy
Novel Flash: The Moon Sisters
The night before the worst day of my life, I dreamed the sun went dark and ice cracked every mirror in the house, but I didn’t take...
Novel Flash: The Moon Sisters
Novel Flash: The Blood of Heaven
When I came again into the bedroom, I found Red Kate sitting up with her lamp lit and belly piling the sheets.  I worried you were...
Novel Flash: The Blood of Heaven
Novel Flash: Coming Down Again
LACEY’S 747 BANKED DOWN to Heathrow on a late afternoon so dark and drizzly that the dim yellow road lamps on the dual carriageway...
Novel Flash: Coming Down Again