The Man in the Crypt – My brother became obsessed with a statue
Dinner with Adele – I had a young woman created to look after my daughter
Artemisia’s Hammer – A couple contemplate a dark painting by Artemisia Gentileschi
The Reawakening – After a hundred and forty-two years they brought me back to life
Mopeds in Marrakesh – A story of irritation and enlightenment in the Medina
A Man Named Malcolm – I thought my cousin had been a waster, until I met a stranger at his funeral
Always On My Mind – My girlfriend was murdered by her family
Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses – A strange ritual in the New Mexico desert. Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe
These are stories that delve into what makes people good, what turns them bad, and what can rip them apart. They explore fear, elation, moral uncertainties, and situations in which right and wrong become hopelessly tangled.
There are novels: the Post-War Blues trio, set in the sleazy underside of London in the late 1940s, an era of austerity in which the struggle against old bigotries and fears continued.
There are short stories: Perversities of Faith, a collection of tales of how religion can take people’s mind to daft and dangerous places, and how some manage to find a way to break free.
There is The Art Gallery, a series of stories inspired by works of art, snapshots of the despair and joy that can be captured in images and words.
There are the Other Stories, picking through the moral ambiguities and emotional confusion of modern lives.
These are stories about what makes us tick, drives us crazy, gives us delight and can lead us onto the path of evil or towards the heights of goodness. Explore the site, enjoy the stories, then look for more.