Andrey Writes

Old Ronan’s hands had fidgeted as he told Sara the truth. Now they hung in his lap like animals that had crawled there to despondently die.

His head was bowed with an invisible weight, and his brow cast a dim shadow over his eyes. There were no tears in them though. Not yet.

I've just had a story come out in Issue 4 of Great Ape, a literary journal for absurdist humour. “Mining for Beats” is a story about making a living from the silliest of things. If you read it, I'm sorry.

You can get a copy of the issue over here.

“Power Juice!”, a rather inane sci-fi story first published a couple of years ago, has just found a new home at Tall Tale TV. The reading by Chris Herron is a special treat.

Listen to it here, or via the YouTube link here.

Adrenaline pumping down, arms aching, sweat dripping off everything, the Langoliers made their way backstage.

Linda Long, real name Harriet Jones, finished the dregs of her beer bottle and collapsed onto the ragged sofa. The other band members scurried about, laughing, still wired from the performance.

A twofer today. “Twenty Seven” was just published as an exclusive over at The Dread Machine. It's a dark fantasy story about choosing the rock star life, or rather being chosen by it.

It's available to read (for subscribers) over here.

Heathrow airport buzzed with the energy of a hive. Swarms of travellers wandered its maze-like confines—dazed, nervous, and under-slept. There, one could see the full gamut of humanity on display—the check-in agent doing her best and the beast drunk on rage and 8 AM beers, shouting abuse at her. There, in between couples torn apart, lost souls, and anxious drug mules, walked Ryan.

Ryan towed a three-wheeled suitcase behind him, its missing wheel having popped off as he was boarding the train from London. He was on his way to a Las Vegas stag do—something he considered ill-advised. He had seventeen missed calls and sixty-two messages from the rest of his party, ignored due to an accidental Do Not Disturb setting.

His flight had departed an hour ago.

Freshly published in Scare Street's Night Terrors #12 comes “Half Larva, Will Travel”. It's a comedy horror piece about sharing a confined airplane cabin with god-knows-what kind of strangeness. It was written during much simpler times.

You can buy a copy of the anthology here.

The warrior is in a bad way.

I just had another 100-word short story appear in Issue VIII of All Worlds Wayfarer, a quick fantasy tale about warriors, healing, and potions.

You can buy a copy of Issue VIII here.

She wakes up with a sense of foreboding that tells her the alarm should have gone off by now. She is correct. She jumps out of bed in a panic, checks her phone, which has run out of battery overnight, and runs into the kitchen to try and get ready for work.

My latest story to pop out onto the world is “The Impermanence of Things Ruins Her Life”, published in Novel Noctule's Flying Fox flash fiction segment. I can best describe this story as a mundane horror story for anxious people.

You can read it for free over here.

Sandra was already a nervous mess, but the pilot’s tinny voice sent her over the edge.

Microfiction Monday just published “Big in Japan”, a 100-word story about the perils of travel.

You can read it for free here.

I moved my tongue, swallowed, and then silently mouthed a few of the odd syllables in the name. I blew air out, inflating my cheeks. I was about as ready as I would ever be.

“The True Name of a Stone” was just published by the fine folk at Every Day Fiction. It's a fantasy story about boring magic.

You can read it for free over here.

Picture this.

Friend A is from Poland. You met when he briefly studied in your university. He has blond hair, too long to be due to negligence, too short to be tied back.

“Friend Templates” was just published by the lovely people at Idle Ink. It is an odd little story about how two friends sometimes occupy the same space in your life. You can read it for free over here.

I sit in a bunker Alone When a nicotine cackle sounds in my ear: “Why so glum, boy?” he asks, and I sigh.

My first poem is out in Spectral Realms No. 13, edited by S.T. Joshi. I can best describe “The Song of Calamity Joe” as a mildly horrifying post-apocalyptic “Under the Sea”. I don't normally write poems so this is a rare treat.

You can grab a copy from over here.

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