I have a couple of stories appearing in the online magazine Mythaxis.
Are Friends Eclectic
Of a Kind
It’s apt that these bring my appearances in the magazine to ten stories, to neatly coincide with the magazine’s 10th anniversary. Congratulations to the editor, Gil Williamson for this achievement.
You can find a complete list of the stories appearing over its 21st issues here (first by story title, then by author). Enjoy!
A couple of years ago, I wrote a bundle of superhero stories and published them on Amazon under the title of “No More Heroes“.
I have a few more superhero stories that are either written or plotted and that don’t feature in No More Heroes, so while I’m deciding what to do with them, I thought it would be a nice idea to share one here…
Presenting ‘The Littler We Know‘
Jez Patterson, February 2018
Happy New Year!
I was tempted to post the following (very very) short little tale (UPDATE: sorry, this is no longer available) yesterday but:
- It was a bit downbeat to start the new year
- After the 2017 Advent Calendar countdown, I didn’t want people thinking I was going to try for an entire year’s almanac worth of stories!
The offered story is in the (projected) next volume of collected horror short stories that I’ve been bundling and publishing (but utterly failing to promote) under the James Livermore by-line. One of my resolutions for 2018 is to finish collecting these old horror stories.
Have a wonderful, productive, peaceful and yet packed-full 2018 !
After the rather lengthy Christmas Fictions advent countdown, I’m not sure if you’ve room for any more stories… But here’s a short little after-dinner-mint of a piece called “Childished” which is now live at Daily Science Fiction. Thanks!
Happy Christmas, Everyone!
I began this countdown mentioning the most famous piece of fiction connected with the festive season, and so it seemed both appropriate (and audacious) for me to revisit that very story for our final offering.
My thanks to those of you that have been reading and commenting on the stories. I hope they’ve been entertaining or, at the very least, offered something extra as you’ve waited, excitedly, for the big day to arrive.
Presenting “The Second Carol Sung”, a new story written specially to close off our Christmas countdown.
A very happy Christmas to one and to all!
Jez Patterson, 25th December 2017
Presenting the concluding part of the story begun yesterday: “The Man Who Invented Christmas: Part Two”
Just one day to go, folks…and so I’ll be posting the final story tonight–to be enjoyed with a fine glass of port, cigar, or whatever your tradition is… 🙂
Pictures By Frederic Remington – Photographs of original paintings, Public Domain
Once again, we have a longer-than-usual tale and so I’ve cut it up into two parts (concluding tomorrow). Without further ado, presenting: “The Man Who Invented Christmas: Part One”
Pictures By Frederic Remington – Photographs of original paintings, Public Domain
Another story with a science fiction slant. We’re so close to the big day now, you can almost hear the sleigh bells, see the presents under the tree… Ah yes, now about The Tree…
There’s a tradition on British TV that popular programmes make a Christmas Special episode (Doctor Who fans will be familiar with this). At the end of 2016 and early 2017, I was fortunate enough to see published some stories featuring a serial character of my own creation–Captain Percina Saunders–and so I decided to give her a Christmas special episode.
For those not familiar with the series: Percina was once a captain with ‘The Fleet’ but lost her position after she married her first mate, Martin. Following her demotion, she has to take whatever jobs that come her way…
In this special Christmas episode she and Martin have to deal with the Risks in Reindeering…
Another story with a sci-fi flavour to it. Once more, for those who aren’t that much into rocket ships, I’ve kept it nice and short. Presenting: “When You Wish”
A story told in a gentlemen’s club is always a traditional set up. In my own tale, I worried over the attitudes of the members (from its very stipulation as a ‘gentlemen’s’ club, such places are, after all, little more than locker rooms with better décor). The balance I finally settled on was to keep it short…but not particularly sweet. Presenting: “The Christmas Stuffing”
Only a week to go, folks! Before you panic about posting those cards, ordering that essential item off the internet, take five minutes to enjoy: “And an Angel for Andrew”
I’ve written several stories offering my own explanations for some of our Christmas traditions. Here’s one in ‘The Sun Crown’.
Concluding the story started yesterday. Presenting the mysterious goings-on a The Tunnel-Part Two.
Charles Dickens wrote other Christmas tales. However, after ‘A Christmas Carol’, he is probably best remembered at Christmas time for a ghost story that has often been dramatized/read on Christmas Eve. That story is called ‘The Signal-Man‘ and I wanted to write something if not exactly in the same ghostly vein, at least something strange happening in and around trains.
Dickens’ works were invariably published in serial format and although I wasn’t following his example here, I hope I’ll be forgiven for telling the story over two successive days/nights due to the fact it’s longer than the other stories that I’ve posted so far.
So, perhaps not entirely a ‘Christmas’ story, in the strictest sense, I present “The Tunnel – Part One” for your enjoyment.
In the past, a Christmas cake (or pudding) traditionally hid a sixpence for one lucky individual. “The Cake” tells of a later cake, preserving an aspect of this tradition.
I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep this going for the full advent calendar complement of 25 day…but “Opening The Present” takes us over the halfway point. 🙂
I love stories about a mystery winter visitor, come knocking at a house at night. “Knocking” is one such story.
Another story with a science fiction flavour–but, for those not so keen on the SciFi stories, it’s short, I promise! Presenting: “Parental Projections”
Photo by Powerhouse Museum from Sydney, Australia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
I’ve written a few stories concerning urban legends, so it was pretty inevitable I’d end up writing one with a Christmas theme. “Soot” probably has the film version of The Water Babies to thank for its setting.
Our Christmas traditions are tied up with Norse and Celtic traditions (amongst others), and I wanted to write an incident where the two collided. Presenting: “Ansgord’s Angel”.
Today’s story, “The Christmas Baubles”, is a personal favourite. I wanted to write something in the ‘style’ of Dickens (with regards to his use of language rather than actual plotting).
Today’s story (“Just the Pill for Christmas”) has a science fiction flavour, is set in the future, and is light in touch even though it deals with one of my greatest terrors faced at Christmas… 🙂
Picture attribution: By Qualit-E at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s probably too early to have carol singers at the door, but the shops and malls make up for it by piping Christmas hits. So, here’s a gentler alternative (and a gentle warning) via “The Christmas Song”.
Today’s story, “The First’s Christmas” is a tad downbeat, just a warning. The setting was a real event, the rest is pure imagination. I promise tomorrow’s story will be lighter fare.
Today’s offering is a children’s song/chant of sorts, when I got to thinking if Trick or Treaters might keep the same attitude (not to mention costumes) when it came time for carol singing…
Presenting: “I’m Dreaming Of A Fright Christmas!”
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a ghost story or two. Here’s a (very) short little tale called “Home for Christmas”.
Continuing with the Christmas stories, today’s tale has a science fiction flavour. It was also the first story I sent out into the wide world to be published and is called The Box. 🙂
(A version of this story appeared in Another Realm)
I have a few Christmas traditions.
- I listen to an audio book of Patrick Stewart reading A Christmas Carol
- I watch Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve (and, yes, I cry)
- I go for a walk immediately after eating Christmas dinner (I’m British, I can’t help it)
- Every year since 2010, I’ve sat down during the month of December and written a Christmas story…
The stories have been a mix of ghost stories, children’s stories, Christmas-themed tales… This year, to encourage me to ‘edit’ them, I’m going to post some on my website.
First up is “The Christmas Gobble”, a story that gives a quick nod to The Grinch and which I wrote to be read/performed for children (hence the rather strange construction).
Some very quick snippets of news before the summer has raced past us once again…
The next arc of stories in the Captain Percina Saunder series have just been posted, exclusively, on my website. 🙂
I’ve sold a couple of stories to Daily Science Fiction – “Charmed, I’m Sure” (now live) and “Childished” (coming soon).
My story “Box, Set” in included in the anthology ‘All Hail Our Robot Conquerors’ (featuring recent Hugo Winner, Seanan McGuire) from ZNB Publications (who are also currently running a Kickstarter campaign for their next trio of themed anthologies.
The latest edition of Gil Williamson’s Mythaxis features another robot story of mine: “To Erm Is Human”.
I hope the summer can stretch its feathers a little longer (for those of us currently under its wing) and that all is well in your own patch of world.