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”
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.
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… 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
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.