Flash Fiction: The Oven

I’ve got a very short, all-dialogue story over at Gary Duncan’s Spelk Fiction called ‘The Oven’. It was inspired by a conversation I had with Mark’s dad. On Sundays we all go to granddad’s for the afternoon. Mark goes to pick up the kids from their mum and I mosey over later. It’s always a good time to let my mind ramble over whatever I’m working on. Often I run into Charlie out walking Bella when he’s dogsitting. It gives the kids a chance to eat their dinner without having to fend her off (though she be but little, she is fiercely determined to get those chicken bites). Sometimes we sit on the low wall at Glenprosen Terrace and he tells me stories of old Dundee. I took one of his anecdotes off in another direction and it became this story.

The Oven at Spelk Fiction: check out all the stories. There’s some grand folk there.

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Rogue: Gary Duncan

Gary Duncan photo.jpgSpelk Captain, Gary Duncan is our Rogue of the day; check out his site for fine flash fiction you can read when you only have a little time — and enjoy when you have a little more.

  1. Who’s your Rogue?

An Imperfect Arrangement is about bad people doing bad things. Bill: the once-feared but now fearful gang boss. Don: the hired muscle who may or may not know the whereabouts of Bill’s missing £10,000. Rick: Bill’s idiot son who has never let common sense get in the way of a stupid idea. And Frank: the fixer, enforcer and confidant whose loyalty to Bill is matched only by his own instinct for self-preservation. An Imperfect Arrangement is about doing whatever you have to do to get by and survive.

  1. What crime would you really want to get away with?

Whisper it softly, but I think I already have.

  1. What author can’t you do without?

James Ellroy. If I could have more: Don Winslow, Lee Child, Dennis Lehane. Non-crime, Martin Amis.

  1. What movie best captures the criminal life?

I was going to say Carlito’s Way, but I see Aidan Thorn has already bagged that. I’ll go with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [Ed: an awesome film]

  1. Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild-mannered dreamer?

I’d like to say the former, but I’m afraid it’s the latter.

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Out Now: Bonkers in Phoenix

Rogue Bonkers in Phoenix

Get your Rogue on! Yes, the hard-hitting anthology of 22 killer tales is out now from Near to the Knuckle. Watch the trailer and check out the list of names included —

You find yourself on the wrong side of town. It’s late and your only option is to walk down a narrow pitch-black alley. Your heart is pounding. You’re sure that you can hear footsteps, but there’s no one in sight. The sound of soft feet approaching, is getting ever closer. You start to break into a jog. There’s a light at the end of the alley but suddenly a figure steps from the shadows. He is smartly dressed and smiling and yet you have a bad feeling about this. He reaches into his pocket…

Rogue the second anthology from the Near to the Knuckle website brings you a whole host of talent all bringing you their best stories featuring Rogues. This anthology was brought to you by this list of Rogues:
Gareth Spark, Tess Makovesky, Gabriel Valjan, Craig Furchtenicht, Paul Brazill, Richard Godwin, Aidan Thorn, Gary Duncan, Dave Jaggers, Walter Conley, Cal Marcius, T Maxim Simmler, Mark Cooper, Bill Baber, Robert Cowan, Ryan Bracha, Matt Mattila, Graham Wynd, Benedict J Jones, Liam Sweeny, Alan Griffiths and Keith Nixon

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