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.Cent Magazine – Alpha Git

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

[illustration by Mahsa Dehghani, 2018] A fun piece of playground flash, Alpha Git was picked up by London based fashion/culture magazine .Cent as part of its Courage theme. Many thanks to Jo and the Cent team, as well as the referral from notorious liar Katy Darby.


Content Management 2.0 – Sophie Aldred reading for Weird Lies

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

A beautiful reading of Content Management by Sophie Aldred to promote its inclusion in the upcoming anthology Weird Lies. Many thanks to Sophie and Cherry for managing this little story’s newest iteration:


Daily Science Fiction – “Good Taste”

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

[Black Hole Sun by AJ Dimarucot, 2008] I couldn’t have been more excited to see Good Taste picked up by Daily Science Fiction. Enjoy, Derek


Content Management – Liars’ League reading

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Huge thanks to Martin Lamb and all the good people at the Liars’ League for breathing such life into my story:



Thursday, April 21st, 2011

[Montparnasse Cemetery by Paul Oilzum, 2010] The seat was uncomfortable: rigid at the back and lumpy underneath. It pained her to sit there, bruised her bottom and put her legs to sleep. It also made her think of him. So she sat there as often as the groundskeepers would let her. “Are you looking for […]



Thursday, March 10th, 2011

[Jigsaw Puzzle, by Eva the Weaver, 2007] The puzzle was complete. Everything brought back to its proper place, just like the picture on the face of the box. The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the package told her, but that didn’t matter so much. Considered by itself the place looked lonely and remote. The […]


The Totem

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

[Haida Slate Carvings, by Edward S Curtis, 1907] She chewed quietly at the pencil. From time to time, between bursts of frenetic key banging, she would yank the gnarled wood down from its familiar perch to scrawl some illegible note across the cluttered page. Screen, keyboard, pencil and paper, they were all tied together in […]


Smoke at both ends

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

[Still life with rooster, by Louis Ducos du Hauron, 1869] Lost and profound, the two sit amidst the wide spray of chatchky half-memories. The boy can’t take his eyes off the beak: the brightest splash of sunshine yellow he’s ever seen. The elder speaks over his circling thoughts. She’s talking about porcelain eyes and lacework […]



Sunday, January 30th, 2011

[Come In, by Katie Tower, 2010] The room was dark. It was too dark to see the covers; too dark to sleep. “You ever notice your ears twitch when something unexpected happens?” “What?” “You know, like when a loud bang makes your face just sort of jerk real tight. It’s weird.” She was silent. It […]



Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

[Grass at Night, by Elliot Moore, 2007] The engine idled beneath him, its occasional cough and sputter mirroring the hiccups in his own head. The lights were on inside the house. His mom would still be up, watching the late show; his dad likely passed out like a drunken uncle on the couch. There was […]