Short Fiction

A Very Unseelie Act

Glit-er-ary – An Anthology, Bridge House Publishing, November 2017

A disgruntled fairy writes a strongly-worded email and receives some very unsatisfactory responses in this epistolary story, published in the Glit-er-ary anthology, available in paperback and ebook formats now.

Pretty Penny

Schlock! Webzine, Vol 12, Issue 10, 18th November 2017

It’s just a dead body. It’s not going to hurt you…

Some apocalyptic horror for all you Walking Dead fans. Schlock! is a free webzine publishing the best of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Night Shift

Writing Magazine (2013)

It had just started to rain when the werewolf climbed into my taxi…

So begins this paranormal romance, the winning entry in Writing Magazine’s Paranormal Short Story competition. ‘No one is going to read that line without wanting to know why the werewolf is there and what it is up to’ said the judges. I hope you feel the same. If you do, then just click on the title link and read it for free!


A Dish Best Served Cold

Someone Has To Die Volume 4 – Published by Spikethecat Ltd (2011)

Becky had never gone to work with a gun in her handbag before…

This was my second published story (also under my maiden name) and the winning submission in Spike The Cat’s fourth volume of Someone Has To Die anthologies.

If you’ve ever had a job that you hated, or a boss you despised, then this one’s for you (those with a weak constitution, however, need not apply). Follow the link and get a sizeable portion of the story for free as an Amazon sample (but not quite all of it – you’ll have to buy the book to see the ending!)

The Wolf Runs In The Barley

Dark Tales Volume XV  – Published by Dark Tales (2011)

“The wolf runs in the barley,” Nana Hilda used to say…

Published under my maiden name Kate Measom, The Wolf Runs In The Barley was my first published work, and one in which I remain very proud. It tells the story of a young girl enchanted by the golden field of barley at the bottom of her garden, a field that Nana Hilda repeatedly warns her she must never go into…

The Wolf Runs In The Barley received an Honourable Mention from editor Ellen Datlow in the Best Horror of the Year Volume 4. 

Passenger, Anonymous

The Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau (2010)

The driver smiles at me and holds out a hand. He might as well be Charon come to ferry me to hell…

Have yourself a freebie! This one was shortlisted in a competition on the Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau website, and can be read completely for free by following the title link. As in A Dish Best Served Cold, this one features a female lead with a deadly secret.

Because this is no ordinary bus trip…