|About the Book|
In the mid-Noughties I went through a phase of having some very vivid and unusual dreams. The sort that linger long after you have woken up. So I decided to turn some of them into short stories, and several you will find in the following pages.NotMoreIn the mid-Noughties I went through a phase of having some very vivid and unusual dreams. The sort that linger long after you have woken up. So I decided to turn some of them into short stories, and several you will find in the following pages.Not all of the short stories contained here within were inspired by dreams though. ‘Blythswood Square’ for instance was born out of a long-time fascination I’ve had with the (alleged) Glaswegian 19th century poisoner, Madeleine Smith. In the story I don’t attempt to find a solution to this longstanding did she/or didn’t she mystery, instead I wanted to try and get inside the character of Madeleine herself. I suspect the official verdict of the Scottish courts at the time, of Not Proven, is one we will have to continue to be satisfied with.Not being particularly religious, I don’t have any really strong beliefs about whether there is a Heaven or a Hell, but in ‘The Other Place’ I decided to give my own version on what Hell would be like, if it really existed as a place. And it’s got nothing to do with burning fires, and little demons with pitchforks. I was also partly inspired by some disturbing Near-Death Experiences I’ve heard from people over the years, who claimed to have seen an unwelcome glimpse of … the other place. Likewise, ‘Old Lady On A Bus’ was also partly inspired by NDEs.‘B-Road Incident’ was inspired by a real-life ghost story I first read many years ago, and about which there is a frustratingly small amount of information known. I decided to give my own version of it. The real life event was said to have taken place on the A4 between Chippenham and Bath in Wiltshire.I hope you find the stories - my shorties as I call them - an interesting diversion.All the characters in these stories (apart from Madeleine!) are entirely fictitious.