The Week in Review

Pink iris (Iris Carden Author logo) Caption reads: "The Week in Review."

What I’ve Written

Screenshot of an online order confirmation (most of address removed). Caption reads: "My name, but an overseas address."

Sunday: Identity Theft

I’ve been the subject of the world’s dumbest attempt at identity theft.

Drawing of a body bag and gurney in the half dark near a brick wall. Caption reads: Between a street light and a door someone could come through.

Monday: Sister

Your friendly local funeral director has a sister. She’s not the brightest bulb in the box, and her boyfriend won’t win any local quiz nights.

Photo of a hand and wrist, wearing a smart watch. Caption reads: "Gertrude loved her smart watch."

Tuesday: Hey Siri

Settle in dear reader, while I tell you the strange story of Gertrude and her smart watch….

Drawing of a heart, crying. Caption reads: "They say time heals all wounds."

Wednesday: Time Doesn’t Heal

They say time heals all wounds
but that's really not the truth.
It's a well-intentioned, but
ultimately cruel myth.
Drawing of a room with an armchair, a side table with a drink and a stool. Caption reads: "What exactly was in that drink?"

Thursday: Hypnotherapy

The strange tale of Elizabeth who sought help with one bad habit, only to develop another.

Photo of Bumpy, an elderly black and white cat, lying in a bed. Caption reads: "She said I can't be trusted."

Friday: Can’t be Trusted

Mr Bumpy Cat cannot be trusted alone with the other animals.

Photo of Iris Carden's books. Caption reads: "Excerpt from a book."

Saturday: Excerpt from Group Meeting

The first chapter of a book about some very strange people, in a very strange place.

Best Fictional Monsters and the Brilliant Books They Live In asked me to write a list of book recommendations for them. It was limited to only five in one category. Given the range I both read and write over, that was a challenge. Despite the challenge I gave them five of my favourite Fictional monsters. If you like a good monster story, it’s worth taking a look.

What I’ve Read (Reviews)

Echoes poem by Dawn Renee Miller (Dawn Renee Writes) Beautifully crafted poem, evocatively descriptive, about an owl hunting by night.

Someone Will Pay short story by the Sicicilian Storyteller (The Elephant’s Trunk A very well told riches to rags story of how a quiet, shy, young man lost everything and grew into a bitter, plotting older man.

Afraid of the Dark short story by Bridgette (Bridgette Tales) In an adorable little story, Toothwort Button, a gnome, has gone on a quest to find out why he’s afraid of the dark.

A Review of My Work

Can’t see the text?

The review reads:

Perfect October read……or any time, actually! Muse is a very fast paced, creepy story filled with some unique characters. Iris Carden gives you a good reminder of why if something seems too good to be true, you should RUN!

A Look at a Book

Cover of Group Meeting by Iris Carden. Cover features photo of old, abandoned, abandoned grave.

Group Meeting

(Novella) In a facility for the criminally insane, a group of people with sinister pasts starts to be visited by a girl who doesn’t exist.

Reviews for Group Meeting:

Group Meeting is quite a spotlight into twisted minds and the depths of insanity…engrossing story by Iris Carden with quite the twist at the end…wow! – Dawn (Amazon)

Fascinating, with an amazing twist right at the end. Deep and varied Characterisations and emotive scene setting. It was totally unexpected, and surprised even me. Highly recommended. – Annie (Amazon)

While you’re here…

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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