Atlantean short story by Iris Carden I made it to 16 before my parents told me the truth. We’re descendants of demigods, and our ancestors lived in Atlantis. Some of our family still lives there. I’ve got a pretty strong bulldust detector, but strangely that their story actually came across to me as true. I…… Continue reading Atlantean


Mushrooms poem by Iris Carden Wild mushrooms will appear in the damp earth after rain. They might be gone for ages, when it’s rained they’re back again. If you step on a mushroom you may hear a satisfying pop, might see fungal explosion, and see no reason to stop. Don’t step on that mushroom that…… Continue reading Mushrooms


Witch short story by Iris Carden Ariana Sutton and her friend and employee Orsinius Wishlet had coffee together most mornings before opening Ariana’s hair salon. This morning Ariana told her friend about a strange experience of the night before. “I dreamed, well I think it was a dream, about a strange old woman being in…… Continue reading Witch


Fairytale short story by Iris Carden Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a princess had an argument with her father. “Why do you want me to marry Alfred, Father?” Princess Andromeda asked. “Creating a link between the two kingdoms, will increase my power and influence,” King Urghart replied. “But he’s boring,…… Continue reading Fairytale


Pixie short story by Iris Carden I was writing the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper. It was a ball-point pen, so not all that old-fashioned. As I wrote, something strange happened with my previous paragraph. the ink seemed to melt from its place on the lined page, pool and pull together. Then it shaped…… Continue reading Pixie

Hailey and the Haunted House

Hailey and the Haunted House Short story by Iris Carden and special guest author Johanna (aged 8) Hailey had a magical bed. Each night it took her to a different strange and interesting place. One night, Hailey woke up during the night to find she was in a very dark, very creepy room, not a…… Continue reading Hailey and the Haunted House

Rainbows and Unicorns

Rainbows and Unicorns Poem by Iris Carden Rainbows and unicorns, faeries and gnomes, there’s a magical world, not far from home. Down the garden path, in forest, near stream, the magic is waiting, you know what I mean. Feel the whimsy of a magical location, there’s always a way through imagination. Whatever you’re doing, wherever…… Continue reading Rainbows and Unicorns

Siren Song

Siren Song Short story by Iris Carden “Selina, welcome to the Morning Show,” the interviewer said, in her overly bright and bubbly manner. Selina had already forgotten her name. “It’s great to be here,” Selina answered. “You’re in town for the big concert tonight, and I understand tickets for the arena have already sold out.”…… Continue reading Siren Song