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

The Venomous Void Chapter 5

The Problem at Home Chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Wendy, Frederick, and Toad arrived home to find Maria and David very worried. “What’s wrong?” Wendy asked. “Bobby’s sick,” Maria said simply.  “Conventional medicine can’t help.  I’ve tried using my Watchitt abilities, but it won’t work.  You’re stronger than me. I need you to try.” They…… Continue reading The Venomous Void Chapter 5

The Venomous Void Chapter 4

Communications by Iris Carden The head of communications for the Ivory Tower was a Watchitt named Nancy.  She was a grey-haired lady who looked like she should be someone’s grandmother.  (Not Wendy’s grandmother of course, she had Queen Bertha in that role.) “These look like really old-fashioned telephones,” Wendy said, looking at a long bench filled with…… Continue reading The Venomous Void Chapter 4