Gingerbread short story by Iris Carden HDU Senior Agent Jo Burns was sitting across the desk from Inspector David Webber in his office.   “I don’t know,” he said.  “This could be one of yours, or it could be a run of the mill psychopath.  I think I need you on board, just in case.”…… Continue reading Gingerbread


Aftermath short story by Iris Carden It is a strange group of beings who are gathered in the burrow on the border between reality and unreality. There is Orsinius Wishlet, a wisp, short and bald with over-large pointed ears. He is a reformed kleptomaniac, and a hoarder, and this burrow, his home, is cluttered with…… Continue reading Aftermath

A Strange Request

A Strange Request short story by Iris Carden The tall, gaunt woman in the long black dress swept through the quiet outer Brisbane street.  She smiled slightly on overhearing a youthful voice say, “Boomer goth.” The teenager had no idea. Entering the nondescript bookshop, the woman ignored the bored cashier and walked purposefully to the…… Continue reading A Strange Request


Listen to this post as a podcast Rock short story by Iris Carden Settle in, dear reader, while I tell you the strange tale of Paula, who thought her opinion mattered more than anyone else’s. Paula was famous, mostly for expressing herself very loudly and offensively. Her long-suffering assistant Carol did her best to regulate…… Continue reading Rock


Yowie short story by Iris Carden Trainee Agent Harry Smythe arrived into the office early, and was shocked to discover a large ape-like creature mopping the office floor. He stood frozen to the spot, staring at the creature, not knowing what he should do. Agent Marissa Tyler arrived. “Still working?” she said to the creature.…… Continue reading Yowie


Green short story by Iris Carden Senior Agent Jo Burns received a phone call from the HDU’s police contact Inspector David Webber. “We’ve got a lost child for you,” David said. “When did we become responsible for lost children?” Jo asked. “When the kid’s green.” “Green?” “Green. Green skin. Green hair. Green eyes. Speaks, but…… Continue reading Green


Wolf short story by Iris Carden Senior Agent Jo Burns had been called to the office of Inspector David Webber, the police liaison with the HDU. She was surprised to find the Queensland Premier already in the office, waiting for her. The Premier passed a manila file folder, labelled “confidential”, to Jo. “Do you know…… Continue reading Wolf


Krampus short story by Iris Carden Trainee Agent Harry Smythe put a small decorated Christmas tree and a model Santa on his desk. Agent Marissa Tyler, walking past, stopped and said, “Put the Santa away before Jo sees it. She’ll go ballistic.” “But it’s just Christmas stuff. Is this a religious thing or something?” “No,…… Continue reading Krampus