Fortune short story by Iris Carden It was meant to be a joke, a bit of fun. Kate didn’t really believe in fortune telling. She’d entered Madame Zarina’s tent and handed over her money, as a joke, a fun thing she could talk about when she got home. In the dark, cluttered space, the old…… Continue reading Fortune


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

The Venomous Void Chapter 12

Happy Birthday Wendy chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Marci and her mother returned to Peacock Valley from their holiday at the beach.  Marci brought Wendy a necklace made of shells she had picked up on holidays. Wendy had a gift for her as well.  It was a copy of the mythology book she had…… Continue reading The Venomous Void Chapter 12


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

Venomous Void Chapter 11

Fruit for Bobby chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden. At home, they found Mr Glanville was visiting.  He was telling Bobby what it was like to be an Ancient. “You will grow at a normal rate until you’re an adult, then your aging will slow down.  While all the people your own age get older,…… Continue reading Venomous Void Chapter 11

The Venomous Void Chapter 9

The Garden Chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Eventually, the group started to see light, instead of just fog and dead trees, and the dim light from their lamps and the thread. The fog around them seemed to be slightly thinner, and they could see further in front of them. “I thought I…… Continue reading The Venomous Void Chapter 9

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