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

Techno Ghost

Techno Ghost short story by Iris Carden Senior Agent Jo Burns called Trainee Agent Harry Smythe to her office. As always, she quizzed him about his knowledge on the subject before taking him on assignment. “What do you know about ghosts, Harry?” “Most ghosts are deceased humans with unfinished business. Poltergeists are the outworking of…… Continue reading Techno Ghost

Colony Chapter Sixteen

Cats chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden There was an alert from the gate.  An electronic voice said, “Zaratin official to see Angela James. Official has no weapon.” They let the official in.  Edward and James didn’t bother going to hide.  It did not have a weapon, the only thing on the belt…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Sixteen


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

They Do Not Exist

They Do Not Exist short story by Iris Carden Senior Agent Jo Burns read the email alert, sent from the police station five storeys above her head. Three victims, all with neck wounds, all exsanguinated. She replied with instructions for the bodies to be moved to the HDU mortuary, and the police investigation to cease…… Continue reading They Do Not Exist

Colony Chapter Fifteen

Bang! chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Jamie’s email had one word: “Bang!” “So what are we doing while the explosives go off? Do we stay here? Do we hide in the bunker? What?” Angela asked the household. “None of you are going to work today, that’s for sure,” Adam said.  “The question…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Fifteen


Andy short story by Iris Carden Mum said keeping a diary might help me adjust to all the changes. I’m giving it a go, but it’s all just so much. Two weeks ago, I just had normal grade eleven girl problems. Could I juggle Debating practice with Netball training, with my Ancient History and English…… Continue reading Andy