Big Bad Wolf

Big Bad Wolf short story by Iris Carden HDU Senior Agent Jo Burns was asleep. In her dream, she was following a little girl in a red hooded cloak through a strange purple forest. “Slow down!” she called to the girl. The girl replied, in her deceased daughter Katie’s voice, “Hurry Mummy! Watch out for…… Continue reading Big Bad Wolf


Busybody short story by Iris Carden Settle in, dear reader, while I tell you the strange tale of Agnes, who loved to mind everyone else’s business, but learned not everyone puts up with busybodies. At sixty-five, Agnes finally retired from her factory job, sold the house she’d inherited from her parents, which was too big…… Continue reading Busybody

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary short story by Iris Carden Settle in dear reader, while I tell you the strange tale of Rachael, who made fun of people who believed in things she thought weren’t real. Rachael was a relatively successful social media influencer. Her brand was all about disparaging people’s beliefs. It didn’t matter if it was…… Continue reading Bloody Mary

Family Lies Chapter 2

Family Lies Chapter 2: Lunch chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Emily carried the tray into her mother’s sitting room. “I thought we might have lunch together, if that’s OK,” she said. Elsie had been watching the television.  She turned her head to look at Emily, and gave a small smile. “What’s your…… Continue reading Family Lies Chapter 2


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