Downsizing short story by Iris Carden Elsie hated moving, but now the children were grown and out on their own, the family home was far too big for her alone. That’s why she’d bought the little two-bedroom Queenslander she’d seen for sale for a ridiculously low price. Perhaps she should have questioned why the seller…… Continue reading Downsizing

Vampire’s Kiss

Vampire’s Kiss poem by Iris Carden Awaking from a fevered dream, a memory of mesmerising eyes, a voice, low and strong fading into the night. Lethargy. Overwhelming fatigue. Two small wounds on pale skin, so much paler than before. Blood smear on the pillow. Confusion. A sense of dread desire for something unknown. A window…… Continue reading Vampire’s Kiss

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve short story by Iris Carden There’s a story that traces the vampire heritage back to Judas Iscariot. The story goes that after Judas betrayed Jesus, he attempted suicide, but God wouldn’t give him the mercy of death and turned him into the first vampire. I don’t believe that’s true. I couldn’t imagine…… Continue reading New Year’s Eve

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

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 Story Carrier

The Story Carrier Short story by Iris Carden My biggest mistake ever was not listening to my grandmother. She didn’t read, at all. She refused to allow books in her house. I couldn’t understand it. I always loved reading. Right from my first fairytale stories as a little child, I was always reading. I would…… Continue reading The Story Carrier