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


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


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


Exhumations short story by Iris Carden There’s a reason my unofficial body disposals are only ever done through the crematorium. That’s a tradition my father began as soon as he took over the business from his father. In my grandfather’s day, cremations weren’t so popular in Australia, so his only option was burials, and there…… Continue reading Exhumations

The Week in Review

What I’ve Written Sunday: Pundamonium A bit of nonsense, which will either amuse or annoy you, depending how you feel about puns. Monday: Cult The strange tale of Julie who inherited a nice house in a not-so-nice street. Tuesday: Reality The strange tale of Hilda, who had an accident and then had a reality check.…… Continue reading The Week in Review