The Gate at Windows Gardens

(As always, if you enjoy this short tale, please check out my works on Amazon. Also, if the horror intrigues you, please pre-order my new horror book Deep Down There from Unbound – OJ)

A warm spring day. Birds singing. Sun shining. Everything in it’s right place.

And for John & Denise Lockett, a perfect time to spend a day in the park.

They are on holiday, you see. Up from the coast to see what the Capital has to offer. Sure, it has it’s bright lights and ominous towers full of all sorts of wonder, but the Lockett’s are simple folk. They like the odd ramble and saunter into nature. If they had a child, they would show it the flora and fauna. If they had a dog, they would walk it miles upon miles.

They have neither. So they walk alone. Together.

The worst kind of loneliness.

Still, that won’t matter soon enough. Continue reading The Gate at Windows Gardens

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The Invisibility Prank

(For more short stories, please visit my Amazon page. As always, hope you enjoy – OJ)

Dear Dr Willman,

I write this in the hopes that it will aid the recovery of my friend, Claire Dobrick. I was recently advised that she had been taken into care after another suicide attempt, and that her overall mental health was getting worse. I know that her… condition isn’t that easy to understand, but hopefully with this bit of background knowledge, it will make her recovery that much easier for all.

Full disclosure as well: This hasn’t been mentioned prior simply because… well, it’s difficult. Mostly because it sounds ludicrous, and it dredges up some really bad memories. Continue reading The Invisibility Prank

Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer (Part 16)

(Welcome to the ongoing serialisation of Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer, the first in the Kirk Sandblaster series of sci-fi comedy books. In these tales, we follow cock-sure Kirk Sandblaster as he travel the Universe looking for adventure with his alien side-kick, Xlaar.

You can buy the whole book – and the series so far – through AmazonLulu – OJ)

 

Xdian’s, it should be noted, while absolutely dumb to an almost impressive degree, are very handy with blunt instruments. So handy in fact, that when it comes to advanced weaponry, they’re just so stupid enough to be able to re-arm it again.

Not to a lethal degree, of course. Martian technology is far too advanced for that sort of re-adjustment. But the wonders that can be done with a few sharp blows from a heavy instrument and some left over cillinium. It can bluntly remove any sort of safety measures in place, and leave you with something that can pack enough of a punch for you to wake up and wonder where the week went.

They hammered everything from laser pistols, which left a nasty mark, to “Boomers” which could rock a small district and maybe dislodge a few mid-sized trinkets. But their Trailblazer Missiles were their main export. Designed to disable spacecraft, with a little bit of Xdian denting they maintain their impressive speed while also adding a blind, explodey quality when making contact. All semblance of subtlety is removed, replaced by a pretty little BANG. Continue reading Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer (Part 16)

Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer (Part 15)

(Welcome to the ongoing serialisation of Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer, the first in the Kirk Sandblaster series of sci-fi comedy books. In these tales, we follow cock-sure Kirk Sandblaster as he travel the Universe looking for adventure with his alien side-kick, Xlaar.

You can buy the whole book – and the series so far – through AmazonLulu – OJ)

 

Now that the Gas Planet had a GAF wreckage at its core, the treasure hold was now flung far out of its orbit and free to float in the big mystery of deep space. If it had thoughts, which of course it hadn’t but stick with us here, then it would consider the magnitude of possibilities it now had at its disposal. It would think of all the exotic planets it could fly past, observing it from a deity-like level of perspective. It could encounter strange life-forms, as they flew past it and knew nothing of what it contained. It could just be a simple, unidentified treasure hold, without any of the pressures that came with being a planets nucleus and containing lots and lots of fortune.

Unfortunately for the treasure hold, which definitely wasn’t sentient, Kirk Sandblaster and his Zaarian sidekick Xlaar knew it contained treasure, so during its few fleeting moments of independence, it found itself grabbed by the four beefy arms of the Bounty’s co-pilot.

On board, Sandblaster was celebrating. Once again he had defied the perils the galaxy threw at him, past treacherous gamblers, mega-suns and hostile bar members. Right now, Cartereli ale in hand and feet aloft, he felt pretty good. Everything was coming up Sandblaster. Continue reading Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer (Part 15)

Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer (Part 14)

(Welcome to the ongoing serialisation of Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer, the first in the Kirk Sandblaster series of sci-fi comedy books. In these tales, we follow cock-sure Kirk Sandblaster as he travel the Universe looking for adventure with his alien side-kick, Xlaar.

You can buy the whole book – and the series so far – through AmazonLulu – OJ)

 

On the other end of the communications link up with their pursuers, the Ghurians were getting restless.

“Finally! Treasure! Where treasure?”

“Look, you can’t just have treasure.” Sandblaster went about explaining, “You must earn treasure, and sometimes that requires some back story.”

“TREASURE!” The Ghurians roared back, their voices crackling due to the excessive volume.

“Are you not enjoying the tale?”

“… yes.”

“And if I told you there were further twists?”

The Ghurians stayed silent, scolded like petulant children which to be honest, was the level of their intelligence.

“I thought so.” Sandblaster smugly said to himself, leaning back in his chair. Continue reading Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer (Part 14)

Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer (Part 13)

(Welcome to the ongoing serialisation of Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer, the first in the Kirk Sandblaster series of sci-fi comedy books. In these tales, we follow cock-sure Kirk Sandblaster as he travel the Universe looking for adventure with his alien side-kick, Xlaar.

You can buy the whole book – and the series so far – through AmazonLulu – OJ)

 

“I thought you didn’t fear anything?” Xlaar asked, faintly amused at Sandblaster’s nervous reaction to the news of heading to the Dark Quadrant.

“I don’t.”

“Then why are you scared of going there?”

“I’m not.”

“Then why are you nervous?”

“Because… I need the loo.” Continue reading Kirk Sandblaster: Space Adventurer (Part 13)