‘Benedic Mihi, Pater’ now available in ‘Tales of the Nun & Dragon’ anthology.

Just to let you know that my short story –  ‘Benedic Mihi, Pater’  – is now available to purchase as part of the Fox Spirit Press anthology, ‘Tales of the Nun & Dragon’.

Fox Spirit Press - ‘Tales of the Nun & Dragon’ anthology
Edited and Collected by Adele Wearing
Book Description
Come, rest your weary bones, draw a flagon and hark to the tales of Nuns & Dragons, of bravery and steadfastness in the face of mighty and implacable foes. Settle down and indulge yourself in wild flights of fancy brought to life by your fellow travellers.”

The Nun & Dragon is a local like no other – share in the wild and wonderful tellings of a gifted panoply of authors, tales replete with wonder, a liberal coating of mysticism, the odd splash of darkness and a sprinkling of grim humour.

With Stories By:
Adrian Tchaikovsky, V.C.Linde, Ren Warom, Wayne Simmons, Francesca Terminiello, Sarah Cawkwell, Cat Connor, Catherine Rogers, Joan De La Haye, Mark West, Simon Bestwick, S.J.Caunt, Pat Kelleher, K.A.Laity, Andrew Reid, Colin F Barnes, Karen Davies, Geraldine Clark Hellery, Sammy HK Smith, Peter Ray Allison, Jay Faulkner, Jasper Bark, Mhairi Simpson.

Teaser (from ‘Benedic Mihi, Pater’):
Her finger reached up, the wooden knots of the rosary biting into her hand, and caught the seventh tear as it formed. Quietly, reverently, she balanced the small transparent orb on the tip. Staring at the refracted images within, she paused, breathing deep as her sobs ceased. With resolution she reached down and placed the seventh tear directly into the water and sat back against the stone.
Waiting.
In the distance the surf still warred with the sand but here, below her perch of jutting rock, the waters calmed as a perfect circle of still blue formed among the crashing waves.
The waters parted, in the centre of that circle, cascading down a head that pushed its way – birth-like – through its wet embrace. She finally blinked, her brain trying to make sense of what she saw: silver-grey scales covered the torpedo-like face from which black pools stared up at her at in one moment of her blink and then, as her eyes opened again, the pale and angular face – flat and still, devoid of emotion – of a man replaced the reptilian form. Only the eyes remained the same.
“You came.”

Purchase information
Available now from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com , and shortly on Wizards Tower Press

About Fox Spirit Press
Fox Spirit believes that day to day life lacks a few things, like the fantastic, the magical, the mischievous, even a touch of the horrific. We aim to rectify that bringing you ebooks from people who believe, as we do, that we could all do with a little more of those.

You can contact Fox Spirit at ‘adele (@) foxspirit (dot) co (dot) uk’ and follow on Twitter @FoxSpiritBooks

Find out more here: http://www.foxspirit.co.uk

Review copies
Review copies are available by request at info@jayfaulkner.com

 

Short story ‘En Pointe’ now available at Metro Moms Network.

 Just to let you know that my short story – ‘En Pointe’ – is now available to read over at Metro Fiction, the fiction column at Metro Moms Network.

Teaser: “Personal space was a distant memory as everyone was forced into uncomfortable proximity; little more than cattle. They huddled even closer – for warmth and comfort – pressed together despite the fetid smells that pervaded the air. Sweat, vomit, urine and other bodily excretions stained clothing and floor alike as people languished in their own filth. Three days inside the wagon, without food or water, had taken its toll mentally, physically and emotionally. Blank faces stared ahead with unseeing eyes. Low moans of despair were muted by deprivation and the never-ending cacophony of the shriek of metal on metal as the miles of track were eaten up.”

To read the rest of ‘En Pointe’ please click here.  Please feel free to comment about the story.

This story will be available as part of Metro Fiction’s anthology, ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ later this year.