coracaskia

I wrote my first story when I was 7. It was about a fox who went to sea. Since then, the stories and the characters have been an erratic but integral part of my life. When people ask me 'what do you want to do when you grow up?' I always reply that I want to tell stories. Everything else is a day job, or an inspiration. My stories don't follow a 'theme' or a rigid 'genre' definition, they just happen. You can expect to meet ghosts, gargoyles, alchemists, dragons, shape-shifters or my elusive elf, Fyrvern. Oh, and goblins. Lots of goblins. Strangely (to me anyway) a lot of my stories are love stories in some way. They're never conventional ones though - there's even a goblin love story (why shouldn't goblins fall in love? after all, where did you think goblins came from?). I think I just like writing about all the people and creatures who wouldn't ordinarily get a story because they're ugly or somehow 'bad' (ever noticed how those two things are often the same?) - in my stories the goblins and gargoyles come out of the shadows, become more than just faceless villains for the 'good', beautiful people to vanquish. At least, I hope they do... See for yourself!

Fool's Gold

This story was inspired by the recent discovery of a remarkable hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold in Staffordshire, England - see http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/ for more details and pictures of the shiny things!It also owes a debt of inspiration to a lunchtime conversation with a colleague about the lack of provision in modern archaeological practice and legislation for dealing with cursed objects, cyclopean ruins and things that man (and curator) was not meant to wot of...

Goblin Girls

This is a goblin love story. It is written for my fiance, because it's his fault really - he dared me, said that there couldn't be a goblin love story. Well here it is...

Crow Girls part 3

This is the third installment of a longer project - there will be more...

The Piper and the Princess

This is a rather dark fairy story, written around an image, and a central character, who visted me one windry, grey and rain-slicked autumn afternoon...

Fossils

This is an early piece, inspired by time spent actually living in St Monans (which isn't quite like in the story, honestly!).

Crow Girls part 1

This is the beginning of an ongoing story - there will be more installments...

Prologue

This is the beginning of a story, and is therefore still a work in progress, which may grow in the telling... update: it certainly is growing, and seems to have become the beginning for something much bigger - I'll post the next bits as soon as they're ready.

Bathtime

This story happened because of a certain collectable card game, and my general obsession with goblins. There will be more goblin stories...

3 a.m.

This is an odd little story - what happens if you listen to the same song too often late at night...

My Cat

This a very short short story, returning to one of my recurring themes - stone.