New story of mine up on Horror Tree- A Second Hand Haunting set in Bridlington….

It’s a 1500 worder, so quite a long one for me! We holidayed many times in Brid as a family and I have fond memories of the town.

A Second Hand Haunting

“Used Tombstone for sale.” The ad drew her eye.

“Here read this Luke.” Roxy’s red painted fingernail jabbed at the newspaper.

Luke was busy feeding the seagulls,  “Big buggers these gulls,” he muttered.

It was the third day of their mini holiday to Bridlington. Luke couldn’t wait to get home. His Roxy had done nothing but sulk, moan and eat since they’d arrived. Why couldn’t she just enjoy herself? He watched her forcing more chips between her pink glossy lips……


The Viewing

A new piece of flash fiction up- 300 worder- inspired by a workshop I attended at Writers’ Day Leeds Uni Trinity Horsforth

Horror Scribes

by Alyson Faye

Titus’ corpse looks as handsome in death as in life, Amelia thought, as she bent to kiss his cold cheek.

Her eyes filled with tears. She missed her husband’s voice, his touch, his laugh.
Amelia strode to the parlour door, locked it, pulled the heavy drapes closed before extracting a pair of silver stork handled sewing scissors from her velvet drawstring pouch. Bending over her dead husband’s head she snipped a lock of his blonde hair. For her locket, to be worn next to her heart.

“Mama are you there?”

Amelia smoothed her hair and opened the door. Facing her was her youngest child, Ernest. She eyed her exuberant son, then bending she whispered in his ear. Ernest nodded several times before he hop scotched his way across the hall.

The pile of black edged calling cards lay on the table. A reminder of the duties expected…

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Free Short story comp linked to Ryedale Book Festival…

Many thanks to Irene Lofthouse for flagging this free to enter comp up:-

Short Story Competition in association with the Blackthorn Press

Ryedale Book Festival and Blackthorn Press are joining forces to present an exciting opportunity for writers in the United Kingdom who are over 18 years old, to see their short story in print! There are also cash prizes for the three winning entries [1st £ 250; 2nd £ 150; 3rd £ 100].

The competition opens on 25th January and the deadline for submissions is 9:00 am on 31st March 2018. Please note ENTRY is FREE and by EMAIL ONLY. The best ten stories will be published by Blackthorn Press in a perfectly bound anthology as well as in eBook format.

The winners will be announced at a Ryedale Book Festival event in Malton, North Yorkshire on 22nd September when the printed books will also be on sale.

Please click here to download the Competition Rules and T&Cs
Terms and Conditions

FREE 100 word comp to enter on Chris Fielden’s Flash Fiction site- using adverbs- naturally, literally….

Rules & How To Enter

This is a flash fiction challenge. Here are the rules:

  • 100 words max
  • please include a title for your story (not included in word count)
  • try and use as many adverbs as you can
  • entry is FREE
  • anyone can enter
  • no more than 1 entry per person please
  • no profanity please – the competition has been shared with schools/children
  • your adverb-riddled tales will be published on this page
  • every time we receive 100 stories, we’ll publish all of them in a book
  • any money made through anthology sales will go to charity
  • by submitting, you accept the terms and conditions
  • when anthologies are published, you will be involved in the book launch process
  • submit your story by filling in the comments form below
  • include a short biography (40 words max) for use in the published book – if you don’t supply a bio, we will be unable to publish your story
  • include 1 link (optional) to your website, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc.

So far, we’re received 340 entries. We need 60 more to publish the next anthology.

New Drabble out of mine on Horror Tree and a free comp….

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Trembling With Fear 03/04/2018

Trash by Alyson Faye

“Run! Go on!”

Millie tottered on her stilettos. A baby giraffe trapped in a rubbish strewn back alley.

“I’m counting- 1 – 2 -3…”…

Note -(you know it’s never good news when someone starts counting, unless you’re 5 years old and playing hide and seek).



Entries on the subject of anything known to man, set in past, present or future, yet somehow involving ​PLASTIC.

  • fiction of up to 1500 words (500 words minimum)

  • submitted by Sunday midnight 15th April 2018

Love it or hate it but use it, insert it however you wish, to make a momentous story told in compelling style.

My interview with Australian horror writer Deborah Sheldon is up on Horror Tree…

Unfortunately this interview did not involve an all expenses paid trip for me to Australia- I wish- but was conducted by email- sigh.


I can highly recommend Deborah’s fiction, she is an engaging, entertaining and macabre writer of horror.

Deborah has been busy on social media sharing the links to our interview-

There is some useful info for writers about structuring and submitting stories on Deborah’s blog- so go have a look 🙂

I have had to choose an avatar to go with my interview name- so chose this writer’s mug photograph  ‘cos I can so relate to the 1-8 steps on there-  and I didn’t want to use a boring old author pic of me grinning inanely.

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