Christmas story up on Horror Tree/Siren’s Call and 2019 writing plans… including Marilyn Monroe…

which is set in Keighley’s Cliffe Castle

This room features prominently in the story.

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – one Christmas Eve by Alyson Faye

The dead-eyed squirrel stares at me from its glass case, poised on its perch for eternity. We exchange looks. I blink first. Score one –  to the squirrel. Turning away I lock the cabinet doors and click off the overhead lights. The shadows rush in to swallow the taxidermists’ trophies.

Keighley Castle Museum is closing early as it’s Christmas Eve. Everyone’s packing up or getting ready to hit the shops, or go to the pub or meet up with their partners and children. The usual stuff. Me, I’m in no hurry. There’s no one waiting. Not any more…


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Free horror mag with great fiction in to download and read off Siren’s Call– try one- you won’t regret it. they are a really supportive editing team too.


What will 2019 bring for me?

I have signed up for a mentoring package with talented Leeds based thriller writer Ali Harper who will help me grow my crime novella set in post war Britain into a novel- big gulp ie about 90,000 words- I am excited but trepidacious- is that a word? Think film noir with a femme fatale, dashes of murder, sex and double dealing, twisting and turning through nightclubs and back alleys in Birmingham and London, leading to a femme powered conclusion.

I will try to write some short fiction along the way to keep my writing muscles in tone and I will be teaching a new workshop – on Marilyn Monroe – for another passion of mine is the Golden Age of Hollywood.

at the Craft House in May. Very much looking forward to this.

I will be attending Edgelit again in July 2019 in Derby Quad and I am involved in 2 local writing groups as well as teaching my own writers’ monthly drop in class at the Craft House.


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Whatever you are doing in 2019 – enjoy it, let it empower you and try new things out.

best wishes to you all

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