These days I find I am really enjoying short works of fiction, something that I discussed in Musings…Short Stories and Flash Fiction (click here), and which in turn introduced me to the work of Carol J Forrester…
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Carol J Forrester writes beautifully. If you check out her site, you will find plenty of poetry, short stories and pieces of flash fiction to keep your inner reader content for…well…a long time 🙂 There is so much to choose from I hardly knew where to begin.
So I took my time exploring…What I quickly came to realise as I began reading was that her writing style is both elegant and versatile, often leaving you wondering what happened before and after the piece you have just read, drawing you in. She also has an amazing ability to get a lot of detail into her short pieces and each one is very readable. Great for when you want to read something but don’t have much time on your hands. Some pieces are thought-provoking, some will make you smile but all are well-written and evocative; I found as I read the stories they immediately came to life…
Short Stories and Flash Fiction
Under this section I came across so many short pieces that really captured the imagination and covering a number of differing subjects and genres.
Our Secrets by Carol J Forrester
(used with permission)
Even when the sun found its way to England, her aunt kept the summer house boarded up and bolted shut.
“It isn’t safe.” she’d say, hands resting on Tanya’s shoulders as she steered the child back towards the main house where the rooms were filled with blooming flowers and climbing plants that wove around banisters.
When the cancer set in, years later, stripping Tanya’s aunt of everything that had made her beautiful… they found the papers.
The black and white photos which held more colour than the sunken cheeks of her aunt; a thousand smiles scattered across feet worn floorboards in a summer house Tanya had though the key was lost to.
Untouched, the summer rooms held more dust than furniture and upon the master bed lay her aunt, breath gone, clutching the photo of a woman Tanya could not recognise and her mother refused to look at or name; “she was no one, a mistake, distraction, a ghost your aunt could never let go.”
And from “100-150 Word Stories” I loved The Haunting, which is my favourite read of the day, closely followed by Our Secrets (see above). Other favourites from section included Bliss and Shadow Twists.
The Haunting by Carol J Forrester
(used with permission)
They rattled around the house at all hours of the night. A three AM door slam then hurried whispers and broken plates. You could hear their footsteps from cellar to attic; not a single room was spared their clamour, but she’d be damned if she let them get the best of her.
When she summoned the Reverend, he simply shook his head of perpetually thinning hair and gave a blackened grin.
“I’m afraid this is a little out of my league my dear.” he said. “This is beyond your everyday exorcism. Students are somewhat trickier to evict than ghosts.”
In my opinion, this is definitely flash fiction at its best!
“Headquarters” is Carol’s online fiction series. These longer pieces centre around Sasha who runs Headquarters, an international organisation set up by her grandfather to promote world peace. Since his death however, things haven’t exactly gone to plan…
To begin reading Headquarters, check out the story’s table of contents here. I have only read the first few chapters so far, but I am already hooked and eager to know what happens next…
And did I mention she has published a book of her poetry, Before the Words Run Out…
To read some of Carol’s fabulous writing – and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed – why not check out her site: caroljforrester.wordpress.com