Category Archives: Short Stories

A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward

“He had the heart of an ox, the specialist informed him, a metaphor that had made the evening glass of cognac all the more enjoyable. The cardiologist had failed to appreciate that even the heart of a beast of burden … Continue reading

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

I usually like Hilary Mantel’s work, but I was disappointed by this collection of short stories. Most stories started well, showing promise with vivid evocative imagery, but stalled instead of leading to a satisfying conclusion. The writer’s emphasis seemed to be on creating … Continue reading

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FORTY. (a 1992 short story by Onesimus).

This is my only surviving story. It survives because it was included in an anthology of work published by a University writer’s group. The title of the anthology is Figments. It was published in 1992. The version below is a … Continue reading

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Stories What I wrote III

I tried a few different genres of writing but found I was getting the best response with “horror” stories – or at least those that leaned towards horror. These were especially successful when I read them at monthly “poetry readings”. … Continue reading

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Stories What I Wrote II

Acceptance into the Creative Writing course was the easy part. Presenting a portfolio of writing fragments (written over a long period) helped me get in – but from that point I needed to do something I’d not done since leaving … Continue reading

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Stories What I Wrote.

Bachelor of Creative Arts. That’s the course I started mid-1990. But within a week I’d applied for a transfer to a plain, ordinary Bachelor of Arts degree. My intended major was Creative Writing, but as a BCA student I was … Continue reading

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