Short Fiction

I’m delighted that my story ‘Troubles’ has been published in issue 92 of Wasafiri, the London-based magazine of International Contemporary Writing. Here’s an excerpt:

Not a smile. Not in the mood for talking. She looks straight out of the window. You move into gear and tell yourself to focus. Maybe she looks like one of the Corrs or the Nolans. Even Dana, going further back. Maybe you just recognise the look of the Irish. A face from the old days. Actually, her face looks puffy, especially at the eyes. You should know that’s a sure sign not to start a conversation. She’s dreaming out of the window, and you tell yourself to keep your eyes where you’re going.

You take the squinty bridge route past the flats at Finnieston to avoid the queues at the Kingston. You’ve an airport pick-up in half an hour and can’t risk missing it. People are generous on their way to their holidays, especially if they’ve had a glass or three to steady the nerves and get into the spirit. You were in two minds about taking this woman’s hire when it came up on the screen, but the cab’s been quiet and cash is cash. Anyway, it’s fairly local; she’s only going a couple of miles.

A couple of miles across the … ah, right. That’s when you glance back at the screen and check her destination. That’s why the girl isn’t talkative. And that’s when you remember who it is she reminds you of.

 

I’ve turned to crime! My short story ‘In a Whirl’ features in a fantastic new collection called ‘Happily Never After’. The inspiration for this collection came on the final day of the Crime & Publishment 2016 crime-writing workshop weekend held at The Mill Forge hotel and wedding centre near the heart of Scotland’s legendary home of clandestine weddings, Gretna Green. Obviously, with that as our setting, we were going to write about love and marriage. It would have been criminal not to! The proceeds from sales of this charity anthology go to ‘Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’

 

Booktown Writers have produced their first anthology, with one of my stories in it.

2014-10-19 14.50.19Called Booktown Writings, the anthology consists of the winning and commended stories from their annual Short Story Competition along with contributions from some of Booktown Writers’ own members.

I’m delighted to see ‘Flags’ here. ‘Flags’ won their first competition in 2012.

There’s lots of really good reading in this collection. Booktown Writers meet in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown in beautiful Galloway. Click the link for more info about Booktown Writings and Booktown Writers.

 

New in August 2014 – my short story ‘Plein Sud’ appeared in Gutter 11. Set in the South of France, it features a woman who is disaffected with her seemingly idyllic life.

August 2013 saw the publication of my short story Just Boys, They Were in Gutter 9.

2013-08-29 11.52.04Here’s how The Metro described it:

“The fiction in the current issue (its ninth) specialises in warm but clear-eyed domestic realism. Carol McKay writes about the childcare trials of a Falklands veteran”

See the full review here.

Gutter is really worth subscribing to. It’s now being run as a workers’ cooperative. For more information, visit the Gutter website.

In Autumn 2017, my short story Scarred was published in Southlight 22.

In Autumn 2013, my short story Flags was published in Southlight .

In December 2011, my short story Safety Glass was published in the ezine Spilling Ink Review.

In June 2011, my short story Grit was published in the University of Glasgow e-zine From Glasgow to Saturn. Read it here.

I was delighted when my story Frozen Waste appeared as the opening story in the first edition of Gutter , the magazine of new Scottish writing, in Autumn 2009.

I’ve always been an admirer of Chapman, and was ecstatic when my stories Total Obliteration and Ugly Duckling were published there. You can’t read them online but here are links to issues 107 and 98 on the Chapman website.

My story Decomposing appeared in Mslexia 15.  Mslexia’s a great source of information and inspiration to all writers – male or female!

My short story Unrestricted reached the final six in the last Macallan / Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition.

An ebook of my short fiction (from 1999 – 2009) is available from Pothole Press. Ordinary Domestic: collected short fiction is available for Kindle and on Kobo, and should soon be available on iBooks.