Simon Collings

stories, poetry, reviews

Tag: flash fiction

Six quite short stories

I have just had six new short prose pieces published by Fortnightly Review. I have copied one of them below. I hope you’ll check out the others via the link above.


If this were a dream, a typical interpretation might suggest it is some aspect of myself I wish to destroy. So I contemplate for some time the option of cutting his throat with a carving knife. Stabbing him through the ribs is another possibility I toy with. Both actions are available as plausible narratives, and their being available suffices, it seems, to diffuse the threat of his intimidating presence. Carrying out the actions becomes unnecessary, it is enough to simply imagine them, and the substance of the menace, in fact even the existence of my aggressor, becomes questionable, as though the progress of events has irrevocably altered the nature of their beginnings, and what appeared to be a tale about conflict and violence is now open to promiscuous possibilities. I lash out. The energy and ferocity of my punches are enough to render invisible an enemy with whom I never make contact. The darkness before me is an empty void, my fists meeting nothing but air, the face of the fiend not even glimpsed. Or I rehearse again in my mind a kick to the ribs, to the head, of my floored opponent, admiring the balletic grace of my invincibility as if I were a spectator. I replay these highlights at will, watching in slow motion the jolt of his head as my boot connects with his jaw.



I have a short prose piece Decor in this weeks edition of International Times, with great artwork from Claire Palmer accompanying it.


Six short stories

Six new very short stories of mine have just been published in Fortnightly Review.

Two prose poems in International Times

The online magazine International Times has recently published two of my short prose pieces – Wildlife Hot Spot and Hermit Wanted. I’m pleased to have my work appear in this excellent publication.

Four new short prose pieces

Four of my short fiction pieces have just been published by Fortnightly Review. These are new work. I hope you enjoy them. I am currently putting together a collection of my prose poems/micro-fictions for publication as a book.