Category Archives: Short Stories

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James Holden: The Pen Behind His Ear

In an office full of eccentrics, Paul seemed relatively sane by comparison. There were no comedy ties, no opening of meetings with a commentary on Jimmy Webb lyrics, or extreme exercise or dietary regimes. But what he did have, was a … Continue reading

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James Holden: Shiny Happy Person

I hear the song all the time. It’s there when I turn on the radio in the morning, Simon Mayo cheerfully introducing it on Radio One. I turn over to Capital to avoid it, but they’re playing it as well. … Continue reading

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C.G. Menon’s Seascapes

One of our members, C.G. Menon, has won the Asian Writer’s Short Story competition. Her winning entry is called Seascapes, and you can find it via the link below: http://theasianwriter.co.uk/2015/04/the-asian-writer-short-story-competition-winner-seascapes/    

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James Holden: The Box

I’m making my way along like I normally do, eating dirt and whatever’s in it, crapping it out the other end, when I bump into something. Normally this only happens when I feel like coming to the surface and strike a brick … Continue reading

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James Holden: The Missing Cemetery

It had been ten years since I had been to my hometown, but the second wedding of one of school friends lured me back, where fiftieth birthdays and school reunions had failed. As I pulled off the motorway it occurred … Continue reading

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James Holden: The Bureau

Paul had won a small amount of money in a writing competition, and it was burning a hole in his pocket. He decided that he had two choices: use it as funds for entering more competitions, or spend it on … Continue reading

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James Holden: Roses

This story is a response to a writing prompt set by fellow Asylum member Mat Danaher. The prompt he set was “a rose by any other name”, and you can read more about it here. If asked, Jean Butterman would … Continue reading

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