Tony & Tarantula

Tony is sat working at his grey desk in the grey office he shares with thirty other accountants. At exactly four thirty, he will turn fifty. Tony’s wife, Joyce, is standing on the parquet floor of the kitchen in their semi-detached bungalow that very moment baking his favourite cake – the one topped with butterscotch…

Sex, Swearing, Violence and God: The Best Way To Ban A Book

From 2000 to 2009, nearly 5,100 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom concerning the content of fiction books. Before we get to the fun bit, let’s have the fascinating bit. Here’s the breakdown of themes challenged: 1,577 were challenged due to “sexually explicit” material; 1,291 for “offensive language”; 989 owing to materials…

How To Make The Truth More Energetic, Scary or Heartbreaking

If you’re anything like me, you rave about the kinds of stories that take you somewhere special or make you feel something different. I like the fiction I read to tweak my internal settings and show me new things. Animal Farm made me feel anger and sadness, but taught me something important about life. American…

Discover Carla’s Books

Two corporate drones are stuck in a dead-end job they secretly loathe and suspicious deviant Maxwell D. Kalist is their boss. When sexy new recruit, Caitlyn Brichacek, arrives their working world is tipped slowly upside-down, but not in the way they hoped. Bravery, lies and decency are the first threads that begin to unravel. After…

Why You Don’t Have To Fear Your Nightmares

Everyone has a nightmare once in a while, that terrifying moment when you wake in fear, palms sweating, heart racing, wondering where you are. Some scientists believe bad dreams are a natural coping strategy for life’s stresses and strains and might even help us deal with our problems. But what’s worse than waking up from…