Troubled Waters

4303225_origGood news this morning – I have a new short story available at Pulp Metal Magazine.

‘Troubled Waters’ (the plural is deliberate!) is set in Liverpool during the recent riots, with flashbacks to the Toxteth riots in the early 1980s.  I arrived at university in the city less than a year after those riots and I can still remember the burned-out cinema and a feeling of quiet anger on the streets.  I’ve tried to capture some of that atmosphere in the story – let me know if I succeeded.

As well as riots, the story features Simon & Garfunkel, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and a magic flute!  Not bad in something dark, poignant and disturbing…

You can find the story here and I hope you enjoy it.

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Troubled Waters

What do you get if you cross the Pied Piper of Hamelin with the Liverpool riots, with a little bit of Simon & Garfunkel thrown in?  The answer isn’t a joke, it’s my latest short story, ‘Troubled Waters’, which I heard on Saturday had been accepted by Grift magazine for their music-themed third issue.

The story is no joke either, but a dark, even elegiac tale of childhood magic, and the effect it has on a pair of life-long criminals caught up in the aftermath of the inner-city riots of a couple of years ago.  It was inspired partly by the old classic ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water’ and partly by my own experience of living in two of the cities affected by the riots (Birmingham in 2011 and Liverpool during the famous Toxteth riots of 1981).  Oh, and by the famous tale of the Pied Piper, although this doesn’t involve either rats or the mass abduction of children, you’ll be pleased to hear.

I don’t yet know when the magazine is due out but I’ll post further details as soon as I have them.  In the meantime, why not track down ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and sing along to it, for old times’ sake?  It’s a great song!