Author: Corporate Clarke

Fiction writer

Rusalka Part 4

Benji Most of the people here are as reserved as I want to be. It’s forcing me to do most of the talking. I’m finally vibing with a small group. Yana hasn’t come over to interrupt this one. I’m explaining our journey to three women and the man who let us in. The women are […]

Rusalka Part 3

Benji I’m annoyed, that I’m annoyed, that Daniel has landed us on our feet. This was the best outcome. But I’m annoyed. The guesthouse Yana has taken us to is a brick oasis. The room is at the top of the five floors. Unreachable old spiderwebs hang in the corners of the ceiling. The lamps […]

Rusalka Part 2

Benji Just put an albatross around my neck. Daniel thinks I didn’t hear him but I did. We’re lost. There should be no river on our right but there is. I can see it from the road now anyway. And what’s the solution? Go to some unpronounceable town because there might be a party. Great […]

Rusalka Part 1

Benji I don’t realise that I am in another microsleep until I come out of it and nearly commit suicide. My first instinct is to pull the car into the left hand lane where the oncoming traffic is travelling at a relative speed of 140 miles per hour. In a fraction of a second I […]


This story was written in response to a writing prompt on r/writingprompts. The writing prompt was: [SP] You are a retired superhero trying to dissuade a young child from trying to be like you. Rain Images of infernos light up the TV screen. The news ticker at the bottom of the screen tells you that it’s […]

Broken Stone

This story was written in response to a writing prompt on r/writingprompts. The writing prompt was: You’re bored at lunchtime during school. You pick up a rock and throw it, and instead of falling back to the ground, it keeps flying until you can’t see it anymore Broken Stone 5th January 2020 You push away […]

Office Move Day

Below is my submission for round 1 of NYC Midnight’s 100 word microfiction challenge The brief was: Genre: Comedy Subject: Moving a couch Word: Announce. Length: 100 words Time limit: 24 hours * Office Move Day  “Doc,” he shouts, from the consulting room, “where did you get this couch from?” “It’s an antique chaise lounge, […]

Thirty-Six-Million Roubles 

  Picture is: Gwendolen Harleth at the roulette table(illustration to Daniel Deronda). Written for NYC Midnight’s short story challenge 2020. My brief was as follows: Genre: Fairy Tale Subject: Addiction Character: A train conductor Time limit: 8 days Word Count: 2,500 words Once upon a time there was a steam train that carried the richest gamblers and […]

Pagliacci the Clown

Picture: Portrait of Enrico Caruso as Canio in Pagliacci from a postcard published circa 1904 (public domain)   Written for NYC Midnight’s Microfiction Challenge 2019 – round 1. My brief was as follows: Genre: Comedy Action: Setting an alarm Word: Exotic Time limit: 1 day Word Count: 250 words * I set the timer on my phone […]


  Picture: Bonjour, Pierrot! by Ethel Wright (public domain).   Friday, 24th June, 2016 Your alarm goes off at 6.30am. When you roll over to switch off your iPhone you see dozens of unread messages on your phone. They read, “I can’t believe it”, “We’re fucked,” “I’m ashamed,” “I’m leaving,” “Getting my Irish passport,” and […]