Mortal Curse

A strange thing, to write a will. An inherent acceptance of mortality; a signing off one’s allotted portion of time. Life is dark, when you consider it, flanked at either end by black curtains – at birth and death – and one can do no more than stagger forward blindly with a candle flame that illuminates only as far as faith commands. I have turned to thinking perhaps a little too deeply on things, I cannot help myself. I relate to a strange series of events happened long ago…. My friend has just died. Spare no consolations for me; we fell from communications long ago, and he has died of admirable age. I know all too well the pangs of grief, having lost – like many – peoples of whom my life has been so deeply rooted. No, I feel I won’t cry for the man, at least not yet, but a peculiar circumstance surrounding his demise has tickled a rather macabre fancy in my oft drifting mind; a sort of sinister darkness of memory I had not recalled since my youth. At my age the mind starts to play tricks; happenings that once seemed so real I must now remind myself of their tangibility, whilst reminding myself that other monsters are just dreams. But no, the events of this tale are true – of that I pledge with utmost surety.

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UPDATE : Lane Cove Literary Award – Shortlist

In an update from last week’s news – Tower Of Fog and Gull & Leviathan have made the shortlist for the Lane Cove Literary Award under Short Story and Waterbrook Poetry Prize respectively.

It is very exciting and humbling to have made it to the shortlist in both categories. The winners are announced October 29th.

You can read Tower Of Fog and Gull & Leviathan for yourself by following the links below:

Tower Of Fog

Gull & Leviathan – A Fable

 

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Lane Cove Literary Award

Some very exciting news today – Tower Of Fog and Gull & Leviathan have made the longlist for the Lane Cove Literary Award under Short Story and Waterbrook Poetry Prize respectively.

To have my work considered out of the hundreds of entrants is very humbling; congratulations and best of luck to the other finalists, the winners are announced October 29th.

You can read Tower Of Fog and Gull & Leviathan for yourself by following the links below:

Tower Of Fog

Gull & Leviathan – A Fable

 

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Tower Of Fog

Tower Of Fog is a short story written by P.S.Clinen. It has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Atlantis Short Story Competition 2013 and the Lane Cove Literary Award 2014. It appeared in the February 2017 edition of Australia Times Unearthed Fiction magazine. Below is the story in its entirety.


The sun rose, and through the veil of mist, threw its rays with furious abandon at the cloud that perennially coated the mountains. These mountains wound along the bleak coast, corroded fangs weathered by the lashings of sea foam, as stone grey as the sky that stood over them like a loveless parent. They crawled from the earth with the ocean salivating at their heels and reached, reached for the nurturing warmth of sunlight. But the fog remained, the sun set again, and all was lost in eternal monochrome. The northern tower jutted crudely from the peaks, needle-thin, so that the wind that rushed about its zenith whistled like a tuning fork.

In the highest room of the tower, where joviality was given up to the valleys of echoes, Greywaite sat atop a stool.

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Atlantis Short Story Competition 2013 – Top 40 Placing

I am very pleased to share news of my involvement in the Atlantis Short Story Competition 2013. My short story ‘Tower Of Fog’ placed in the top 40 of nearly 200 entrants.

“What I really like about your story is the setting creating an incredibly rich atmosphere pulling me right into your fictional world…” – Chloe Lenz, Atlantis Short Story Competition.

http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

I suppose now is as good a time as any to share ‘Tower Of Fog’ with you all, so click on the rough little drawing of the story’s main protagonist to read it:

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