Digital Ischemia

Wacky, witty, over-wrought, Scottish short fiction

Recent highlights

One Week with Mr Broadwood – an inept revenge farce of approx. 21,000 words, serialised in seven parts, starting at MONDAY – You should never go back to school. The latest in my annual Longer Reads for Lammas collection.

The Romantic Miscommunications Of Yesteryear – a brief comic dialogue about mistaken connections

In Two Acts – a short audio play, layering misdirection without losing direction, hopefully

Defrosting – a 45 minute audio mystery drama about melting ice cracking open a woman’s life

Using My Dictaphone, and Other Transcription Errors – I am often misunderstood, not just by people; a short miscellany of crossed wires, followed by a second ‘helping’ at Using My Dictaphone, and other Transcription Errors, cont’d


Eco-fiction, scripts, essays

Companion Animals – a short comic episode of small-scale communal living, following Angry Buzz

Ghost-fishing – a brief Call My Bluff-style brain-teaser

Animal Emancipation – an ecocentric essay looking back from the future

Magic Circles – a short fairy-tale about fellow creatures and freedom

Pigs – a short story with animal liberation taking a grisly turn

Teeth – a short story of wide-eyed innocent enchantment

Less Than Stories – scripted short legal interview challenging inter-species perceptions

Felix – short story about an edge-dweller teetering on the boundary between accepted relationships and transgression, in 2 parts or 1 abridged version

Night on the Tiles – elegy for one death in an infinity

The Santa Hat – daft thought process indulging my seasonal hyper-consumerism dysphoria

Flickering Shades – fictionalised report of three plants at different stages of extinction

Mythofaun – edgy short story about a wise woman’s apprentice and a mythical creature

Isolates – dialogue, abstraction and narrative forming a short story about separation and changing perception



Longer Reads for Lammas collection – since 2017, annual, serialised stories:

  • One Week with Mr Broadwood – an inept revenge farce of approx. 21,000 words, serialised in seven parts, starting at MONDAY – You should never go back to school.

  • Vanishing Mythnight – a short farce where an anachronistic entitled young hero unravels his inheritance and unleashes mythical world salvation – begins at part 1/3

  • Neohaguich – a resourceful crone plunges into a whimsical netherworld to find a lost lover. Begins at part 1 of 11

  • Wratislaw – a drily hyperbolic, humorous short story: a pianist with a passion for Janáček’s music finds the composer’s unrequited infatuation is part of the bargain. Begins at part 1 of 10

  • Cold Call – series of telephone conversations where truth comes away in layers

Overdue – a tightly-woven two-part short story set in an utterly self-indulgent parallel universe

To Mount and Highbrow Raising – two comic essays—well, brief plunges into techy-smut and intellectual-smut

Parathought – a very short, timeless fantasy for the solstice

Twelve Days of Twistmas – the Christmas song twisted into a series of linked short tales, fabricated around tortuous puns. Begins at part 1

Snaw-Whit and the Seven Daves – farcical fairy tale radio script where magic looks more like contrary technology and character flaws are diversity. Begins at episode 1 of 4

Grandparent File Download – short radio drama script where an IT support call grows arms and legs, virtually

Eye of the Storm – a wry, wide-toothed comb through a relationship defined by extreme weather events – a four part short story

The Tool, Parabola Hyperbolae and BBC Bureaucracy – my Truthache series staggers on with more searing instalments of petty neighbourhood vengeance

In the Dark – short radio drama scripts revelling in radio’s capacity for misdirection

Fossoway Flora – satirical fairy tale where paganism meets gaming, with a longer sequel for the masochistic, and most recently a radio-scripted diversion into a Tolstoian psychoanalyst surreality

Night Ride and Sunrise – summer solstice short story and sequel inspired by Sibelius’ rich journey (sans alliteration, mostly)

Truthache – series of wacky, paranoid, revenge fantasy morsels

The Fly and the Mountain – satirical distillation of my irritation with ‘spiritual superiority’

The Lassie and The Legume – wacky, whimsical, multi-part short story extending the fairytale The Princess and The Pea in a world of fantasy and illusion

Ruin – short swipe at the heady enchantment of late summer verdure

What You Wish For – Jane Austen science fiction; a feature-length screenplay about a woman seeking in another time the man she can’t have in the present

Glen Tosied – darkly humorous multi-part short story around maladjusted characters trying to find a meaningful life in dystopia


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