Micro Fiction - Elephant Words
Last year I wrote for a website called Elephant Words. Every Sunday an image goes up and then, throughout the following week, a rotor of writers use it as inspiration to create a short piece of fiction. Here are links to some favourites from my tenure:
Some short 5/6 page comic scripts.
The script for an story I wrote for Judge Dredd Megazine entitled The Wrong Headed Notion
A script I wrote for my talented countryman Douglas Noble to illustrate. And a fine job he did, too. In honour of the artist I called it Douglas's Story.
The script for the first episode of a proposed three part radio drama entitled A Different Kind Of Blue.
An unproduced 60 min teleplay - Karl the Comic Writer
I also wrote a short film version of one of the Future Shocks above - House of Chapters
These scripts were all written for Marvel's ill-fated Epic project a few years ago:
Love Hurts was an attempt to try an old fashioned romance comic in the Marvel Universe. It is a story about forbidden love between a young mutant boy and a 'normal' girl.
The Pacifist was an idea I had for a What If style one-shot. Why do super heroes keep hitting each other over the head with cars and buildings? Where does it get them, after all? Unfortunately you're going to have to be familiar with a few key characters from the Marvel Universe to fully understand what's going on here.
Warheads was an idea I had to revive an old Marvel UK property as a Mature Content title. This first issue was to serve as an introduction to my new Warheads team and what they'd been up to since we'd last seen them.
The Tragic Tale Of Aaron Appleshift was another one-shot, concentrating on the life of a mentally unbalanced man as he struggled to cope with the Marvel World. Again you're going to have to have a passing familiarity with some Marvel characters to fully understand what's going on.
My short story The Forwards Story Of Backwards Benjamin
Note on the originality, or otherwise, of ideas: This story was inspired by a lunch conversation with a friend a couple of years ago. Since then I have discovered that both Alan Moore and George Constanzas had pretty much the same idea and produced a Future Shock and comedy routine very similar to this. Not to mention the F. Scott Fitzgerald story...
And here is my report for Redeye Magazine on last year's San Diego Comicon.