Stories For Christmas

Christmas is approaching, and many folk will have already decorated their houses in family style. Be it blingy tinsel and garish garlands, swags of prickly holly on the stairs,  or minimalist silhouettes of trees and reindeer, every family has its own traditions as far as decorating goes. We tend to spontaneous arrangements of garden foliage, […]

The Closing Day

Today is August Bank Holiday Monday. It is supposed to be hot and summery. Alas, summer has finished in Cumbria, and wind blows the leaves from the trees. I cannot say for certain that summer actually visited these regions. Autumn has certainly made an appearance, with more than a head round the door. I post […]

What Happens Now

Here is an old story out of my archive. It was published in Dream Catcher magazine in 2004. The Mars globe comes from The Little Planet Factory.               WHAT HAPPENS NOW   Elizabeth Stott     My father does not see me these days. What he sees, I suspect, […]

Two Readings at Liars’ League Events

Here are some direct links to two of my stories read as part of Liars’ League events – more details from my News and Publications page. Liars’ League produces themed live spoken word events, mainly in London, where short stories are read by professional actors.  In the two stories below, ‘my’ actors are Carrie Cohen […]

Accidental

This is a little story cut from a longer piece – a tale of two halves. They say that a short story is all middle, but this is a beginning and an end juxtaposed to make a story. What happens in the middle is up to you.     Accidental   Vera is married to […]

The Rhododendron Canopy

It is undoubtedly autumn. On the theme of falling leaves and the inevitable descent towards the winter solstice, I post a short story that appeared in my 2002 short story collection – Familiar Possessions. In 2011, it was anthologised in Murmurations – the Two Ravens Press collection of uncanny stories about birds.   The Rhododendron Canopy   […]

The Capsule

A short story published in the Dream Catcher magazine ‘humour edition’ in 2005. Humour is a considered term. This story is more than a shade dark, perhaps an allegory, perhaps a kind of brutal reality, or speculative fiction. You decide!        The Capsule     Elizabeth Stott   I am Sunman. Here, in the capsule, […]