Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Pirate Ghost Meets Readers...

Do you recall me mentioning I'd won one of the annual competitions at the writers' club late last year? Yes the ghost story one with my entry 'The Wishful Spirit'.

Well today it joins the short stories available on Alfie Dog Fiction and it's now live...

(Honestly, my profile was harder to write than the story! :D )



Photographer Jack Sawyer doesn't believe in ghosts, but when he escapes to the little seaside village of a pirate ancestor, he meets archaeologist Lizzie Gibson, and discovers he's arrived at the perfect moment to help save their museum- with a little help from a mischievous ghost.


You can download it for a an inexpensive 39p, and in a choice of formats to suit your chosen reading device, just follow this link... You pay using PayPal, and there's information on the website if you're not sure which version you need...



I have a soft spot for this feel-good ghost story, which was why I persisted with revising it-despite earlier rejections elsewhere. The fact it was accepted this time proves I finally got it right.

Although the little coastal town in the story is fictional, I had images of places and buildings from holidays, more recent and long ago, in my mind, along with memories of my many visits to the Kent coast as a child.

If you have ever visited Lyme Regis in Dorset, you'll be familiar with the Marine Parade that runs along the beach. Just before that there was a small car park. The bus stop where the park and ride bus stopped (overlooked this car park) just as the road begins to climb uphill to the shops.
In the rigging...

I've no idea if that small car park is still there, as the last time I visited Lyme Regis was 2010. But a little car park just like that was where I imagined Jack listening to the tour guide and being accosted by the ghost of 'Bold Jack'...

Looking in my submissions book I realised that the story was a little older than I thought. The first version- a 1,000 word short story- was written in 2008.

I'm glad I persevered in finding a home for it...

I hope you enjoy reading it.


(Alfie Dog Fiction is celebrating its 5th birthday and they have lots of celebratory offers, so do pop over to the site and find out more.)










8 comments:

  1. Well done with the story, Carol - and I love that photo at the topof your page :)

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  2. Thank you Lizy. :-)

    The big photo at the top of the page was taken when I was in Bath a couple of months ago. It's the canal in the Sydney Gardens- they're behind the Holbourne Museum. It's a great place to stroll through, and seems to be very popular at the weekend...

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  3. Excellent, Carol - always worth persevering with stories!

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    1. Meant to say that I love that photo too!

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    2. Thanks Rosemary. It was one of those stories that stayed with me and wouldn't let go. :-)

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    3. I wish Sydney Gardens was near me. It's a wonderful place. :-)

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  4. Sounds a great story. Must read it 😀😀😀😀😀. Seriously though, I loved the character of the ghost and it was a worthy winner.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. It's my favourite out of the short stories I've written. :-)

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