Author: Alan McCluskey

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The Journey Home

The Journey Home

The voice of the boy soloist’s rose above the choir, soaring to the heights of the nave, “…with love in your heart as the only song…” The boy’s eyes glanced from the score to the choirmaster. (...) Read the flash fiction on Secret Paths Story Fragments.
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Broken Bonds

Broken Bonds

>Martha raked her face with her fingers, struggling to stem the flow of sweat. No matter which way she swung the craft, she couldn’t shake the pursuit... Continue reading on Secret Paths, Story Fragments.
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A lasting bond

A lasting bond

It all started with a couple in wedding outfits in a car… Read the short story by Alan McCluskey on Secret Paths Story Fragments.
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Beyond Literary Genres

Beyond Literary Genres

The nature of literary genres as defining categories and their limitations for the creative process... Read more on Author's Notes.
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The Knight's Sword

The Knight’s Sword

For the second voice I seek to echo, I have chosen a more challenging author, Erin Morgenstern and her debut novel, The Night Circus. Read more on Author's Notes, The Knight's Sword.
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Story writing: Stay with me, my love

Story writing: Stay with me, my love

In the quest for a better understanding of one’s voice as a writer, Neil Gaiman suggests writing in the style of someone else. So I did. … Continue reading on Secret Paths Author's Notes.
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Inspirational Writer

The inspirational ​writer

Alan McCluskey describes himself as an inspirational writer. Rather than following a plot, he is the first reader, discovering the story as he writes (...) Read more on Author's Notes.
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The Favourite

Film: The Favourite

The Favourite, a strange film that plays out in a claustrophobic world, folded in on itself, dripping with decay and decline, cloaked in stuffy air, yet run through with violence and rampant sensuality... Read more on Secret Paths Author's Notes.
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The three bears

Goldilocks

She thrust the golden locks from her eyes, not trusting herself to reply. His question made sense. Why ever would a person risk forcing his way into the cottage, yet steal nothing?...  (To read the rest of this short story, visit Story Fragments)
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Local Voices

A new novel coming soon: Local Voices

In her drive to re-establish women at the heart of hearthside healthcare, Annie is pitted against Health England that targets her and those close to her, wreaking havoc... Read more on Author's Notes.