Author: Alan McCluskey

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Stories to make sense of the world

Stories to make sense of the world

We make sense of the world by continually spinning stories about it. Stories? They are not the kind you would necessarily tell someone. Unvoiced, they are very often little more than fragments but are generally in tune with a larger personal narrative... Read more on Author's Notes.

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Blinking Hell!

Blinking Hell!

When an old woman claims to be only eighteen, the local doctor is perplexed. Blinking Hell! is a flash fiction written in 2011 and updated today for a new audio version read by the author. Listen on Story Fragments:   Blinking Hell! 

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A War on Dots and Dashes

A War on Dots and Dashes

Story Fragments: Just wrote a short story, A War on Dots and Dashes, one of those annoying tales that comes in the middle of the night and refuses to let you sleep till you've finished writing it. The story relates the demise of a teacher whose delight in correcting spelling and punctuation
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COP23: We the People protest

COP23: We the People protest

Worlds Apart: Democracy Now! broadcasting from the Bonn COP talks to climate activists from the US, We the People movement protesting against the one and only session organised at the summit by the Tr*ump administration involving advocates of fossil fuels and nuclear energy... We the People at Bonn COP
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The Blinkin' Box

New flash soundscape. The Blinkin’ Box

Story Fragments: I have created a new flash soundscape using the flash fiction, The Blinkin' Box. It tells the sad but poetic tale of an old man holed up in a pillar box the day progress comes knocking at his refuge.  The Blinkin’ Box [460 words, June 4, 2014/Nov. 14 2017]
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New header art

New header art

Secret Paths: The header artwork of a number of Secret Paths' sites has been changed and simplified navigation has been added. The photo for Story Fragments was taken at Bow Cemetry during research for my new book, Stories People Tell. A major scene takes places in and near the cemetery, a
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Three new flash soundscapes

Three new flash soundscapes

Story Fragments: I have published the first three flash soundscapes based on my short stories. I was inspired in doing so by the work of Dirk Maggs who, amongst many other productions, directed and was the sound master of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and Douglas Adam's Hitch Hiker's Guide to the
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The Secret Paths Constellation

The Secret Paths Constellation

Secret Paths: This site is a news source and the gateway to a constellation of other sites presenting the writings and artwork of Alan McCluskey (see photo). There are currently six sites: Author's Notes  ... about Alan McCluskey's novels and writing in general Story Fragments ... flash fiction and flash soundscapes