The Fear

The Fear

Just lately, in the few hours between going to bed and actually falling asleep, I’ve been reading a series of books by Charlie Higson, a well-known UK writer and comedian (The Fast Show and others). This particular series starts with the first instalment “The Enemy”, the premise for which is basically that everyone on earth ►►

Pilliga

Pilliga

Some of the best scary stories I’ve ever heard have come out of the Pilliga Scrub and this one beats them all. Listen to this terrifying phone call in which an old man tells of his harrowing night, alone in the Pilliga.

The Magistrate's House

The Magistrate’s House

Berrima NSW, Australia May, 2004 In early 2004, my girlfriend Jeanette and I decided to take a short break and visit a cluster of quaint villages a couple of hours drive south of Sydney. We decided we would spend about three days just wandering around the little towns, visiting local shops, cafés, museums and markets, ►►

Taken

Taken

This very short, scary piece was originally intended as a last-minute Halloween piece in 2004, but happened to finally get done 7 months later.

The Pilliga Princess

The Pilliga Princess

Pilliga Scrub, NSW Australia c.1980 The Pilliga Scrub is a massive expanse of thick bushland in the central upper half of New South Wales and covers an area of about 80 x 120 kilometres. Much has been lost in there, never to be found again, from sheep and cattle, to people and vehicles. Even today, ►►

The Empty Farmhouse

The Empty Farmhouse

30km outside Narromine, NSW Australia 1985 For a long time my father worked for a man who owned a lot of land. One particular property of his is called ‘Arrabree’. 3,000 undulating acres with a huge, old but well-kept house, machinery sheds, stock yards, shearing sheds, grain silos and more. The farm needed caretakers, and ►►

Through the Keyhole

Trangie, NSW Australia May school holidays, 1979 Back when there were only three school terms per year in Australia, I would stay at my cousin’s house every May school holidays. He lived in Trangie, which is the next town west of my home town, Narromine. Incidentally, it was around this time in my life when ►►

The Blackout

Told to me by my brother on the night it happened. The power goes out during a storm, a group of kids home alone experience an unseen, paralysing fear.

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