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Hi there!

My name is Brian Varcas and I’ve started this blog as a place to share some of the fiction that I’ve written over a number of years, and also as a tool to try and get my creative writing juices flowing again.

At the moment, all the stories here are very short, “flash fiction” tales but I have some ideas for longer pieces in the pipeline and will share more information about those as they develop.

For now, I hope you enjoy reading these stories which are mainly science fiction or horror, with a liberal sprinkling of humour thrown in to the mix.

Brian Varcas – 31st October 2020


RECENT STORIES

The Missing Two Miles – A Tale of Mystery, Imagination and Geography

This account stands as a record of the curious events of the 21st February 2016, at Margam Castle, South Wales. I arrived at Margam Castle, not fully knowing what to expect. The Gothic edifice, with it’s omnipresent shroud of mist, gave rise to dark imaginings which I tried forlornly to dispel from my mind. It’s…

Waiting For The Big One

The consciousness had been watching the pulsating dot for some time…well, forever actually, but that was no time at all. It was pondering on what the dot could be. There had never been anything like this before. Scratch that; there had never been anything before! So this dot was a source of great interest. The…

Show Some Respect!

It seemed that her memories of the past, experience of the present and thoughts of the future were coalescing more often these days. Like the milk she stirred into her tea, each remained separate for only a fleeting moment before merging.  “Losing me marbles” she said aloud, “and there’s the proof” she thought wryly.  Despite…

Last Winter

The huge ship arrived in December, a couple of weeks before Christmas, and just hung there like a child’s helium balloon. A thick carpet of snow  gave the landscape a monochrome appearance and the silver ship made for a surreal vista. The snow’s silent blanket shrouded our already secluded home. We’d have no visitors until…

When Two Tribes Go To War…

The eternal struggle continued as it always had. On this planet the rules of engagement were simple; no weapons, just the combatants own biology and intellect. At first sight, it appeared an uneven fight, but had that really been the case the Billion Year War would have ended aeons ago. One race, the Hundur, were…

First…and last contact

There was no doubt about it. That was definitely Hendrix! Brad had every recording the legendary guitarist had ever made, including every bootleg live performance. He could easily tell the difference between the real thing and the myriad of guitarists who tried to play like Hendrix, and this was the real deal. The only trouble…

Sir Nigel’s Grand Finale

Act l “Prompt.” Sir Nigel Dalrymple’s stage whisper was loud enough for the entire audience to hear. No matter. He’d trod the boards for over half a century and his public was very forgiving of his failing memory. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio!” came the reply from the prompter in the…

Powderfinger

“Look out Mama, there’s a white boat coming up the river!’ Deke came running into the cabin, his eyes wide with fear. Abigail McGowan stopped peeling potatoes and dried her hands on the apron that she wore almost permanently. She picked up the rifle that was leaning in the corner of the room and handed…

Open House

“OK, so what did you really think of it, now we’re on our own?” She had made all the right noises when the agent was showing us around the place; “Yes, I think I could see us living here…it feels like home already” that sort of thing. She’s always way too polite in these situations….

Wake-up Call

“Sir, we’ve made it!” Kramer, our Senior Engineer, strode across the command centre and gave my hand a hearty shake. “Oh, what the hell!” he said, throwing his arms around me in a suffocating bear hug. “We were talking about this last night over a few beers. We reckoned we’d reach the outer core sometime…

Last Tango

It takes two to tango, so the old saying goes, but Nathanial Rogers was doing just fine alone, thanks to the wonderful people at LifeChange Inc. who’s strapline was, “Who will you be today?” Lifesharing™ technology, the company said, was a natural, if radical, extension of file sharing. The company’s advertising made great play of…

Fly Trap

OK, time to get going again. I mean, what else is there to do but try to get back to the ship? I can see it only a hundred yards away. It shouldn’t take more than another couple of hours to reach it. If only we’d known before we landed that this planet had a…

Homesick

Up on that hill it gets really wild sometimes. When the wind whips up it seems to be blowing in every direction at once. If you add torrential rain, ominous thunderclouds and lightening crackling across the sky it can get pretty dramatic! I really shouldn’t have been up there in that weather but I was…

That’s All Folks!

This time there would be no mistake! Will had been trailing the Runner for…well, more than long enough and each time he thought he had him cornered somehow the Runner slipped from his grasp. Frustration and anger boiled up in him as he recalled the times he’d been so close. Will knew the Runner would …

Miracle Man

In my dream I walk down a dusty street. A relentless sun is beating down. My legs ache as though I’ve walked many miles, maybe across sand. I look around and see simple, whitewashed buildings with narrow slits for windows and external stairs leading to roof terraces. As I walk I can hear the sounds…

Guilty Pleasures

Tom knew it wasn’t the done thing but it was a guilty pleasure he and Rachel shared. Pâté never tasted quite as good unless licked off the fingers. Of course, neither of them would ever eat it this way in public, but here, in the privacy of their home, they could indulge themselves. An excellent…