I was delighted when I discovered I'd been short-listed for the Fish Short Story Prize 2014. I didn't win anything, and didn't get squeezed into their anthology, but I'm pleased nonetheless.
|The Illuminated Back|
|The Library at Alexandra|
In the Van
It's called THE TOMB OF THE TOMB-BUILDERS and this is how it starts;
You are cheated.
Ishmael swung round. He had barely entered the tomb of Sennedjem, and already she was getting at him.
‘Who?’ Ishmael hissed. ‘Who is cheating me?’
There was no one behind him, of course. Just a wall washed in yellow ochre, a sunshine backdrop to the depictions of ancient gods worked with meticulous esteem from nature’s paints and sealed with a still glinting layer of egg white...Osiris, Maat, and Isis in unspoiled profile. They were painted so they could gaze at each other, across the line of the wall. Ishmael knew the Ancient Egyptians always drew profiles because they hadn’t grasped the concept of perspective, but knowing didn’t stop the secret longing that one day he’d find a tomb painting where the faces looked directly at him...