An Unquiet Calm

by Dave Higgins

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Synopsis

A collection of five short works of speculative fiction:

  • Thieves in the Night: With Comet Grijalva predicted to wipe out life on Earth, Jason Pendrick fled to his uncle-in-law's farm. When the apocalypse doesn't happen, he has an opportunity to help rebuild society, but will the past drag him down? (6,444 words)

  • Washed Clean: Seimunda lives in a hovel, eking out a living bartering herbal remedies to villagers. But an accusation of witchcraft threatens to rob her of even that. (1,326 words)

  • Some Secrets: Always appearing when least expected, a mysterious man orders whichever sandwich Jo has been eyeing up. Do they just have similar tastes or is it something more inexplicable? Either way, there is definitely a connection. (2,572 words)

  • Blossom: When Mari Austan's husband, Jerek, joins the army she is left to run their drought-stricken farm alone. As both her crop dies and the letters home falter, she relies on cold fury to get through the days. But will she break before the weather does? (1,003 words)

  • An Unquiet Calm: When Frances Withrick is found holding the revolver that killed her husband, Inspector Stevens expects an all too human case of anger and regret. But a second killing and evidence the revolver was loaded with very unusual cartridge, force Stevens to consider a different theory: that the whispers of an inhuman force in the hills are true. (4,913 words)

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: No profanity or censor words
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence

Setting

Geography: Earth
Realism: World is similar to ours, but plot elements involve fantasy or magic
Setting Type: Fantasy
Time Period: N/A

Main Character

Age: Other or N/A
Gender: Other or N/A
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: N/A or None of the above
Mysteries & Puzzles: Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
Pacing: Time to savor, deliberate
Physical Action: Minor and occasional action
Political/Social Commentary: Politics play a minor role
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Fantasy
 
Realism:
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements include magic
  • Fantasy world with low or no magic
  • Fantasy world where magic is prevalent
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Setting Type:
  • Fantasy
‐ or ‐
Time Period:
  • N/A (Fantasy Setting)

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About the author

Dave Higgins

Dave Higgins has worked in law and IT for both public and private sector organisations. When not pursuing these hobbies, he writes poetry and speculative fiction. He was born in Wiltshire, England. Raised by a librarian, he started reading shortly after birth and has not stopped since. He currently lives in Bristol with his wife, Nicola, his cats, Jasper and Una, and many shelves of books. He blogs on writing, practical philosophy, and the absurdities of life at davidjhiggins.wordpress.com. He can also be found on various social media: Twitter: @David_J_Higgins Google+: google.com/+DaveHiggins Pinterest: pinterest.com/davidjhiggins