What the Darkness Is – Simon Kewin

The howls of the gore-hounds filled the night air. Vanda stopped to catch her breath. Sounds echoed off the trees, throwing noises at her from odd angles. Her pursuers were close. When they caught her it would be the end. She peeped at the precious cargo she carried, strapped across her chest in the sling she’d fashioned from an old shawl. The night was dark – of course – but there was just enough starlight…

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Another question for Simon Kewin

Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?

A: Some days, when all the background noise of daily life gets in the way, I guess I don’t think about writing that much. Other days, when there’s a bit more space, I think about it a lot, playing with ideas in my head, coming up with scenes and dialogues. There’s probably a lesson there: to write you need to give yourself time to let the words and ideas flow. As someone once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”


Simon Kewin’s story “What the Darkness Is” was published on Friday, 22 September 2017.
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More about Simon Kewin

Simon Kewin is the author of over 100 published short stories. His works have appeared in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, and many more. He lives in England with his wife and their daughters. His cyberpunk novel The Genehunter and his Cloven Land fantasy trilogy were recently published. Find him at simonkewin.co.uk.


Simon Kewin’s story “What the Darkness Is” was published on Friday, 22 September 2017.
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2016 Metaphorosis magazine covers

Simon Kewin’s story “The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 December 2016. This was a story that grew from its title. I’m not sure if I heard the phrase somewhere or it simply came to me, but I liked the sound of it and set about wondering why the stars might only be tiny lights upon a perfect black dome. I also liked the idea…

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The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome – Simon Kewin

2016 Metaphorosis magazine covers

“Chancellor, it’s Zend, at the University. One of your research students. I think you should come and see something.” The voice on the other end of the line was groggy. The Chancellor didn’t bother to keep the irritation from his voice. “Are you aware what hour it is, Zend?” “Sorry, yes, it’s late, I know. Or I mean early, depending on how you look at it.” “Have we inadvertently fabricated another black hole in Astrophysics?…

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