HOW TO BE DULL by Basil Morley (Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, 2016)
Are you, too, a refuge from the relentless pressure to be “creative”? Have you had enough of “pushing the envelope” and “thinking outside the box” to last the next three lifetimes or more? Stop trying to succeed and learn to be DULL.
Airships & Alchemy. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers (Aug 2015)
Helen Rochester has a dream: unveiling her airship at the Paris Exposition of 1867. It’s sure to make a splash. But her interfering father wants to chaperone the journey — and she has doubts about the Italian alchemist. He has promised a revolutionary new fuel but why does he need the winged Venetian lion?
“Heartily recommended to anyone who has a sense of humour!”
“Witty and clever!”
Two English girls, pirates, kidnappers, orphans, disguises, a ghost, interesting facts about insects, cheese, the King of Naples and at least one improving book: this ain’t your mama’s Gothic!
This is a genuinely entertaining, superbly crafted, somewhat silly and utterly wonderful book. An antidote to too serious romances with ludicrous plots, knowingly tongue in cheek and yet still offering characters you can’t help but like and empathise with and adventures that have you almost skipping ahead to check everyone makes it out ok. It also makes a very serious point about pockets.
Heartily recommended to anyone who has a sense of humour, even if comedy, gothic and romance are three genres they firmly shun under normal circumstances. ~ Un:Bound
When her fiancé Mr. Wood lets her down by flirting with another woman, Constance Wynne Hare tears off to Monte Carlo to forget him in the world of high rollers in the flashiest casinos on the Riviera. Will the ever-reliable lady’s maid Collier be able to rescue her from a dissolute life on the Mediterranean? The Jazz Age adventures of Constance & Collier return!
The Big Splash, a jazz age novella by Kit Marlowe. Tigearr Publishing, Jan 2014.
It’s London in the Jazz Age: the times are fast and the women faster. Constance Wynne Hare has men eager to throw themselves at her feet—so why does she pine for the one man who takes her for granted?
★ SHORT WORKS
“Deliberately Lost SF Classics.” Humour. Short Humour Site: 14 May 2016.
“Hope.” Poem. Short Humour Site: 26 Apr 2016.
“The 9 stages of a new Fall album.” Humour. Medium: 26 May 2015.
“This is Just to Say (Forgive Me, William).” Poem. Short Humour Site: 12 Apr 2015.
“A Fairy Tale: The Sage, The Scholar & The Administrator.” Humour. Medium: 9 Dec 2014.
“The Lost History of Ketlingr.” Spoof music review. Pulp Metal Magazine, June 2014.
“When Little Joe the Krampus Met.” Digital chapbook (reprint) 4 Dec 2013.
“Proposal for a New Quiz Show: How to Catch a Millionaire.” Humour. The Short Humor Site. 15 Mar 2013.
“The Stages of Fame.” Humour. Short Humour Site. 26 Dec 2012.
“Open Letter to a Social Media Pill.” Humour. The Short Humour Site. 31 August 2012.
“Won the lottery! Didn’t see bus.” Micro fiction. Stylo Writing Academy Six Word Story Competition. 3 July 2012. Runner up.
“Losing My Religion.” Flash fiction. Spinetingler Magazine. 29 June 2012. To be reprinted in Kwik Krimes, Otto Penzler, ed. Aug 2013.
“The Beaver Dating Service.” Humour. The Laughter Shack. 29 June 2012.
“Kingsley Amis in the Afterlife.” Poem. Short Humour Site. 19 June 2012.
“Twitter Wedding.” Poem. Asinine Poetry (Summer 2012).
“On seeking a place for a picnic.” Poem. Short Humour, 22 May 2012.
“Words.” Flash fiction/podcast. Dogcast 5: March 2012.
“Dracula X.” Humour. Defenestration Magazine (13 Jul 2011).
“Soap Opera Digest.” Humour. Dragnet Magazine 2 (Jul 2011): 40-42.
“Lullaby.” Poetry. Chronogram Magazine (Jun 2011).
“There was a Professor of English.” Poem. Asinine Poetry (Apr 2011).
“State of the Union Deletions.” Humour. Polite Company (27 Jan 2011).
“Resolution for Better Sex in 2011.” Humour. Polite Company (6 Jan 2011).
“A Plea on Behalf of the Small Hat League.” Humour. The State of Imagination 1 (Jan 2011).
“Panopticon? Yes, please!” Humor. Polite Company (Nov 2010).
“Sex and How to Get It.” Humour. Polite Company (Nov 2010).
“A Charming Situation.” Short story. Written for the Sherlocking fan site: now free on Scribd (Nov 2010).
“The Last Ant.” Humour. Wild Violet 9.2 (2010).
“Wixey.” Flash fiction. Wild Violet 8.1 (2009).
“The Princess and Her Pig.” Poem. New Fairy Tales 1 (Oct 2008): 18-19.
“Dear Friend.” Humor. Helium (2007).
“Raising Lempi.” Short story. Circle 100 (Winter 2007): 31-33. Collected in Unikirja.
“Corrections to the Rules of Fimble Fowl (for 3 players or 4).” Humor. Wild Violet 6.2 (2007).
When Little Joe the Krampus Met. Chapbook with The Joey Zone (Dec 2003).
- Bell appears in the Spring Equinox 2008 issue of Mused, the BellaOnline literary review.
- Book appears in the Fall Equinox 2008 issue of Mused, the BellaOnline literary review.
- Candle forthcoming
Con-Eire: A Play for Voices [premiered at Trinoc*coN 2006]. Aino Press, 2007.
“A very entertaining play!” Very funny, clever, and well-constructed. Fun for the audience and for the performers. Recommended!” — Van Plexico
The Infamous Medieval Studies’ Holiday Party Plays (coming soon to Scribd!):
- Sir Thopas, M.A.
- The Absolutely Fabulous Life of St. Margaret as Tolde by Marie de Brooklyn
- Sir Gawain and the Black Knight
- Dame! A Non-Singing Musical
- Ethelred the Ill-Advised: Or How the English Nearly Became Danish Before Breakfast
- The Saga of Saint Olaf (King) Down in Guthbrander Dale
The Lost Chemistry Plays: (recently uncovered, awaiting scanning)
- The Taming of the U
- Alice in Chemland