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Chris Amies
SW London
Writer, editor and translator
Interests: writing, science fiction, music, running
Recent Activity
Musical Meanderings filed under Humour Tales of the Riverbank presents: thawing out Hammy (in a microwave) anyway why does a hamster live on a riverbank in presumably the UK or somewhere in Western Europe? They’re native to Syria and other places in the Middle East. *it’s a Canadian programme. No... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at The Solitary Review
Must have written this between July 2004 and February 2005. Updated to be set a bit nearer the present day. 819 by Chris Amies Captain Volkov of the Imperial Russian Air Force stared grimly through the windscreen of his craft at the foul weather outside. From time to time the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2021 at The Solitary Review
People explain things to me I already know all - the - fucking - time. Unless I've told them so, how are they to know that I know? And I'm not being sexist about who does it, either. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2021 at The Solitary Review
Diary from St Paul's Court - July 1997 4 July 1997 The jirds have settled in, pursuant to my occasionally messing them about by introducing new items to their cage. It should perhaps be an aquarium instead; I’m not sure. There are two local petshops: one in Jerdan Place (!)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2021 at The Solitary Review
Panning “There are wild beasts in our hills,” said Dorota Sallust with a smile despite the tension in her words. “That’s why I’m going,” Clarisse said. “I’ve heard …”. “I know you’ve heard,” the Kazlari woman said and pointed to Clarisse’s teacup. “You haven’t drunk a drop, dear.” Clarisse sipped... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2021 at The Solitary Review
Author's Note This story dates from the early 21st century and while it would seem to have been influenced by a certain Walter de la Mare poem, it may well have been but I don't remember that being the case. And No Birds Sing David Woodman finished his breakfast and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2021 at The Solitary Review
This is a story I wrote in the late 2000s, sort of 'Biggles with the serial numbers filed off' with a touch of Harry Stephen Keeler. Sedders and the Stolen Skull Chris Amies John Seddington, pilot for hire, on the reserve list of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at The Solitary Review
Fiction from 2014 Beatrice Flack lay on her sofa with a glass of wine to hand. Around her the music rose and fell and rose again like the crashing of waves. At first when the telephone rang she thought this was just another thread to the music, that Arnold Bax... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at The Solitary Review
In the spirit of The Toast's 'Alternative endings to Great Expectations' I present: some alternate endings! Great Expectations the Harry Stephen Keeler Ending Chilton Wheelhouse, the four-legged carnival huckster from Wilmiquanahwee, just down the road from Idiots’ Valley, had been haranguing Philip ‘Pip’ Pirrip for several weeks, taking up residence... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at The Solitary Review
Maisie and the Trunk Maisie crept through the big house tasting the ancient dust on her tongue. She wasn't sure what the word 'condemned' meant but the more she wandered through the old pile the more she got an idea. The roof had long gone, beams unable to support the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at The Solitary Review
The Important Matter of Sleeping John was sitting on the couch in the living room. The couch, bought from Wal-Mart at the time that John’s mom and dad had decided to refurnish the entire lower floor of their house, was angled at roughly thirty degrees to the back wall -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at The Solitary Review
There are fourteen hostages. Shirley Bubbles, stage entertainer who in the daytimes is a pipe fitter from Greenford called Janet Marsyas, sits in the back room of the Fulham Working Men's Club and chews at one orange-painted nail. She does not even know why she is here. This is unusual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at The Solitary Review
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My latest publication is a translation of Jules Verne's 1884 novel L'Archipel en Feu. This is a fairly short novel, and lacks Verne's usual science fictional slant in favour of a tale of fighting, piracy and romance set against a backdrop of the Greeks seeking independence from the Ottoman Empire.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at The Solitary Review
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison My rating: 3 of 5 stars I feel that I'm somehow supposed to give a good review because, y'know, M John Harrison. Amazing writer he may be but this novel left me with a feeling that I'd seen most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at The Solitary Review
a short fiction featuring Paul Nash and the War of the Worlds. Few would have imagined, in the early years of the twentieth century, that humankind was being observed from afar, as a researcher observes the teeming of minuscule creatures underneath a microscope. And that slowly and surely they drew... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at The Solitary Review
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The city of Estre has fallen. A lone traveller sets off, bearing a sacred scroll. His only companion a faithful dog – but is his friend more than she seems? Sophia the librarian just wants to paint, but she’s having visions of a dancing wolf. The horizon is burning, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at The Solitary Review
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Shadow Walker Book 2, The Long Summer of Hammersmith is now out. Alexander Hodge made a pact to see the future. Now the future is coming for him. A creature that lived in the shadows is breaking loose. Josie Brooks has a job to do: a pub to renovate. But... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at The Solitary Review
Bruce the Numbat would like it known that he is not a thylacine. “I’m not a thylacine,” Bruce announced, from his burrow near Wooloomatjara. “If you think I’m a bloody thylacine you’re a drongo.” Nonetheless alleged sightings of the so-called marsupial wolf, extinct since the early 20th century, are often... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at The Solitary Review
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"Walking on the Bones" is now out as an eBook on Amazon Vee Pynegar lived in the damp house. At first she drew stories for children, but the longer she lived there the more the dark found its way in. In the end she fled. Talitha Jumby has a missing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at The Solitary Review
This originally appeared in my "36 square metres" blog back in 2012. On being where you are I had a few dates with a woman I met via an online dating service. But simply being of a similar age and in the same part of town doesn't mean we have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at The Solitary Review
Thunderbird The sunset sky had led thousands of painters, good and bad and indifferent, to paint it, and given its colours to the clothes and jewelery of the native people who now lived in trailers and on the edges of officially-sanctioned space. The weird shapes of the horizon were stark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at The Solitary Review
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Coffeeology W6 Clearly an old house, likely mid-Victorian with its high ceilings and wooden floors, though this is every inch a cafe there is of the quirky pub about it, the nice and modern sort of pub where you have beers called things like “You Made that One Up.” Several... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at The Solitary Review
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Now available for Kindle - Belphegor: Chantecoq and the Phantom of the Louvre There's a ghost in the Louvre! Reporter Jacques Bellegarde isn’t convinced. What kind of ghost murders a guard and sends threatening notes signed “Belphegor”? An ancient mystery surfaces in Jazz Age Paris. Another thrilling case for Chantecoq.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at The Solitary Review
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Jack Sprat was a cat who lived with one of my friends. He sadly passed away recently aged about 15 (we're not sure). This painting is from a photograph taken in April 2017. Acrylic on canvas panel, 30 x 23 cm Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at The Solitary Review
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For a birthday card, June 2019. Acrylic, liner pen, coloured pencil. 15 x 10 cm I seem to like this kind of scenery for cards. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at The Solitary Review