The ghost in the hill – coming soon



There are haunted places. There are haunted books. There are haunted people. There are haunted friendships.

Three new strange tales coming soon from the author of ‘The Old Maid‘, and ‘The Shorecliff Horror‘.

The Book Cellar – “The old woman wasn’t very nice or anything, but she was only a book seller, so far as I knew. And nothing really bad could ever happen to you in a bookshop, could it?”

Eleanor’s Diary“If I could just for a second feel that she was here with me, I think I’d take it. No matter how delusional, no matter how crazy I’d have to be to feel that way, I think it would be worth it.  Maybe you shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to lose that feeling? Maybe a little bit of delusion is what we need sometimes?”

The Ghost in the Hill –  “All I’m saying is that I need to find the best story I can. I need to find it quickly, and I need to tell it as well as I can. Everything depends upon that. Everything.”


The minister’s wig

“The minister here wears a wig the colour of thunderstorms, as dark as his eyes, as bright as his smile.”

We have a new flash fiction piece published today in the October 16 issue of Ink in Thirds.

Take a look and download it here for free.

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Flash fictions

Time for a quick run down of flash fiction pieces we’ve had published over the past year or so.

Thanks for reading.

The Minister’s Wig – look out for this forthcoming in the October issue of Ink in Thirds

The Smile – published by the Flash Fiction Press

Daisy Chains – published by Fiction on the web

The Great Detective – published by Short-story me

Suspicion – published by Flash Fiction Magazine

Listening – published by The Drabble

Cornerstone – published by Wolf Publishing

Taking more – published by The Drabble

Lighting up the night – published by Wolf Publishing

The smile

“For months I only really went home to sleep. Some nights not even for that.”

We have a new flash fiction piece from Rufus Woodward published today over at The Flash Fiction Press.

Read it here for free.

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The old maid and other stories

The Old Maid and Other Stories.

Three weird tales by Rufus Woodward available to read now at AmazonSmashwords, ibooksor Barnes and Noble

Three short stories of ghosts and witches, of sibling rivalry and desperate longings, of the weight of time passing and the strange unsettling things that lurk on cliff tops and in sand dunes.

The Old Maid

“I was trying to help you,” she says.  “You really shouldn’t talk to me like that.”

“Fine by me,” snaps Charlotte.  “Whatever makes you think I want to talk to you at all?”


Cold companion

He gets up and goes through to the other room and finds her there, curled up, head to the wall with tears running down her face.  Somewhere in the darkness the sound of low sobbing is coming back at her.  He puts his arms around her and holds her tightly.

“I couldn’t stay away,” she whispers between tears.  “I knew it was here and I couldn’t stay away.”


Ghost story (not scary)

“Then something happens and it’s not funny anymore.  It all comes so quickly that we don’t even have time to leave.  When he’s gone we stand there for the longest time, listening to her cry, curled up in a heap on the floor by the bed. Then we shuffle away, neither of us saying anything or knowing what to do with ourselves.”


‘The old maid and other stories’ is one of four chapbook volumes published by the Olgada Press.

To read all four for free, please visit us at AmazonSmashwords, ibooksor Barnes and Noble