Short story The Blue Man published in Scarlet Leaf Review
Good news! You can read my short story, The Blue Man, which is published in the spring issue of Scarlet Leaf Review. Megan and Sabrina are high school friends who meet 20 years after being haunted by a sinister figure known as the Blue Man. But will he follow them into the present? This story can be read as a psychological thriller/supernatural horror or as a domestic drama, a little more close to home.
I wrote this story for a competition Blossom Spring Publishing ran for their authors during lockdown last year. They are the publisher of my debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road, my urban fantasy/paranormal romance book.
Even though my short story didn’t win the competition, good things clearly came of it: not only is it published in Scarlet Leaf Review, but as of November last year I have been expanding it into a novel-length story. So, if you want a taster of what the full length book will entail, you can read the short story version for FREE! Hope you enjoy it!
Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry.
In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books.
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