The Package, Finders Keepers Short Story

Finders Keepers. I have not edited or look at this since 2008 when I wrote it. I’ll look at it tomorrow. The divorced retired head West Australian policeman and his girlfriend pulled off the Australian outback dirt road for a comfort stop and refreshments. She grabs food from the 4-wheel drive while he lights a fire. The scream of a car tearing by meant nothing until the bulging travel bag lands at her feet, minutes later the police car roared past. In the bag is a fortune in used notes. The money solves all their financial problems. So what does the ex-copper do when asked if he knows anything. Ex-Chief of West Australian Police force James Cartwright was enjoying driving north to Ningaloo Reef. From his home Perth its 1,500 miles away. It’ll take five...

The Letter. Short story. Ghost story

A Ghost Story. 65-minute  screenplay written. On December 23, 1943, RAF Squadron Leader James Ford receives an order, one he does not want. ‘Photograph German Rocket sites today.’ James is getting married on Christmas Eve. Arguing with his Commanding Officer delays his take off, cramps mission time, and his return. His commanding officer is Winston Churchill. They are the only two who knew about this secret mission. James scribbles a letter to Kathy. His friend and best man promises to deliver it by hand later that day at Tenterden in Kent. Unfortunately, his letter is delivered 50 years later on Christmas Eve 1993. The Rocket facility is at the limit of James Mosquito’s range. To return and marry his fiancé means taking risks. Get it wrong, he ditches in the...

An Appointment with Fear

Some readers will remember my title, if not, in the late ’40s, early ’50s. BBC radio aired every Thursday after the 9 pm news a 30-minute programa as my title. It was narrated by Valentine Dyall. He began ‘This is your man in black.’ his deep voice perfect for these ghost and horror stories. I can remember that wintry late November night as if it were yesterday. In fact, it was seven years ago. Although I am now 21, any 14-year-old would never forget events that brief night. No matter what’s your surname. As we entered Buckfast Abbey Graveyard outside the confines of the tall Grey granite rock wall surrounding the ancient abbey building the excitement started to fade, and fast. If my best pal had not encouraged me forward, I’d have...

Strofortress Joyride. Short story

  Logline: It begins as an innocent nostalgia flight, becomes a challenge, and ends up placing the USSR and the US on a red war alert. Then the jaunt gets really scary. Synopsis: The ancient Stratofortress – was taken and flown by two retired-USAF officers-not pilots, approaches the Soviet border. Fuel’s low and they’re lost. Four USAF F-18’s have orders ‘to destroy’ before it crosses the border. Foxbats loiter soviet side. The Russians want the Stratofortress. Submerged are two submarines, a US Trident, and USSR Delta cla Aircraft Bone Yard. Part-Stratofortress area.   Foreword. On April 15 1952, the World’s biggest Intercontinental Bomber took off on its maiden flight. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress resembled a giant prehistoric Pterodactyl as...

Mad Mike Calvert. An SAS commander & Chindit Brigadier.

Burma 1944, l-r Calvert, Shaw, Lumley Calvert, Michael (1952). Prisoners of Hope. London: Jonathan Cape. Against overwhelming odds; Mike Calvert left, Officers, Shaw and Lumley; Joanna’s father a Chindit officer. Against overwhelming odds. Grossly outnumbered, The Chindits’ had just taken Moguang, the last Japanese held a stronghold, Sections of: The Court Martial of SAS Commanding Officer; Brigadier James Michael Calvert – Mad Mike About 20+ years ago I submitted synopses of my stories to various English prodcos (production companies) Pearl Catlin had an office at Pinewood studios and asked if I’d write a screenplay on spec., about a British soldier? I leapt at the chance, without any idea how to. That story is about: Brigadier James Michael Calvert DSO –...

Dartmoor Bogs

Contrary to the belief of summer visitors to Dartmoor, Bogs do not abound in this Devon wilderness. The theme is good for trade in the scattered thatched village Pubs on the Moor, where during the long summer evenings; locals have their fill, often bought by overseas tourists encouraged by exaggerated accents, funny shaped hats, and twisted shepherds crooks. In fact, there are fewer than 30 bogs throughout the 300 square miles of Moors, made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. Charles Morgan Number Z00196654 (Z for maximum-security prisoner) is a ‘Lifer’ a hard man, now 47 years old and inside for the double murder of two former business colleagues. That now de-funked business was bank robbing. He was quite...