The Mugging. Short Story

At my age it’s time for most men to be thinking of putting one’s feet up, and taking it easy. Other luckier ones did so years ago. But knocking a white ball around fields trying to get it a small hole didn’t do much for me. Pat and I have always been a busy couple physically and mentally. It was clear that winter night when I decided to nip down to the shop overlooking the Paignton Harbour for a paper. As it’s only a ten-minute walk, I never thought of taking the car. I just reached the end of the reasonably well-lit road when this man; he’d have been about 25 I suppose, stepped in front of me, his nose almost touching mine. His breath smelt of cigarettes or it could have been grass, but not knowing what that smells like. Anyway, his manner was both...

Pentad and the Real Wizards Handbook

Leeds Castle, Near Maidstone, Kent, England. The Loveliest castle in the Kingdom.               Log Logline. Wizardry is the world’s oldest profession, and five -The Pentad have been out of action for centuries. Then the dusty remains of a leather-bound book covered in hieroglyphics are discovered in a cobweb-strewn castle dungeon. These are the book covers and drawings. (see Graham’s superb drawing, he started the alphabet and hieroglyphics ) Synopsis. For centuries and contrary to belief, Wizardry is alive and flourishing – well almost. Recently a young be-spectacled English boy thrust Wizardry to the fore. Unfortunately, the Pentad has been out of action for about 800 years and are now desperate to prove their worth....

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 program 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...

The Smugglers

The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex, on the Kent border, used by the gangs. The Smugglers. Feature. Action. Drama. Crime. 95-page screenplay.  Logline. After the King stole their farms and increases taxes. The rebellion spreads across the land. The vast flat, treeless desolate region, Romney Marsh is ‘out of bounds.’ It is 1748, the smuggling gangs get more brutal. Synopsis. It peaks in 1750 when the ordinary man cannot feed his family. The rebellion is not the only word on peasant’s tongues. Smuggling is the other and it is rife in Kent. They didn’t ask for it, King George the 3rd imposes crippling taxes if he wants a fight? He’s got it. Soon men from three villages organize three large opposing hostile gang’s. Each roams the vast Romney Marshes,...

The Longbow Man

Background, by English actor and world ‘Longbow’ expert on Sir Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and small fame)  Although the longbow in itself gave England a huge military advantage, it could never have garnered England so many victories on its own. A key factor in the longbow’s success was the people who wielded it. The English archers had training that was intense by any standards. The demands on the mind and body were so great that the Englishmen who became archers were almost a separate class of human beings, with a body build that differed from normal men, and a style of living that was unlike any other in Continental Europe. “The bow was put in the hand of every English body at the age of seven and it did not cease to furnish him...

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...