Novels, novelettes, short stories and a play
Stephen Livesey Ashworth, Oxford, UK
Once a Queen… (novelette, 2020)
I recently found Neil Gaiman’s story “The Problem of Susan” on the internet, and was so disgusted with it (it is obvious that Susan would never have made a professor) that I needed to write my own version of the story to get rid of the bad taste.
My narrator meets an old woman called Siggy in the afterlife – or is it only in a dream? – and learns about her story. But will she end up in Heaven or Hell? (11,000 words)