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Charlotte Platt

Charlotte Platt lurks in the woods beside a river and writes horror and speculative fiction.

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Based in the (very) far north of Scotland I write horror and speculative fiction at the top of the map. I enjoy reading a wide variety of work with a particular soft spot for William Gibson, Neil Gaiman and Pablo Neruda. I plan to be posting speculative or horror stories every fortnight, with occasional literary stories sprinkled in. My interests outside of writing are music, walking by the sea and river, dark comedy and pugs.

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Claim Sanctuary

Published Sep 4, 2019 · 3,099 words (12 minutes) · 133 views

Horror Literary Fiction Strange crime spooky sort of drugs

Originally featured in the marvelous Darkhouse Books "Sanctuary" anthology, this is the tale of some cathedral based breaking and entering and strange friends. Based in Orkney's beautiful St Magnus Cathedral, an earlier version of this short story placed second in the Marjory Linklater Award 2006.

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Scary Miss Mary

Published Aug 28, 2019 · 3,996 words (15 minutes) · 1 like · 140 views

Fantasy Humor fae Magical Realism historical fiction witch

A new witch registers her complaints with her village, and gets a surprise visit in the night. This story is part of a larger collection based in the fictional Scottish village of Inverover, which has all sorts of things going on in it.

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Horse to Water

Published Aug 21, 2019 · 4,346 words (16 minutes) · 1 like · 147 views

Fantasy Humor folklore Scottish writing LBGTQ horses lakes

A volunteer at an animal shelter gets more than she bargained for when she's called to collect a horse abandoned at the side of a lake. Who is the mysterious woman who comes to collect him? And why is the horse adorned in silver jewellery? Originally published in Trouble Among the Stars #3, link https://troubleamongthestars.com/2019/08/02/issue-3-is-here/

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An early start for a photoshoot on Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park for a client. Took a series of quick shots while waiting for the sun to peak over the hills in the distance!

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Grandma Jam

Published Aug 14, 2019 · 1,000 words (4 minutes) · 150 views

Humor Literary Fiction crime lgbtq sort of peaceful crime

Shortlisted for the WRITE festival's short story competition (https://theworduk.org/write-festival/) and included in this year's anthology, Grandma Jam is a story about a young man working night shift and making a new friend, of sorts.

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Homemade Jams

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Leading Light

Published Aug 7, 2019 · 2,089 words (8 minutes) · 169 views

Fantasy Humor Strange magic islands Orkney WW2

In this slightly 'punk, slightly magical tale, a squadron of WW2 female pilots are on a mission to cause nuisance. Inspired by an open call by the wonderful Gallery of Curiosities, this story is a mixture of real WW2 information and magical re-imagination. Extra points for those who can spot the real life parts.

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Ocean Cliffs
Featured August 9, 2019

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Another Round

Published Jul 31, 2019 · 4,111 words (15 minutes) · 6 likes · 522 views

Mystery crime alcohol whisky

Nel is a bartender, so she’s heard more than her fair share of tall tales and sob stories. But one gloomy Tuesday evening, a patron’s tale of intrigue and murder sends her evening in an unusual direction. Author Charlotte Platt lives in the far north of Scotland, and posts speculative fiction and horror on Curious Fictions every fortnight.

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My dad and I like whisky. So we drank a Lagavulin 16 year old whisky which has great peted taste.

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Island Dig

Published Jul 24, 2019 · 806 words (3 minutes) · 132 views

Horror Strange island digs archeology is a dangerous job at least in my universe

Sneaking out for a cig has never been better for this archeologists, but what happened while he was away?

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Manna from Above

Published Jul 17, 2019 · 1,506 words (6 minutes) · 176 views

Fantasy Strange climate change weird fishpeople in-universe

Manna from Above is a short story about death, rot, and the turning cycles of the natural world. The story is set in the same universe as Sacrament and Off Kilter, though at different timing, and features a favourite character of mine.

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Out to Sea

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Blessing

Published Jul 10, 2019 · 6,021 words (22 minutes) · 186 views

Horror Humor Strange Family gore vengence

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One of those gruesome things that people thought was a good idea once upon a time.  That of making walls and other monuments out of the bones of the dead.  This one is under a church in Blattern (Switzerland) and the general term is Ossuary.

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What's in a Name?

Published Jul 3, 2019 · 2,234 words (9 minutes) · 173 views

Fantasy Humor modern fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin kinda threats

A fairy tale retelling this week, What's in a Name? is a modern twist on Rumpelstiltskin with Ebola and exploitation thrown in because what's a fairy tale without some of that?

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Purple Pipette