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V: Vardon, Nicki – Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden FruitIt feels a little wrong to be writing a blog entry about a reprint at Niteblade. Truthfully, I much prefer the works that we get to be the first to publish (and who wouldn’t?) but, well, I really liked this piece.

Forbidden Fruit by Nicki Vardon is told from the point of view of a cat (like my story Feeders which is forthcoming at Bete Noire) but it’s not silly or childish. It’s a little bit like a fairy tale, a slightly erotic fairy tale. It’s a flash story so it won’t take you long to read, but it has a depth to it that belies its brevity. (Do you like that? belies its brevity? Ahhh alliteration!). Check it out, you won’t be sorry.

On an unrelated note, Nicki is donating some knitted wristbands to our fundraiser. I’m pre-scheduling this post so I can’t say for sure, but they might still be available for you to claim. Check out the fundraiser to find out for sure 😉


A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9This post has been written as a part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is ‘Niteblade‘, which is the magazine I publish. I chose this theme to help draw attention to the magazine during this, it’s 2nd annual fundraiser.

My first post in this series was about choosing stories and poems to nominate for awards and I’ve gone through a similar process in deciding what to write about for these posts. Not only did I have to choose stories and poems I loved, but they also had to fit with the A-Z theme. Tricky!


T4T: Two Stories

Niteblade LogoToday I want to share two stories with you. They are two of my favourite stories from the March issue of Niteblade Magazine.

The Silver Quarter by KV Taylor – This story is about two children who are imprisoned by poverty and exploited because of it. In it they work together to try and escape to a better life. The Silver Quarter feels very much like a small part of a larger story, but not in a bad way. In fact, it’s in a very good way. The world feels well-developed and complete and the characters three dimensional. If you like your fantasy with a bit of grit this story is for you.


Forbidden Fruit by Nicky Vardon – Forbidden Fruit is a love story, but it’s told from the point of view of a cat who watches the events unfold. The writing is sensual but tasteful — you won’t be embarrassed to have this story show up in your internet history. The way it’s written reminded me of a poem and a fairy tale.

I chose stories from the March issue of Niteblade because the most recent issue (released this month) hasn’t reached it’s fundraising goal yet. Once it does we’ll release the online version so that it’s free to read for everyone and then I can spotlight some of the work within its pages without feeling bad for sending you to a teaser instead of the whole story LoL

If you like what you read when you peek at The Silver Quarter and Forbidden Fruit please consider picking up a .pdf copy of our latest issue, Carnivoyeur. Not only will you get to read more awesome fantasy and horror stories but your purchase will move us that much closer to sharing those stories with the world for free. (Though, lemme tell you, the .pdf version is gorgeous. If you’ve never seen it, you really should.)