About Me

Rebecca L. Brown (25) is a British writer currently based in Cardiff, South Wales where she lives with her partner and assorted menagerie. She has recently returned to writing medium-length, short and flash fiction pieces (including micro-fiction), after a short break which felt considerably longer than it was. Rebecca specialises in horror, SF, humour, surreal and experimental fiction, although her writing often wanders off into other genres and gets horribly lost. More updates and examples of Rebecca’s work can be found on her Twitter page @rlbrownwriter

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Upcoming Appearances

Rebecca's short story Riveted will be appearing in FlashShot, a webzine of fantasy microfiction.

The short story Remaking The Raven, will appear in September's issue of EMG-Zine (the Raven Issue).

Rebecca's photography and an interview feature are scheduled to appear in the Spring issue of Dark Gothic Magazine.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Rebecca's poem Be Careful about the importance of internet safety for children has been made into a short video by Ceri Jones. Take a look on youtube.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Rebecca's short fiction piece Falling will be appearing in Issue 4 of Blink-Ink.

Her short poem Excuses will feature in Issue 9 of KillPoet.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Rebecca's poem Creatures of Remorse will be appearing in The Dark Fiction Spotlight and her mixed media piece Kisses will be appearing in Pocket Smut magazine.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Rebecca's short story Divorcing The Night is now available to read in Atlantean Publishing's online magazine Awen (Issue 8, 'Hidden Things').

Saturday, 7 August 2010

As well as having a short story featuring in issue 13, Rebecca's photography will be featuring on the cover of Sex and Murder Magazine Issue 14.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

One of Rebecca's micro-fiction pieces has been used by Thaumatrope, a SF, fantasy and horror Twitter magazine.

You can follow them on Twitter @thaumatrope.
Rebecca's work is featuring in today's Handful of Stones, a collection of moments of clear thought.

Rebecca's short story Read Me A Story is now live at Camroc Press Review.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

As an apology for the lack of fiction posts for a little while, here's something a bit longer (and weirder) than usual from Rebecca:
Sticky children with sticky hands; gumming up book pages with grasping, greedy little fingers. Tapping on the pet shop cages (clack! clack! clack! Mommy I want one of those!) where shell-shocked multi-colour rodents cower in plastic houses. Cramming their stubby, chubby digits into their stubby, chubby noses… Sticky children are the worst of all.

Halloween… Faces caked in paint, fake blood and too much chocolate oozing down onto ragged bin-liner capes and pillow-case costumes. Fingers grasping (always grasping! always wanting more!) sticky sweeties, clutching handfuls of melted drumstick lollies, toffee coated apples, heat-deformed milk chocolate mice. Banging on doors with insatiable fists (trickle treat mister!). Throwing eggs while someone cowers behind the unwelcoming door. Viscous yolk and fragments of shell dripping onto doorsteps.

And Christmas? Shaking, poking, pawing at foil-wrapped boxes, sloppy kisses for distant relatives (on the cheek? on the lips? come kiss gran’ma precious!) with greasy turkey-smeared faces. Chocolate santas with chocolate reindeer melting under plastic trees to be smeared over walls, floors, faces… Even the snow (the crisp, clean, magnificent snow), torn up to make snowballs and snowmen, yellow snow, full of filth, turning to muddy slush in clammy mittened hands.

Even Summer days! Hours spent trailing sunscreen and melting ice-cream along overcrowded beaches, prodding demoralized donkeys with plastic spades and pawing at gaudy postcards (wish you were here…) with vinegar and chip-grease hands. Running in parks with muddy knees poking through frayed jeans or fixing bikes, smeared with brake oil.

Oh, and the parents! Oh god, the adults… Reeking of cheap perfumes masking stale sweat and desperation they oil their hair and paint their faces. Yellow nails chewed to the quick, flaking multicoloured varnish. Preening, pointing, smoking, stroking, scratching crotches and fluffing hair with ever-vacant faces…

The thought of them repulses me! Tugging on the hem of my sleeve with grubby hands, grimy fingers; ruffling my hair as they smile their wide, white smiles. I shudder even thinking about them. Kisses hello, kisses goodbye, greasy spittle-coated lips puckered out (pucker up!). Touching, touching, always touching… Unavoidable! Inescapable! Intolerable!

That is why I am going to wrap myself.

I start at the feet, pulling the clear plastic as tight as I can. I am wearing gloves so I am leaving no fingerprints behind. No defilement. I wrap the plastic around both legs, pressing them together, working up towards the knee.

I used to watch them from the window as they walked by; chewing gum like cows with cud, open-mouthed, blowing multicolour spit bubbles (pop! spit! start all over). Or taking loud gulps from brightly coloured bottles, passing them round, sharing spittle with a friend.

I bind the knees tightly, overlapping the plastic edges, round and round. Several layers thick; the roll is plenty thick. I will be impenetrable, untouchable in my armour. I will be like a paladin; pure and untainted. I pull the plastic taut over my thighs, my hips.

A plastic cocoon. My chrysalis. I am wrapping myself like a larvae. Once I am inside, tightly bound, maybe inside I will change, transform myself. Maybe I will emerge someday as someone else. Maybe then I will understand the joy of these little daily contaminations…

I wrap my waist, my chest. My feet are tingling. I ignore them. I wrap my shoulders, slower now, struggling to move. No more sticky fingers, no more grabbing, grasping hands, smearing, sticking, greasing my skin. I wrap my neck. My breath rasps in my throat (in…out...in…out…).

See what they have made me do? Squeezing every orange on the shelf, tapping every apple (here’s your change mister! wiping his face on the back of his hand). Licking the plate clean, gravy dripping down their chins. Licking their fingers when they turn the page. Sucking their fingers when they bleed. Kissing it better… Kissing only makes it worse.

I wrap my head...
Rebecca's short story 'An Independent Mind' is now available to read at Sillymess.