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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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Glitter and Cold

Published Nov 6, 2019 · 587 words (3 minutes) · 266 views

Fantasy Horror Strange flash gore soft costume

A little spooky short to round off Halloween season, this is a story about conversations while waiting for a lift.

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More than anything, this photograph was really the result of a series of little accidents. After abandoning a hike halfway through due to lack of sunlight, we subsequently began to make our way back home. As we drove through a long stretch of highway, I made the decision to nap in the back, but before that, for whatever reason, I peered out the window and into the heavens first. At that point, I began screaming like a madman telling everyone to look up. Amazed, we pulled into the next rest stop.

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Witch Way Home

Published Oct 30, 2019 · 2,012 words (8 minutes) · 302 views

Horror halloween siblings abuse gore costumes

A Halloween horror story because you can't think I'm not going to post one of these in October! This story was an honourable mention in the Tales From the Moonlit Path Halloween Challenge.

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Strange Friends

Updated Oct 23, 2019 · 3,856 words (15 minutes) · 936 views

Fantasy Horror Humor Strange Murder disability abuse

A selection of linked shorts about supernatural beings in a city and their interactions with the humans around them. These stories are stand alone but listed in intended reading order for a larger work. Currently complete but that may change in the future.

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Offering

Published Oct 16, 2019 · 1,382 words (6 minutes) · 297 views

Horror Humor Strange body horror spooky bad dates

A date goes very wrong, until the dashing intervention of a terrifying shadow creature. This is another horror short, which is available in the anthology Trembling With Fear vol 2.

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Misty forest trail

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Swimming Lessons

Published Oct 9, 2019 · 2,020 words (8 minutes) · 296 views

Fantasy Love Strange supernatural spooky soft

Lenny Graham has come back to Heartbreak Hotel (now The Deluxe) for his last intended trip. A chance conversation over tea and grief brings him new friends and surprising revelations.

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Teatime

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A Braiding Friendship

Published Oct 2, 2019 · 1,323 words (5 minutes) · 291 views

Fantasy Historical Strange folklore spooky stranger danger be polite

A companion piece to some of my other Scottish folklore tales, A Braiding Friendship is a story of one unlucky Viking traveler and his unusual evening. This story is based off a mix of Orcadian folklore and locations with as much history as I could reasonably bring in a short word count.

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Tin Opener

Published Sep 25, 2019 · 4,081 words (15 minutes) · 1 like · 365 views

Fantasy Horror Humor bittersweet revenge cats djinn violence

A familiar mourns his witch and seeks out revenge on the people responsible for her death.

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Going Home

Published Sep 18, 2019 · 2,940 words (11 minutes) · 291 views

Fantasy Humor Historical fae animals fantasy-light happy

A young woman meets some very nice people on her way home through the woods. Will she be able to leave the woods after?

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Dirt path in foggy woods

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The Hungry Forest

Published Sep 11, 2019 · 1,817 words (7 minutes) · 1 like · 340 views

Fantasy Strange folklore Forests weird not quite a happy ending but almost

What do you do when the wheels of power ignore your plight? Find a way around the wheels, or break them. This story takes inspiration from a few different folklore areas and was originally written as an experiment in side kick stories, which I am not too well versed in.

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I love forests and were long due a trip so we went to Dalby forest in Yorkshire. The mist fell as we arrived and got this beautiful eerie image that reminded us of the forbidden forest in Harry Potter!

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Claim Sanctuary

Published Sep 4, 2019 · 3,099 words (12 minutes) · 313 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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