My most chilling – and successful – story (if successful means the number of times it’s been published) came straight from my unconscious mind. It’s the only story I’ve ever written that required minimal tweaking rather than driving myself crazy with endless rewrites before it felt ‘right’.
I found Black Dress on my hard disc one day and it gave me the shivers: I had no memory of having written it. I deduced that it was a freewrite, done at least a year earlier, when I’d just started writing fiction, and forgotten in the struggle to earn a living.
Black Dress won a short story competition and went on to be published seven times in print and online.
You can read it here.