David Horn was born and raised behind the twitchy net curtains of suburban England. Giving up on office cubicles and turning instead to the wilds of Fermanagh, he has taken to writing. Short stories and the inevitable novel in progress fall within his purview for now. He has a strong dislike of peanut butter and wet cardboard, but finds comfort in all the usual places.
This piece was long-listed for the FISH flash fiction price, 2020. It came from recalling some really vague memories as a child – the spilt sugar bowl and my mother’s blue coat, and extrapolating a fictional situation from that. It’s amazing how a smell or a memory of touch can take you places.
Down Mexico Way is one of a series of stories featuring two young boys, Frankie & Alex. Set during the 80’s with the two lads just starting secondary school. This story started life in our Kinlough writing group and received an honourable mention in the 2019 Fish Flash Fiction prize and was subsequently published in that years’ anthology.