A ‘Thing’ About Magpies

Posted: November 29, 2012 in AJ Kirby Short Fiction, Other Writing by AJ Kirby

TM PublishingI must have a thing about magpies, those beady-eyed monochrome birds who helped provide the title of my first novel – The Magpie Trap – and also some of its key imagery (the book is about thievery and a large scale heist at a money manufacturing plant). For today, I’ve just sold a new short story which again harks back to those tweeting wing-flappers. Mister Magpie, my 8000 word short story has been picked up by TM Publishing, and I’ve just signed a contract for it, which is winging its way back to the editors as we speak.

MagpieMister Magpie takes a wholly different angle from the novel, however. The title refers to a ‘code-name’ used by announcers at train stations and aiports to draw attention to something suspicious, or perhaps a threat, which has been identified on site. The purpose of using the name is so as not to panic the general public. So when they next call for a ‘Mister Magpie’, and repeat: ‘can a Mister Magpie please come to the customer service desk now’, then think-on. There are things afoot which maybe they don’t want you to know about…

Anyway, watch this space for full details of when the story will be published and how you can get your talons on a copy.


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