Tell Me A Tale – The Book

Creativity and inspiration are human attributes and can come from anywhere or anything. Therefore as a celebration of the inspiration and creativity that went into the Tell me a Tale Short Story Competition, Fluster Magazine and Armida Publications present this collection of the 20 most inspired, most creative short stories that were submitted by authors who are published and unpublished alike, the world over.

The stories are diverse in scope and theme as they were inspired by an album of photographs that were made available to each author through Fluster Magazine`s Flicker Group. These 20 short stories prove that one picture is worth more than a thousand words!

Stories are an important part of our culture – wherever you live, whoever you are, you will have grown up with stories all around you. Stories are spread by word of mouth and with hand gestures. They are told with artworks, puppets and – yes – even the television. But our favourite stories have all come from the written word, enclosed between the covers of a book.

Writing a story is like sharing a little piece of yourself. This is why stories can be so powerful and why people will never stop reading them. When Fluster Magazine decided to organise the Tell Us A Tale competition, it was to discover imaginative storytellers across the world, and spread their creations. The Fluster Magazine team would like to thank all those that entered and let us explore their wonderful worlds within each story. It was a pleasure to read each and every tale, as we are all enthusiastic book lovers! The difficult decision had to be made in the end, and so we would like to introduce 20 of our very favourites in this anthology book.

The stories in this collection show a remarkable range of styles and themes. We have tramps quoting Keats, conversations with the dead and moving memories from the past.
We enter strange worlds, wild imaginations and the obscure Art world. We learn about the poignant loss of memory and loved ones, of growing old and of moving on.

So as you turn the page, be ready for a fantastic concoction of stories and photographs from all over the world. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey they take you on. And if the feeling ever takes you to pick up a pen and write your own, you will always be welcome to Tell Us A Tale…

Both the paperback and Kindle editions are now out.

Click the images to buy a copy today!

20 stories inspired by 20 photos

The Rain • by Hannah-Jamie Duncombe Guerrillas Marching Down • by Mateo Jarrín Cuvi The Art Part Begins • by Ira Nayman Payback • by Richard O’Callaghan The Biggest Whore in Westbury • by Natasha Lucas Distance • by Michelle Tudor Wonderful World • by Antonio Cruz Madwoman Story • by Erato Ioannou – Moustaka The Dragon • by Aline Aronsky Collecting Art • by Rupan Malakin A Night With Hugh and Keats • by Julie Noble Under the skysigns • by Gerard Urquhart The Guardian • by Gareth Barsby Lilac and Maxi • by Pablo Fuentes Stone Divide • by Andrea Weiner Ghosts • by Sam Graham The First Flower After the Flood • by Issara ‘Simonet’ Edwards Amongst the Rushes • by Hanne Larsson Marcy • by Ellie Stewart The End • by Eve Murray

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Fluster Magazine & Armida Publications Ltd
  • Edited by: Mirian Pirolo, Luca Bevilacqua, Sonia Passarelli
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9963706509
  • ISBN-13: 978-9963706501
  • Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.2 cm

Tell Me A Tale is also available at Waterstones, The Book Depositary and Barnes & Nobles

21 Responses to “Tell Me A Tale – The Book”
  1. Thank you so much for liking my short story. It is very much appreciated… because of this, I must enter into this competition. Take care.

  2. Thank you ever so much for liking my recent blog post, I do appreciate it.

  3. N Filbert says:

    Glad to have found you! Thank you for “liking” my recent blog entry. It is so exciting to find places doing these sorts of things – I look forward to reading and writing in such company!

  4. Great to see you encouraging the writing of Short Stories. And thanks for liking my post about one of my own collections!

  5. enrico says:

    Buona sera, quando verranno pubblicati i nominativi dei selezionati italiani? grazie e saluti. Enrico.

  6. Antonio Cruz says:

    Thank you for choosing my story! I’m honored, and could not be more pleased.

    • says:

      It was a pleasure to read the story and sing the “Magnificent Marvels Song”! We are organizing a book launch here in Cyprus, Nicosia, on the 23rd of Nov. It would have been great to meet you there :) Keep up the good writing and good luck with the next projects!

  7. Hiya. Thanks for the like on my blog. Love the idea of Fluster from the quick squiz I’ve had. Interesting. Iiiiiiiiinteresting :) Bummer I missed the short story comp though. Next time McFly.

    • Hi Natalie,don’t worry-there will be more competitions in the future! Keep following us and spread the word! Have you already ”liked” our facebook page? You won’t miss the next comp!

  8. Hannie says:

    Thank you so much for helping me get my own work published! My dad is really proud and I’m getting my friends to buy the book! Thank you for this opportunity. =) Hannie Duncombe

    • We are really proud of this production. We hope “The Rain” will be the first of many published stories written by you!

    • says:

      Your text is short but sharp. I am glad the book starts with it and it was a pleasure to read! The unexpected turn surprised me :) We at Armida Publications are organizing a book launch here in Cyprus, Nicosia, on the 23rd of Nov. It’s a shame we won’t be able to meet, but continue writing and all the best for the future!

  9. Cinema Wonk says:

    Appreciate the like, and I’m looking forward to learning more about your magazine.

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