David Hartley

David Hartley is a short story writer based in Manchester, where words seep from between old bricks and smother the streets in metaphor. His debut collection of flash fictions ‘Threshold’ was published by Gumbo Press in early 2013 and is available from the Gumbo Press website, or on the Kindle.

Stories by David Hartley

Future Robots

Illustrated by Jessica Wilson

At cell level, they detach. Total expiration of the species is reported, logged, confirmed and passed, so they detach and disseminate rising through fragmenting flesh to the pore exits, dusting the air, grasping claw wards for new molecules to support, anything that lives, any real thing that lives. The bed, such as it is, collapses its …




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