Francesca Burke

Francesca Burke is a freelance writer who spends most of her online time working on her blog, Indifferent Ignorance. She is the founder and editor of the My Chemical Romance fan site Also find her on Twitter.

Stories by Francesca Burke

A Secret Admirer

Illustrated by Carlie Ricketts

2nd February. Diane opened the front door that morning to fetch the post, only to nearly tread on — “A rose?” Diane peered along the street, expecting to see a bouquet that had escaped from a delivery van. It was a good thing she was wearing shoes… The road was empty. Shrugging, Diane took the rose inside with the …

The Mystery of St Aidan’s

Illustrated by Daniele Murtas

Witching hour. Morag stamped her feet to fend off the cold, but damp fog had crept down her neck the moment she left her house, so resistance was futile. Shivering but loathe to concede defeat, she pulled her beanie down to her ears, hoping it covered her bright orange hair enough to camouflage her amongst the …

Season’s Greetings

Illustrated by Lakshmy Mathur

“Honestly, Thalia, I don’t know why you want to have such dark hair at Christmas,” Mrs. Robinson said as she sorted greetings cards into piles on the coffee table. “Honestly, mother, I don’t know why you’re organising Christmas when we’re just out of October,” Thalia replied as she took the last of the fake skulls and …

Nail Varnish

Illustrated by Sherri Oliver

It was the nail varnish that reminded him of which day of the week they were on. Monday was fresh and shiny, reaching from the cuticle to the top of the nail, in whatever colour had taken her fancy the previous Sunday evening. Tuesday was slightly ink-stained, chipped from the constant opening of doors or …