‘The Owl House’ in Spelk

A piece of flash fiction of mine appears in UK literary journal Spelk today. ‘The Owl House’ is a pretty dark tale by my usual standards, and is based on a real person.

Helen Martins was a South African artist who turned her home into a sort of living art gallery. I don’t want to explain too much about her (because I want you to read the flash!), but her life story is fascinating. Her house in Nieu-Bethesda, now a museum open to the public, looks like an extraordinary, disconcerting place to visit and pictures of it inspired me to imagine the mind behind it:

My thanks to Spelk editor Cal Marcius for accepting this slice of oddness. You can find out more about Helen’s life here.

Photos: South African Tourism; Robin Tweedie

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