The Twisted50 Volume 2 Shortlisted Writers and Stories are...

Congratulations to the writers of the 182 stories that have made the shortlist for Twisted50 volume 2 (and possibly Twisted50 volume 3) (and NOT in any order too!!!!)


If you are on this list, please do shout about it on Social Media too.  And here is the new teaser trailer for the book too.



OK… Drum roll for the shortlisted writers please…


If you are on the list below please feel free to use the Twisted50 laurels shortlist that you can download HERE.


And the stories and writers are (in no order at all)…


Murmuration by Les Grice
Don't Wait Up For Me by Kathryn Hollingworth
Curfew by Lee Betteridge
Ingrowing by Andy Perry
The Monthly Meal by Gordon Slack
The Forgotten Soldier  by David Mott
Market Research by Richie Brown
The Witch Hunter by Andy Perry
The Journal of Detective Dylan Willix by Simon Schneider
Urge by Phil Town
Cassandra's Beasts by Maryna Gaidar
Mumma Says by Hillier Townsend
The power of the moon by Jane Badrock
Ring fingers by lewis rice
Cord by Kendall Castor-Perry
Maeve by Sheila McGill
A Man, Akin by Rob Collinson
Sticky People by Christopher Patrick
At The Top Of The World by Steve Pool
I by Philip Trickett
Submerged by Bronwyn Gregory
Lord of the Suds by Christopher Stanley
Repeater by Steve Pool
An Acquired Taste by Chris Willcox
Mummy-Molly Pudding Club by Stephanie Hutton
Trauma One by Maggie Innes
WHY-FI by Mark Renshaw
Me Again by Scott Merrow
The Mexican by Diann Beck
Shadows by Christopher Stanley
A Killer Evening by Chris Jeal
Abstract by Bronwyn Gregory
Don't Look Down by Geoff Bagwell
The Gaunt Man by steven stockford
Roomies by Leo Robertson
Rumour has it... by Jacky Dahlhaus
The Switch by Geoff Bagwell
Philip's Ghosts by Geoff Bagwell
My hatred for them by reece wood
We are Sorry for any inconvenience  by Johanna Hallin
Abusing the Child Protector by steven stockford
Vampires Anonymous by Jacky Dahlhaus
The Cube by Scott Merrow
Super Nits  by Lucy V Hay
My Shadow by Elizabeth Hughes
Delayed Departure by Bruce Thomas
Tilly and Tom go Trick or Treating by Ben Marshall
Donald by reece wood
The Soul Sucker's Last Victim by steven stockford
ANGEL by Richie Brown
Gut Punch by Rebecca Gransden
Bamboline by Vera Mark
Cold Sore by Elizabeth Hughes
Hey! Hey! by Dan Ginsberg
The Rookery by Nick Yates
The Telescopic Philanthropist's Modest Proposal by Richard Craven
Part Exchange by Rhian Lewis
The Bunny Killer  by Ben Marshall
Tentacles by Eric Crociquia
Dying Inside by Larry Smith
RAG Status by Simon Cluett
The Violin Case by Jane Badrock
Solo Symphony by Alex Vrettos
Dead Comedians by Simon Cluett
Five Screaming Bodies by Gordon Slack
Witch's Brew by Carrie Wachob
Anglerfish by Lee Betteridge
Este Cabra by brian Friefeld
Cull of the Leshak by Phil Williams
Feed the world by Jane Badrock
The Wrong Way by Phil Williams
Lost At Sea by Drew Lovell
Caring For Mother by Karen Davison
Aunties Postbag by lewis rice
A Tale of One Asylum by Maryna Gaidar
Hush Little Baby by Ricardo Bravo
For the Record by Ricardo Bravo
I am John's knife by Kendall Castor-Perry
Black Ink by Peter Hackshaw
Wish you were here by lewis rice
Deviance by Eileen Wilson
One Step, Two Step by Kendall Castor-Perry
Disillusioned by Christopher Stanley
The Night They Closed The Undine by Dylan Keeling
Behind the Sofa by Phil Town
The Underclass by Mat Sunderland
Count to ten by Dean Marriner
Back in the Bottle by Michael Staniforth
The Illusion by Claire Rye
Teething Trouble by Mark Walker
The Writer's Demons by Alistair Canlin
SPIDER by Mark Walker
Nature's cruelty by Jane Badrock
Floaters by Phil Town
Nothing by Magnum Phoenix
Muscae Volitantes by Alex Thompson
Bobbing by Jenny Kane
Girl Power by Maggie Innes
the Bijou Hotel by Jane Badrock
A logical fear of spiders by Jane Badrock
Tunnel by Mark Walker
02:35 by lewis rice
Blood Red Eyes by Philip Trickett
Crossing Over by Nick Jackson
Exquisite by Richard Hopton
For My Mother's Sins by Tasbir Malle by Tasbir Malle
Time to Click! by Simon Ward
A night with Lucille Hogweed by Milethia Thomas
Symbiont by Julien Willis
Megan by Dan Hall
Nineteen by Richard Burke
ZOM by Emma Pullar
The New Leaf Draft 2 by Lily Smith
WORMS by Emma Pullar
Foul Bridge by Dylan Keeling
The Handyman by Chris Jeal
Black Box by Richard Hopton
The last brother by Lee Burgess
Watch The Dark by John Fulthorpe
Overlooked by Tom Nolan
Pot Holing by Rachael Howard
The Art is Absent by Leo Robertson
Gramma's Issues by Ann Richardson
Party by Richie Brown
The Woods by Phil Town
Signing Off by Kim L. Wheeler
Soft Strings, Slow Strings by Paul Draper
Brain Drain by Lee Burgess
Ice Cream Van by Jessica Brown
Unforgettable by Paul Green
Personal Demons by Ann Rumsby
8 Recurring by Tom Nolan
Time to Meat by Rob Collinson
The BestSeller by Claire Rye
The Room In The Elephant  by Dylan Keeling
The Hook Up by Douw van der Walt
The Vacant Field by Nick Twyford
Sparkles and the naughty list by lewis rice
The Remains by Suzi Finlay
Gamer Girl by Suzi Finlay
Knucklebone Blues by Matt George Lovett
The Twins & The Elephant by Matt George Lovett
The Charybdian Abyssal by Matt George Lovett
The Four by Nick Twyford
Pleased To Meet You by Alison Clapham
Loop by Evan Marlowe
The Azrael by Juliet Sneed
Nightmare by Fiona Hunnisett
Treasure by Susan Bodnar
No Waste by Tim Guest
Wholesale Flesh Club by Melissa Szydlek
You're the Cancer by Melissa Szydlek
Stratagem by Phil Town
Echoes - draft 2 by Chris McAleer
Target by Dee Chilton
Saignant by Fiona Hunnisett
The Way He Walks by Rita Wheeler
Ronald and Gloria by Michael Staniforth
IT'S THE SMALL THINGS by Amanda Webster
Mr Ellington by Jonathan Boon
Granny's For Tea by Geoff Stillwell
Shades of Love by Chris McAleer
The Day the Drones Come by Geoff Stillwell
SCAREDY KAT by Caroline Slocock
Eco Recycling by Gordon Slack
Distant Percussion by Freya Eden-Ellis
The Director's Cut by Ryan Reudell
Abi Sue by Jason Dussault
Don't Feed The Animals by Steve Wrench
COMING MUM! by Jade Syed-Bokhari
The Anniversary by Robbie Mori
The Tooth Fairy by Toby Norways
The Meat Factory by Robbie Mori
Tinder by Fiona Leitch
Drink To Forget by Madeleine Swann
Vitriolage by KT Parker
Moonshine by Philip Trickett
Teddy by Paul Shearer
The Lane by Rachael Howard
THE HORRORS by Amanda Webster


Congratulations all! And Well done!


Chris Jones

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Comments: 38 (Discussion closed)
  • #1

    Chris Jones (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:01)

    Well done everyone... Time to celebrate!

  • #2

    Lewis Rice (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:17)

    Congrats to every one involved.

  • #3

    Christopher Stanley (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:44)

    There are lots of great stories on that shortlist and I'm thrilled my entries have made it through. Great work Chris J and team on whittling down the number of entries - a huge effort but it'll be worth it in the end, I'm sure. Congratulations and good luck to everyone who's still in the competition.

  • #4

    Chris Jones (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:59)

    Thanks @Christopher, everyone has enjoyed the dark and delicious process immensely.

  • #5

    Rita Wheeler (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:14)

    I am delighted to be one of the shortlisted writers!

  • #6

    Sheila McGill (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:18)

    WHOOP WHOOP! Soooo excited to be included on shortlist. And huge congrats to all who made it onto the list.
    I've said it before - I'll say it again. Thank you, thank you to the Create 50 team for making a process that makes me feel like ...

    Imagine parcels
    Bursting. Precious diamonds
    Wrapped in ribbons of trust...
    Just for you
    Imagine then,
    The excitement of opening
    An entire world.
    Sheila McGill

  • #7

    Chris Jones (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 13:25)

    Well done @Sheila and @Rita - love the ditty!

  • #8

    Kathryn Hollingworth (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:08)

    I'm so pleased that my story is on the shortlist! Congratulations to all the writers who made it through.

  • #9

    Melissa Szydlek (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:15)

    Such an honor to be on the shortlist!!!! I'm so excited.

  • #10

    Chris Jones (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:42)

    Well done @Melissa and @Kathryn

  • #11

    Dan Ginsberg (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:45)

    WOW!!! What a terrific list of stories. I am honored that one of my stories has been selected for the short list. Congrats to all...

  • #12

    Alistair Canlin (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:59)

    WOW! Made it onto Twisted's Evil Little Sister last year, the whole community experience was amazing, and I think helped me grow as a writer. Must have worked, I've only gone and got shortlisted for Vol.2!!!
    Awesome job everyone who was shortlisted. Even if you weren't keep writing! It's gonna happen!

  • #13

    Jenny Kane (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 16:22)

    I'm delighted to make the short list! My first tiptoe into thriller/horror territory after years of relationship and friendship fiction. Thank you xx

  • #14

    Les Grice (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 16:44)

    Thank you for your consideration of my efforts. Happy to share the stage for a few moments in the spotlight with some fine people and wonderful writers.

  • #15

    Diann Beck (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 17:42)

    So exciting to be included in the shortlist! -Looks like I have more reading to do what with all the enticing titles beckoning to me like a long, gnarled finger. Good luck to all!

  • #16

    Chris Mcaleer (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 17:44)

    I am smiling like an idiot. Thanks for considering my tales. I am amongst such talented company here!

  • #17

    Eileen (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 19:20)

    My first bash at horror! Thanks Chris for including me. Lots of cracking stories and writers, Well Done to all of them.

  • #18

    Gordon Slack (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 21:27)

    So pleased to be on the list particularly considering the quality of the other writers; best wishes to you all for the next stage. Also thanks to Chris and the judges for your continued amazing energy and commitment.

  • #19

    Ben Marshall (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 23:29)

    Thanks Chris and Create50 for inviting me to explore outside of my screenwriting comfort and tickle the darkness of my depths. Delighted to be picked and for the adventure to continue. Well done all!

  • #20

    Mark Walker (Tuesday, 04 July 2017 23:49)

    This is a new experience for me as a writer. Really happy to be involved and get some stories onto the short list and be in such great writing company! Congratulations to everyone and good luck!

  • #21

    Jane Badrock (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:11)

    Still stunned to be on the list. Congrats to everyone!

  • #22

    Claire Rye (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 02:03)

    Create 50 is more than a collection of stories , it is a also a collection of talented generous and amazing people. We are all a part of something incredible. Congrats to everyone involved!

  • #23

    Hillier Townsend (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 04:11)

    Congratulations, everyone! So excited and honored to be included on the short list and to be a member of the Create50 collaborative. Thank you!

  • #24

    Paul Green (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 09:09)

    Congratulations to everybody. Do we know when the final list of stories to be included will be announced?

  • #25

    Chris Jones (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 11:41)

    We are hoping for a book launch at the end of the year - the final list will be announced as the book is launched in order to maximise the energy around the announcements.

  • #26

    Eric BC (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 22:48)

    I am giggling so much...mega happy that my story got into the shortlist too! :)
    A big thank you to the whole Twisted team for making one of my dreams come true, and congrats to all the writers involved in this amazing project...looking forward to what's next! ;)

  • #27

    Jacky Dahlhaus (Thursday, 06 July 2017 19:27)

    Woohoo! Congrats everybody! And lots of thanks to the Twisted50 team to read all of our stories. Fingers crossed for the next few weeks!

  • #28

    Bas Geelen (Friday, 07 July 2017 20:17)

    Unforutunately I didn't make it again, but congrats to all the shortlisted writers!

  • #29

    Mark Walker (Monday, 10 July 2017 21:42)

    Phew, glad I found the emails - they were languishing in a back end of my GMAIL account, would have been kicking myself if I had missed that! Chris, if the judges do offer comments on any stories, are these provided through the TWISTED50 pages as per the normal system? Thanks, Mark.

  • #30

    Richard Burke (Monday, 10 July 2017 22:54)

    Hi Chris, I haven't received an email apart from the one announcing the list. Could you please resend and maybe add to the My Messages section? Thanks, Richard

  • #31

    Sheila McGill (Tuesday, 11 July 2017)

    HI Chris, as Richard I have received no emails as yet. Can you resend please
    Many thanks

  • #32

    Chris Jones (Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:51)

    Sheila and Richard, can you drop me an email with your up to date email addresses?

  • #33

    Chris Jones (Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:54)

    @Richard I have removed the link as that is a private link for contracts and not public.

  • #34

    Amanda Webster (Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:14)

    Congrats to everyone! I appear to be in the same boat re: missing emails. Shortlisted but no follow-up emails so far. Have had all the updates so email is definitely working. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • #35

    Chris Jones (Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:24)

    @Amanda, can you send me your best email address?

  • #36

    Simon Schneider (Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:03)

    Hey Chris,

    I'm yet to receive anything either. I sent you an email yesterday about it, hope you got it. All the best!


  • #37

    Chris JOnes (Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:51)

    Simon can you send me an email with your email address to

  • #38

    Simon Schneider (Monday, 17 July 2017 14:51)

    Hey Chris,

    Sent that email on Thursday, I still don't have anything back yet. Not sure how to proceed from here, keep me noted. All the best,