I write speculative fiction.
My novella The Good Shabti was published in 2015 and was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Prize. The hardback edition is now all sold out, but the ebook is still available. The story was also reprinted in The Mammoth Book of the Mummy.
The Good Shabti works wonderfully. Several days later, and my excitement for this story still hasn’t abated. The past is equally as alive as the present, two worlds inhabited by characters that are vividly brought to life in few words. It’ll leave you wanting more – that’s the nature of a novella – but it also ensures that no word is wasted, making this the ideal story for its length.
— Alister Davison, Fantasy Faction
Sharp carries readers through two fascinating worlds to an unexpected and deeply satisfying conclusion.
— Jake Marley, This Is Horror
The sense of dread builds in both ages until there is a clash that I did not see coming. Great story.
— Exit, Pursued by a Bear
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‘01001001 01000011 01000101‘ is a short story published on Pornokitsch (March 2018). Can you decode the hidden message?
Sharp continues to bring a tremendous attention to detail and craftsmanship to his work
— James Weber, alligators and aneurysms
‘Round Trip‘ was first performed as a spoken work piece at Unsung Live 2, subsequently published in Crises and Conflicts (NewCon Press, 2016)
Robert Sharp delivered another love story delineated by a geographical restriction, this one of the entire universe, which it turns out just isn’t big enough after all… and a twist I want to tell you about but won’t in the hope that this piece will be published. Delivery of this story was interesting as well, with Robert sitting and chatting to the audience as if he was the narrator. This approach set up a good SF tension between what is real and what isn’t that inadvertently rhymed with the themes of the opening story.
— Andrew Wallace
‘Frozen Out‘ appeared in We Need To Talk (Jurassic London, 2015) an anthology of difficult conversations, published for The Eve Appeal.
On this site
Occasionally this blog delves into the realm of short fiction. Sometimes to make a point, but often just for the fun of it.
- El Miracle de Miralles – A whimsy inspired by a tweet. Separatism, #Brexit and the power of architecture. Should really have been titled ‘Catalediona’. Republished on Skeptical Scot.
- Jorge Luis Borges In The Night Garden (2013) – If you are familiar with both the works of Borges and the output of CBeebies then you will be astonished by this piece…
- A Meeting By The River (2013) – a satire on PRISM. “Realist minimal short fiction and infinite recursion…“
- Ebenezer and the Salvation of Debbie Draupati (2010) – A detective story inspired by the Mahahbarata
- Ebenezer and The Case of the Election Night Tweeter (2010)
- Northern Line Lovers (2009) – A chance encounter leads to love and embarrassment
- Suspect (2007) – Kate McCann in Portugal
- Love Story (2007) – Falling in love with a machine
- Last Night’s TV (2007) – On Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty
- Hear No, See No, Speak No (2005) – A Borgesian play at the Edinburgh Festival
- Stephen of the Trains (2003) – a modern vagrant