J is for Just About to Escape and Just Heaven!

Welcome to Stranded!, my Strand Magazine-based April A to Z Blogging Challenge!  In this challenge, I will be taking illustrations from The Strand Magazine and making new stories out of them.  So, in order to fully appreciate the Stirring Events eventuating here, a look back at my older A TO Z entries is advisable.  I promise you, they are short.  Click Here to start with my Theme Reveal, or Click Here to start with A!  It is also totally acceptable to just look at today’s post.

First, here is today’s Exciting Installment of Annabelle’s story:

Oh no!  Whatever will become of our heroine?  This abominable cad means her ill!  But our anxieties, I fear, are not yet over for today.  Alfie is also in trouble.  View, dear reader, today’s chilling installment of Alfie’s adventure!

The first image is from The Strand Magazine No. 8; the second image is from No. 22.

And that’s all for today, folks!  Thanks for visiting; stay as long as you like!  There is a LOT of content on this blaugh, and (in my totally-not-humble opinion) most of it is Very Good.  May I particularly recommend my older A To Zs?  If you click on the header, it will whisk you away to my homepage, and there, you ought to find links to my Thrilling A To Zs of Aprils Past.  Last year, for example, I did a series of Artificial Artifacts — that is, Fake Bits of Fake Books (Lists of Illustrations, Indices, Tables of Contents, Prefaces, etc.).  Some of these are more Artifact-y than others, but they are all, I think, of interest.

And please note the list of A To Z Fictioneers in my sidebar (or, if you are on a Mobile Device or a Tablet, it may be somewhere under the Comments Section).  This list, of we few, we happy few, who are Doing Fiction for our A To Zs this year, will help you find more fiction to read.  Also!  If you yourself are Fictioneering for your A to Z this year, Comment and tell me so, and I will put you on the list! 

Oh yes, and please do leave a comment in any case.  Even if it is just “Hey, I exist, and I liked your thing.” 

Until tomorrow, then!






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  1. No, not Horrid Cad! Run, Annabelle, run! Methinks Alfie has been sampling drugs.

    Discarded Darlings – Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

    • Melanie Atherton Allen

      Hello Jean! Yes, it does rather look as if Alfie has been Taking Things, doesn’t it? By the way, that picture is actually from an article about a lighthouse.

  2. Oh! Are they becoming very strange only now? 😉

    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

  3. Very awesome theme!

    My “theme” – A Thirty-Word Story, revealing one word of the story each day of the challenge.
    #AtoZChallenge The Letter L

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