Short Story News: Noodlin’

Kzine24coverI had a short story published today in Kzine, the first one in what feels like aeons!

Noodlin’ is a story about a man rooted in the past and embroiled in a personal struggle against the changing world around him. It’s about the moment he comes to realise that change cannot be resisted forever. Like death, it takes us all.

Noodlin’ is featured in issue 24 of Kzine’s monthly journal. I feel honoured to be included amongst some great stories and talented writers. Kzine is a journal I’ve had my eye on for a while and I’m thrilled the brilliant editor, Graeme Hurry, decided to accept.

If you’ve got Kindle Unlimited you can read this journal for free. If not, it’s £2 for the ebook and £3.99 for a paperback. Links below! Also below you’ll find the first few paragraphs, and beneath that, the story behind Noodlin’.


Amazon – UK ebook and paperback

Amazon – US ebook and paperback


Noodlin first paras

Noodlin’ is an ode to one of my heroes—Jeremy Wade. There’s a good chance you may be asking ‘who?’. The guy from River Monsters! I loved watching River Monsters and for a good few years I went through an obsessive fishing phase. But the reason why I think I enjoyed the show was not so much for the fishing, rather for Jeremy Wade battling to land his catch; surviving a plane crash in the Amazon and carrying on; trekking for days to reach places unexplored by man; diving into piranha and shark-infested waters; never giving up despite the universe seemingly against him. He’s brave and fearless and he does what he loves, and that attitude, I think, has inspired me to do the same.

So thank you, Jeremy. This one’s for you.


About the author

Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. His short fiction has been published by, amongst others, Kzine, TANSTAAFL Press, Bewildering Stories, Liquid Imagination, The Magazine of History & Fiction, Aether and Ichor, and Far Horizons. His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, will be published by Fiction Vortex in Summer 2020. He co-hosts the podcast The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed, a venture inspired by the requests of readers of his critically-acclaimed book, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook. Most nights you can find him up into the wee hours scribbling away or watching the NBA. Find out more at

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