Christian Shepherd

Christian Shepherd is based in Beijing. His previous story for the Anthill was Dark DisplaysChristian also writes a blog at Theseus’ Thread, and you can follow him on Twitter @cdcshepherd

Posts by Christian Shepherd

Summer Shorts: Friday Night Fug

Our summer shorts season ends – by Christian Shepherd


They never stop here this time of night.

Her deadweight numbs my shoulder as I stand in the middle of the street recycling gestures: dog-pat wave, five finger swipe, one finger salute.

An orange blink registers and we're in motion. I launch her into the cab before our predecessor leaves. She lies where she lands, splayed across the backseat like roadkill, indecently exposed skinny limbs jutting at improbable angles. As the passenger door slams shut, I resolutely take my place by her side.

“Xiāng Jiāng. Huā Yuán.”


Dark Displays

Sightseeing the Nanjing Massacre Museum – by Christian Shepherd


"Alright mate. Where've you got to?" I'm sat on the benches at the exit."

Relieved, I up my pace to a brisk walk. "With you shortly."

"No rush mate – watching an interesting documentary on the author of The Rape of Nanking. You don't want to skimp on the torture and beheadings section."

I slow down. "Hold on – you're still downstairs?"

There's a pause on the other end of the line. "Upstairs? There's more?"