The society’s annual fiction publication, The Silent Companion, contains new stories written by Companions, principally for members, although back copies can be purchased below.

To conform to true Dickensian tradition, the magazine appears as close to Christmas as possible. It provides a platform for established authors as well as emerging writers who are keen to develop their skills in the genre.

The Silent Companion 19

All companions are encouraged to submit a story, the deadline is the end of May of the year of publication.

The Silent Companion 19

Published at Christmas 2023 it included the following stories and was illustrated by Richard Phillips:

  • My Aunt’s Tale by Michael Chislett
  • Evacuees by Simon Stanley
  • Dapper Dan by Tina Rath
  • The Scarecrow by Carole Tyrrell
  • The Call of Rosevear by Colin Westney
  • Mr Gregory’s Tale by Victoria Day
  • A Trouble of Archaeologists by Nigel Wilson
  • Come in by Kevin McCann
  • Old Bones by Loretta Nikolic
  • The Rector’s Tale by Josh Maybrook
  • Don’t Blow It, It Will Come to you by Andy Sawyer
  • Saltmarsh Cottage by Colin Westney and António Monteiro

The Silent Companion 18

The Silent Companion 18

Published in 2022 and illustrated by Richard Phillips.

It includes the following stories:

  • Mice by Katherine Haynes
  • Salency by Jane Jakeman
  • A Reflection in Time By Colin Westney
  • Some shallow, some deep. All dangerous. by Victoria Day
  • Wind in the Pipes by Laurence Green
  • Absent Friends by Carole Tyrrell
  • The Beast by Loretta Nikolic
  • The Thorpe Afrit by Nigel Wilson
  • The Golden Cowrie by António Monteiro

‘Absent Friends’ by Richard Phillips.

Back Issues

Back numbers of “The Silent Companion” are available for sale to members (£5) and non-members (£9). Non-members can order copies below. 


Digital payment is made by PayPal – but don’t worry if you don’t have an account, it accepts cards too.

If you are a member or want to pay by cheque, please contact us in the first instance to calculate postage.  

Out of Print

Please note that editions 1 to 8 (inclusive) and 11 of “The Silent Companion” are now out of print. Issues 9 and 11 are about to be out of print too. Issue 10 has one re-printed page which does not detract from the reading experience.


UK Postage will be added automatically. For purchasers outside of the UK please contact us for a price for international postage.

Some of our Companions are very long term members! © L Nikolic