Darkwing Imaginings is the creative home of me, Karen Bayly, of my stories and images.

I write short stories and flash fiction ranging from science fiction and fantasy to character studies exploring the darker side of the human experience. I'm currently working on my first novel and several screenplays. I've published a number of stories and poems under my real name as well as under the pseudonym "Arianrhod Darkwing". In addition, I've written and published scientific papers on animal behaviour, and I freelanced as a ghostblogger and eBook author (see a list of Publications).

I enjoy macro photography and capturing the beauty in everyday life. I am a few weeks away from completing a 52 Week Self-Portrait challenge.


Read "Life As An Albatross" published in Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, April 2016

Featured Work

I have a new short story "Heart Of A Clown" published in Blue Crow Magazine, October 2015.

Read "Pearl" published in Every Day Fiction, January 2015.

Photo Credit: Belozorova Elena

Read my poem "Listen" published in Toasted Cheese Literary Magazine, December 2014.

Photo Credit: Ian Sane

Read "The Shrine Tree" in the final issue of Skive Magazine, November 2013.

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Read "One" and "When I Said I Love You" in Voluted Tales, 7 August 2013.

Read the erotic story "Shh..." in the December 2012 Issue of Skive Magazine.