Category : Short Stories

Keep Away from the Windows by Martin McGregor

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Keep Away from the Windows – The complete Collection – Extreme Collectors Edition is the complete collection of short horror stories by Martin McGregor.

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The complete collection of Keep Away From The Windows series of short stories as one complete collection for the first time ever! This book also contains two brand new exclusive short stories that cant be found anywhere else.




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Author Martin McGregor pictureThe stories were written over the last two years. I cover a diverse range of subjects but try to add different and unexpected twists to each genre.

I write with the specific intention of mirroring events in real life, and how individuals would cope in such scenarios. I like my readers to feel for the characters and try to add just the right amount of depth to each story. I have been inspired by the horror greats like King, Herbert, Koontz and Hutson. The front cover depicts one of my characters from the story Helter Skelter. It tells of an ordinary man trapped alone in his flat, with monsters outside of his door. He is running out of supplies, and becoming delusional. He needs water and food, so he has no choice but to face his demons and to venture outside. It is one of my readers favourite stories.

This also features the story entitled Emma’s Ghost. Two of my friends committed suicide at relatively young ages, and this story pays homage not just to them, but to the large number of teenage suicides that have occurred in my home town over the last ten years. There are a few sci-fi orientated stories included, that feature the Hadron Collider, The last days of Mars, and the end of the Earth.

I try to write in a style that makes people stop and think without being too reliant on detail. The mind is a powerful tool if it is
allowed to create its own scenarios. We are in a world that has never been better connected, but as a race we seem to be drifting further apart. These are stories that you can read in ten minutes to an hour and are perfect for a short escape. I am a huge fan of horror in all formats, and I am proud of the praise these stories have received.

(Martin McGregor, May 2017)

 

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A Dash of Flash by Millie Thom

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Dash of Flash – A Collection of Very Short Stories by Millie Thom.

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Eighty five ‘wee gems’ in a single book …

A Dash of Flash is an eclectic mix of stories with both contemporary and historical settings, plus a few fairy tales and ghost stories added for good measure.
Step inside and join the many and varied characters at their times of joy or sorrow, remorse or loss. Laugh at their foibles, commiserate with their grief and indulge with them as they reminisce. Or simply smile at the fantasy of the tale.
Glimpse them all for but a mere flash in time…




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author-millie-thom-pictureA Dash of Flash is a collection of 85 very short stories. A few are as short as 100 words, several are longer at 1,000 words, but most fall somewhere in between with the majority being between 175 and 300 words. The genres are just as varied, ranging from contemporary and historical to a few fairy tales and ghost stories.

Many of the stories originally written for my blog have been either extended or tweaked in some way. Other stories have been written solely for the book – especially the longer ones, which reach the upper word limit for ‘flash’ at 1,000 words. The total word count of the book is 22, 290 words, as long as many novellas which can weigh in at 18,000 words.

Flash fiction has grown in popularity over the last ten years although, I confess, I’d never heard of it until I was persuaded by a fellow blogger to join in with one of the challenges on WordPress. I very quickly became hooked, and found I really enjoyed writing these pieces of micro-fiction, as flash fiction is often called. I also soon found that some of the prompts presented for the challenges allowed me to delve into the past, so further indulging my love of historical fiction. Some of the stories are intended to amuse, others to be thought-provoking. I simply hope that people can find most of the stories entertaining, if only for a brief moment in time.

I have included images for over 50 of the 85 stories in my book, generally for the visual effect. The original images provided by WordPress bloggers were copyright, but I found I had photos of my own that would suit a few of the stories and for the rest I relied on Shutterstock or Pixabay.
A Dash of Flash is my third book. The final book of my Viking trilogy, Wyvern of Wessex, will be my fourth – once it’s finished.

(Millie Thom, November 2016)

 

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The Mages’ Stones: Complete Set by India Emerald

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The Mages’ Stones: Complete Set by India Emerald.

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How do you fight an enemy when you’re unsure who it is?

The Mage Stones are melting, people are starving, and an entire way of life is about to disappear. It’s up to Mistress Morgana to mastermind a plan that will bring their world back from the brink and deal with the threat once and for all. And so her team sets out to make everything right once more. Ceridwen will deal with the caustic rain that’s destroying the Mage Stones, and Stephen will tackle the person behind it all, but every Mage involved has a vital role to play. Because she’s an enemy so powerful it will need six Mages to challenge her. An enemy so fearful that no-one dares speak her name.

But who is the real threat? Is it the Mage herself, or is she just a puppet to her out of control Mage Stone?

They’ll discover soon enough…

All seven of The Mages’ Stones short stories together in one edition, with bonus extra content!




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author-india-emerald-pictureWhat are Mage Stones, I hear you ask? (If I didn’t, I’m going to tell you anyway.) Every Mage is “joined” with her/his own crystal upon their graduation, a gemstone that will enhance their latent ability. Every school, every college, every academy in the land will tell you that. Now whether that’s true…

The Mages’ Stones Complete Set is a collection of seven short stories, each focussing on a different Mage, with extra insights from my writing notes in between each story. It’s perfect for people who love to read but struggle to find the time. Or maybe you love to read so much that even a lunch break comes with a book!

Join Ceridwen, as she battles the elements to end the caustic rain that’s destroying the Mage Stones, and Morgana as she masterminds the plan to bring down the enemy behind it all. An enemy so powerful that it will take six Mages to attempt to end her reign, an enemy so powerful that no-one dares to speak her name. She is the one they call “Obsidian”.

(India Emerald, November 2016)

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