Chills and Creeps: Eight Scary Stories by Nick Clausen #bookreview #shortstories #RBRT

In this collection, you’ll meet …

Peter, who meets an upholsterer who really likes his skin. Mary, who gets a pet fish thatwill only eat human flesh. Daniel, who plays a game that becomes real in his dreams. Eagle, who has a disease that make birds attack him wherever he goes. Joseph, who plays tennis with a ghost. Nadia, who gets trapped in a house slowly filling up with water. Calvin, whose sister visits a hypnotist and becomes someone else. And Noah, who learns to control lights with his mind.

Eight stories spanning horror, dark fantasy and science fiction, all set in everyday life while exploring the dark, the evil and the supernatural. 

I haven’t read many short story collections, but for me, a horror/supernatural compilation is irresistable.

At the end of each tale, the author shares what sparked the idea – a nice personal touch.  I find story origins interesting.  All are eerie and enjoyable, but I have my favorites.

When I Snap My Fingers – The concept of reincarnation has always fascinated me, and the way it’s incorporated will give you chills down your spine.  And have you avoiding hypnotists.

Ghost Tennis – You might be lured into thinking this is a friendly ghost story – don’t be fooled.  The ending is wickedly perfect.

Drip-Drip-Drip – As someone who is slightly claustrophobic, I was uncomfortable reading this one.

Not all the stories worked for me.  Some had less plausible plots and character actions which I felt needed another tweak with a content edit.  Even though it’s fiction, it still needs to be believable.  Other reviewers have mentioned this book is suitable for children, but because of some language sprinkled throughout, I wouldn’t recommend it for readers under the age of thirteen.

Dark, evil, and supernatural tales may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for horror fans, this is creepy collection that can be read in a couple of hours.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Rosie’s Book Review Team.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

 

 

Death Among Us: An Anthology of #MurderMystery #ShortStories #TuesdayBookBlog

Who knew death could be so eclectic? Relish this mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up of short stories.

The stories include the 2019 SIA Award-Winning Murder Mystery Short Story ‘The Rose Slayer.’

Murder and mystery have been the staple of literature and films for years. This anthology of short stories will thrill and entertain you. Some will also make you laugh out loud. Others will stop and make you think.

Think of this murder mystery short story anthology as a book version of appetizers or starters, hors d’oeuvre, meze, or antipasti. It can be read as fillers between books or, as is the case in some countries, as a bookish meze – in its own right.

These stories come from an international cast of authors; some with bestselling books, others are emerging or new talents. Their roots, cultures, and life experiences are as diverse as their writing styles.

But one thing binds them together: they know how to tell a story.

There’s murder mystery styles and locations to suit all tastes: detective fiction, serial killers, scifi, histfic, LA, England, The Great Lakes, Las Vegas, the Nevada desert and more in an exquisite exposition of the art of short story telling.

The ten authors who have contributed to the anthology are:

Stephen Bentley
Greg Alldredge
Kelly Artieri
Robbie Cheadle
Michael Spinelli
L. Lee Kane
Kay Castaneda
Aly Locatelli
Justin Bauer
& ‘G’ Posthumously

Each author introduces his or her stories and the theme that lies behind them.By the time you finish the book, you will agree the result is a mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up.

Something I enjoyed about this anthology is the variety.  Yes, the theme is murder, but the stories span different sub-genres – straight up suspense, sci-fi, horror, and historical fiction – basically a smorgasbord of death for murder mystery fans.

My favorite stories include the following:

Justice is Never Served by Robbie Cheadle – Heart-wrenching, but with supernatural overtones, and based on a fictionalized account of occurrences in Victorian England.

Monitaur by Michael Spinelli – Because I’m such a horror fan, this one stuck out for me.  Strange occurrences overheard and seen over a baby monitor.  A chilling tale sure to give you goosebumps.

The Neighbours by Aly Locatelli – Locatelli is a new author, but her story is that of a seasoned writer.  I predicted the ending, but knowing it didn’t detract from this a well-written tale.

Death Among Us is a compelling collection of stories sure to appeal to mystery fans and will keep them reading hours past their bedtime.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from one of the authors.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

 

More Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts #bookreview #shortstories #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping? 

These are just some of the subjects covered in the second collection of short stories and flash fiction from author and writer, Hugh W. Roberts. 

‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you. If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down. Enjoy the ride! 

What an eclectic collection of short stories!  There’s something for everyone – horror, comedy, science fiction, mystery, paranormal.  Some are a scant few paragraphs, while others span several pages.  My reactions to these stories ran the gamut – laughter, shock, sadness, surprise.  The author has quite an imagination, and uses human nature and tendencies and our dependence on modern technology in clever ways.

All are a delight to read, but some that stuck with me are The Tunnel – such an unexpected ending, and I laughed out loud; Floral Hall – so sweet and melancholy; The Right Choice – words can have different, and sometimes very literal, meanings; The Hole – karma occasionally delivers in the most divine ways; and Easter Bunny Cake – I’ll never look at carrot cake the same way again.

Whatever your preferred genre, you’ll find it in this compilation of chilling, humorous, and unpredictable tales.

I received a copy of this novel from the author through Rosie’s Book Review Team.

#BadMoonRising: Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts #shortstories #supernatural #paranormal

Happy Hump Day!  If taking on a horror/paranormal/supernatural book all at once is a bit daunting, maybe testing the waters with short stories is a way to ease into the genre.  Today’s featured author gives you that opportunity.  He also confirms why it’s best not to leave arms and legs uncovered while sleeping – you never know what’s waiting under the bed.   Welcome Hugh Roberts!

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I’d be the killer. I can remember being cast as the ‘bad guy’ in a school play. It was set in a haunted house, and I had to wait for my victim to pass by before I came out of the dark and wrestled him to the ground. What most struck me about this, though, was that whilst the struggle went on, I had to wait for somebody to say the words “Cut! That was excellent.”

That line stuck in my mind for many years because I went on to use it as the twist for one of my short stories in my book, Glimpses. I suppose it also shows that I wasn’t really the ‘bad guy,’ but just an actor on a film set. That also stuck on my mind when I thought about it because I’ve also used a film set as the scene in another of my short stories in the book.

It’s amazing what memories stick with you, and how they can go on to become a big part of something later on in your life.

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

Yes, but only when I was in my teens. It wasn’t a real Ouija board because we’d cut out the letters and placed them on the kitchen table. There were six of us, including me, and I remember how I wanted to frighten everyone in the room by moving the glass around. The problem was, somebody else also had the same idea, and we ended up frightening some of the younger children.

When my parents came home and found out what we’d been doing, they were not best pleased. My mother tore up all the letters and threw them in the dustbin.

A few months later, it was all forgotten about until my mother was cut badly by the glass we’d used. She swore that something had hit the glass along the kitchen countertop towards where she was washing the dishes. The glass smashed as it entered the water, cutting both her hands quite badly.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

In the first ever apartment I owned, I was once woken by the sound of scratching coming from beneath me. To my utter disbelief, I watched as the duvet was slowly pulled down the bed. I grabbed it and tried pulling it back towards me, but something at the other end of the duvet was also pulling and it was a struggle to pull it back.

Eventually, I switched on the bedside lamp and found the duvet still over me. I put it down to a bad nightmare, and it never happened again.

However, a few years later, when I moved out of the apartment, one of the removal guys pointed out to me that some of the wooden slats under my bed (which the mattress laid on) were badly scratched. I had no idea how the scratches got there as the bed was delivered new when I had moved in, and I’d assembled it myself.

I ditched the bed and slept on the floor of my next home until I was able to afford a new bed.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

I’m very much a ‘Pantser’ when it comes to writing my stories. As soon as I get an idea in my head (often the ending of a story) I start typing and allow the story to reveal itself to me.

Of course, the first draft is never the final version, but I tend not to change too much as it then becomes a completely different story.

Characters seem to fall into the story as I write it. I don’t think about them too much. They’re just a part of the story which, for me, is the most important part.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

Rod Serling, who created and presented the TV show, The Twilight Zone. He also wrote some of the episodes.

What captivated me most, was the way Rod wrote the stories. They always had a twist at the end that I never saw coming. He may have sprinkled each episode with clues, but they were always well conceived and gave little away of what was to come.

I see this has an incredible way to write stories, leading the reader up the wrong garden path, so to speak. The Twilight Zone gave me inspiration to write stories on a similar based theme, and I like to think that the style they are written is very much that of the way Rod wrote.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on my next collection of short stories which will be published in early 2019. There are 32 new stories in the book, many of which I have never published on my blog before.

My editor returned the book to me in early September and I’m now working on the edits as well as making some of the stories even better. I can reveal that the book will be called ‘More Glimpses.’ Here’s the blurb –

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

Buy Links

Universal Link for buying Glimpses

Author Bio

Hugh W. Roberts lives in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom. He shares his life with his civil-partner, John and their Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Toby and Austin.

He has always enjoyed writing even though he suffers from a mild form of dyslexia. However, he’s never allowed being dyslexic stop him from having a positive outlook on life. Shortly after retiring, Hugh thought it about time he let his writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for him to do this.

He started writing short stories at school but was never encouraged to continue writing them. In February 2014, when he discovered blogging, he wrote and published several short stories on his blog. They soon became hits and Hugh was encouraged by some of his readers to publish some of the stories in a book. Now, finally, his dream of becoming a published author has come true with the publication of ‘Glimpses’ the first volume of 28 of his short stories. If, like Hugh, you enjoy shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and Black Mirror,’ then his short stories will take you on plenty of twists and turns to unexpected endings.

‘Glimpses’ is available to buy on Amazon and has already received excellent reviews. Hugh is now in the process of writing a second volume of short stories which he will publish in early 2019. If you decide to buy and read Glimpses, then Hugh would be delighted if you would consider leaving a review on Amazon. Reviews help all authors and feedback is vital to improving writing.

Hugh’s blog, Hugh’s Views And News, covers a number of subjects, the most popular of which are his blogging and social media tips. He is a keen photographer and enjoys helping to promote other authors and writers on his blog. Despite considering himself to be an introvert, he also considers himself as a ‘peoples’ person. Please do feel free to contact him via his blog.

Social Media

Blog: Hugh’s Views and News
Twitter: @HughRoberts05
Flipboard
Mix.com
Instagram
Google+
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads

#BadMoonRising: Fairies, Myths, and Magic: A Summer Celebration by Colleen M. Chesebro #paranormal #shortstories

Today’s author is a familiar face to many of you – maybe it’s from her poems and weekly poetry challenges, her author interviews, or her Carrot Ranch writing challenges.  If you own a rocking horse, many of you may be pushing them to the curb after reading this interview.  Welcome Colleen M. Chesebro!

Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, or zombies – which would you least want to meet in a dark alley?

I would have to say that I would be terrified to meet a zombie in a dark alley. There’s just something about the zombies that makes my skin crawl!

Think about it… zombies are reawakened corpses who become human eating machines. And once you’re a zombie all you want to do is bite someone else, so you can infect another person with the same virus that made you a zombie. It’s a terrifying proposition. A chance meeting with a zombie could end a writing career for good.

I do realize that the fear of the undead is one of our most primeval fears stretching back into antiquity. Ancient gravesites have been found containing rocks placed on skeletal remains because the living feared the ability of the undead to rise once again.

Zombie folklore from Haiti explains another explanation for the zombie phenomena. Horrible conditions for West African slaves working in the sugar cane plantations left the slaves yearning for freedom. It is thought that these conditions represented the afterlife and the predicament of slavery represented in zombie form. However, medical journals in Haiti do confirm evidence of actual zombies. (History.com-Zombies)

So, bring on the ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. I can deal with those phenomena better than reawakened corpses. LOL!

What’s the creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

Many years ago, when I was in the Air Force stationed in East Anglia in the U.K., my ex-husband and I rented an old farmhouse in the English countryside close to RAF Lakenheath.

I remember I was pregnant with my second child at the time. I only mention it because I believe that somehow made me more susceptible to the spiritual vibrations in the area. All I know is the old stone house gave me a creepy feeling every time I walked inside.

That Christmas, we purchased one of those rocking horse toys suspended on a metal frame with giant springs for our older daughter. Tabitha loved feeding the horses that grazed in the field next to the house. She and I made a daily habit of visiting the horses, and she was crazy in love with them, like most three-year-old girls are.

Image Credit: popscreen.com

English homes back then were divided into many small rooms, each with a door. I had a hard time finding a place where the rocking horse could fit. It was so large that I finally stored it in the hallway outside the kitchen beneath the stairs where I could watch Tabitha playing as I prepared our evening meal.

After a few evenings of play, Tabitha said that she didn’t want to go into the hallway to play on the toy anymore. Of course, I figured the charm of the rocking horse had worn off. So, I didn’t pursue it with her any further.

One thing I did notice was that the hallway was always freezing. We could shut the door to the lounge and the kitchen to keep the downstairs warmer which I had a habit of doing. Whenever you had to go upstairs to the loo, you had to go by way of the hallway and stairs. I don’t remember a time that hallway wasn’t freezing cold – even in summer.

As I progressed with my pregnancy, I stayed home by myself during the day, as my ex would leave for work after taking Tabitha to daycare.

One afternoon, while I sat on the couch watching a television program, I heard the springs squeaking on the rocking horse. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up at attention. I had the most unsettling feeling I’ve ever had, almost like being sick to your stomach. I knew I was completely alone in the house, out in the middle of nowhere. I glanced through the window to see if the wind was blowing but it was a normal overcast English summer day, and there was no wind.

I crept closer and peeked through the glass door that separated the lounge from the hallway. There, underneath the stairs, the rocking horse bounced with a steady rhythm as if someone was riding it. The squeaky springs creaked making me cringe in fright. After about five minutes, the rocking stopped.

That night when my ex came home, I told him what had happened. I also informed him that I wanted to move. He gave me a funny look and shared a similar experience having seen the rocking horse moving on its own one night. No wonder Tabitha didn’t want to ride the horse in the spooky hallway.

I felt that we had witnessed the ghost of a small child still attached to the house, who wanted to play with the rocking horse. The coldness never left the hallway and my paranormal radar worked overtime. I couldn’t wait to leave.

The next month, we moved from the house. Tabitha played with her rocking horse until she outgrew it with no further mishaps. I still get the shivers when I think of that house.

Are you superstitious?

I’ve always been superstitious as far back as I can remember. I suspect part of that was because my mother died when I was three and I lived with my grandparents until I was about six or seven. My grandfather came from Russia and he told me all kinds of folk stories when I was growing up. I’m sure many of these stories were the sort you shouldn’t tell young children, but nevertheless they fired my imagination!

One of these strange superstitions (well, I still believe it!) is the rule of three. The idea is that whatever positive or negative energy a person puts into the world will return to that person three times. In fact, the number 3 has figured prominently in many important dates throughout my life.

I don’t believe in coincidences either. Everything happens for a reason. Just like my participation in Bad Moon Rising.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

I have the most vivid dreams. Many times, the idea for a plot comes to me through a dream. Sometimes, an idea pops into my head from the ether. Sometimes, I get my ideas from television, movies, or even real-life events. It’s only an idea, but I do write it down. Then, I brainstorm to see if the idea can develop further into a story, poem, or even a book plot.

I base many of my characters off of real people I’ve known in the past. I worked as a bookkeeper and a legal assistant much of my past career, so I met many strange and unusual characters. A few of these people were quite scary. Some of these personalities have found their way into my writing.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

My writing has been most influenced by my blogging journey. I started out four years ago as a new blogger looking for a way to increase my writing opportunities. It was within that community of bloggers and authors that I found my path to becoming an author. The support I’ve received from other authors has been phenomenal.

I am an avid reader, so as soon as I read a book, I follow up with a book review on my blog. Writing about other author’s writing has helped me learn the craft. The same went for poetry. I love poetry and got my feet wet with a Haiku Challenge that eventually led to me hosting my own poetry challenge.

Poetry helps you write better stories. Last year I discovered a love for writing flash fiction by participating in a weekly flash fiction challenge. Each new writing challenge has propelled me toward another writing goal.

What are you working on now?

Remember how I said I create many of my characters from people I’ve known? Well, last year I asked seven other authors to form a group blog with me. They liked many of the same things that I did, like crystals, tarot cards, Rune Stones, angels, paganism, etc. They agreed, and we named the blog “The Sisters of the Fey.” Of course, you know my fairy nymphs guided me to these wonderful folks.

G. Kaye (Debby Gies), Adele Marie Park, Annette Rochelle Aben, Deborah Bowman, Marjorie Mallon, Tina Frisco, and Wendy Anne Darling have all joined me as co-authors on the Sisters of the Fey blog.

One thing led to another. Suddenly, I had an idea for a story, then a novella, and now possibly a book, called, “The Sisters of the Fey – Genesis.” The story is about eight Slavic Witches who are asked to form an alliance with the Rusalki Fey to protect magic from the Byzantine Monks who are spreading their new religion across the land.

I promise there will be some unusual paranormal twists and turns to keep my readers enthralled. And yes, I’ve based the characters loosely off of my author friend’s personalities. It will be fun for my readers (many who already know my friends) to see if they can figure out who is which character. I hope to release this book by January 2019.

New Release: Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration priced at $.99 for the summer season.

Title: Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration

ASIN: B07DTSBH4T

Release Date: June 17, 2018

Format: Kindle Paperback

Purchase from: Amazon & FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Country Tagged Universal Book Link: Smarturl.it/FairiesMythsMagic

Blurb:

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

Author Bio

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist who loves writing about paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called The Bus Stop. Her debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar and Spice. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

Feel free to get in touch with me at colleenchesebro3@gmail.com.

colleenchesebro.com Author Blog

 Twitter @ColleenChesebro

Facebook Author Page

Sisters of the Fey sistersofthefey.wordpress.com

Pinterest

Google+

Instagram

LinkedIn

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Writer’s Reading Corner – Sarah Brentyn #amreading #shortreads #literature #FridayReads

Stories that affect us don’t always have to be full length novels.  Sometimes, they’re short stories, and today’s author shares how one in particular changed her life and helped shape her writing career.  Welcome Sarah Brentyn!

Winning the Lottery

It won’t surprise most of you that the last book I read is not a book. It’s a short story.

I was introduced to “The Lottery” during a lit class for my undergrad degree.

It spoke to me.

It said something like, “Hey! You, there! College chick. Check me out. I’m short and spectacular. I mean, seriously, I’m awesome. Read me again!”

I did. And still am (obviously) many years later.

One dark and stormy (actually, it was clear and starry) night in January, I decided to revisit this favorite. I fell asleep thinking about it, woke up thinking about it.

I could not stop thinking about it.

Her writing…

She weaves different moods seamlessly throughout this piece. The setting in contrast to the plot is perfect. The dialogue is fantastic. The foreshadowing is just enough to keep you guessing. The characters’ personalities, which we learn a lot about, are both expressed and implied. How does she do all this in so few words?! 

The story…

It’s surreal yet believable that a community would behave this way. How far are people willing to go to hold on to tradition? To pacify their superstitions? I wonder what it would be like to grow up there, how it would change you, if you’d be able to form healthy attachments, what your relationships would be like. I wonder if the lottery will continue. I wonder what would happen if they stopped. I wonder how long it would take for everyone to agree or if they ever would. I wonder… 

Jackson gives readers a psychological slap. She makes us uncomfortable in a captivating way that’s not easily dismissed. The build-up, revelation, and subsequent reactions of characters leave readers with questions that intensify curiosity and creativity. I don’t care how silly this sounds—I’m going with it. Full force. (You have been warned.) This story changed my life.

It showed me what can be accomplished with a few, well-chosen words. It fed my desire to think, analyze, and contemplate. It appeased my fascination with human nature. It set my mind ablaze.

It is one of the stories that set me on my path. Short fiction can be done. And done well. It’s something I strive for when I sit down to write.

Author Bio

Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi.

She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them.

When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.

She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.

She is the author of two collections of flash fiction: Hinting at Shadows and her latest release On the Edge of a Raindrop.

 

Blurb (On the Edge of a Raindrop)

These are stories of lives on the edge.

A girl tortured by the world within her. A boy powerless to escape his home. A mother doomed to live with her greatest mistake. A man lost in a maze of grief.

Each raindrop provides a microscopic mirror of ourselves and those around us. But we can’t always trust what we see. The distorted images disorient the mind, altering our view of reality.

This second collection of flash and micro fiction explores the depths of the human condition and the fragile surface of our perceptions.

Dive into these tales of darkness and discover what life is like On the Edge of a Raindrop.

 

Contact Information (blog, website, etc.)

Book Links:

On the Edge of a Raindrop

Hinting at Shadows

Author Page

 

Blogs / Social Media:

Lemon Shark

Lemon Shark Reef

Twitter, Google+, Website

#BadMoonRising Jack Binding #IndieAuthor #horror #shortstories @Jack_Binding

For those of you who aren’t avid readers of horror, maybe short stories are the way to enter those waters a few inches at a time before fully immersing yourself.  Today’s author offers that opportunity with his book of 18 short stories.  Welcome, Jack Binding!

Jack Binding’s Pills splices gritty realism with surreal imagery and otherworldly dread.

From the vicious high fashion horror of FMM (The Devils Wears Prada via Bret Easton Ellis-esque debauchery) to the stark, unsettling heartbreak of Sleeping Pills, Binding takes the reader on a journey through the secret parts of London that few people ever visit.

Influenced by writers such as Stephen King, Martin Amis and JG Ballard, there’s Cronenberg-inspired body horror, creepy kids (and their creepier parents), death, love (often unrequited), seedy massage parlours and late nights fuelled with lust and narcotics.

With overarching themes and characters, the 18 short stories in Pills can be read either as a whole enjoyed as stand-alone tales. 

What’s the best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year so far?

At the time of writing this interview, I’m still yet to see the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s It, which has been getting some rave reviews and breaking box office records. I’d probably say it was Lights Out. I’m not a huge fan of jump scares, and although it has a few, it doesn’t rely on them like, say, Paranormal Activity does. It has real heart and real menace. Loved it.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

I’m not big on fancy dress, so whenever I go to Halloween parties, I wear my regular clothes. Whenever anyone asks why I’m not in costume, I just say, “I’m actually a goth.”

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

There’s a story in Pills called ‘Twenty-Seven.’ At one point in the tale, the narrator has a (possibly drug-induced) vision of a paranormal entity. He then goes on to make a bargain with the creature. Believe it or not, it’s actually based on something that happened to me in my early twenties. I’m not sure if it was a dream or whatever. And although I don’t really believe the supernatural – you’ll notice in my writing, the real monsters are the humans – it didn’t really feel like a dream. I’m not sure what it was. It haunted me ever since. Writing about it was a way of dealing with the experience.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a very, very dark thriller. It’s a full-length project, which should please the people who have been asking me for something more substantial (although I’d argue there’s enough in Pills to satisfy most readers). It’s about a guy who kills an innocent person in a fit of rage, and the resulting fallout from it. I’m on the third draft right now.

Biggest horror/thriller novel influence?

There are several. I’d love to creep my readers out as much as I was the first time I read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. But then I’m also in awe of the feeling of utter dread that runs through JG Ballard’s Super-Cannes.

When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?

I can’t wait to finish what I’m writing mainly because there are so many new projects waiting to be started. I have no shortage of ideas, just shortage of time in which to write then. That’s why short stories appeal to me – I can move onto the next idea quickly.

If you could change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?

My first inclination is to say I’d have like to have started earlier. I wrote my first full length novel when I was twenty-nine. It’s a miserable piece of incoherent trash, and will never see the light of day. However, the practice helped me craft my style and find my voice. People often believe it’s life experience that affects a person’s ability to write. BS, I say – it’s practice and hard work.

Author Bio

Jack Binding comes from London but lives in Sydney. He writes dark fiction that combines horror with black humour.

He regularly releases short stories on Amazon, which have received high critical praise (at the time of writing, that is).

He is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, JG Ballard and Martin Amis.

His first full-length novel is due to be released soon.

Social Media

Twitter  jack_binding
Buy Links