The Thousand-Vodka Stare by Julian Pollard

When Andrew Black takes up a teaching post in Warsaw shortly after the death of Princess Diana, he knows he is a man desperately trying to escape from his past. He arrives in a ‘city of graves’; a city still struggling to come to terms with its own ghosts of war and communist oppression as it faces an uncertain future. It is not long before the broken people Andrew meets put first his heart, and then his life, in danger. Continue reading

Hurricane Crimes by Chrys Fey

After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.

Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he’s trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.

As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime? Continue reading

Lights by Elliott Logan

After a night of heavy drinking, five fraternity brothers awaken to the morning sun, hungover and literally tied up by their friends in a hilarious prank. The humor doesn’t last long though, the glow on the horizon not from the sun, but from a bizarre, unworldly light. A light with hypnotic powers. A light that captivates anyone who looks and enslaves them in its brilliance. Students, professors, teaching assistants, family members, loved ones, frat brethren—all blindly lured away, one after another. As the tied-up group watches helplessly on, they realize the people drawn to it are only the start of the nightmare. With the keys to freedom nowhere in sight, they find themselves trapped alone on the front lines of the surreal spectacle, left behind as the true horror begins to emerge from the light. Continue reading

Ghosts on the Red Line by Peter David Shapiro

Commuters see their Departed on the Boston subway…

Consultant Harry West is hired to investigate by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. His project turns personal when his ex-wife Alexandra Ben-Tov meets their beloved daughter on the Red Line, who looks like the teenager she might have become if she had lived.

Are the visitors on the Red Line ghosts or hallucinations? Either way, when Harry’s team discovers the source of the visitations, the MBTA declares it will bring them to an end.

Alexandra has a brilliant idea: Build Visitation Rooms that replicate the features of Red Line train cars so that people can continue to meet their loved ones.

But not everyone approves. The Archbishop of Boston seeks to get Visitation Rooms banned in Massachusetts. And a gangster who frets that his victims might return from the dead warns Harry and Alexandra: Cancel Opening Day for the first Visitation Room, or else! Continue reading

Revelation by Doug Couse

Immanuel Christian School was founded to raise up and loose students into the world as prayer warriors for God. One of its students, Johnathen, has a special gift for technology and has begun using that gift to reveal the Good News through his video blog. Johnathen knows that he has been marked by God to do great things for His kingdom. What he doesn’t know is that he has also been marked by another kingdom, a kingdom of despair and death that will stop at nothing to silence him. What follows is a revelation into the unseen world of spiritual warfare of angels and demons on a scale one can only imagine. Continue reading

I Made These Up (short stories for the fireside) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Short stories for the fireside (or wherever you have your e-reader). A diverse variety of humour, historical, murder, ghost, sentimental, adventure, and even a bit naughty – there is sure to be something to entertain you. There are even two BONUS read-aloud stories for children.
These stories have been published previously in magazines or newspapers. Some are adapted from chapters in But Can You Drink The Water? and some also appear in Something to Read on the Plane.
1. A ‘Tail’ of Woe.
Frank planned a quiet afternoon of model aeroplane building. But unfortunately he failed to take his father-in-law into account.
2. Proof of the Pudding.
The residents of Ladysmith were eager to escape before the town was besieged. Albert Swinbourne, however, had other plans.
3. The Tryst
He tried nibbling her ear. He wasn’t sure whether he should be licking, nibbling, or kissing it. Even after re-watching a movie he still hadn’t been able to make out the exact technique.
4. One Little Pig Stayed at Home.
When the young troopie was offered room and board in exchange for some light work, he thought his luck had changed.
5. The Secret.
Jenny wasn’t expecting to meet an old school friend, especially one who would revive memories best forgotten.
6. Flypast.
As the Spitfire soared into the air Bill wanted to impress his grandson, but would the old man’s nerves hold out?
7. A Matter of Convenience
Family holidays were not the happy events they had once been, especially now that Walter’s bladder had become a liability.
8. The Letter.
The two buddies were living and working together out in the sticks, and they were beginning to set each other’s teeth on edge. Then one of them made a very weird suggestion…
9. Night Noises.
Strange, the fascination and peculiar power of a man’s imagination; the terrors the silent darkness can hold. And who knows the tormented imaginings of those who have been led down the deep dark path of insanity…?
10. Reluctant Reunion
Pauline’s old school-friend, a slim, glamorous divorcee – who just happened to be an old flame of Pauline’s husband – was coming home to Liverpool to visit. Pauline wasn’t looking forward to it one bit.
11. Poste Haste.
Frank heaved a sigh of relief when his wife’s relatives went home. Little did he know his troubles were just beginning.
12. The Waiting Chalice
The she-fox had been biding her time. Finally the wait was over.
13. Grandfather’s Dream
Sipho set out to fulfil his Grandfather’s dream, and in doing so learnt the power of imagination.
14. Light’s Out
Tom enjoyed his job, even if it was a bit boring and predictable. He liked the routine, and today was going to be just another ordinary day…
15. Family Ties
Mavis had been so sure of where her heart lay, but now ‘home’ had a new definition.
TWO BONUS READ-ALOUD STORIES FOR CHILDREN
16. The Worried Little Christmas Tree
The little plastic Christmas tree thought no one wanted him, until he found an unexpected home.
17. Waldo and the Leather Thing
Waldo didn’t want to wear anything round his neck, but he soon found the importance of wearing a collar.
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Ultra Violence by Mark Barry

Forty. Receding pate. Loose teeth. Failing marriage. Delinquent, uncaring son. Psycho boss parachuted in to cut the big earners.

A few lost marbles…

It wasn’t always like this. He used to be a Face. A Player. A Terrace Celebrity. Now he’s just another faceless nobody on the brink of despair in a world he no longer recognises.

Yet, one freezing winter’s day, a chance meeting with a face from the old days at Notts County changes everything.

Especially when there’s an intriguing proposition on the table. One he may find difficult to refuse. Continue reading

Missing Grace by Bonnie Davis

Missing Grace is about two young girls growing up in a poor, northern California town in the seventies. The town is still divided by race so the friendship between these two girls, one black and one white, is difficult at best. Missing Grace is told in the past tense as one of the girls who became a famous music star is reminiscing with a reporter who is interviewing her. You will find the story of Grace and Natalie both heart warming and sad and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Continue reading