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When the ghosts went

by Daniel C. Tuck

John Arkwright has seen ghosts for years: in the bingo hall, in the supermarket; everywhere. The day the ghosts stop, John realises something has drastically changed…

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Lowly and Solemn Be

While inspecting an abandoned school with his granddaughter, a maintenance worker begins to experience strange and disturbing feelings. This story, the debut of writer Carrie Mills, is based in part…
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Once you die you go in the ground, right? Wrong. Crazed Edward is determined to maintain, please and talk to his crop of pumpkins. Doomed to a seemingly horrific life,…
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In Mexico, a man notices a woman staring at him in a cafe. After visiting a brothel, the man is kidnapped by thugs and soon finds himself trapped in a…
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The Brook Witch

Amid a fierce snowstorm, a young girl must protect her ailing sister against the biting cold and the Brook Witch. But does the witch really exist?
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Enter the gruesome, grainy 1970s world of Reginald Halliday, the septuagenarian 'retired' serial killer who has turned his 'skill set' into a small business....
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Beyond the horizon

Could the idyllic cottage down the country lane be Aaron and Judith’s dream home, or the stuff of nightmares? Be careful what you wish for…
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Ralph’s Great Big Dog

Story by Jay D. Green. Aria has moved from California to Scotland to start a new life and find the man of her dreams. Her relationship with Phin is going…
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When the Ghosts Went

John Arkwright has seen ghosts for years: in the bingo hall, in the supermarket; everywhere. The day the ghosts stop, John realises something has drastically changed...
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Tea with Mrs. Hindley

Pages from the private journal of Derek, a fifty-something loner who chronicles his afternoons spent in the company of Mrs. Hindley, a woman whose dark past Derek helps to keep…
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Another strange and disquieting tale from John Clewarth, where nothing is ever quite as it seems...
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In The City In The Smog

In a city choked with poisonous smog, a young boy flees his murderous father. He finds another, nightmarish city whose inhabitants might save him – but at what price?
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The Nobody-People

Many children have imaginary friends, don’t they, that no one else can see? But of course, they’re just make-believe – aren’t they…?
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Folk horror and political satire combine when a populist prime minister inveigles a royal invitation to boost his flagging poll ratings, only to invoke a revenge from history...
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The Reeds

Paul’s M.R. James-esque story, The Reeds, is set around the town where he grew up. In it, a grieving widower seeks solitude in a small village, where the ancient past…
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A late night at the office turns into anything but mundane, as you’ll discover in this surreal tale from the pen of Joe Howsin...
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Negotiating with demons is not a young woman's game, as our character knows all too well. But staying out of Hell means it's a necessary evil...
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The protagonist of Max’s story receives an unexpected Christmas invitation from his ex-wife, after ten years of separation, which he tentatively accepts. The resulting reunion is a bittersweet affair, and…
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In Steven Sheil’s disturbing dystopian tale, ‘Dissection Of The Cockroach’, the reader is taken on a disturbing and mesmeric journey, seen – literally – through the eyes of the main…
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Daniel’s relationship with his roommates has deteriorated, along with his dangerous relationship with drugs and alcohol. There is a high price to pay, however, when Daniel’s anger spills over one…
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Gordon’s New Year resolution to exercise more is one that many of us explore, following the possible excesses of Christmas. But in Jim Mountfield’s tense tale, it leads the protagonist…
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Boys of the Old Brigade follows a veteran of the Irish war of independence, returning to 'Blighty' to open a butcher shop in Camden town; but will the ghosts of…
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This salutary tale is a sharp reminder that, if you deal with the Devil, even unwittingly, be prepared to pay your dues…
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When the circus comes to town promising 'So much to see...and kids go free!' it provides a welcome diversion for busy single mum Hannah. But she soon discovers that unspeakable…
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Sully buys a camera which takes pictures of people’s souls. The insight it gives him into his friends is disturbing. Then he takes a selfie.
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In her interview with a mysterious and ageing diva, a young reporter is warned to leave by midnight. But will she outstay her welcome?
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John watches with increasing horror as the ordeal of Emma Dryden, a woman accused of blasphemy and slander, spirals disturbingly out of control. Historical horror by R.P. Serin...
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When two youngsters break into a garage, accidentally tipping over a beaker, they soon begin to realise that crime doesn’t pay... ​
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Loss and regret; Sadness. Eavesdrop on the correspondence between a killer and his muse. The cause of so much; the punishment for much more.
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The Twisted Oak

A rural West Country village has a hill that nobody walks on. Old Mal tells us tales of the twisted old tree that once stood there.
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The Periphery

Just what is it that Robert can see, elusive, in the corner of his eye? Who is the mysterious woman, captivating his thoughts and dreams? Who, or what, waits on…
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Devlin Parade

When a corrupt official puts the kibosh on attempts to save their neighbourhood from demolition, the members of a Community Land Trust cut through the red tape and make their…
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As a coal-fired power station nears the end of its life, an elderly engineer finds it hard to let go...​
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Home Bulletin magazine features all kinds of house renovations – but Millstone Cottage is one that really should have been left to rot...
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Knowing your own mind is a good thing, but listening to advice is worthwhile too, as the protagonist of this story discovers, in The Subtlety of Serpents.
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A pair of brothers execute a simple kidnapping for ransom, but neither quite trusts the other's intentions...
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The mysterious disappearance of Colin Carmichael leads investigator Mr Surety to an old tavern, the last known whereabouts of the missing man. But something is not right. Not right at…
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A quaint village, rural walks, good company and hospitality – surely the ingredients for a relaxing few days away? However, a fireside tale at the Haunted Man Inn leads to…
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Wally and his old friend, Ronnie, go back a long way. Now, in the twilight of their years, they find looking back can be a bitter-sweet business. And letting go…
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