An incapacitated student gets more than he bargained for when curiosity leads him to join an online self help community. At first the members of The Room welcome him with open arms, but things take a turn for the deadly when one of them confesses to a murder...He had two problems: a broken leg and terminal boredom. The long days and nights alone in his flat after an accident lead an incapactitated young student to renounce his aversion to the internet and take his first tentative steps into the world wide web.Before long, he finds himself entering a new kind of social network: an online self-help community called simply 'The Room'. The experience of eavesdropping on the lives of others quickly becomes addictive, and the members of The Room seem welcoming enough.But then something changes: a man called Bryan confesses to a murder. It could be a fantasy, or a sick joke, but it's not. And the terror doesn't stay online for long... The Room is a tale of murder in the age of social networking. A dark psychological thriller of curiosity and killing that has been called a Rear Window for the Facebook generation.Short story length: 4000 words approx.Also includes as a bonus feature the first chapter of Gavin Bell's full-length thriller: Halfway to Hell.
Jerry Price has just killed his own mother. He had no choice. After ingesting a street narcotic called Vision, she changed into a cannibalistic creature, and he was next on the menu. Struggling with guilt he sets out with his pet ferret Whisper and his own malevolent shadow to discover the secrets of vision and himself.Jerry Price has just killed his own mother. He had no choice. After ingesting a street narcotic called Vision, she changed into a cannibalistic creature, and he was next on the menu.Institutionalized in an asylum, Jerry is left to struggle with the guilt over his mother's death, until he is broken out by the unlikely duo of a talking ferret named Whisper and Jerry's own shadow. Together the three set out to learn the secrets of Vision which are literally out of this world.
When an oil company sends a scientific team to investigate one of dozens of huge holes that have mysteriously appeared overnight in the tundra of the North Slope of Alaska, they discover a far worse danger lurking below, one that threatens to destroy us all...It’s August in Alaska, and geology professor Jack Oswald prepares for the new school year. But when hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, Jack receives an unexpected phone call. An oil company exec hires Jack to investigate, and he picks his climatologist wife and two of their graduate students as his team. Uncharacteristically, Jack also lets Aileen O’Shannon, a bewitchingly beautiful young photojournalist, talk him into coming along as their photographer. When they arrive in the remote oil town of Deadhorse, the exec and a biologist to protect them from wild animals complete the team. Their task: to assess the risk of more holes opening under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the wells and pipelines that feed it. But they discover a far worse danger lurks below. When it emerges, it threatens to shatter Jack’s unshakable faith in science. And destroy us all…Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/amXuTAlKoX0"I couldn’t put this book down! I started it just after breakfast and finished it around eleven that same night! I loved the way Mr. Firesmith combined science and a bit of paranormal to tell his story. James Rollins watch out!"Lori Beasley Bradley, Author of The Legend of the Swamp Witch and The Ruby Queen: Book 1 of The Soiled Dove Sagas"I enjoyed my time in Firesmith’s world. I did not want to leave. I really got a kick out of it, and would happily come back for more. Recommended.”MJ Kobernus, author of The Guardian: Blood in the Sand“This book rocks.”Barton Paul Levenson, author of Dark Gods of Alter Telluria“a quick, enjoyable read. Full of action and fraught with danger”Dave Robertson, author of Strange Hunting, Strange Hunting II, and The Brave and The Dead“The book is an easy and quick read and an action-filled one that you’ll imagine as a TV series or a movie with no difficulty.”Olga Núñez Miret, author of Escaping Psychiatry
It makes you kill and eat those around you if you take too much. Yet the street drug Vision is growing in popularity. Detective Steven Phillips knows he must do something after yet another gruesome crime scene. Something no one would approve of. He did it before. But he finds something far more dangerous than a drug that gives you a bad case of the munchies.It makes you kill and eat those around you if you take too much. Yet the street drug Vision is growing in popularity among the down and out. Detective Steven Phillips steps into each resulting crime scene that are brief windows into a personal hell. He knows he must do something. Something no one would approve of. He did it before. But he finds something far more dangerous than a drug that gives you a bad case of the munchies. A exciting prequel to the novel Shifter by John Sharp.
Sometimes making a living is murder... three short stories of crime and punishment.In A LIVING, a solitary man contemplates life and death and thinks about exactly what it takes to make a living. This story was shortlisted for the Quick Reads 'Get Britain Reading' prize.Two bored detectives investigate an unattended death in KITTY. The only witnesses were a harmless old lady and her cat, so it looks like an open-and-shut case. As a quiet afternoon escalates into an ordeal of dreamlike terror, the detectives discover how wrong you can be.And finally, in A JOB WORTH DOING, a repair man providing a discreet service to a niche market thinks he's discovered a way to make some easy money from death. * * *Three stories of mystery and suspense, with a twist of urban horror, in one great package. This trio of chilling noir tales draws on influences as diverse as James Ellroy, Stephen King, Stanley Ellin and Alfred Hitchcock.This collection also includes an exclusive free sample of HALFWAY TO HELL - Gavin Bell's full-length thriller novel.Book Length: 7,000 words (plus exclusive sample of Halfway to Hell); includes active table of contents for easy navigation between stories.
Trouble is brewing in the secret African rift valley of Karibu, and Gogo Maya, the witch, is about to make matters worse. Of all the crazy ideas bouncing about in her head, she chooses a questionable switching trick to escape from somebody in the forest. Unfortunately, she overshoots, switching right out of Karibu and sucking an ordinary Zimbabwean boy in behind her. Even then, the whole disaster that followed might have been averted if the boy’s cousin had not gone and sucked up what was left of her power, leaving her too weak to switch back again. CPR, the daft boy called it. He should know better than to go kissing a witch.
If you had to choose between Joe’s two best friends, or his cousin, Ethan, to lead a mission into the bush to rescue him, Ethan would be the last one you’d pick because, well … he’s useless that way. Yet, the witch’s leopard inexplicably chooses him, and starts issuing instructions right into his head. Apparently he’s Joe’s best hope because he has gained some of the witch’s dubious powers. Powers which might come in handy if he ever learns how to wield any of them, and if he can pluck up the courage to endure the painful backlash he suffers every time he tries.
In a world that quite literally defies belief, where magic seeps into the drinking water for anyone to use or abuse, and the terrain is impossible to navigate without help from extremely risky sources, this is the tale of Ethan’s struggle to reach Joe before he falls into the wrong hands and gets himself killed.
Powerful illustrations and a unique new narrative make this an incomparable illustrated history of the secret weapons that changed the course of World War II. The book's basic structure is chronological, charting the race in technology between the Allied and Axis powers, with examples of their use in battle, along with those that remained experimental or remained the stuff of science fiction. Importantly (and of interest to the general reader) it also shows how wartime research anticipated the high-tech era in which we now live. The account charts secret weapons development from the Japanese ray gun of the 1930s to the powerful V2 rocket, and compares World War II secret weapons research with the realities of present-day science. It's a riveting story of innovation under pressure, from a world of machine guns and biplanes to electronics, rockets, and nuclear bombs with the power to wipe out humanity.
For 20 years Paul Clements has been tapping into the Burren's hidden crevices, drawn to its history, mystery and peculiarities. He writes absorbingly about the rocks, hills and walls, and the range of colours, the animals he rubs shoulders with, and about subjects which excite him, such as the exotic wild flowers, ancient ruins, early morning birdsong, and the smell of whiskey in historic pubs. A hunter and gatherer of information and lore on the Burren, the author ferrets out little-known facts and weaves them together to create these carefully distilled essays.
Toran joined the five realms and tied their destinies to the survival of his secret heirs. But the king is now dead and his enemies gather. Reann, a serving girl and self-appointed librarian of Toran's estate, has a chance to unravel the greatest mystery in the realm. On the other side of the kingdom, Terith and the other dragon riders fight to stop the invasion that would mean the fall of the empire. In this cross-country dragon race, Terith faces a black-hearted traitor with even darker purposes, to win the kingdom and the heart of the woman he loves. One rider will fall; one fate will rise.