The Dead End
Maddy Ward is almost pleased to find herself dead at 20 years old.
In the afterlife she’s reunited with her beloved late father and she thinks it might be time to wave goodbye to loneliness for good. But the road to happiness is never straightforward.
The afterlife thrives upon the dead’s happy memories of the living world, and with nothing but sadness to show for her life, Maddy is faced with a fate worse than death – her soul might cease to even exist.
And it’s not only her afterlife that’s at risk. Billions of souls, living and dead, are under threat of extinction, and Maddy might be the only one who can protect them. Does she have the strength to put things right, or will she let her fear and self-doubt turn the afterlife upside down?
Witty, imaginative, and wonderfully uplifting, The Dead End asks what it really means to live life to its fullest.
All Hallows’ Hell
Step into spooky season with 20 contemporary short stories
Halloween has descended upon a gloomy town in the depths of Yorkshire, and for one night only a century-old spirit has travelled from the land of the dead to satiate his bloodlust. But will he find an unwilling host before midnight strikes, or will the modern world befuddle him into submission?
Old friends reunite for the Halloween party of a lifetime, unaware that it might be the last party they ever attend. A journalist finds herself at the pinnacle of the biggest story she’ll ever write, but she looks set to become the tale’s key villain. And when a pizza delivery boy sets foot in the county’s scariest haunted house, he wonders if the teeth-chattering skeletons will ever let him leave.
The streets are packed with werewolves, witches and wand-wielding wizards, but how on Earth do those alien costumes manage to look so realistic? Why is Rapunzel covered in blood? And why is that horde of zombies sporting uniform from the local prison?
Creepy, quirky and comical, this Halloween short story collection is the perfect treat to accompany your pumpkin spiced latte.
Come What May Day
Say hello to spring with 20 contemporary short stories
May Day has arrived in a gloomy Yorkshire town, and the storm clouds have parted just enough for the annual May Fair to kick off without a hitch. But how long will it be until the town’s dark streak rears its ugly head?
There’s some very questionable meat on the barbecue, a chainsaw-wielding madman is on the loose, and a couple of aliens are trying to figure out if Earth is worth all the hype.
The Morris dancers can’t remember their moves, the maypole is commandeered by a ribbon-addicted feline, and an animal army is awaiting in the woods to set a revolution in motion.
Will the May Queen be deserved of her crown? Will the Federation of Knitters finally gossip itself into oblivion? And will the Green Man get away with his usual mischief before the twisted trees scupper his plans?
Silly, sweet and sinister, these funny short stories for adults are the perfect read for a lazy spring weekend.
Merry Bloody Christmas
Countdown to Christmas with 24 contemporary short stories
In a gloomy Yorkshire town on a snowy Christmas Eve, nothing pans out exactly as it should…
An awkward breakup, a vengeful turkey, digitalised ghosts and alien abductions.
A chocoholic grizzly bear, a talking Christmas tree, mince pie overdoses and a very bloody murder.
Will poor old Saint Nick make it out alive?
Sad, strange, funny and gruesome, this overlapping, multi-genre collection of tales has a little something for every reader. Curl up with a mulled wine and some fictional festive misery, and discover what Father Christmas really likes to drink when he wriggles down your chimney. Spoiler: it isn’t milk.