About the book:
The debut short story collection from a fresh new voice. Thirteen tales of horror and suspense. In the forgotten places of Scotland, terror awaits.
Contains the chilling stories: The Great Slime Kings – Three’s a Crowd – The Summer Bullet – The Only Emperor – Down Below is Silence and Darkness – Guardians – In a Jar of Spiders – We the Dark Deniers – Blocks – Nightmare Soup – The Dumps – Once Upon a Flame – The Nightmare Tree
Well short stories then. What do you think about them? Some people like them and some don’t. Personally I like them if they are well done. A good short story can condense all the essence of a novel and wrap it up in a short enjoyable read.
Short stories can be read be read when you don’t feel like a long novel or there are constraints on your time for reading are just fancy something different. These 13 stories range from a four page tale to a novella that lends its title to this collection.
The stories in this collection are nominally classed as horror but I would say they are more in the suspense category and I would say they’re fine examples of their type.
I’m sure if you give them a go you will find you are in for a treat.
Not the out and out horror I expected, but suspenseful short stories. A good example of the short story writer’s craft. An added bonus is author comes from Scotland.The writing is of a high quality and the reader will find themselves turning the pages at a rate of knots, but my advise would be to take it slowly and enjoy.
Paul O’Neill is a short fiction writer from Fife, Scotland. He is an Internal Communications professional who battles the demon of corporate speak on a daily basis.
His stories have appeared in Eerie River’s It Calls from the Doors anthology, Scare Street’s Night Terrors series, Purple Wall stories and many more. He placed second in Teleport Magazine’s short story competition, and was shortlisted by Writers’ Forum Magazine in one of their regular contests.
His debut short story collection, The Nightmare Tree is available now!
Outside of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include laughing with his family, the Green Bay Packers, and repeating how to pronounce his sons’ names over and over until people actually get it.
You can find him at pauloneillwriter.com or on Twitter @PaulOn1984.