*Strange Stories Boxed Set 1 also available*Coma Hal is, and always will be, the love of my life, even though he no longer remembers me. We met at University and it was love at first sight – he was studying philosophy and was an exciting world away from the stuffy types I was studying biology with. The life we’ve built together, with our two children Janine and Scott, is worth fighting for. But Doctor Nichols, Hal’s psychiatrist, doesn’t want to get my hopes up. ‘It’s been ten years since he came out of the coma,’ he reminds me. ‘It might be healthy for you to move on.’ But I will never give up on him, even if Hal has moved on. Or moved backwards, more accurately, straight back into the arms of Teneille Van Outen, his high school sweetheart. *****Parallel You For Clara, the grass could be so much greener. Sure, she has Dean, but the love died long ago, along with their sex-life. One night, after a lonely mug of champagne, Clara glimpses another version of herself in the mirror. A better version, from a strikingly similar parallel world, Reath, and she is mesmerised. When her parallel self offers to swap places, Clara readily agrees. A portal materialises in the mirror and Clara is transported into her new, exciting world. *****My twin triplets In the year 2063, the chemical fires that had raged from 2042 to 43 had left the air too polluted to procreate naturally. For Ma, the decision had been an easy one, when the scientists came up with a new way to further the human race: she ordered triplets, each the identical genetic twin of her, grown in an artificial womb. The girls – Mary, Patrice and Beth – are breathtaking at thirteen, just as Ma had been. Then, tragedy strikes and Mary suddenly dies. Mary was Ma’s favourite, and Ma feels hard done-by with her remaining two daughters: Patrice – just as pathetic and timid as Ma had been at that age, and Beth: as cold-hearted as Coal, the man Ma had been forced into marrying by her parents when she was only a teenager. *****The BloopWhen a third swimmer disappears in the early hours from Mullaloon Beach, marine biologist Mel Fink is put on beach watch to find the carnivorous sea creature responsible. Mel becomes obsessed with discovering the perpetrator – even more so when the clues seem to point to sea creatures with human-like qualities. Could they be mermaids? Will Mel discover their identity? And at what cost to his own life? *****Waterfall Secrets of the DeadI was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall. It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes.*****Please check out my website www.CAHewitson.com , and sign up to my newsletter for the free strange story, ‘Out of Body.’*****Cover photo courtesy of rohit gowaikar, entitled ‘I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod, my shadow does that much better – Plutarch. Place – Fort Chavand, Maharashtra, India. This was Rahul standing at the edge of a water cistern and I could see his shadow on the algae filled water. No special effects. No texture. Just a raw converted to jpeg.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrohit/3106971317/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com
**Also available in Strange Stories Boxed Set 2**I was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. When people look at me, they look away. I am a reminder of her. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall (as well as my knee cap, but that was a small price to pay for a second chance at life). It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes – but I swear to you, that’s what happened! ‘Florrie. I’m here. Don’t be afraid.’ It was only at the cave I could see her, and though the trek was dangerous, she and it became my salvation. But soon Lucy would not be allowed to come anymore – would I be able to face the world again alone, without her? Cover photo courtesy of Mila Gutorova, entitled ‘my lovely sisters.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/milabombila/6147836658/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com
When the Antichrist comes to town, bad things can happen.All Peter Gold wants is a simple life in a world verging on the edge of chaos, but a night of unrelenting terror will hurtle him into a labyrinth of heartbreaking loss and a quest for revenge that will force him to tear open the dark heart of the city. As the blood soaked puzzle pieces begin to come together, it soon becomes clear his destiny lies in a confrontation beyond imagination.Drawn into this simmering labyrinth is Special Agent Anna Sloan, whose role in government sanctioned religion control becomes even more dangerous when it’s announced that the city will be hosting the first born lady of Mars, and it will take all of her training and experience to deal with the streets as they turn red. Even then, it may not be enough…What secrets does the first lady of Mars possess?What lies hidden in her plans for the people of Earth?See The City Red is a dystopian thriller that is as relentless as it is thought provoking. It is the third novel by author Darren Kasenkow.
Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. He has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions. Currently, Jack has a Twitter account (@jthurston666), where he has attracted a small following and where it has only recently been revealed that he is fictional. Jack has his own blog at jackthurstonblog.wordpress.com (a work in progress) and his own e-mail at email@example.com. Information on more social media accounts and other characters (as they are developed) can be found at: philslattery.wordpress.com. Please interact with him at any of his social media accounts as you would with a real person.
Garrett Goodlove used to be an arrogant criminal defense attorney with a drive to win at all costs. But a pair of tragic events threw him into a bottomless depression, and he retreated into the practice of family law. Now, he tries to settle cases in ways that make everyone happy. He’s a nicer person, but has he lost his edge?His kinder, gentler life is disrupted when the police arrest his estranged twin sister, Carly. She’s accused of shoving her husband off a cliff into the storm-tossed Pacific Ocean. Worse, the vicious detective on the case has a grudge against her and has vowed to send her to prison even if he has to cheat to do it.Carly, deaf since birth, refuses to be defended by anyone other than her twin brother. But the intense connection that binds the siblings tells Garrett that she may not be revealing everything she knows. If Garrett can’t keep this new stress from pushing him back into depression, the defense will fail, condemning his sister to an isolated life in prison, cut off from the deaf community she needs.