So today we have another cover reveal - I find it extremely evocative and I am just shivering!
Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre
Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.
A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.
In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.
A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?
Excerpt from Land of the Free
It is hard for me to put into words the sound of the voice that interrupted us – a toneless voice, which escalated and vibrated as it sang each word of the last verse of The Star-Spangled Banner, ending in a crescendo that sent the hairs on my body erect.
I turned to Mr. McManus, who was smiling. “It’s never sung before,” he whispered. He appeared to gain some perverse pleasure from the voice, though I could not fathom why.
“Is someone else here, Mr. McManus?” I asked.
“Well, yes. That’s why I asked you here, isn’t it?”
Let me say at this point I’ve been doing exorcisms, psychic readings, and other associated paranormal activities for over twenty years now and never seen or heard anything suggesting the existence of this other spirit world. It was a load of hoopla as far I was concerned, hoopla that paid my bills and allowed me to save tens of thousands of dollars toward the condo on Malibu Beach. Getting into that development was expensive.
“So only you, me and the entity are in the house? Your family?”
Mr. McManus raised his eyebrows. “Yes. You told me to send them away for the night. Remember?”
I was troubled, and, though I don’t like to admit it now, scared. There were only two answers to this scenario, and I liked neither of them–Mr. McManus was a plant sent to trap me into admitting I was a con artist by a previous client–or there really was an entity haunting this Georgian house.
About The Author
A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later in the year.