I love the way you can read a whole short story in one sitting, maybe it’s your lunch break, or just when you’re settling down in bed. Longer novels are great but I’ve never been able to resist the allure of the short story. I like to think of them as the tapas of the reading world! After all, sometimes we don’t want a whole meal, just a light snack. I am pleased to announce that my very own selection of light snacks, I mean short stories, is now out. As was the case with the examples I listed above, I don’t confine myself to any particular genre with my short stories. Readers of my longer stories will be familiar with my mysteries, and there are some here in that same vein but there are also some that have drifted into other genres . I’ll give you a little taster of each below:
A middle aged wife dissatisfied with her marriage is forced to face up to some ugly truths about her husband when they are isolated by rising floodwater.
The Mains Layers
Darren Heath is lured into laying new gas mains with the promise of earning good money. He soon discovers that not only is his bullying new boss swindling the team out of their rightful earnings, but he brags constantly about having killed a man. How do you deal with a man like that?
The Wedding Ring
A victim of domestic abuse has quietly exacted the ultimate revenge but will she survive the funeral?
End of Days
Scientists accidentally discover that our genes all carry an end date – the last possible do to which you can survive. The implications of this are enormous – particularly if you’d rather not know.
Ever considered retiring to somewhere hot, like Spain? Wouldn’t that be lovely! Not necessarily!
(Hint – you can read this story for free on my blog – just scroll down!)
Mrs Chadstow Buys a Ticket
Mrs Chadstow wants a divorce but has no means of supporting herself and her spiteful husband is happy with the status quo. If only she could find a way of getting hold of some money – and keeping it!
The Last Expedition
Ever wondered how to get away with murder? You could try going somewhere where there aren’t any police, like Antarctica, for instance.
One man might well live to regret his casual disregard of a small, insignificant postcard.
The Face at the Window
What would you do if you glanced up at your own home and saw a face at an upstairs window?
One woman’s desperate desire for a child becomes all consuming.
Two twelve year olds travel to a strange island where a dangerous beast is reputed to live. Not quite human, not quite animal but somewhere in between. (This is the story depicted in the cover image.)
All of these stories are currently available to download at just £1.99, or the equivalent in your local currency. That’s just a shade over 18p per story! Is that good value? I hope so. The paperback version will follow shortly. You can click on the image above to take you to Amazon, if you're not in the UK, it should give you the option to redirect.
I really hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them! I’d love to know which ones are particular favourites, so do please let me know, either here or on twitter @B_Carter_Writer. You can also find me on Goodreads. Don’t forget that volume one is available at the same price and I’m already working on volume three! I’m also currently working on a longer mystery which I hope to release later on this year.