It’s been almost 7 years since my first story was published, and during that time I’ve penned a fair number of short stories that I am proud of (for one reason or another). While some of these stories have found homes in anthologies by small presses and online magazines, others haven’t been seen outside of my writing group.
I decided about a month ago that I would put 9 of my favorites together and call it a book, and so Dead Ends and Sharp Bends was born. I’m really proud of this book, and I hope that you will give it a chance and enjoy it as much as I loved writing all the stories within.
Here is a breakdown of the stories in the book:
Her Harlequin Baby: Winner of the Inkitt End Game horror competition in August ’15, this is a chilling tale of the lengths a mother will go to for her newborn baby, and what can go wrong when she does.
Asanbosam: The first Jackson Cook monster hunting story. Cook goes into the deep African rainforest to track down a local legend.
Letters from the Devil: A young boy discovers that his father ordered his mother to have him killed, and takes his revenge. But he discovers too late that he was fooled.
The Patient: A man awakens in a hospital bed, but all is not right.
Intrepid Dawn: The second Jackson Cook story sees our hero on an abandoned ship in the ocean, where he discovers a nightmare from deep below.
Unpublished (until now!)
Khayalami Hospital: Subtle psychological horror set in the real life abandoned hospital in Kempton Park (the very same hospital I was born in).
Tribulation: A post-apocalyptic tale about a young man who discovers that the head of the religious cult he lives in has been lying to the entire congregation. Tony tries to warn the community and is punished for his trouble.
A Broken Rainbow: A cyber-punk story about a young man trying to find his missing sister, set in Johannesburg after a revolution.
Havoc Unchained: A mysterious charm changes hands, leaving destruction in its wake.
You can read an excerpt and find out more about the book here.