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Trick-or-Treat Halloween Price Slasher – FREE Books! #TrickOrTreatReads

Welcome to our Trick-or-Treat Halloween Price Slasher. This gruesomely great time of year is upon us once more, spooky friends, and that means only one thing: Trick-or-Treat. It’s difficult to give away candy in a virtual world, but eBooks are much easier. Mwwwaaa ha  ha…

In honour of this wonderfully spooktacular holiday, we at Wittegen Press are giving away some of our books, and we have lots of others on offer too.

We are part of the Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop, run by the wonderful Patricia Lynne. Many wonderful authors are giving away books instead of candy. See the list at the bottom of the post for all those taking part.

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Price Slasher –FREE books!

Every year at this time we launch a two story Halloween anthology to give away for AllHallowsRead. This is an idea supported by the wonderful Neil Gaiman where people give a scary book for Halloween. This year ours is truly chilling.

Made In Blood: Tales of Terror

Authors: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: horror

Two delicious tales of terror to tingle the spine:
The Warmth of Blood by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Mirror Twins by Sophie Duncan

The book is downloadable from Smashwords for free, just follow the link and download it.

Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire CurseDead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse
(in progress and FREE to read on Wattpad)

Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: Vampire

Max Statton is in Moscow for the premiere of his new movie when a terrifying encounter turns his life on its head. Attacked by one of the city’s resident vampires, Max is bitten and infected. Only a team of local vampire hunters prevent him being dragged into the underworld of the undead.

Fighting for his very existence, Max must resist the vampire curse trying to take over his body.

Free Books With Discount Codes:

All of following books are usually 99c BUT are also available on Smashwords for free for 24hrs, but to get the discount you have to do the following:
  • click the buy button at the linked book page (click the title)
  • put the coupon code (in bold after the title) in the box on the page that comes up
  • click apply coupon
  • checkout as normal and the book is yours for free
Books:

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Price Slasher –Discount Books

 
We didn’t want to leave out our other horror/paranormal genre books either, so they are reduced by 35% as well.
Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: vampire
Code: JM78G
Author: Sophie Duncan
Genre: ghost story
Code: EY92D
Author: Sophie Duncan
Genre: vampire
Code: BN37F
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: paranormal adventure and romance
Code: SE52M
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: horror
Code: SG76Z
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: horror
Code: KS85H
Author: Sophie Duncan
Genre: paranormal adventure
Code: NH48E
Click the links in the list below to visit the other great authors giving away books.

Birthday Bargains! 50-100% OFF eBooks

Birthday Bargains! 50-100% OFF eBooks

It’s our birthday 🙂

We have decided to celebrate by giving back to our readers and having a 1 day sale on our eBooks.

Most of our 99c books are FREE today and our other books are all 50% off.

The links below will take you to Smashwords where you can use the code below each book at the checkout stage and it will give you the listed discount. Smashwords has formats for all eBook readers.

Instructions for those unfamiliar with uploading files to their eReader:
Kobo | Kindle | Nook (FAQ Library 12.)

 FREE

 50% OFF


Code: YK56E ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: NL76B ($3.99 $2.00)

Code: RC88P ($3.29 $1.65)

Code: TW59A ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: NK42G ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: JH96V ($3.29 $1.65)

Code: HY46X ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: AB22K ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: HQ98K ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: EL44K ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: UK22K ($3.99 $2.00)

Code: FS25R ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: EU58T ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: DB24G ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: TR76G ($2.99 $1.50)
And of course there are still our permanently free books as well.

Permanently FREE

Share a Scare – Free Fiction – Halloween Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to the Share a Scare Halloween Blog Hop 2015. All the participants will be sharing something scary, be it scary fiction, a scary real life story or some scary art, so be sure to check out all the sites on the hop after you have seen our offering. (We are also part of the Trick-or-Treat Blog hop – scroll down further to see that as well)

We have taken part in All Hallows Read for the past three years and this year we wanted to continue, but also to have a blog hop which includes art and other scary things as well, hence the Share a Scare blog hop was born.

This year we are giving away our new eBook – Parting the Veil. It will be available for download for the entirety of the 31st Oct 2015, but after that it will be gone, so GET IT NOW below.

There are two versions of the book, one for visitors to the site and one for our subscribers with an extra story in it – if you would like the second version, please subscribe to our newsletter and the links will be sent to you.

Parting the Veil by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-DrakeParting the Veil
by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake

Worse than Death by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Death frightens everyone, but there are worse things than death lurking in dark corners.

Family Matters by Sophie Duncan
Julie is 14. She’s at boarding school while her mum and new husband are preparing for their first baby together. Abandoned alone at school for half term, Julie finds she has a new companion. Alice is a school girl like her, only, Alice is dead, and her intentions for Julie may prove fatal.

Geoffrey by Natasha Duncan-Drake
(Subscribers’ bonus story – to get the version of the book with this story in please subscribe to our mailing list)
Mel is house sitting for her best friend Beverly, but Beverly forgot to mention the family ghost before hand.

Download links:
Kindle | ePub | PDF

Many thanks to everyone who visited and downloaded our free offering.  The giveaway is now over. Parting the Veil is now available on Amazon Kindle for 99c.

Instructions for those unfamiliar with uploading files to their eReader:
Kobo | Kindle | Nook (FAQ Library 12.)

Don’t forget to visit Sophie at Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles and Tasha at Tasha’s Thinings for more scares as well and then check out all the other participants in the hop.

Happy Halloween *cackles wildly*…

Share a Scare participants:


Today we are also part of The Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop – where the idea is to give away books instead of candy to those who comment.

Trick or Treat Blog Hop
The Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop

These are the books we have on offer for Trick-or-Treaters (click the cover to see the main book listing :

The Beginning - Vampires The New Age, Sequel 1
The Beginning
Book of Darkness
Book of Darkness
In the Event of Death
In the Event of Death
When Darkness Beckons
When Darkness Beckons
Cursed- A Horror Collection
Cursed

 

Please comment and let us know which one you would like and whether you would like a Smashwords Code (with this option, if you lose the file you can always download it again) or a direct email of the book to you. Smashwords offer most formats and if you have the direct email you may choose Kindle, ePub or PDF – please choose when you comment.

Trick-or-Treat Participants:

Share a Scare – Halloween Blog Hop 2015 – Come And Sign-Up!

Share a Scare - Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to the Share a Scare Blog Hop 2015 – Sign-up Post

This hop is for bloggers, authors and artists who like a good spine tingling supernatural something and is in honour of all things Halloween. It is inspired by All Hallows Read, where the idea is to give away a scary book to encourage reading, and we thought after doing it for three years that we’d broaden the concept a bit  this time around.  Woohooooahhhhhhahhhh – yes, that was our impression of a ghost. 

Everyone is welcome to join in.

Rules for participating

  1. Put one of the Blog Hop buttons (either the 150x150px or the 200x200px) somewhere on your blog – see below for the copy and paste code.
  2. Add your blog to the Share a Scare list at the bottom of this post.
  3. On the 31st October 2015 make a post with a free (slightly) scary, supernatural story/art of some kind in it.
    1. Bloggers, feel free to recommend/review a free supernatural story (example M.R.James has lots of free ghost stories on Amazon), or recount a real life ghost story, or an urban legend, or a local ghost story or something along scary lines.
    2. Authors, write a free supernatural flash fiction, or give away a book for free. Monsters, paranormal, ghosts, demons – your imagination is the limit, but we’d prefer if it was a little spookyish.
    3. Artists, give us the heebiejeebies with your art.
  4. In your post on the day make a link back to this post (http://www.wittegenpress.com/wp_main/share-a-scare-halloween-blog-hop-2015.html) or post the list of other participants using the code at the bottom of this entry.
  5. Tell ALL your friends … well okay, you don’t have to tell them all, but if you would pass the word around about the blog hop, now and on the day, that would be great.

Share a Scare Buttons and Code

Share a Scare 2015
150px x 150 px

This is the code for 150x150px:

Share a Scare 2015
200px x 200px

This is the code for 200x200px:

Share a Scare participants:

If you would like to have the list on your page as well, please use this code:


And all you Authors out there, here is another wonderful blog hop you might be interested in:

Trick or Treat Blog Hop
 

The Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop
The idea is to give away some of your books instead of candy to those trick-or-treating around the hop.

AtoZChallenge 2015: Z is for Zachęcić (encourage)

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press ZAtoZChallenge 2015: Z is for Zachęcić (encourage)

Yes, we completely cheated with this one.  Zachęcić is Polish for ‘encourage’ (at least Google tells us it is, we hope we haven’t made a huge faux pas) and today we’re talking about books we wrote for All Hallows Read.

All Hallows Read is, as its name suggests, an event that takes place over Halloween, and it is a celebration of reading, where folks give a scary story to someone (young, or old) to encourage them to read. We heard about this event, which is supported by Neil Gaiman, three years ago and, as you’ve probably gathered by now if you’ve been joining us during the AtoZ, we’re fans of horror. Thus, we decided to create special books of short, spooky stories that we could give away FREE over Halloween.

Thus, to finish our AtoZ, we have not one, not two, but three FREE books for you, the three sets of stories we have written for All Hallows Read, six creepy stories in all.


FREE eBook Offers

In The Event of Death by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-DrakeIn The Event of Death by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

Code for FREE download at Smashwords*: XL62S

The Visitor by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Alice is spending the night in a dreary little seaside guest house, which is hell, and the last thing she expects is a late night visitor, the significant word being ‘late’.

Ruderbaker by Sophie Duncan
Ellie meets Jack and he tells her and her friends a story of the ghostly, horror kind and sometimes stories have consequences.


When Darkness Beckons by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-DrakeWhen Darkness Beckons by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

Code for FREE download at Smashwords*: DK72J

Catcher of Souls by Natasha Duncan-Drake
When Miles sets foot inside The King James pub he knows instantly there is a disembodied soul in residence. The question is, is the soul responsible for the deaths that have happened on the site or were they just accidents. It’s Miles’ job to catch troublesome lost souls, but when danger strikes he might just be too late.

Some Things Are Stranger… by Sophie Duncan
Life is weird enough for Jake being a werewolf on the run from The Pagan Dawn, ruthless hunters determined to wipe out all ‘paranormal scum’. His luck runs out when he is ambushed after a Halloween party and, badly injured, he dives into the shadows of an abandoned warehouse with his pursuers on his heels. Yet, Jake discovers that he is not alone and his encounter with a goofy hobo, who talks about the place being haunted, teaches him that all strangeness is relative.


Cursed - A Horror Collection by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie DuncanCursed: A Horror Collection by Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan

Code for FREE download at Smashwords*: FW63P

If Wishes Were … by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Essie and her friend Beth are taking a trip to commiserate Beth’s loss of yet another boyfriend. When they visit a spooky old graveyard and Essie makes a wish on a haunted mausoleum, things don’t turn out how she expected at all.

Happy Families by Sophie Duncan
Bridget loves Happy Families, so when she finds an old pack in a junk shop she buys them. She lives to regret it, as strange and nasty things start to happen to her house-mates.

*Click Smashwords link to go to the book on their site. Click the buy option. Put the code in the Coupon Code box, click ‘apply coupon’ and the book will be free. Coupon is only guaranteed to be valid for 30th April so please use immediately.

 Our other AtoZ blogs: Tasha’s Thinkings | Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles| FB3X (AC)


AtoZChallenge List 2015 click to see other participants.


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Curse of a Banshee
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Assassin's Blood
Natasha Duncan-Drake
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AtoZChallenge 2015: Y is for Yuck

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press YAtoZChallenge 2015: Y is for Yuck

We are almost at the end, well done to everyone for nearly making it. Over here at Wittegen Press we are discussing the ‘why’ behind our books. Today, Natasha Duncan-Drake is going to talk about why ‘yuck’ means something to her.

So I love horror, at least supernatural horror. My favourite is a good ghost story, but I do enjoy monsters as well. That is why ‘yuck’ came to mind for my short story ‘The Crosses We Bear’. This was written for the Giveaway Games and I wanted to write something that would make my audience shy away and go ‘yuck’ or ‘ewww’.

This is the traditional story of outsiders who mess with something they do not understand and pay the consequences.

I simply let myself enjoy writing this one. The male protagonist really isn’t a very nice man so I hope the reader kind of enjoys it when he gets his comeuppance 😈 . There are actually two monsters and I hope the first makes people shudder and the second screw up their nose and murmur ‘yuck’.

Do you like horror? Are you fond of monsters? Which is your favourite horror monster? I think mine is The Thing – makes me shudder every time.


FREE Book Offer

The Crosses We Bear by Natasha Duncan-DrakeThe Crosses We Bear by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Downloads*: Mobi (Kindle) | ePub | PDF

Lyle is a businessman on a team building weekend in Scotland. The hotel is bad, the company is worse and he could have been in the South of France on a yacht.

When he decides to sleep with his ex-wife, another of the executives, it’s nothing extraordinary, but they really should have left the crosses in Lyle’s room alone.

*Available today only


 Our other AtoZ blogs: Tasha’s Thinkings | Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles| FB3X (AC)



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Curse of a Banshee
Sophie Duncan
Assassin's Blood
Natasha Duncan-Drake
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AtoZChallenge 2015: L is for Left Turn

AtoZ Challenge 2015 Wittegen Press LAtoZChallenge 2015: L is for Left Turn

It’s day 12 of the AtoZ Challenge, hope we all still have some energy left to make it to the end 🙂 . Today we are going down the spook road as Natasha Duncan-Drake talks about her book Face of the Dead.

I really enjoyed writing Face of the Dead, mainly because it freaked out anyone who read it 😉 . I love a good ghost story and that was what I was going for. Given the looks Soph gave me after she read it I scored myself a few points.Brown Lady

Of course everyone knows the best kind of ghost story had a twist in the tale, or rather a ‘left turn’ in the road.

Face of the Dead starts out as a regular haunted house story with Miles moving in to an old farmhouse to start over after some nastiness in his past. Of course, as soon as he moves in, strange things start to happen.

Is it a real ghost? Is it the locals? Is it Miles losing his marbles?

Well, you’ll have to read to find out and I can almost guarantee you won’t see the ending coming 😉 .

What is your favourite kind of horror story? Do you like psychological horror, or spooky horror, or slasher horror best, or are you not a fan of the genre at all?

 


FREE Book Offer

Face of The Dead by Tasha D-DrakeFace of the Dead by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Code for FREE download at Smashwords*:  QZ99K

Old houses creak and groan and make noises. Miles had expected that when he bought the farmhouse, but the tapping on the windows is a bit of a shock the first night he moves in. Of course there has to be a rational explanation and Miles is determined to find it, which would be easier if things didn’t keep getting stranger. (male/male horror fiction)

*Click Smashwords to go to the book on their site. Click the buy option. Put the code in the Coupon Code box, click ‘apply coupon’ and the book will be free. Coupon is only guaranteed to be valid for 14th April so please use immediately.


 Our other AtoZ blogs: Tasha’s Thinkings | Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles| FB3X (AC)



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Sophie Duncan
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Natasha Duncan-Drake
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Halloween 2014 – Free Horror Fiction and eBook Sale

Welcome to Halloween 2014 at Wittegen Press

Today we have a feast of fiction for you with something of a horrific twist. We do hope you’ll stay for the fright fest.

This year we are celebrating with 3 different Halloween frighteners:

Halloween 2014 at Wittegen Press
All Hallows Read

All Hallows Read is a Halloween tradition supported by Neil Gaiman where the idea is to give someone a scary book on Halloween. We have been playing along for two years, publishing a book of two scary short stories every year since 2012. This year we have done the same and our book will be available free all day today for all our Halloween visitors.

Cursed - A Horror Collection by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie DuncanCursed – A Horror Collection by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan

If Wishes Were … by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Essie and her friend Beth are taking a trip to commiserate Beth’s loss of yet another boyfriend. When they visit a spooky old graveyard and Essie makes a wish on a haunted mausoleum things don’t turn out how she expected at all.

Happy Families by Sophie Duncan

Bridget loves Happy Families, so when she finds and old pack in a junk shop she buys them. She lives to regret it as strange and nasty things start to happen to her house-mates.

Cursed – A Horror Collection can be downloaded from the following places.

Cursed from Smashwords. Cursed at Google Play Cursed on iBooks

 

Sophie is sharing her thoughts about Halloween and joining in these blog hops over on Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles. And Tasha has another short scare for you over her Tasha’s Thinkings.

Halloween Blog Hop and Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop

For the Trick-or-Treat Book blog hop, we’re doubling up with All Hallow’s Read and our free give away is Cursed: A Horror Collection, however, we’ve also put together some great Halloween offers on our other books. All of our books with either a horror of paranormal bent are 99c or free at Smashwords for this spooky time of year.

Each book which is discounted has an offer code listed below, just take this code and put it in when you checkout at Smashwords and the book price will be reduced in your basket.

Please note we only guarantee the discount codes will work on the 31st October, so if you pick up our treats, please use them immediately.

Then for the Halloween Blog Hop we have written little drabbles (100 word stories) to go with each book in our catalogue with some aspect of horror or paranormal.

Click each link below to expand and see book details, the drabble and any offer to go with the book.


The Burning Web by Sophie Duncan The Burning Web by Sophie Duncan
A ghost story to haunt you all.

click for The Burning Web details, drabble and offer code
Is it symptoms left from his brain haemorrhage, or a guilty conscience that is making Tristan McCall see things no-one else can?

Smashwords Offer Code: NF36L- reduced to 99c Buy The Burning Web from Smashwords.
for all other buying options (no offer) please click here

Watched

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s Note: This short concentrates on one of the minor characters from The Burning Web. It isn’t only Tris who feels uncomfortable. 

Craig knelt up, stretched the kink in his back and reached behind for his wrench. When his hand closed on air, he glanced, saw empty floor and bit his lip. The hair on the back of his neck stood up, his skin chilled and he looked rapidly back to his work. Two months of working in this bloody place and the hokum never got easier. He’d never have admitted it to the others, they’d have laughed in his face, but he felt her: he was sure it was a her.

He hadn’t seen her, but she was here, Craig knew.


The Trade by Natasha Duncan-Drake The Trade by Natasha Duncan-Drake
An explicit story of demons and magic set in a dystopian future.

click for The Trade details and drabble
Earth no longer belongs exclusively to humans. Ever since the hoard came demons roam the wreckage of old Earth just as humans do. Karon spans the divide, both human and demon, at the mercy of his vampire heritage.
Price: 99c for all buying options please click here

Comfort

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: This drabble happens just after the events of the book.

As Karon left the city ruins, he turned and looked back one last time. It seemed as if it had been an age since he had allowed his guard down quite as much as he had just done with Lilaro and he missed it already.

The world was a dangerous place. Demons would take the unwary, even a vampire as powerful as him if he let his vigilance lapse. His tryst with the sex demon had been good for his spirit as well as his strength.

Turning forward, he urged his horse into motion; such luxury was behind him now.


In The Event of Death by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan In The Event of Death by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan
Two short stories to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand all the way up.

click for In The Event of Death details and drabbles
Two short stories of the spooky kind created for All Hallows Read 2013. The Visitor by Natasha Duncan-Drake, Ruderbaker by Sophie Duncan
Price: 99c for all buying options please click here

Notice Me!

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: This is a short drabble about what Eustace was up to before we meet him in The Visitor.

“Och aye the noo,” Eustace shouted and leapt out of the cupboard.
The man standing in front of the sink shivered and looked round, but otherwise failed to react suitably.

“Dammit all,” Eustace said and sighed heavily.

He’d been trying to get more than a shudder out of the dense idiot since the man had moved in for his week’s stay. At least, he supposed, with a holiday cottage his audience kept changing. It was annoying not being noticed.

“See you later, Boyo,” he said and walked through the wall; maybe the wife would scream if he tipped something over.

Persuasion

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s Note:  This rhyme is insidious.

“Ruderbaker, Ruderbaker, one, two, three. Ruderbaker, Ruderbaker, can’t get me!” Freddie repeated to himself, hands over his ears, staring at the ground of the graveyard.

The other kids had danced around him singing that awful rhyme, ‘Ruderbaker, Ruderbaker, one, two, three. Ruderbaker, Ruderbaker, can’t get me.’, turning him around, throwing his glasses into the long grass. But he hadn’t sung it, he’d never sing it, he’d changed the end.

“You’re right, I can’t,” a whisper slipped into his mind; Freddie whined. “But do you want to get them for leaving you here?”

He nodded quickly.

“Then say my rhyme.”


The End of the Journey by Sophie Duncan The End of the Journey by Sophie Duncan
Demons and magic in a YA tale of courage and trust.

click for The End of the Journey details, drabble and offer code
The Hidden War has been raging unseen my normal eyes for generations and Zac Kithrall, demon-seer, and Damon Wulfres, demon-raiser, have grown up on opposite sides of it. Now they must work together.

Smashwords Offer Code: SP64X – reduced to 99c Buy The Burning Web from Smashwords.
for all other buying options (no offer) please click here

A New Perspective

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s Note:  This story is set between the first and second books in the series.

All Hallows’ Eve had always been a busy time for Damon. Not for games, though. When Zac threw open the door of their safe house wearing a skeleton mask and making woo-woo’s at a bunch of giggly, costumed children, he peered round the kitchen doorway to watch, perturbed.

“Not your thing, D?”

Rosie made him jump as she passed him. He gave her a sour glance, but her face said she was in earnest.

“The Veil is thin tonight: Demon-raisers captured souls not fed children sugar,” he replied.

“We watch, Boy,” Luke muttered, wandering in, “but we have fun too.”


The Vampire's Concubine by Sophie Duncan The Vampire’s Concubine by Sophie Duncan
A series of short stories full of sex, vampires and mystery.

click for The Vampire's Concubine details and drabbles
When, Hieron, vampire lord of Harkham, is approached by a mysterious young stranger, he finds himself tempted by the bargain his bold visitor makes: ninety nine years of absolute service in return for vampire power. The Vampire’s Concubine is an erotic romance told in short-story episodes.
An Amusement (The Vampire’s Concubine #1) Price: 99c for all buying options please click here
Rage (The Vampire’s Concubine #2) Price: 99c for all buying options please click here

Tall Tales

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s Note: The concubines of the harem share a spooky tale.

“You look perturbed, Janus, Sweetie.” Yan surprised the junior concubine when he sat beside him on the chaise and draped an arm round him.

Those dusky cheeks flushed,Janus looked at the floor. Gray laughed as he respectfully offered a goblet of wine to Yan.

“Janus is scared,” Campion informed him with relish. “We told him about the spirit in the old garden.”

“That was mean,” Yan chastised, only lightly though, he could not afford to show too much favouritism. Instead he cajoled, “Ghosts don’t exist, Janus.”

The youth shivered, despite the reassurance.

“I’ve seen it,” came the unexpected admission.


Out of the Frying Pan by Natasha Duncan-DrakeOut of the Frying Pan by Natasha Duncan-Drake
An explicit story of a chef, a vampire and betrayal.

click for Out of the Frying Pan details and drabble
Dan works his magic with food as a new up and coming chef, what he does not need is his restaurant being destroyed by an explosion and ending up trapped with the UK’s hottest food critic in what’s left of his kitchen. When vampirism enters the equation it makes things a whole lot worse.
Price: 99c for all buying options please click here

The Elephant in the Room

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: This drabble happens just after the events of the book.

Dan was concentrating very hard on plating his new dish, so he felt rather than saw someone come up behind him.

“That is very elegant,” Cathal’s familiar tones greeted him as he worked. “Does it taste as good as it looks?”

“That’s what you’re going to tell me,” he replied and stood up.

He stilled as he realised Cathal was so close they were almost touching. The familiar spark of attraction ignited in his belly at the lack of personal space. Sooner rather than later they were going to have to acknowledge whatever it was between them; it was distracting.


The Avebury Legacy by Natasha Duncan-Drake The Avebury Legacy (Vampires: The New Age #1) by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Dark fantasy with very nasty vampires and lots of excitement and magic set in contemporary times.

click for The Avebury Legacy details, offer and drabbles
When you’re a vampire hunter infected with vampirism your life expectancy is short. Nate’s a hunter and Lexie’s a witch and they have less than six months before Lexie’s magic can no longer delay the symptoms and keep them at least partially human. (Give The Avebury Legacy an honest review where you purchased it and get The Beginning (Vampires: The New Age, Prequel #1) absolutely freesee book listing page for details).
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Hunting

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: This drabble is set just before The Avebury Legacy begins and is the hunt mentioned in the first scene.

Nate held his breath, remaining perfectly still, and Lexie screamed on cue. The one remaining spawn came charging through the battered old door as if it wasn’t there; pine never fared well up against vampires.

Lexie instantly lifted the crossbow she was holding and Nate closed in from behind. The spawn never even had a chance as Lexie shot it and Nate swung his sword. The bolt buried itself in the creature’s chest with a wet thud and the sharp blade sliced through its neck like butter.

“Job done,” Lexie said and grinned as the head bounced across the floor.


When Darkness Beckons by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan When Darkness Beckons by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan
Two short stories to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand all the way up.

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This is a two story horror anthology created for All Hallows Read 2012. Catcher of Souls by Natasha Duncan-Drake Some Things Are Stranger… by Sophie Duncan
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Dying

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: This is a short drabble about how Miles became a Soul Catcher

It had to have been three days by now, with no water, no food and no light. Mile’s anger was gone, along with his strength and he lay, slumped in the corner. The only thing that felt remotely real anymore was the jewel in his hand; the one his father had pressed there before slamming the door.

It was peaceful now and there was a brightness growing in the corner. It drew him in as if he was floating.

Then he burned. He felt a snap as his sight flashed red and suddenly his strength returned and he sat up.

Do You Believe In Ghosts?

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s Note: Even werewolves can get scared.

“You believe in ghosts?”

Jake turned his head and looked at the teenage face lit up expectantly by the campfire’s light. A chill ran down his spine, so he took a hasty swig of beer. It had been a long time since he’d thought about that ghostly night in the warehouse.

“Red, don’t bother your father,” Julia’s voice chided gently.

“I think I saw one.”

Jake paid more attention to his son then. He recognised disquiet. He remembered his own.

“A hunter, from the trouble times. Do you believe, Dad?”

He drew in a difficult breath.

“Yes,” he replied quietly.


The Soul Reader Series by Natasha Duncan-DrakeThe Soul Reader Series by Natasha Duncan-Drake
A series of free short stories and bargain price novellas full of sex, vampires and John, who is human, but unusual.

The Soul Reader Series by Natasha Duncan-Drake
The Soul Reader Series is a set of FREE short stories/novelettes and bargain priced novellas with enough vampire action to keep any paranormal fan happy and plenty of male/male interaction to entertain every gay romance reader.

John knows that at best he can be described as a male escort and at worst as a whore, but it’s what he does and he’s good at it. He sells his body and his clients come with fangs so it’s more about blood than sex.
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Tomorrow

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s Note:  This drabble takes place shortly after book #3 to lead in to #4.

The trip to the solicitors had been nerve wracking, but at least it had cleared up a few things for John. He was really beginning to feel like a person again. He had his name back, his flat and everything else. He was coming back.

“Are you sure you don’t want a solicitor with you when you talk to the police?” Michael asked, sitting down beside him.

“Yes,” he replied. “Mum says DI Willis is a good guy and I don’t want to piss him off.”

Thinking about it made his stomach churn, but it was the next logical step.


Bright Young Things by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake Bright Young Things by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake
Five young adult speculative fiction stories, including some with a horror edge.

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Meet a university rock band with a lupine secret and an alien with cat ears and a tail, among other young protagonists in this volume of short stories and novelettes.
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Midnight Snack

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s note: Ben is still getting used to his instincts. This is a sequel to Samling Born.

Luka wandered into the living room to find Ben in their kitchenette looking down at a very large sandwich. Luka’s nose twitched with rich scents of roasted pork, curried chicken, pickle, mustard, and even lettuce. He murmured amusement and strolled over to the counter.

“Midnight snack?”

“Couldn’t sleep,” Ben huffed, eyes flicking to the moonlight streaming in through the window. “Am I really this hungry?”

Not for the first time since his turning, Ben looked lost. Luka smiled.

“Probably,” he shrugged. “It’s only been 48hrs. We’re still adapting.”

Ben looked a bit happier. He pointed at his creation.

“Wanna share?”

Sneaking In

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: This is a drabble for my story Lost Kitty – just a little something short and sweet :).

“Don’t look so worried,” Anna said and grinned.

“I’m not supposed to be here,” Lani pointed out, shifting nervously from one foot to the other.

“It’s Halloween,” Anna replied; “you’ll fit in perfectly.”

Then she grabbed his hand and dragged him towards the door. Since the whole incident with the MiBs, Lani and she had kept in touch via the necklace and she had invited him to visit secretly only the previous week. With his ears and tail he looked like he had the most awesome costume.

Anna was sure nothing bad would happen; it was the perfect set up.


Supernature by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake Supernature by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake
Five paranormal romance stories with explicit content

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The Name Is The Game by Sophie Duncan
A new placement, a new start together for orphans Paul and Amanda. However, they soon discover all is not as it seems with the mysterious Miss Torris.
Cleave To Until Forever by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Paralysed by an explosion, Adam must heal more than his legs when he discovers his wereleopard ancestry.
The Vampire Who Loved Me by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Jack Boddington was your every day, jobbing spy until his last assignment goes horribly wrong. Then he wakes up twenty years later with a thirst for blood.
Girl In The Mirror by Sophie Duncan
Penelope Beverly must discover the secret of the ghost girl in her mirror when she takes a position as companion to Miss Verinace.
Timothy by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Darcy is a modern girl, but even she is shocked when her mother gives her the family heirloom as she is about to go off to university and it’s a dildo named Timothy.

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Reflections

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s note: New mirror, new reflection. This drabble takes place after the events in Girl In The Mirror.

“What a gorgeous mirror, where did you find it?” Louise gushes at me.

I just smile: I shan’t tell her it was in the house when I bought it.

“Aren’t those attachments?”

My sister-in-law reaches up to the mirror’s brass fittings.

“Yes, it used to belong to a dressingtable, I believe.”

“How clever of you to adapt it.”

Again, I say nothing. Louise bounces off, waving at my other housewarming guests. I check my cute new bob in the mirror. For a second that isn’t my reflection. I blink. It’s me again. Chills run down my spine. I back off.

Going Home?

by Natasha Duncan-Duncan
Author’s note: This drabble is a very short follow on from The Vampire Who Loved Me.

Jack stepped out of the car and looked up at the nondescript building. It hadn’t changed except for a new coat of paint.

“Ready?” Sarah asked.

He wasn’t really, but he nodded anyway. They had left Gavin at Sarah’s flat and it was time for Jack to come in from the cold. He wasn’t really sure how his previous employers were going to receive him, but he did his best to hide his nerves.

They walked into the building together and security let them through surprisingly quickly.

“Welcome home, Jack,” Sarah said as she showed him into the main office.


Book of Darkness by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake Book of Darkness by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake
Six horror stories to spook and scare all horror fans.

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Sleep Of The Damned by Natasha Duncan-Drake
How would you cope if you discovered your bed was haunted?
BFF by Sophie Duncan
New school, new best friend, but Karen discovers that Debbie has dark secrets.
Just One Day by Sophie Duncan
The house was a bargain and Georgie loves it, so she’s not going to listen to the strange warning from the estate agent that for one day every year it is haunted.
The Crosses We Bear by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Shitty hotel, shitty team bonding weekend, but Lyle gets more than he bargained for when he removes the cross from above his bed.
Queen Of My World by Sophie Duncan
Alfred doesn’t like people very much, but he knows how to use them to get what he wants and he wants Lissy.
Dead Not Dying by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Jo loves her cat, Tigger, but when he comes back from near death, Jo eventually realises that it might actually have been death itself.

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Dolly

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s note: Danger comes from the most innocent things. This drabble was inspired by the short story BFF.

“Give me the doll, Darling.”

“No, no!”

“You know what Dr Holstrum said, she’s bad for you.”

“She’s mine!”

“Just put her in the box, Sweetie.”

“She’s my friend! No!”

“Then sit her on the counter, just for a minute, so we can talk.”

“I know what you do. You want to trick us!”

“I want to help you, Darling. Just put down the doll.”

“No, not ever!”

“Darling…put down the knife. Come on, Sweetie, it’s me, Kevin, your husband.”

“Leave us alone.”

“Marissa, please!”

“You go away. We don’t need you!”

“Put down the knife…Marissa…Darling. No!!!”

Delusion

by Natasha Duncan-Duncan
Author’s note: This doesn’t go with any specific story in the book, but it is the same genre.

“Good morning, Mr Langdon, how are you feeling this morning?”

John looked up at the mirrored glass in front of him.

“I just want to go home.”

“Of course, but you must be well first. Did you dream about your wife again?”

“Yeah, when she attacked me after…”

“She died?”

John nodded.

“It’s amazing isn’t it,” her aide said as Dr Hallow’s turned off the mic and marked her observations on her clipboard.

“Amazing and tragic,” she replied. “Release the rabbits, please. He still believes he’s alive.”

Behind the glass Langdon fell on the animals mindlessly.

“Until he smells prey.”


The Other Half of Everything by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake The Other Half of Everything by Sophie Duncan
14 stories of all genres written by Sophie Duncan, including fantasy, horror, paranormal, sci-fi and more.

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Incubus Shadows (Erotic Fantasy M/M/M)
Samling-Born (YA Contemporary Fantasy)
The Name Is The Game (Paranormal Contemporary Fantasy)
The Gift (Fantasy)
Undercover (M/M Erotic Crime)
BFF (Horror)
The End Of The Journey (The Hidden War #1) (YA Contemporary Fantasy, M/M Romance)
Just One Day (Horror)
Girl In The Mirror (Paranormal Fantasy)
A Special Catch (M/F Erotic Sci-Fi)
Song For A Sovereign (Fantasy)
Queen of My World (Horror)
All In The Mind (Sci-Fi)
A New Path (The Hidden War #2) (YA Contemporary Fantasy, M/M Romance)

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Superstitions

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s note: It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s haunted. This drabble takes place just before the events of Song For A Sovereign.

The wind howled round the rocks and, wrapping her cloak tighter, Beriel shifted closer to Gaven on their log. The old man gave her a disdainful look.

“It’s cold!” Beriel defended herself tartly.

It wasn’t really the cold that was bothering her, though. She’d heard stories about these hills: ghosts wandered them, spectres of travellers lost in storms that could strike without warning.

“Then go get more wood for the fire,” Gaven ordered.

Beriel stiffened. Gaven glared.

“A sorcerer has no call to be afraid of superstitions,” Gaven sniffed.

Beriel sniffed back.

“Well I’m only an apprentice, you’re the sorcerer.”


Half of Everything by Natasha Duncan-Drake Half of Everything by Natasha Duncan-Drake
14 stories of all genres written by Natasha Duncan-Drake, including fantasy, horror, paranormal, sci-fi and more.

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Queen of Heaven (Sci-Fi)
Sleep Of The Damned (Horror)
To Life Reborn (Fantasy)
Cleave To Until Forever (M/M Paranormal Romance)
Lost Kitty (YA Sci-Fi)
The Machine (Contemporary Fantasy with M/M Romance)
The Vampire Who Loved Me (Paranormal Espionage, M/M/F)
God of Love (M/M Erotica Fantasy)
All That Glitters (M/M Romance)
Connections (M/M/F Erotic Sci-Fi)
The Crosses We Bear (Horror)
Timothy (M/F Paranormal Romance)
Dead Not Dying (Horror)
The Beginning (YA Urban Horror)

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Fear

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: This is another one where I decided to go with the horror genre rather than writing a drabble for a specific story in the book.

Melissa could see the dark shape by the wall out of the corner of her eye, but she did not dare turn her head. She could feel it watching her; knew that’s what it most wanted.

She had woken from a deep sleep, the light from a streetlamp partially illuminating the room, and she had almost simply glanced around. But she had felt it: the evil. It made her nerves prickle and her body feel like lead. Instinctively she recognised one glance was all it would need. It was pure malice.

It lurked, waiting for her to acknowledge its existence.


Myriad Imaginings by Natasha Duncan-Drake  and Sophie DuncanMyriad Imaginings by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan
31 stories of all genres including fantasy, horror, paranormal, sci-fi and more.

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Queen of Heaven by Natasha Duncan-Drake (Sci-Fi)
Incubus Shadows by Sophie Duncan (M/M/M Erotic Fantasy)
Sleep of The Damned by Natasha Duncan-Drake (Horror)
Samling-Born by Sophie Duncan (YA Contemporary Fantasy)
To Life Reborn by Natasha Duncan-Drake (Fantasy)
The Name Is The Game by Sophie Duncan (Paranormal Contemporary Fantasy)
Cleave To Until Forever by Natasha Duncan-Drake (M/M Paranormal Romance)
The Gift by Sophie Duncan (Fantasy)
Lost Kitty by Natasha Duncan-Drake (YA SciFi)
Undercover by Sophie Duncan (M/M Erotic Crime Drama)
The Machine by Natasha Duncan-Drake (Contemporary Fantasy, M/M Romance)
BFF by Sophie Duncan (Horror)
The Vampire Who Loved Me by Natasha Duncan-Drake (Paranormal Espionage, M/M/F menage)
The End of The Journey by Sophie Duncan (Contemporary Fantasy, M/M Romance)
God of Love by Natasha Duncan-Drake (M/M Erotic Fantasy)
Just One Day by Sophie Duncan (Horror)
All The Glitters by Natasha Duncan-Drake (M/M Romance)
Girl In The Mirror by Sophie Duncan (Paranormal Fantasy)
Connections by Natasha Duncan-Drake (M/M/F Erotic SciFi)
A Special Catch by Sophie Duncan (M/F Erotic SciFi)
The Crosses We Bear by Natasha Duncan-Drake (Horror)
Song For A Sovereign by Sophie Duncan (Fantasy)
Timothy by Natasha Duncan-Drake (M/F Paranormal Romance)
Queen of My World by Sophie Duncan (Horror)
Dead Not Dying by Natasha Duncan-Drake (Horror)
All In The Mind by Sophie Duncan (SciFi)
The Beginning by Natasha Duncan-Drake (YA Urban Horror, Paranormal Fantasy)
A New Path by Sophie Duncan (YA Contemporary Fantasy, M/M Romance)

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What They Don’t Tell You

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: Another horror drabble from me. Hope it creeps you out :).

Hiding under the covers made you safe. It was a rule every child knew and understood. It was a shame no one mentioned that it only worked before you were grown up.

When the ghost glided through the wall, Sam had instinctively dived for safety, phone clutched in a death grip in her hand. The phone’s screen now illuminated everything beneath the duvet: her breath clouding in white puffs ; her shivering frame; the laughing little cats on her ridiculous pyjamas; the ghost’s rotting arm sticking through the covers and its tattered, horrific fingers curled possessively around her shaking wrist.

Sweet Transvestite

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s note: Eddie’s professionalism takes a knock. This story takes place before the events in Undercover.

Eddie didn’t normally watch the other strippers, but he was waiting for Den at the bar and the opening notes of ‘Sweet Transvestite’ caught his attention. He looked up at the stage as Col strutted out into the spotlight. The crowd cheered and Eddie’s skin broke into goosebumps.

His attention closed down to the lithe, gyrating body, the beat throbbing through his own muscles and Eddie realised why Col got the good tips. Eddie licked his lips: this was so unprofessional. Still he watched: the elegant arch of Col’s back, the glint in the other dancer’s eye.

Eddie was hooked.


Night Blood by Sophie DuncanNight Blood by Sophie Duncan
A YA novel of vampires, kidnapping, secrets and exciting adventure.

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#1 in The Night Blood Chronicles -Tom Franklin has never really understood his midnight cravings for red meat. His Harley Street doctor had always diagnosed his symptoms as a protein deficiency, aggravated by stress, yet, when his symptoms escalate, Tom’s parents are forced to reveal the truth: he isn’t quite human.

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Scared of the Dark?

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s Note: Even vampires can be scared of the dark. This story takes place after Night Blood #1.

Finding himself wandering around the manor halls alone at night was not something unusual for Tom. The government staff maintained shifts, but there were always fewer people around in the wee hours. Tom liked it like that.

He sat in the library with a book on his lap, but he’d stopped reading and he didn’t know why. He listened to the creeks of the house, peering into the dark outside the pool of his reading lamp and the hairs on the back of his neck lifted.

Night vision, or not, he was still a little bit scared of the dark.


The Diablo Ouija by Sophie DuncanThe Diablo Ouija by Sophie Duncan
Short horror story to go with The Haward Mysteries.

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Theo and Remy Haward are drawn into a ghostly murder investigation on Hallowe’en.

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No Such Thing as Ghosts

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s Note: The magical world doesn’t believe in ghosts, but Remy’s not so sure. This story takes place the night after the Diablo Ouija.

Remy paced his room, hearing on alert for every groan the old manor made, eyes flicking to each shadow.

“Remy?”

He spun to find Theo in his doorway. He grimaced. Theo walked into the room and stopped in front of him, expression neutral except for sympathy in his twin’s eyes.

“Ghosts don’t exist!” burst out of Remy in quick time.

He huffed.

“There were ghosts last night, weren’t there?”

Theo looked torn. That worried Remy: there wasn’t much that left Theo undecided.

“Want me to sleep here tonight?” Theo asked with a shrug.

Embarrassed, but relieved, Remy nodded quickly once.


Face of the Dead by Natasha Duncan-DrakeFace of the Dead by Natasha Duncan-Drake
An explicit male/male story with ghosts and a twist in the tale.

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Old houses creak and groan and make noises. Miles had expected that when he bought the farmhouse, but the tapping on the windows is a bit of a shock the first night he moves in.
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Night Terrors

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note: This drabble is set in the middle of the story and is a scene I had in my head, but decided did not need to be on the page until now.

Miles actually felt himself twitch as it came again: tap, scrape. He was clenching his jaw so hard it hurt.

It was ridiculous. It was probably just some damned bird, or someone with a stick and sick, twisted sense of humour, but he could not for the life of him make himself look. The curtains remained a blessing and a curse as they barred him from seeing the truth.

Tap, scrape.

This time he shot out of bed; he had had enough. Grabbing the duvet and his pillow, he ran for the door, thudding downstairs into the warm, inviting kitchen.


The Need In Me by Sophie DuncanThe Need In Me by Sophie Duncan
A ghost story to tingle the spine with male/male explicit content.

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Struggling artist, Rob, has come to London to make his name. However, moving into a flat in an old house, he finds himself with some unwanted attention of the supernatural kind.

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Inspiration

by Sophie Duncan
Author’s Note: This story takes place after the events in The Need In Me.

Flat door open, Buki found Rob where he had left him before going to an audition, at the easel, painting furiously. His boyfriend had been in a creative fervour since they had returned from Cornwall. That had meant days of artistic madness and some passionate nights as well.

Buki walked up behind Rob, wrapping his arms around the paint-strewn boiler suit Rob had brought back with them too. Rob leant easily back into him. Buki smiled, seeing Rob’s painting over his boyfriend’s shoulder. A broken tree in an unpeopled moorscape – only they could understand the joy within that image.


Chip Off the Old Block? by Natasha Duncan-DrakeChip Off the Old Block? by Natasha Duncan-Drake
An explicit male/male story with lots of humour and the Anti-Christ.

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The Anti-Christ is coming! His name is Owen. Well technically it’s Beherit, but that’s so last millennium.
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Same Old, Same Old…

by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Author’s note:  Hope you enjoy this glimpse of Owen and David once they have left school behind.

“Dammit,” Owen complained loudly as the doorbell rang just as he was beginning to peel David out of his clothes.

“I’ll see who it is,” his boyfriend offered and ran out of the bedroom of their new flat.

Things had been quite exciting since school and Owen had just landed his breakout part in a film. The flat was the first he had bought with his own money.

“Um, it’s for you,” David said in rather a strangled tone as he was shoved through the door by a man holding a shotgun and a cross.

“Oh not again,” said Owen.

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Long Shadow (The Burning Web Drabble) DC81 – ‘staple’

Drabble CascadeThis is a short fiction for my ghost story, The Burning Web. A drabble is a fiction of exactly 100 words.

Long Shadow

by Sophie Duncan

 Abdi had become such a common occurrence in his dreams, that, as he woke with the youth’s dead stare in his mind’s eye, Tris recognised the grief that came with the memory like it was something necessary to live. This staple haunted him, feeding, freshening his guilt, and, in that moment of waking, he hung on to it, reminding himself that he was alive and Abdi was not.

And it was his fault.

He lay silent, letting Xander sleep. Something had woken him. Fear creeping in, he turned his head to the corner and met those now undead eyes directly.

~*~

The Burning Web

The Burning Web by Sophie Duncan
The Burning Web

Something more than guilt is haunting ex-copper, Tris McCall, when he and his husband, Xander, refurbish a crumbling Victorian mansion, Berwick House. Faced with disbelief and medical explanations for the spectral visitations from both his doctors and his partner, Tris must decide if it is the damage left by the brain injury he has suffered, or something darker that is speaking to him. Can he trust his own senses, and if he can, what are they telling him?

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The Burning Web by Sophie Duncan
The Burning Web

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Something more than guilt is haunting ex-copper, Tris McCall, when he and his husband, Xander, refurbish a crumbling Victorian mansion, Berwick House. Faced with disbelief and medical explanations for the spectral visitations from both his doctors and his partner, Tris must decide if it is the damage left by the brain injury he has suffered, or something darker that is speaking to him. Can he trust his own senses, and if he can, what are they telling him?

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 I really enjoyed writing this book. I might have even scared myself a few times when I was editing it late at night at home alone! ;P I am a big, big fan of ghost stories: I read and reread the likes of Susan Hill and M R James when I want a good scare. That traditional, Gothic style of story with old houses, dark shadows and vengeful ghosts is my kind of book and The Burning Web is my tribute to those terrifying masterpieces.
I’ve written paranormal novels (The Night Blood Chronicles) before, and I have dabbled in horror short stories, but The Burning Web is my first novel-length foray into the ghostly genre. I wanted more space to explore the idea of what a haunting can mean to modern people, and I wanted to add that rational doubt to the Gothic feel of my plot. Tris and Xander are a modern couple, dogged by trouble.
Tris is an ex-police officer, who left the force after a shooting incident, the stress of which led eventually to him suffering a brain haemorrhage. The guilt of his mistake has followed him out of the force and renovating Berwick House is his means of escape from the past.

 

Xander, Tris’ husband, is a trauma surgeon and has become Tris’ carer during Tris’ recovery from the debilitating stroke. Part of the story examines how that responsibility has affected the relationship between the beleaguered couple as they start to emerge from what they think are the dark days behind them.

It is onto this backdrop of Tris and Xander’s relationship that I have overlaid  the ghost story. On his first night in Berwick House, Tris begins to sense something is amiss, but can he trust what his damaged brain is telling him? I will leave that up to anyone who reads the story to decide :).

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