The Christmas Guest

The Christmas Guest

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

A young girl lies in her bed on Christmas Eve, waiting for Santa Claus to visit. But neither of them are quite who they seem ...A short seasonal tale to offer you a few free chills on Christmas Eve. Completely re-edited for Christmas 2014.Two linked tales of two amoral men transformed by the women who love them. Set in 13th Century England at Christmas. In Mercenary, Lord Broderick, has been made a new father but his wife dies in childbirth and his infant son is failing to thrive. Then Tess is brought before him, the daughter of the lord whose lands Broderick has usurped. Unaware of her identity, the new master of Castlemuir confines the young woman to his inner sanctum to nurse his son, unaware that Tess poses the greatest danger to him of all.In Jester, Dumas is a hideously deformed clown who travels the countryside in a caravan with his assistant, Fallon, a young woman disguised as a boy. In return for keeping her identity a secret, Fallon must perform for the misshapen man each night. But Dumas has a secret of his own as Fallon soon learns after a performance at Castlemuir Hall.Dark Redeemer Historical Romance is a series of stand-alone adventure-romance tales set in 13th Century England during the reign of King John, known as the High Middle Ages. The stories are full of action and romance. However, Mercenary and Jester contain certain love scenes that are not suitable for younger readers.
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One

One

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

What if you never knew your parents? What if population control was the only way a society could survive?What if it was all a lie...?A New Adult Romance Story***Due to sexually graphic content and language that some may find offensive, this book is intended for mature readers only******This new series follows the original series, Fifty Recipes For Disaster***Jenny has hit a slump. After losing her child and being in an abusive relationship, she finds herself in a rut. Day in and day out, she does the same thing, slowly losing herself.A random encounter with an old high school friend changes Jenny’s course. Before she can overthink it, she is jet setting off to Hollywood to restart her life. Determined to turn a new leaf, she moves in with Kathy, her high school friend, and decides to get into acting. But things quickly grow complicated. Torn between her feelings for her agent, Jon, and Rich, a charming bad boy who has ties in the movie industry, Jenny works through her past demons to try to get a grip on her present.As Jenny struggles to learn the lesson that in Hollywood not everyone is what they appear to be, she tries to become a person that she can be proud of. Will she be able to find love and success in Hollywood? Or will Jenny be dragged down by her past forever?Download the story to find out what happens.
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The Pumpkin Eater

The Pumpkin Eater

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

A creepy house. A sinister old man. An innocent young boy...... why, it must be Halloween again!"Faith isn't faith until it's all you're holding on to."- Toralii ProverbHundreds of years before the Toralii attacked Earth, destroying the cities of Beijing, Tehran and Sydney, before they developed the voidwarp technology and destroyed their homeworld, they warred amongst themselves.The hills of the occupied Kaater Mountains were home to thousands of prisoners.Including Tami.A 1,947 word story set in the Lacuna universe suitable to read as a stand-alone story. Parts of the Lacuna universe:* Magnet* ImperfectThe Lacuna series:* Lacuna: Demons of the Void* Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi* Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion (Coming December, 2012!)
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The Safety Dance

The Safety Dance

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

The Safety Dance ... to some a forgotten pop hit from the 1980s ... to Crispin it signifies more: a whole lot more. In his quest to uncover the hidden secret of The Safety Dance he will encounter ridicule, despair, dwarves, and the psychotic denizens of an obscure English town. Read on if you dare...Shakespeare called his play ‘Richard III’ a tragedy. Its centre is the disappearance of 12 year-old Prince Edward and 10 year-old Prince Richard, the sons of King Edward IV, from the care of their uncle, King Richard III. Shakespeare and history accuse Richard of murdering the Princes, within months of their father’s death, in April 1483, but in each century since, starting in the 1490s, there have been dissenting voices.By 2012 many millions of words have been written about what happened to the Princes, yet no-one has ever offered a satisfactory or complete explanation, at least not until now. The problem with the explanation is it has magic at its heart, the magic of the necromancer, and historians won’t allow themselves to believe in magic.Amongst all the fantasy of Horror and Sci-Fi on our bookshelves there is room for a little medieval High Magic; the more so since it may be true.The author and narrator does undertake psychic investigations, as mentioned in the book. The Arthur Findlay College at Stansted Hall, where the story opens, is a World centre for psychic studies and mediumship. Does it matter whether The Necromancer is a true story or fiction? If you accept there is no such thing as ‘single-pointed reality,’ there are many different realities, that miracles and other impossibilities are a good deal more common than people think, and that what people believe is what really matters; you may conclude simply The Necromancer is a good story.Because this is an interactive eBook you have free access to the full text of three important books of history, not to mention the Odyssey, two major books on magic and many other materials. In all there are 54 hyperlinks to relevant pages on the Internet.Leave historical authority and extended backgrounds to the hyperlinks. They allow you and the author to get on with the story in all its twists and turns. The strengths and weaknesses of historical figures are shown; the character of the little known Thomas Nandyke, the necromancer, is brought to light and brought to life.If you’re hooked, and you will be, Parts II & III go on to put right the world we live in, they deal with King Louis XI and bishop Morton; Part III restores Hastings and Rivers, not to mention the Princes, of whom there are three, including Richard III’s own son.As is usual with Mike Voyce, this story stands on the boundary between Truth and Fiction; it’s as true as you want it to be. If you take the insights into the nature of realities, the ‘After Word on Truth,’ right at the very end of the whole book, will clear the mists which still seem to cloud our own world.
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The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

Detective Dirk Nickel couldn't care less about clowns, but his is a city without laughs where clowns are a dying breed.Then, one day Nickel is framed - branded a 'chuckler' - and the heat is on. Can Nickel uncover who framed him in time, maybe even bring down the city-wide conspiracy against clowns in the bargain... or will the last laugh be on him?Featuring gripping Independent authors from around the world, FUSION is the first collection of short works published by Breakwater Harbor Books. Contributing heart-pumping tales of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Crime are seven stories that will thrill and rivet you. Authors from across a wide variety of genres, Dee Harrison, Ivan Amberlake, Claire C. Riley, Scott J. Toney, Mindy Haig, Cara Goldthorpe and C.M.T. Stibbe. The Sliver of Abilon – A Mirrorsmith Tale – 'and you thought it was safe to look in the mirror?'Diary of the Gone - Without a girlfriend, bullied by the Principal’s son, and haunted by the dead, Callum Blackwell thinks his life can’t get any worse. But he’s wrong.Life Ever After. Nina's Story: Part one. – When the dead begin to rise, it's time to put your differences aside and run!NovaFall – When the Meteor falls, the essences will come, forging flesh and planetary souls as one.Cybilla. – To claim his Muse, one man must find the gate between the mortal and the immortal worlds.Capturing Perfection – An artist's tale of love, loss and beauty in Renaissance MilanUntil The Ninth Hour – Until a man loses his daughter to a serial killer, until he loses his best friend, until he is down on his luck, Darryl Williams must put all thoughts of retaliation out of his mind.An excerpt from Dee Harrison’s The Sliver of Abilon – A Mirrorsmith Tale Junah Venmark, Master Mirrorsmith, exited the wayportal directly into the seaweed stench of Abilon. The foul odour tickled the back of his throat and he gagged on a rise of bile. Mirrorsmith Guild protocol demanded that he preview his destination before he arrived but it could not prepare him for an assault on his other senses. He vomited onto the trackway, just thankful that there was no-one to witness his most pitiful entrance ever. He loathed the smell of mouldy greens – it stirred up too many reminders of his wretched childhood in the back alleys of Varna, largest city on his homeworld of Vargo – but this was kabbige soup intensified tenfold. When his heaving subsided, Junah sank down onto his rump, trying to ignore the early evening dew which was soaking into his leggings. He pulled a kerchief from his belt-purse, to wipe the spittle from his lips, and cursed this ill-favoured world. Sissik, his wail, chittered and scurried around him like a silver-furred cyclone, mewing her distress. Junah winced when she skipped onto his tender stomach, the better to peer into his face with her large, prosimian eyes. He ran a finger down her spine and she slowly relaxed beneath his touch. Junah ill? She sent. No, I’m fine, Little One he reassured her. He grimaced. The smell caught me out, that’s all. Sissik wrinkled her own nose. Nasty, nasty stink, she concurred. Junah delved into his purse a further time and extracted a couple of lozenges from a packet. A few chews later and he could smell nothing. “Next time I’ll take ‘em before I get here,” he promised out loud. “Not that there’ll be a next time!” Junah clambered to his feet and peeled the sodden fabric from his buttocks. Sissik took her accustomed place on his shoulders, hiding beneath his long, dark hair and curled around his neck like a fur collar. Wails were native to all the worlds of the Regium, even the undeveloped ones like Abilon. Some wails, the silver-furred ones like Sissik, were prized for their ability to generate the acoustic frequencies that Mirrorsmiths depended upon. Others, the plumper, browner ones, made good eating. Whenever Sissik irritated him, which was often, Junah threatened to dye her coat russet. Now, however, she was quiescent, understanding that it was time for work.
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Bunnies

Bunnies

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

The infamous Easter chiller - now available in a terrifying new "Easter 2011 Edition" featuring many, many less typos and at least 13% more fire (with kind reference to the attentions of Ms Wielding). Please note that this is NOT a children's story... although it does feature children, and bunnies...Some friends lie to you, keep you safe from the horrors of the world, give you gifts that mean nothing. Katarina isn't one of those friends. With Easter just two days away she makes her way to her best friend's house with a gift that means the world to her. It's a gift her friend will never forget. For as long as he lives.
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Graves

Graves

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

When a gravestone appears in his neighbour's garden Greg Micheals thinks nothing of it. Neither does anyone else. Until everyone starts dying...A remote island community is subjected to a terrifying reckoning after a grave mysteriously appears in the garden of one unsuspecting resident. As death visits the islanders, one by one, at the hands of an unseen and unstoppable force, the inhabitants begin to turn on one another. Graves, a work of horror that recalls the classics of the genre, re-edited and re-released in a new 2016 edition. Read it now ... before it's too late ...
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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are...

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are...

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

A classic story of haunted terror inspired by the works of M.R.James.“I have a tale to tell, gentlemen, if you have a care to listen.”So begins the dark tale of terror that our narrator unearths from his childhood memories. A tale of tragedy ... or something more sinister? Read on to discover the truth, and the manner in which an innocent game of hide and seek turns into a terrifying voyage across the shadowed chasm between life and death ...
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Strawberries

Strawberries

Justin Cawthorne

Horror / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Humor

Strawberries.Delicious, tasty, juicy strawberries.What could possibly go wrong...?This short story anthology is comprised of eight suspenseful and horrifying tales, composed for a special one-week fiction event on the blog, "The Leaky Pencil". These stories centre around the theme of Madness. Not one of the stories approaches this theme in the same way, and each has something unique to say.Features eight outstanding new tales by: Laurita Miller, Richard Godwin, Angel Zapata, Benjamin Sobieck, Sean Patrick Reardon, Erin Cole, Lily Childs, and Chris Allinotte.
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