Thrills and chills await those who dare journey into this exciting collection of short fiction and novellas. Savor over 500 pages of six twisted tales, which will delight and surprise fans of supernatural and paranormal suspense.
Follow an odd, quirky fellow in Lucky This Time, a man who is slave to his routine until one day he tries something new, spinning his world right out of control. Journey on the luxurious New Dawn cruise liner in the poignant Beyont, where an uninvited guest means no one is disembarking anytime soon. Or ride along in 291 in a rookie cop’s haunted cruiser that’s driving him half-crazy. Take a trip into the alternate world of Salvation, where Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species has never been published, so now the Church rules the world, and God is not all-forgiving. In Soul Survivor, walk in the shoes of a parent the day after fire destroys his children’s school, as he follows a man who cannot be there and learns a secret that cannot be true.
And in the prequel to Susan May’s most beloved book The Troubles Keeper, meet a seven-year-old Rory Fine and his mama as they board an evening commuter train that will never reach its final destination. Drift is a 150-plus-page wild ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Ten-year-old Nem has just witnessed her mother's brutal murder and her life appears destined for tragedy. Until, that is, she finds her mother‘s old green journal which holds an incredible secret.
This innocent looking book seems to contain the power over luck. As she uses it, Nem discovers the diary keeps a strange kind of karmic balance, that in gifting someone good fortune she must steal another's first. All it takes is a simple entry. There's dangers though, and not just for others but also for Nem.
Decades later, the literary world hails William Barnes’ debut novel as a masterpiece. For some inexplicable reason though, his best seller success doesn’t survive his next two books. What frustrates and infuriates William even more, is that while he loses everything his undeserving protégé Orelia Mason is enjoying a meteoric rise up the charts. And this triumph of hers coincides suspiciously with his fall from grace.
So, William embarks on a plan, several actually, to take back the life he’s certain she has somehow stolen. If people get hurt along the way, well, tough luck for them. What he'll discover though is that battling fate when luck is not on your side can be a dangerous game.
Bus driver Rory Fine possesses a unique and wonderful gift. He has the power to relieve others of their troubles for real! With just the barest of touches the worries and woes weighing down the hearts of those he helps simply fade away. All are unaware why in being near him they feel happier and more able to face life's challenges.
Despite his special talent, Rory is shy and awkward. So much so he can’t find the courage to utter more than a hello to one of his regular passengers, Mariana, whom he believes he might just love. That is, until, during an evening commute one stormy night, when he stops the bus and invites the sullen-looking passengers to play a little game. If they tap his palm as they step off the bus he’ll take their troubles. Later he'll throw them in the river, freeing each person to face their evening in a better mood.
This moment might also be the perfect chance to finally speak to Mariana and maybe even ask her out. On board, though, lurks the Trepan Killer, a terror who has stalked the city for months. And he leaves behind something darker than everyday troubles. .
Can this sweet, simple bus driver discover the killer’s identity and somehow stop this relentless evil? To do so, he'll need to face a harrowing past and overcome his greatest fear. But he'll need to find a way, because at stake is not just Mariana’s life but the very fabric of the world.
The terror begins in a suburban café with seven people brutally murdered by an axe-wielding maniac. The killer is left dead at the scene and that should have been the end of a rare tragedy. But within days, in the very same city, more mass killings occur. Ten eldercare facility residents die in an arson-lit blaze. Then a mother attending a family gathering embarks on a terrifying gun rampage. All the killers are now dead, leaving behind unanswerable questions.
Investigating detective O'Grady can find only one bizarre connection, but it makes no sense. After extensive checking, he realizes none of the killers has a murderer's profile and nothing even close to a motive. Ordinary citizens with no history of violence have suddenly transformed into ruthless monsters.
Kendall Jennings, a freelance article writer of all things banal, somehow stumbles into an interview with a survivor of the first slaughter. This is her big break, but more a way to pay those endless mounting bills. Big problem though, she’s well out of her depth.
When Kendall crosses O'Grady's path sparks fly, but not the romantic kind. He can’t work out why this journalist infuriates him so much. She figures he either has some serious personal demons or he’s just plain arrogant and rude. The two will need to put aside their issues though because they’ll soon discover these killings are more than random events. They’re part of a plan far greater than anyone can imagine. Someone is sending a deadly message, and if nobody can decipher the meaning soon many more will die.
Since childhood, Dawn has "lost time." She awakens in strange places, far away from her last memory, confused by the recall of events that cannot be true. Back then, her parents dragged her to counsellors, insisted on medication and wrapped her in cotton balls. Now, a single mom, all she wants is to be the best parent she can to her son, while the fear of enduring a sudden “lost time” episode looms over her daily life.
Kylie is having a bad day. She’s had it with her dead-end cashier job. Her boss is on her back every second of every minute, the moron ex-boyfriend hasn’t stopped harassing her all week and at this single moment she hates the entire world. As she drives from the supermarket lot, her phone buzzes, and as usual she picks up.
Except this afternoon, when karma intervenes and Dawn’s and her life collide in the most horrific of accidents.
When the worst tragedy a mother can face occurs, Dawn is devastated and broken, and she doesn’t know how she’ll survive. That is, until ten days later when she discovers, somehow, she’s been given an incredible gift. Now saving her son is within her power but there’s a twist she hadn’t figured. She can’t change or do anything differently because she’s become merely a passenger in her own body. Only one thing might save her son, but for that she’ll need to discover a simple truth before time runs out. For between life and death lies fate and one hell of a fight.
Eighteen Suspenseful Short Stories with a Twist!For lovers of Twilight Zone, Darker Things and Black Mirror. These stories will delight fans of Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Ray Bradbury and lovers of genius twists. Brought to you by the international best-selling author readers have likened to Stephen King and early Dean Koontz.
Journey into strange worlds and meet the unusual and sometimes terrifying residents in these stories spanning suspense, horror, paranormal, science fiction and supernatural from the dark mind of short story award-winning author Susan May.
Join a sweet, octogenarian couple celebrating seventy years of marriage, where something darker lies behind the smiles. Meet a desperate Alexander Graham Bell the day of his historic patent filing for the telephone who has made a call to the future. The Intelervate Chip repairs brain-damaged babies, but as the children mature the world soon forgets the lessons of the past. Travel with a family taking a scenic route which delivers them to an overnight stay that will change their lives forever. These and more stories await the lover of the short story form.
From International award-winning short story writer and novelist, comes bite-sized tales to keep you reading just one more, as you're captivated by the clever twists and fascinating characters.
Emily and Bobby Jessup are simply a sweet, ordinary couple, except that they now stand accused of multiple counts of first-degree arson. The small coal-mining community of Karlgarin has branded them criminals and sociopaths. The case against them seems open and shut. They did it and were caught, and now they will pay.
Something terrifying though led Bobby and Emily to leave their two young children with a sitter while they embarked on this crazy fire-bug spree. That something was an incredible secret they'd promised to protect, no matter what.
When Emily impulsively breaks her promise while under cross-examination, a bizarre tale unfolds of the night she followed her husband and discovered the truth of his clandestine activities. The story sounds too far-fetched to be true, and yet she’s a convincing witness.
These two are the last people anyone would expect to save the world, but that’s what they claim they’d been doing. Are they criminals, heroes or suffering from a complete delusion. What if all that stood between us and hell was a match? The world is about to find out.
Inspired by true-life headlines, revealed in Susan May's fascinating postscript From the Imagination Vault, Behind the Fire is an engrossing novelette of the random appearances of frightening black things, and one couple's battle to protect their town from these dangerous and hellish creatures.
This was not the first-time that rookie cop Michael Chambers had found himself stuck in this broken-down police vehicle while the rain bucketed down outside.
In fact, this kind of ‘bad luck’ had happened almost every time he’d been assigned car 291. Usually, he’d get a flat, or the locks would jam or the damned onboard computer would freeze.
291, though, had a bloody and tragic history which might explain why this piece of metallic crap seemed so intent on driving him crazy—excuse the pun.
At first, he jokingly called it the demon car, but now he realized he may not be far off the truth. Something lurked inside this car and whatever it was, it meant him harm.
He was beginning to seriously believe that if he didn’t fight back soon, this car might be the death of him. And he wasn’t about to let that happen.
From international bestselling suspense author Susan May, comes a story of possession, desperation, and one man’s battle against an unknown enemy. 291 is a brilliant novella-length tale that will leave you breathless until the very last page and wondering what just happened?
From Susan May, the author readers call the new Stephen King, comes three page-turner thriller, suspense novels to keep you reading way past your bedtime.
Nobody's listening, so he'll just keep killing.
Three massacres in the same city, the same month. Two detectives discover a link that can't possibly exist. One journalist unwittingly holds the answers. Zero clues to a killer who sends a deadly message.
BEHIND THE FIRE
An ordinary couple stand accused of a heinous crime. They're the last people you'd expect to save the world. Are they criminals, heroes or completely insane? Or maybe all three? Something terrifying has led Bobby and Emily to leave their two young children with a sitter while they embarked on a crazy fire-bug spree. That something was an incredible secret they'd promised to protect.
Between life and death lies fate and one hell of a fight
A single mom struggles with unexplained lost time. An angry young woman makes a fatal mistake, taking them on a collision course that will shatter their lives to pieces.