Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre
Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.
A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.
In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.
A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?
Excerpt from The Devil’s Song
I cover my eyes. “You’re not real. You’re not real!” I scream, stumbling backwards into the kitchen. The radio springs to life, and my favourite Vangelis track Tales of the Future begins playing at an ungodly volume. I reach for the volume control–but the radio is flung sideways out of my reach. It is impossible to cover both my eyes and ears, so I grasp the power cord and yank it free. The only sounds left are my beating heart, rapid breathing, and the continual chanting of the crows.
When I dare look again, the bureau is positioned under the living room window, my laptop upon it, and a ream of paper to the left. My writer’s mug–the one I smashed in joy when the last manuscript was finished–sits in one piece to the right. And a fire now blazes in the hearth, throwing an envelope of burning heat in my direction.
A voice–the one belonging to the scared author–has confirmed my worst nightmare is back. But a new, firmer, stronger voice tells me I cannot let history repeat itself. The new voice’s anger rises from deep within me and pushes away the fear that has choked me into silence. I cannot let my villain return to printed form.
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About The Author
A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later in the year.