The Flaming Horror Review - Anna

By P.J. Reed

Horror, Crime & mystery, Short-stories, Paranormal | eBook


The Flaming Horror Review is a collection of short stories based on the shocking appeal of the Victorian Penny Dreadfuls. The stories are set around the supernatural and strange events that befall a small town in the US called Thorny Ridge. Thorny Ridge is beset by troubles, unsolved murders, strange creatures and even stranger inhabitants. These short stories bear witness to the horrific events at Thorny Ridge and ask the reader to become a detective and piece together the mystery and end the suffering of its besieged inhabitants. Every month a new short story is published in the form of the next issue of The Flaming Horror Review. The first story is of Anna, a single mother working the late shift at the Candy Shack on Saturday night. This is the story of how her life was changed forever one Halloween when a strange man enters the Candy Shack and asks her if anything unusual has happened that night. She answers no little realising the events that were about to unfold. An Extract: 'The shop door jiggled announcing the arrival of a late customer. Anna did not look up from her magazine. She heard footsteps crossing the shop floor and silently slid her fingers to the panic button hidden under the countertop. No normal customers visited the Candy Shack after dark. The man coughed quietly and she looked up, smiling uncertainly, trying to avoid any potential problems. If strung out people had the munchies, they could take whatever they wanted. She was not going to die for the sake of a Hersey’s bar. The man looked out of place. He wore a grey suit and tie as if he had come straight from a business meeting. Anna’s customers were never suited. He stared down at Anna, grey steel eyes penetrating through her, ‘I’ll have one of those, please,’ he pointed to a selection of Halloween trick or treat candies, ‘Halloween, gets all the weirdo’s onto the street.’ He smiled at Anna, ‘any problems tonight?’ Anna gave him his change and shook her head. Since the six o’clock rush it had been deathly quiet. He nodded a thank you and left the shop, incongruously carrying the colourful tub of candies. Once safety outside the Candy Shack he put his hand to his earpiece and muttered, ‘Target five unharmed, moving to target six.’ The radio sputtered and crackled, ‘Roger that, move to target six.'


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The Flaming Horror Review is a collection of short stories based on the shocking appeal of the Victorian Penny Dreadfuls. The stories are set around the supernatural and strange events that befall a small town in the US called Thorny Ridge. Thorny Ridge is beset by troubles, unsolved murders, strange creatures and even stranger inhabitants. These short stories bear witness to the horrific events at Thorny Ridge and ask the reader to become a detective and piece together the mystery and end the suffering of its besieged inhabitants. Every month a new short story is published in the form of the next issue of The Flaming Horror Review. The first story is of Anna, a single mother working the late shift at the Candy Shack on Saturday night. This is the story of how her life was ch...


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P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MA from Bradford University. She writes dark speculative fiction based on sinister fantasy worlds where the natural crashes against the supernatural. P.J. also writes her own uniquely dark romantic poetry. Her work is found in many anthologies, prefaces, and speculative writing guides. As a counterbalance to her dark writing, P.J. also writes of the beauty and ethereal nature of the changing countryside in her series of haiku inspired collections. She has been published in a variety of international poetry reviews including the Hourglass, cattails, the Haiku Journal, Five 2 One and Zapp magazines. P.J. has also embraced the electronic age and had her work published in online Ezines such as Mythical Poetry. She has published one collection of dark romantic and Gothic horror poetry entitled The Wicked Come. Her first haiku collection, Haiku Nation, is a breathtaking collection of powerful modern haiku which challenges the reader to seek out and see the world afresh. Her latest haiku work entitled, Frozen Haiku is a thought-provoking collection of imaginative, visually stunning haiku. This collection explores the magical transformations, discoveries, and interactions with nature as winter tightens her grip over the sleeping landscape. Her Wordpress blog site is found at: https://pjreedwriting.wordpress.com/ P.J. Reed is on Twitter at:https://twitter.com/PJReed_author


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P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MA from Bradford University. She writes dark speculative fiction based on sinister fantasy worlds where the natural crashes against the supernatural. P.J. also writes her own uniquely dark romantic poetry. Her work is found in many anthologies, prefaces, and speculative writing guides. ...


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