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About Benjamin Langley
Benjamin Langley is a fiction writer with a love of mystery and horror. He lives, writes and teaches in Cambridgeshire, UK. Dead Branches is his first novel.
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I'm dreaming of a Dark Christmas
With every little tale that I read
When the knife blades glisten
And scared children listen
To hear slayers in the night
Where sugarplums can be gory
In the frightening elf story
And trees eat favorite household pets
There are gifts on all the pages
Of terror through the ages
Told of gift giving regrets
I'm dreaming of a Dark Christmas
With every little tale I read
While the bright lights shine
And the family dines In the soft fireplace glow
So hold loved ones tight
It's not Santa visiting tonight
Death lies buried in the snow.
The holiday season isn’t all fun and games.100 word holiday horror stories from dozens of authors. From dark and disturbing, morbid humor or guts and gore, these stories have it all.
How will you celebrate the holidays?
With drabbles from: Eleanor Merry, Cassandra Angler, Scott Deegan, Josh A. Murphy, Stephen Cords, David Bowmore, Tina Merry, J.B. Wocoski, James Lipson, Shawn M Klimek, Morgan Adams, Steven Bruce, RJ Roles, Belinda Brady, James Pyles, Sea Caummisar, Trisha McKee, Nerisha Kemraj, Benjamin Langley, Mike Ennenbach, Dawn DeBraal, Aaron Bader, David Simms, R.E. Sargent, Angela Glover, Chris Miller, David M Donachie, Kerri Jesmer, Wendy Cheairs David M. Donachie, Terry Miller, Jacek Wilkos, Stuart Conover, P.J Blakey-Novis, Kevin J. Kennedy, N.M. Brown, Sharon Frame Gay, Gabriella Balcom, Jay Bower, Thomas Sturgeon Jr, Gabor Eichammer, D.J Elton, Alanna Webb, Marie Chambers and Drew Starling!
This anthology, with twenty-nine brand new stories, spread over three volumes, reveals some of those sequel investigations. There are stories ranging from Holmes’s early days in Montague Street, through the legendary Baker Street years, and well into his retirement. We meet former clients with new problems, and former adversaries too. Sometimes we find that the published Canonical version of a story was only the beginning, while other tales in this collection reveal what was really going on during the original narratives.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “ . . . the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
The game is afoot!
Volume I – 1887-1890
The Swamp Adder (A Poem) – Rhea Belanger
A Gentleman’s Disagreement – Narrelle M. Harris
The Incident of the Frantic Countess – Arthur Hall
The Ten Orange Pips – Jayantika Ganguly
The Adventure of the Spectral Menace – Benjamin Langley
The Greek Murder – Katie Magnusson
The Adventure in Nancy – Stephen Herczeg
The Shadow of Malice – Brenda Seabrooke
The Adventure of the Upright Man – Nick Dunn-Meynell
A for Argentina – Mike Hogan
Many years later, when he receives a call in the middle of the night which interrupts one of these nightmares, Charlie realises that he must return to the witch’s domain. But there’s only one person worse than the witch in Wretford: his father. And if Charlie is going to solve the mystery, he'll have to delve into the deepest secrets of his childhood.
Imagine a slight change to our historical timeline where the Industrial Revolution heated up much quicker than expected. Technological marvels such as airships, trains, battleships, and submarines came into being much earlier. They were followed by steam-powered wonders such as mechanical men, flying ships, and even crafts capable of reaching the deepest fathoms of the sea or traveling to distant celestial orbs.
That is the world where Sherlock Holmes and his Boswell, Dr. Watson find themselves in Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk.
Tales of a Retro Future - Volume one of the anthology features stories with a focus on steampunk inventions. See airships cloud the skies, robotic swans on the attack, and apparatuses appear to raise the dead:
• The Silver Swan by Cara Fox (The Strange Case of Doctor Magorian )
• The Adventure of the Pneumatic Box by Robert Perret (For King and Country)
• The Adventure of the Portable Exo-Lung by GC Rosenquist (Sherlock Holmes: The Pearl of Death and Other Early Stories)
• The Body at the Ritz by Stephen Herczeg (Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells Volume 1)
• The Hounds of Anuket by John Linwood Grant (Occult Detective Quarterly)
• Treasure of the Dragon by Thomas Fortenberry (An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
• Sherlock Holmes and the Clockwork Count by Benjamin Langley (Dead Branches)
Plus an introduction by Editor Derrick Belanger
A Tribute to H.G. Wells, Stories Inspired by the Master of Science Fiction Volume 2: Visions of a Dark and Beautiful Future 2021 edition features all-new adventures inspired by his great work including The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and many more!
Selenites walk side-by-side with beasts padding uncomfortably along on two legs. We see, or do not see, invisible men scattering before lumbering tripods as we soar upwards into space, and hurtle ourselves through Time. There are utopias… and there are underworlds.
A Dark and Beautiful Future indeed.
His sister, feeling like an outcast from the family, finds solace in old friends and becomes a victim of horrendous bullying at school.
His mother is torn apart by conflicting emotions: concern for Ted given his life-long heart condition and anger about his disappearance which she diverts towards the local oddball.
Worst of all, his father, no longer able to contain his drinking problem, becomes convinced that the boy who has been returned is not his son at all, but a doppelganger with an insidious purpose.
As other missing persons return, Ted discovers where he has been and what he must do, but the sinister influences around his family threaten to tear them all to pieces before he can do what is necessary to bring their lives back to normal.
Having the power to transform can be a blessing and a curse. In some worlds, gold is a worthless commodity and you'd be better off if you could spin grass into chickens. In others, having the ability to shift types of matter with your mind will get you turned into a lab experiment.
What if, instead of a Miller's Daughter bargaining for gold, the story was about a pregnant woman in war-torn Iraq, bargaining for antibiotics for her sick husband?
Full of origin stories and sequels, ranging from humorous to horrific, you can always count on Timeless Tales to bring the unexpected.
Thomas remembers the summer of 1990 like it was yesterday: long hot days in the sun, watching the World Cup on TV… and his best friend John going missing.
He remembers how the silence of the adults had forced him to investigate what had happened to John with his brother and cousins. After all, who knew the hidden pathways and secrets of a village better than they did? Could it have been the local bogeyman Shaky Jake? Could one of the creatures on his deck of horror cards have been responsible? Could it be the dead tree with the sinister smile that watched him from a nearby field?
…or could the truth be closer to home and far worse than he could ever possibly have imagined?
HorrorAddicts.net is proud to present fourteen tales of murderous music, demonic performers, and cursed audiophiles.