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About David Wailing
I was born in Nineteen Davidey-Dave (all the best people were born that year!) and live in London. I write contemporary fiction, a blend of mystery, thriller and humour.
My most recent novel is Under, a horror/mystery set on the London Underground. Signal Failure, a prelude short story, is available for free on Amazon.
As a native Londoner, I have travelled on the Tube thousands of times, but it always feels like inhabiting a slightly different world to the city on the surface. The facts and figures of the Underground are just as fascinating as its mysteries and shadowy corners. I hope my book does justice to both aspects.
I have five other novels available as Kindle ebooks: Auto, Auto 2, Bang, Duallists and Fake Kate.
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Titles By David Wailing
The train stops again, stuck in a tunnel between Tube stations. And then the lights go off. The motors cut out. Silence from the driver.
All the doors slide open at the same time, exposing the passengers to the tunnel.
To let them out?
Or to let something in?
Signal Failure is a 12,000-word short story set in the London Underground. It is a standalone story and also a prelude to the novel Under.
Cover image: copyright © tubesnaps 2016. Reproduced with kind permission.
Digital detective Joanna O’Donnell’s investigation into a dangerous hacktivist group has ended with her partner dead.
But death is no longer the end. Your auto can keep running after you’ve gone, interacting with those you left behind. So Greg Randall’s auto – Greg A – lives on as a digital echo of the man Joanna loved. The man she got killed.
Joanna discovers Greg A holds the key to the catastrophic revolution the hacktivists have planned. When every auto in the world will betray its user, exposing all secrets publicly on the internet.
A revolution that history will call the First Auto War…
Auto 2 is the second full-length novel in the Auto Series.
This book includes two previously published stories, Hotspot and Tag.
In 2022, everyone uses an auto. This sophisticated ‘super-app’ is a digital personal assistant which acts on your behalf. It knows your personality and habits – and mimics them. It learns from your behaviour – and copies you.
Digital detective Joanna O’Donnell has heard stories about autos going wrong, twisting people's lives inside out. She doesn’t believe it. Until it happens to her.
Unable to trust her own agency, Joanna secretly investigates and discovers these incidents may be part of a bigger, more terrifying story.
Michael Walker – the man who invented the auto, and public enemy number one – is back...
Auto is the first book of the Auto Series, and includes five previously published stories - Relationship Status, Timeline, Friend Request, Backup and Copy.
Auto won the Overall Best Book of 2013 and Best Science Fiction categories in the Self Published and Small Press Author Awards for 2013.
Contributors are alphabetically, DM Andrews, Tim Arnot, RJ Askew, Baarbaara, Andrew Barrett, Kath Brinck, Michael Brookes, Alexandra Butcher, DD Chant, Mel Comley, Lexie Conyngham, Raymond Daley, Ian Ellis, Robert Franks, Cornelius Harker, Mark R Faulkner, Vic Heaney, Jonathan Hill, Darren Humphries, Andrew Lawston, Stephen Livingston, Will Macmillan Jones, M T McGuire, Kath Middleton, Marc Nash, Harry Nicholson, Jenny Shaw, Rosen Trevithick, Simon Turpin, David Wailing, Jim Webster, Philip Whiteland.
They think they’re infiltrating another disused Tube station tonight, but he hasn’t told them the truth.
Jake is haunted by a secret. An untold history that connects Black Death plague pits, the Necropolis Railway, the Moorgate disaster and some of London’s darkest legends.
Tonight, Jake will discover what’s under the Underground. What’s under us all.
Under is a horror/mystery novel set on the London Underground, from the author of the Auto Series.
The short story Signal Failure, a prelude to Under, is free to download as an eBook from Amazon.
Nobody knows who Jay is as he rides through London, drive-by hacking into people’s wi-fi. He only has one night to create a piece of tag-fiction to rival ¢entø, the most famous tagraffiti artist of all time. And like ¢entø, Jay has to stay anonymous.
The clock is ticking. The police are in pursuit. If they find out what Jay’s real name is…
Tag. You’re it.
Tag is a 13,000 word story and is part of the Auto Series.
One hundred years in the future, enormous mining vessels scour the surface of the Moon, prospecting for valuable metals and minerals. Trapped onboard for months at a time, the crew use drugs, virtual environments, gambling and pitfights to make life bearable.
Joel Miller doesn’t need any of those things. He has a new reason to live: an enemy. A private war to the death.
But Miller has no idea that there’s a hidden side to his duel. The hate keeping him alive is the most valuable commodity the Moon has to offer...
'Duallists' is a 50,000-word science fiction thriller from the author of the Auto Series.
Like all young clubbers in 2022, Siobhan and her girlfriends rely on their autos to help them enjoy an exciting night out. Especially when it comes to meeting boys. Without your auto to match profiles and calculate compatibility, how else can you find out if someone’s Hot/Not?
But there are some things, and some people, an auto can’t deal with. Siobhan discovers that when the online world is ripped away, reality can burn…
Hotspot is a 7,000 word story and is part of the Auto Series.
Derek Thorpe was her biggest fan in the old days. Not any more. With the help of a private detective agency, Derek plans to expose AB Foster during the launch of her ground-breaking ieBook.
Expose her as a fraud. A copy of the original author. Her name, her characters and her writing style have all been stolen. Derek knows for a fact that this can’t be the real AB Foster.
Because he killed her, four years ago.
Copy is a 20,000 word story. It is part of the Auto Series and is included in the novel Auto.
He had just got used to the reversed seasons in Australia when Nova began, shoving boring old Autumn out of the way and pushing in between it and Winter. A new season of unrelenting starshine and luminous nights.
For Duncan, it was the most exciting thing ever! All the rest of the world wanted to know was: when will Nova end?
And will the world end with it?
Fifth Season is a 5,000-word short story. It includes the short story Nineteen Seventy-Steve plus a selection of drabbles.
In 2022, everyone has an auto, a personal assistant which acts like a digital version of you. But what if your auto doesn't get switched off after you die?
These unliving autos continue to interact with families and friends, comfort those left behind and keep their histories alive. They're an online backup of an entire life.
When Janine Kinglake visits her parents' graves, she expects them to be resting in peace. Not for her father's auto to have such frightening plans for its own future…
Backup is a 10,000 word story. It is part of the Auto Series and is included in the novel Auto.
But this friend request is from an anonymous stranger, whose relationship status claims he’s dating Larissa Brady. Nick’s wife.
It’s a mistake. It must be. Nick and Larissa are hosting a tenth anniversary party, a happy celebration of a steady marriage. But what if his auto is right, and his wife is having an affair with one of the guests?
How well does Nick know his online friends? And how many have dirty secrets, that only their autos could expose?
Friend Request is a 20,000 word story. It is part of the Auto Series and is included in the novel Auto.