Nine Short Stories
From the author of Hyenas and Things Not Made, a collection of nine short horror stories of loss, loneliness and isolation. A man finds an old shoe box in his garden. Inside, a doll-sized corpse. A huge creature manifests at the end of Elbow Street but only Timothy Cleg can see it. In the trenches of World War I, a lone infantryman encounters the end of innocence. As her contract comes to an end, an office temp begins to lose first her senses then her mind.
These and five more tales of terror will make your flesh crawl and your heart break. “… a jagged and chilling tale.” Tangent Online on Today is Not. “… one of those stories that gets more chilling as it goes on.” SFRevu on Today is Not. “… a very taut and very well-written suspense piece… a reflection on what makes us real. Recommended.” Tangent Online on Written in Water. “… recalls the tone and feel of many of the most vivid pieces written about World War I.” Tangent Online on Everything but Wretchedness Forgotten.
Trigger warning: contains references to child bereavement.
Michael Sellars was forced to begin writing stories as a child when Liverpool’s libraries struggled to satisfy his appetite for horror, fantasy and science fiction. He has contributed stories to All Hallows, Murky Depths, Nocturne, Fusing Horizons, Morpheus Tales, the Best Tales of the Apocalypse anthology from Permuted Press and the From the Trenches anthology from Carnifex Press.
The Liverpool Literary Agency
“Sellars evokes both classic literature and classic horror in this post-apocalyptic debut novel…genuinely frightening… exhilarating… and a stirring addition to the zombie canon.” Kirkus Reviews.
Five months ago, the apocalyptic ‘Jolt’ turned the majority of humankind into the atavistic savages 27-year-old Jay Garvey calls ‘Hyenas’ on account of their insane, shrieking laughter.
A terrified Jay is tempted from his bolthole in a Liverpool book shop when he learns the whereabouts of the only boat that hasn’t been scuttled by the deranged militia leader known as Sergeant Pepper.
As a brutal winter closes in, Jay, and the small band of survivors he collects along the way, must avoid death and capture to take advantage of this single, slim window of escape.
THINGS NOT MADE
When book lover Holly Oliver’s drink is spiked on a Friday night out, she becomes separated not only from her best friend, Melanie, but from reality itself.
Holly is pursued through the deserted streets of an almost unrecognisable Liverpool by ‘the man in the green hoodie’.
But this is only the beginning of a journey into outlandishness and danger.
Realising her friend is missing, Melanie sets off in pursuit.
But where has Holly gone? What does the man in the green hoodie want? And why has he chosen bookish Holly Oliver as his victim?
A story of friendship, books and cosmic horror from the author of Hyenas, described by Kirkus Reviews as “genuinely frightening… exhilarating. Evokes both classic literature and classic horror.”
Sellars evokes both classic literature and classic horror in this post-apocalyptic debut novel…genuinely frightening… exhilarating… and a stirring addition to the zombie canon.
… a very taut and very well-written suspense piece… a reflection on what makes us real. Recommended.
Written in Water
… recalls the tone and feel of many of the most vivid pieces written about World War One.