A Short Story For Halloween

I’m very pleased to announce that my horror short story You Are Just A Guest is now available to purchase from most major eretailers just in time for Halloween!

This short story has its beginnings in my English Literature degree. I wasn’t not one of those students who started their work weeks beforehand. I was one of those students who started it the night before the deadline. So I pulled a lot of all-nighters, hammering away at a keyboard and trying to ignore all the weird noises that houses make in the middle of the night.

I wrote the first draft of this story for my course and so spent a couple of nights writing about houses making weird noises while my house made weird noises. I think I was in a state of self-fulfilling terror by the time I handed it in.

Since then I’ve tweaked it and cut it down and turned it into a leaner, hopefully spookier story. (In fact, the best comment I’ve received so far is from my brother, who said he was too scared to look at his mirror any more!) So please download a copy now and let me know what you think!

I hope you enjoy it.

6 thoughts on “A Short Story For Halloween

  1. mlatimerridley

    Loved the story James!! Great format to it as well with the blog and twitter feed! You got a hint from the twitter what was happening and then the blog explained more. Really kept you reading, wanting to find out what was happening now.
    I read this at night, nice and dark, when one should always read and watch spooky things! But I started hearing all sorts of noises afterwards that had me staring round wide eyed with my bed covers over my nose! (Sometimes I hate my imagination.)
    I’m always particularly affected by chilling tales involving mirrors and blank t.v screens. *shudder*
    (You ever play that game ‘Bloody Mary’? Ruined mirrors for me as a child, even now I always avoid looking into them if I have to get up late at night!)
    I particularly loved the image at the end!! Eep.

    We’ll be definitely looking out for more of your stuff! (Especially the dragons, even better if it were a chilling creepy story with dragons!! :D )

    1. James

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m also, somewhat sadistically, glad that it freaked you out. That was very much the goal.

      We didn’t play Bloody Mary because we were too scared! But mirrors are freaky, especially in the dark. Did you know they did a study where they put people in a very dimly lit room with a mirror and made them stare at it? Every participant began to see shapes and contorted faces and figures. That’s why mirrors are creepy.

      Don’t worry, the dragons are still on their way and I’ll definitely warn you before they arrive!

      (P.S. I hope you don’t mind but I edited your comment to remove your description of the ending as I thought it might be a bit of a spoiler.)

        1. James

          No need to apologise, I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes it becomes easy to forget that you’re having a conversation in a public space where everything is being recorded!


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