Basket Trap – Deborah Sheldon
2750 word Adventure
A tourist in a South American backwater must fight for her survival.
It took Helen about ten minutes to make a basket trap with her shirt. She knotted the sleeves and tied the shirt wide open to a couple of branches that she had rammed deep into the riverbed. In time, fish would swim into the shirt and be unable to turn around. She waded out. Standing waist-deep in the water had rinsed some of the blood and semen from her jeans and singlet, but for now, preserving forensic evidence was the least of her worries. She berated herself again for choosing such a remote area of Brazil for her holidays when she could just as easily have picked Rio de Janeiro or somewhere back home in Australia.
Cash Cow – Deborah Sheldon
4000 word Crime Fiction
CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE
A banker must negotiate dangerous dealings with her ex-boyfriend and the various criminals who are after him.
Sarah Ramsey glanced at the wall of perspex that separated her office from the rest of the bank, and saw Mitchell. Unbelievable, the balls on this bastard. Sarah leapt up, opening her door. “I told you to leave me alone,” she said. She’d kept her voice down, but even so, some of her tellers were looking over, concerned. Taking a breath, pressing a hand against the small of Mitchell’s back, Sarah whispered, “Let’s talk somewhere else.” He shrugged and sauntered outside with her. They weaved through the traffic snarl to the coffee shop across the road, took a table inside and placed their order.
Fair-Haired Boy – Deborah Sheldon
2200 words Ghost / Horror Story
A boy discovers the truth about his relationship with his disturbed mother.
William tickled the downy clutch of fur under the tabby’s chin. Charlie was so soft, maybe softer than Bunny, and if he could only locate Bunny, he’d compare the two. He decided to look again in his room because surely his favourite toy must be packed somewhere inside one of those boxes. He rolled onto his back, drowsing in the autumn sunshine, and Charlie curled herself against him. Then she stiffened and screamed. William lurched to his knees, yelling, “Charlie! Charlie!” but she was already streaking to the cluster of birch trees at the end of the yard, and on her heels was the bull terrier from over the road.
Griselda Gosh – Deborah Sheldon
1600 word Horror Story
A young girl’s fear of a ventriloquist doll has unexpected consequences.
Little Daughter was five years old and didn’t know about ventriloquist dolls so the thing sitting on the man’s knee appeared to be a deformed child. Its limbs hung slack and its mouth, frozen into a toothy grin, clacked open and shut like a beak. Little Daughter groped blindly for Mother, but Mother was sitting between her two children and was already holding hands with Big Daughter, and her free hand wouldn’t let go of her purse. Little Daughter hunched down in the seat. Mother leaned over and whispered, ‘You watch every second, these tickets cost money. Now sit up straight.’
The Day Death Wore Boots – A Collection of Ghost Stories
Find out if the miniature Western town is really a toy in the title story. Was Jed Holloway’s death really down to faulty brakes – The Haunted Rig? You want to go home from your holiday in the Costa Del Sol but is it safe – Spanish Midnight? Does it matter that you don’t believe in ghosts when the ghost believes in you – Shard?
From Pompeii to the Wild West, from Australia to the shores of the United Kingdom the spirit world may be closer than you think!
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