Twenty small tales of our twisted world, our haunted lives, our fearful hopes and our strange dreams. From time-traveling libraries to haunted bathtubs, via a barricaded Jenga tower and a crime scene for insects, these bothersome stories spin a web across your brain and wait for your mind to be caught and devoured.
Fully illustrated by Emily Ingle. Limited edition print copies.
Runner-up in the Best Short Story Collection category at the 2016 Saboteur Awards. Published by Sleepy House Press
"A brilliant, haunting and surprising collection, beautifully illustrated." ~ Saboteur Award Voter Comment
"Dark, twisted, surreal, bleakly comic: and yet Hartley's stories always hold tight to a kernal of truth about what it means to be human..." ~ Saboteur Award Voter Comment
The holidays are coming and midwinter’s getting bleak. We all need a little comfort and joy, comfort and joy to get us through the dying year. So here it is, this thing called Christmas; a great, sticky web of tinsel to tickle us to sleep and keep us warm.
But Christmas is cold. Christmas is unforgiving. Christmas has a dark side. Anti-Santas stalk naughty children, gift-wrapped nastiness lurks under trees, forgotten people find their own twisted ways to celebrate and commiserate.
A macabre flash fiction collection of a different yuletide. Vengeful spruce, hypnotic carollers, one angry innkeeper, and a partridge no longer in its pear tree. These are the whispers in Santa’s nightmares. This is Silent Night played backwards, the black hole of Bethlehem. Manger danger. Christmas with a capital X.
Thirteen stories which chart new journeys across the uncanny valley where time disperses and space evaporates. Visit the hinterland where America borders the UK, meet the vengeful ghost who haunts the wrong people, and jump the fence into next door's garden to fetch a lost football.
Anything can happen. Nothing is what it seems. Your mind is not your own.
Limited edition haunted chapbooks published by Gumbo Press. Only the very last few copies of this rare collection remain, or seek out the digital edition
"By turns hilarious, sinister and poignant, these postcards from the fringes highlight the absurdities of the normal. An impressive debut indeed."
Jonathan Pinnock, author of 'Dot, Dash' (Salt, 2011)