Three versions of the same person all want to kill you… In the near future an impossible virus is giving people the ability to summon two identical physical copies of themselves into existence at any time and in any situation – sending them murderously insane as a side-effect. They call the infected 'Triplers'.
Harry Allwear is a specialist tracker working to eradicate the Tripler threat, a disciplined, highly-trained ex-soldier with an impressive kill record. He's also a Tripler himself, kept sane only by experimental medication, nicotine, and an obsession with the music of David Bowie. Distrusted by the boss of his organisation and considered a liability and a wild card by those in power, he's a Tripler hunting others of his kind in order to serve the greater good – and keep his sanity-preserving medication coming.
But when a Tripler bomber wreaks havoc in his home city of London, Harry discovers his tracker colleagues murdered, his organisation devastated, and the doctor who created his medication kidnapped. Out of meds, low on resources, and burning with a desire for payback, Harry learns the startling truth: the Triplers have unified into an army, and are engineering a radical new dawn for the planet Earth.
Harry may be the only one equipped to stop the coming war, but he has a serious problem: his sanity is already slipping away. And the most lethal enemy of all could be one of his own selves...
A month of sin from Flash Fiction Fest 2013
56 pieces of Flash Fiction from eight of December House’s authors.
Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth,Wrath, Envy, Pride and everything in between. Deadly Sins brings you the best Flash Fiction focussed on the worst of mankind.
In 1980 four friends finish their a-levels and set out on a camping trip, a last hurrah before they split up for university, jobs and the real world.
Paul, Janet, Nathan and Charlie all have dreams of how their lives will turn out. Paul is off to train as a teacher, Nathan to start work in a bank, Charlie to study archeology and Janet, well Janet's going to be a musician.
But Paul has a secret. He's been dabbling in magic, and as the trip tests friendships and tempers begin to flare he casts his spells.
Thirty years later nobody's life has turned out the way they planned and the friends have drifted apart. That is, until a drunken phone call sets in motion a chain of events leading Paul to revisit that summer under canvas and confront not just the choices he made but the impact they had.
A little magic, it seems, can be a dangerous thing.
"Hi, my name is unimportant, but I hurt people for a living"
Meet the Hitter, a man who started out hurting people for money and ended up killing them. But life for a professional killer is nothing like the movies, it's bloody, brutal and violent, and most of all it takes its toll.
So step inside the mind of the Hitter and hold on tight. It's going to be quite a ride.
"Guarino sends you through a dark, dark world with Hitter. I love books that show me slices of life that I will never see otherwise. I will never be a Hitter, but now I've seen a little of that life."
"An easy-reading narrative detailing a scarily believable description of a one path into the ugly underbelly of crime and the mind of the psychopathic perpetrator. It will leave you wondering."
Finn's childhood in the valley is idyllic, but across the plains lies a threat. Engn is an ever-growing steam-powered fortress, that needs a never-ending supply of workers. Generation after generation have been taken away, escorted into its depths by the mysterious and terrifying Ironclads, never to return.
The Masters of Engn first take Finn's sister, then his best friend, Connor. He thinks he, at least, is safe - until the day the ironclads come to haul him away too.
Yet all is not lost, Finn has a plan. In the peace of the valley he and Connor made a pact. A promise to join the mythical Wreckers and end Engn's tyranny.
But now on his own, lost and thwarted in the vastness of Engn, Finn begins to have doubts. Is Connor really working to destroy Engn?
Or has he become part of the machine?
From the Egypt of The Exodus, to an Egypt falling under an Islamic revolution...
A story that starts in 1350BC and ends tomorrow...
In 1350 BC the Israelites are driven from Egypt, their journey through the harsh desert of Sinai, their plight and their story to forever be remembered as the Exodus.
In modern day Sinai academic Richard Corrigan discovers a missing German tourist. Suffering from extreme dehydration and talking in an ancient language the tourist recites a prayer to the Egyptian Sun God as he dies.
In revolutionary Cairo, the mysterious Elizabeth St. George takes Corrigan to a city morgue. The corpse he is shown is fresh, yet to his trained eye looks to be 3,500 years old.
In a leafy London street Jihadist terrorists storm Corrigan's flat. It appears he's got too close... but to what?
As Corrigan begins to question how the past can truly affect the present he finds the question changes. Can the present affect the past? Has it already?
Sinai, a timeslip thriller for our time
Praise for Sinai
"Egyptology and quantum physics married up with historical fiction and all the attributes of a modern spy thriller: spies, religious fanatics, secret policemen and secret weapons… a ripping yarn."
- The Times
"Smethurst scores by never opting for the obvious path, and not laying on the time travel with a trowel. There remains a great sense of mystery."
- Birmingham Mail
Over 60,000 words of Flash Fiction from three fantastic authors.
"We Are Now" is an inspiring collection of Flash Fiction first published as part of Flash Fiction Fest and featuring a mix of stand-alone pieces and stories containing recurring characters, places and themes.
With many of its stories set in the future "We Are Now" has a science fiction feel yet covers many genres and has at its heart humanity. In total the 69 pieces show that we are all human regardless of technology, time or place.