Book: Mystery and Misadventure - An Old Acquaintance by M. D. Hallcategories: Book, Ghost, Paranormal, Mystery, Horror, Anthology, Short Stories, Suspense, Supernatural
M. D. Hallabout this book: 'Mystery and Misadventure – An Old Acquaintance' follows on from the original 'Mystery and Misadventure'.
The idea for the original book came in parts. I wrote a short story 'The Ticket' as a result of receiving a parking ticket. I know that my podiatrist likes my stories and gave her a copy. When I returned a month later she confessed to passing it around all her friends who loved reading of the travails of Derek – a traffic warden. In particular, they wanted to know who, or what the old man in the story was ... was he the Devil, or something almost as sinister? That prompted me to write another six stories which added to 'Ticket' resulted in the first 'Mystery' volume.
The cover on that first volume shows, through a fog, a walking stick. This is the walking stick of the old man who appears in all seven of the stories.
The current volume has thirteen stories – I thought that to be apposite – six of them ghost stories, seven supernatural. Again the story arc is the old man ... Samuel Prite.
I enjoy writing about Samuel, and teasing the reader over his identity. In the final story of this volume the reader will discover if he is, indeed, the Devil. The cover shows, again through a fog or mist, a Morris Minor. The cover is in grayscale except for the rear lights of the car ... naturally, they are red! Of course, you will have guessed that the car belongs to Samuel. In one of the stories set in 1948, the car is brand new, but Samuel is still very old. As if his existence isn't bizarre enough, the eyes of this old man are deep blue.
The stories come to me without effort although I do research any facts with meticulous care. For instance, in the first story: 'The Clock' the weather and moon settings on Friday 13th September 1805, and Friday 13th December 1901 are just as they were for the area where my stories are set.
People have likened the stories to the Twilight Zone or Roald Dahl's 'Tales of the Unexpected' in type ... I'm not so arrogant as to say, in quality! This second book was chosen by Donovan's Bookshelf to the October (2014) 'Pick of the Month', which was nice.
The last review for my first volume (just appeared on Amazon) refers to romance and while it wasn't at the forefront of my mind I suppose she is right. There is a romantic element in one story in each of the volumes.
The reviews on Amazon will give a general feel as to how people have reacted. Like most indie authors I have not had the exposure to ensure a viral response to my books and they are unlikely to appeal to fans of young, lusty vampires. Also, if you like blood and guts you won't find it here. Unpleasant things do happen, and not always to bad people, but I like to give the reader enough to let their imaginations fill in the blanks because, no matter how good a writer I might be, I cannot compete with your imaginations.
If you visit my Facebook page you may be confused by the name: Te'an Universe. This is because I have also written a 600 page first volume in a science-fiction trilogy as well as a first volume of three novellas. The two series will link up in their final volumes. A number of people have been patiently waiting for the second volume of the big series, which was temporarily derailed by the anthologies.
By the way, if you like the Samuel's tales you should know six of the next thirteen tales are waiting.
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