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About Paula R C Readman
Paula R. C. Readman was born in Essex and has family roots in Whitby, North Yorkshire. She's married. After leaving school with no qualifications, she worked in low-paying jobs until redundancy changed the direction of her life. Encouraged by her husband, she taught herself how to write from books purchased from eBay.
In 2010 her first short story was published by English Heritage in an anthology. In 2012, she was the overall winner in the Writing Magazine/Harrogate Crime Festival Short Story competition. Since then she has had over other a hundred short stories and flash fiction published in various anthologies and online.
Paula writes mainly about the darker side of life in her gothic crime tales. Her first gothic crime novella is The Funeral Birds published by Demain Publishing and a collection of short dark tales published by Bridge House called Days Pass Like A Shadow. Her first full-length gothic crime novel, Stone Angels was published by Darkstroke Books in August 2020 and they also published her second gothic crime novel, Seeking the Dark in May 2021 and The Phoenix Hour in 2022.
Paula is busy writing a follow-on novel to The Funeral Birds called, As The Crow Flies. two graves and one body.
You can catch up with all her latest news at https://paularcreadmanauthor.blog/or join her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube, BookBub
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Some fantastic writing was offered and the most of it was potentially publishable. We chose the pieces in this collection because they told a good story, had a strong voice and were imaginative in their interpretation of the theme.
This anthology of literary fiction is so apt for the 21st Century.
Investigative journalist, Jacob Eldritch, is obsessed with solving the mystery of the Dead Men Sleeping, a series of unexplained deaths, but he isn’t aware that the Dark force is gathering strength.
One evening, he spots a man leading a white-haired beauty through the crowds at his local bar. A few days later, he sees her again at a hotel, in the company of a different man. A week later, both men are dead and the police add their names to the unexplained death list.
While conducting some background research at the library, a young girl doing her homework gives Jacob an unexpected clue. This turns the mystery of the Dead Men Sleeping on its head when he discovers they’re linked to the death of a Whitby ship owner two hundred and twenty-four years ago.
Jacob must fight the Dark as it closes in, but will he survive?
Artist, James Ravencroft, thinks so. As his reputation as a painter grows, so does his need to find the next perfect model. They don’t just pose for him, they become his still life – his Stone Angels.
Haunted by his dead mother’s notoriety, James goes in search of an agent to give him what he wants: international prominence. But then, James discovers that his agent, Basil Hallward, has his own agenda. Now James must turn the tables and destroy the one person who can give him the publicity he seeks for his Stone Angels paintings.
Finally after ten years, he achieves his ambition to have a solo art exhibition for nine of his paintings, but the police are closing in on him.
James has one last chance to complete the tenth painting, but has he left it too late?
What doesn't kill me, might make me kill you!
30 women authors from around the world were challenged to write about The One That Got Away. Here you'll find tales of unrequited love, blind dates gone wrong, stalkers and their prey, cursed guitars, alien symbiotes, sinister letters, and bitter acts of revenge. Dive into murky depths and discover what hides inside the minds of women scorned..
Book 3 in the Kandisha Press Women of Horror Anthology Series
#frightgirlwinter recommended reading!
With Foreword by Gwendolyn Kiste (Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of The Rust Maidens)
Edited by Jill Girardi
Featuring stories from: Carmen Baca, Ushasi Sen Basu, Demi-Louise Blackburn, Ashley Burns, R.A. Busby, Amira Krista Calvo, Dawn DeBraal, Shawnna Deresch, Ellie Douglas, Amy Grech, KC Grifant, Meg Hafdahl, Rowan Hill, Stevie Kopas, Michelle Renee Lane, Catherine McCarthy, Villimey Mist, Mocha Pennington, Faith Pierce, Janine Pipe, Lydia Prime, Paula RC Readman, Marsheila Rockwell, Lucy Rose, Rebecca Rowland, Hadassah Shiradski, Yolanda Sfetsos, Barrington Smith-Seetachitt, J Snow and Sonora Taylor.
#FRIGHTGIRLSUMMER recommended reading!
Featuring chilling tales from:
Michelle Renee Lane
Paula R.C. Readman
Edited by Jill Girardi
With foreword by Doc Holocausto (Evilspeak Magazine, Harvest Ritual, Creepy Crawls)
Can the past save the future?
In 2055, humanity is on the brink of extinction after the misuse of an Intellectual Improvement drug.
Doctor Louise Brimstone is facing mounting pressure from Professor Davidson. She must find a way of creating genetically matching babies for the wealthy clientele at Hartley Research Centre of Excellence.
Louise wants to rectify the problem by the use of a time machine hidden in the cellar at the centre, but she is only able to travel back to the year 1900. In the past, Louise soon succumbs to the charms of Sir Charles Aldringham.
Aldringham’s mission to destroy two wealthy families who defrauded him is nearing completion, but first he draws Louise into his depraved blackmailing schemes – leaving her to dispose of the mutilated bodies of young women.
Will Louise discover the means to save the future by harvesting eggs from the past?
Time is ticking, but for whom?
Christmas tales of darkness and horror to fill your stockings this holiday season. What horrors lie in wait on this special night? What macabre monstrosities might manifest? What evil lurks in every rooftop display?
Terrifying Christmas tales never told before.
The Carolers by A.L. King
Christmas Hack by Alice Lam
Last Christmas by C.L. Williams
A Carol by Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer
Flashing Christmas Lights by Charlotte O’Farrell
Christmas Forest by Cindar Harrell
Advent by Cindy O’Quinn
Merry Christmas, Mummy by D.M. Burdett
Adeste Fideles by David Bowmore
The Fire Before Christmas by Dawn DeBraal
O Christmas Tree by Derek Dunn
Coming to Town by Eddie D. Moore
Next Christmas Eve by G. Allen Wilbanks
One Santa, Two Santas by Gabriella Balcom
A Very Naughty Boy by Hari Navarro
It’s That Time of Year by Helen Power
Have Yourself A Happy Little Deathwish by J.B. Wocoski
Deep in the Grotto by Jason Holden
A Bequest to the December Saint by Jefferson Retallack
The Wish by Joel R. Hunt
No Comfort and Joy by Kelly A. Harmon
Ghoul Crematorium by Mark Mackey
Sins of the Snow by Matthew M. Montelione
North Pole by Michael Balletti
A Thoughtful Gift by Michael D. Davis
I’ll be Home by N.M. Brown
Bloody Red Tinsel by Neen Cohen
The Tree of Souls by Nerisha Kemraj
Silent Night by Nicole Little
The Perfect Gift by Paula R.C. Readman
Sins & Needles by Peter J. Foote
Foreword by Raven Corinn Carluk
Rudolph the Avenger by S. Gepp
Eat the Damn Candy Cane by Sam M. Phillips
All I Haunt for Christmas by Shawn M. Klimek
The Greatest Gift of All by Shelly Jarvis
Weihnachten by Stephen Herczeg
Going For the Gold by Stuart Conover
Holly Day’s Last Christmas by Sue Marie St. Lee
The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Terri A. Arnold
Dear Santa by Terry Miller
Beelzebub by Umair Mirxa
The Good List by Wondra Vanian
Just Another Dead Dolly by Zoey Xolton
Authors who have contributed to this edition are Mehreen Ahmed, Susan Sams Baggott, Gabriella Balcom, Amanda Jane Bayliss, David Bowmore, Bernie Brown, Cheryl Burman, Eva Marie Cagley, Steve Carr, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Tim Curry, P. C. Darkcliff, Dawn DeBraal, John Drudge, J. D. Edwards, Natalie Gasper, Nancy Lou Henderson, Kerri Jesmer, Shawn M. Klimek, Tim Law, Ruth Littner, Lynn Miclea, Lady C. E. Miller, Jack Mulcahy, P. A. Oneil, Shiloh Osheen, Lisa H. Owens, A. L. Paradiso, D. A. Ratliff, Paula R. C. Readman, Bruce Rowe, Mark Scheel, Sue Marie St. Lee, Ann Stolinsky, Christine Tabaka, Mike Turner, Virginia Watts, and Justin Wiggins.
We all have a fascination for things that scare us—the thrill, the heart-stopping jump scares, the terrifying suspense. From the youngest age, we’re fascinated by the fiendish and furry, the creepiest critters, the naughty and the nasty. Horror is all around us, from the clowns who hide under our bed, to the things we might drag up from the brook at the bottom of the garden, and the zombies who crawl our streets.
As author, Megan Feehley, so beautifully says; there is beauty just before the terror…a silken breath taken before the spill of righteousness…the warmth of a licking flame preceding the scald.
So, close the drapes, check the locks, turn on all the lights and get comfortable. But don’t close your eyes…
Never close your eyes...
Each story in this little volume is the right length and quality for enjoying as you sip the assigned drink in your favourite Creative Café. You need never feel alone again in a café. So what's the mood today? Espresso? Earl Grey tea? Hot chocolate with marshmallows? You'll find most drinks in our drinks index.
Abi Marie Palmer
Amber M. Simpson
Beth W. Patterson
Constantine E. Kiousis
Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Eddie D. Moore
G. Allen Wilbanks
Gary Smith Jr.
Glenn R. Wilson
Harry J. Canis
Jacqueline Moran Meyer
James S. Austin
Joel R. Hunt
Kathy Slater Neilsen
Paul J. Scribbans
Paula R.C. Readman
Raven Corinn Carluk
Rowanne S. Carberry
Shawn M. Klimek
Stacey Jaine McIntosh
Trisha Ridinger McKee
As ever, the interpretation has been varied: the Island of Mull, thinking about things, often quite deeply, the odd mulled drink and even something used in making a book – how appropriate again. You will find a variety of styles here and an intriguing mix of voices. There is humour and pathos, some hard-hitting tales and some feel-good accounts. All to be mulled over.
It’s that time of year again: story time. Enjoy!
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