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David Haynes

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David Haynes has been making up stories since he was very young. His first story entitled, "How the Greenhouse Actually Got Smashed, Dad!" got him into trouble and went unpublished. Nevertheless, the stories continued and the desire to write them down grew stronger.

David now writes stories in the genre he loves the most - the dark, mysterious and delicious world of horror! The two main influences on his writing are Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe who he considers masters of the shadowy world.

So far he has written a collection of sinister stories set on the dark streets of Victorian London and in the gloriously opulent Paris of the nineteenth century. Both represent his love for the history of our greatest cities and the dark deeds that we

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Ballet of the Bones
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Fantastic news! I finished second in Michael Brookes short story competition with my entry - The Truth.

You can read it here (along with the other stories)

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"David Haynes ditches the blood and gore here and turns his hand to old-fashioned ghost stories. As usual, I am in awe at the authenticity of the worlds he creates. The writing’s tone and atmosphere are spot on.

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date: December 07, 2014 09:00AM
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description: Happy Christmas, readers. My gift to you is a FREE* copy of my latest release, Maureen's Christmas Carol, a stand-alone novella that also forms book 4 of the Maureen series.

*Free for limited time on Amazon

It's Christmas Eve and Maureen is planning to spend the big day alone with a bottle of sherry, a selection box (or two) and The Snowman. But her friend Louisa has other ideas. She has someone she wants Maureen to meet; someone who might rid Maureen of her single status.

She resists Louisa's plea
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Maureen making her own Christmas Card? You might think 'that can only end badly.' You'd be right.
Throw in some slapstick, written with no small amount of skill, some Cliff Richard ( Christmas isn't complete without him) and a good laugh and you've go
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Jack Kerouac
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Rudyard Kipling
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

Kealan Patrick Burke
“Horror itself is a bit of a bullied genre, the antagonist being literary snobbery and public misconception. And I think good horror tackles our darkest fears, whatever they may be. It takes us into the minds of the victims, explores the threats, disseminates fear, studies how it changes us. It pulls back the curtain on the ugly underbelly of society, tears away the masks the monsters wear out in the world, shows us the potential truth of the human condition. Horror is truth, unflinching and honest. Not everybody wants to see that, but good horror ensures that it's there to be seen.”
Kealan Patrick Burke

Hunter S. Thompson
“You better take care of me Lord, if you don't you're gonna have me on your hands.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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