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From Light to Dark and Back Again

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A collection of very short stories to suit every mood
Published January 23rd 2017 by Chapeltown
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Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the title suggests, this collection of flash fiction is a veritable chiaroscuro of stories, ranging in tone from the gently humorous to the out-and-out sinister. Many of the stories are retellings of old favourites, offering new perspectives or alternative outcomes: ‘My Life’ and ‘Changing My Mind’ are told from the viewpoints of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, respectively; ‘The Outcome’ gives the fairy godmother’s account of the Cinderella story; and ‘Calling the Doctor’ sees an ailing pat ...more
Val Penny
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I must immediately make clear the Allison Symes, the author of From Light to Dark and Back Again is a good friend of mine. However, she as well as anybody knows I am nothing if not blunt! So when she sent me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review, I did tell her that is what she would get!

Allison writes in various forms: fairytales with bite, novels, short stories, poems and plays. She is based in Eastleigh and is a member of the Association of Christian authors and the Society of A
Jim Bates
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first thought when I finished this wonderful collection was that this author truly has a creative mind. The forty-nice flash fiction stories are succinctly told with an eye to detail and not a wasted word. Historical fiction makes it's appearance under the guise of Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein. Some stories rework known fairytales to a good effect and some are fairytales made up by the author herself. Domestic violence is dealt with as is life after death. The author has a unique way ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this little book of short stories and flash, which I picked up at a bookstall. Fairytales with a twist and ghost stories. My favourite ghost story was 'Why Stop Now'.
Allison also writes with humour, as in 'Job Vacancy'. Not reasonable that any wizard should have to wait for his castle to dry out because his previous assistant used magic to clean it.
Paula R. C. Readman
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of flash fiction. Ideal for reading in airports, on trains or while traveling.
Alyson Rhodes
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fifty flashes of fable,fantasy and felony with a dash of humour -
This is Allison Symes’ début Flash Fiction collection from indie publisher Chapeltown Books. It is the type of book which you could either dip in and read as you please or sit down and enjoy a marathon of micro stories with a coffee. Writing so briefly and so well as Allison does, is no mean feat. She traverses the familiar terrains of fairy stories and turns them upside down, giving a new slant to the fables. There are gritty sto
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I write non-fiction articles for Chandler's Ford Today, an online community magazine.

I focus on reviewing local theatre productions, writing items of interest to the writers' community, and articles such as Creativity is Good For You, How to Spot a Real Writing Competition and so on.

Fiction wise, I have been published online and in print by Cafelit, Bridge House Publishing, and Chapeltown Books.

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