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David Haynes | 58 comments I've decided to tidy things up and put both my titles on one thread.

Mask of the Macabre by David Haynes

Mask of the Macabre 99c/77p

Four short tales of Victorian terror, each bound to the other by a chilling thread.

The date is January 10th 1866 and the snow is falling thick on the blood soaked streets of a murderous London…

Mask of The Macabre – A travelling magician appears with a gruesome show. But what secret does it hide?

Doctor Harvey – Bethlem lunatic asylum’s newest patient has a story to tell, but how will he tell it to his doctor?

Memento Mori – A photographer is given a mysterious assignment with disturbing consequences.

The New Costume. – The entertainer discovers a new string to his bow and gives the finest performance of his career.

(13,000 words in total)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mask-of-the-M...

http://www.amazon.com/Mask-of-the-Mac...

Ballet of the Bones by David Haynes

Ballet of the Bones

Four short tales of Victorian terror, each bound to the other by a chilling thread.

London suffocates under the festering reek of its bursting graveyards.

Ballet of the Bones – The curtain goes up on the greatest show on earth, but is everything all it seems?

The Bone House – The grave digger reflects on his morbid life, but what does his future hold?

The Engineer – His creations are beautiful, intricate and for a discerning palate.

Encore – The director makes ready for the end of the show.

13,700 words.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ballet-of-the...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BV6DR3Y?t...


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David Haynes | 58 comments Here's a belting review from a very kind reader!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian-style horror at its best April 5, 2013
By chrisam
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I did not read any reviews of this book. I bought it on the bases of the blurb and cover art alone. Not to mention the more than reasonable price. What a pleasingly unpleasant surprise. David Haynes can really write, and he transports the reader back to the Victorian era with its hypocrisy and barely concealed underbelly of squalor and horror. A chilling little book. I agree with the reviews I've read since: 5 stars all the way and encore


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David Haynes | 58 comments It seems reviewers are enjoying that alliteration in the title! Great to see the interaction and it makes reading reviews even more enjoyable


4.0 out of 5 stars Violent, vividly verbose Victorian vignettes, 13 April 2013
By David Wailing (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mask of the Macabre (Kindle Edition)
Mask of the Macabre is a must-read for lovers of Victorian fiction. It is so firmly set in that stylised world of gas lamps, squalor, wealthy gentlemen and horse-and-carriage that it feels like it might be a modern reprint of a genuine 'penny dreadful'!

The four stories dovetail very well into each other, working just as well as smaller tales. David Haynes writes in a style very fitting to the Victorian era, full of exquisite detail and pomposity. It took me a while to get used to such a dense and overly-descriptive style, which doesn't usually appeal, but towards the end I came to appreciate how it added flavour and texture to the stories. Although this is a short read, I was impressed enough to buy Ballet of the Bones which seems to be a stylistic sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Grotesque Gothic Novella, 13 April 2013
By David Savage - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mask of the Macabre (Kindle Edition)
Four fascinating feasts of fiction. Each epic enigmatically engrossing. Demonic dramas dynamically detailed. Complex characters cleverly created. Beastly butchery brilliantly broadcast. Another ace, author ascends


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David Haynes | 58 comments Why is it that Horror lit is sometimes disregarded as 'neither serious or legitimate' as works of modern literature? Recently I was having dinner with some relatives and we were discussing books.

I told them what I'd written recently and was greeted with. 'Ah yes, but when are you going to write another proper book?'

'A proper book?' I asked, confused.

'Yes, you know, a thriller or something. Even better' what about some romance!'

Hmph! It's not the first time something like that has happened either.

Until I started writing horror, I didn't know people felt like that. Disappointing and disappointed.


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David Haynes | 58 comments I am about half way through the first draft of my new book, entitled A Séance of Souls. It is likely to be novella length on completion and will continue my current theme of Victorian/gothic horror. The cover has been commissioned and will also continue the theme, although subtly different to reflect the length and also the differences in structure. I'm not giving away the plot but this story concentrates on one man and his family rather than from differing viewpoints.

There are some threads from both Ballet of the Bones and Mask of the Macabre in there, but as before, is also a stand-alone book.

I'm enjoying writing it again and the depth of material and inspiration from that era is incredible. Is it any wonder that many Victorian writers on both sides of the Atlantic wrote some truly wonderfully dark tales?

I,m not setting a release date in stone, just yet, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks Ill be able to give a more accurate time scale.


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David Haynes | 58 comments For the first and last time I’m running a free promotion on Mask of the Macabre. It runs from today until the end of play on the 5th May (3days)

Four short tales of Victorian terror, each bound to the other by a chilling thread.

The date is January 10th 1866 and the snow is falling thick on the blood soaked streets of a murderous London…

Mask of The Macabre – A travelling magician appears with a gruesome show. But what secret does it hide?

Doctor Harvey – Bethlem lunatic asylum’s newest patient has a story to tell, but how will he tell it to his doctor?

Memento Mori – A photographer is given a mysterious assignment with disturbing consequences.

The New Costume. – The entertainer discovers a new string to his bow and gives the finest performance of his career.

(13,000 words in total)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mask-of-the-M...

http://www.amazon.com/Mask-of-the-Mac...


message 7: by David (last edited May 10, 2013 10:30AM) (new)

David Haynes | 58 comments Hi,
I'm delighted to announce the release of my new book.

Seance of the Souls by David Haynes

Seance of the Souls

January 7th 1855

A boy weeps beside the grave of his dead father; his infant sister clings to his leg. It is another pitiless blow for a life already stained with blood.

When all those you hold dear have been taken from you, where do you find solace?

In the arms of the dead, for the living no longer care.

This is novella length and totals approximately, 21,500 words

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seance-of-the...

http://www.amazon.com/Seance-of-the-S...

Oh and it's 99p or $1.99


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David Haynes | 58 comments First review for Seance of the Souls and its a good one!

Five star review for Seance of the Souls.
In this novella length story, Matthew Napier tells of the deaths of his family. He and his sister visit a fortune teller and are given a short but very grim reading. Matthew turns to drink in his despair and the dark alleys and gutters of Victorian London infested by dreary and desperate creatures are very evocatively described. He comes under the insidious influence of members of a spiritualist church and discovers more about his family than ever he suspected.

The author creates a dismal London and gives us a character who is an evil genius. If you’ve read his earlier Victorian horror tales, you will recognise this man. The novella allows us the opportunity to go a little deeper into the main character than the short stories did, and we almost come full circle. I was struck by the fact that although we are dealing with séances and spiritualism, with the supposed terror and pain of the recently dead, the real evil in this story comes straight from the human soul. An atmospheric chiller!


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David Haynes | 58 comments I'm very excited to say I'm the "Author of the Day" on Indie Book Bargains.
http://www.indie-book-bargains.co.uk/...

Seance of the Souls is the featured new release too!


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David Haynes | 58 comments I've been featured on here today with Seance of the Souls!
http://www.ehorrorbargains.com


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David Haynes | 58 comments I've got a new blog, come over and take a look!

http://macabrecollection.blogspot.co.uk


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David Haynes | 58 comments Three reviews, all at the same time from someone who read the books one after the other!


Mask of the Macabre by David Haynes

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully macabre, May 23, 2013
By Martin - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Mask of the Macabre (Kindle Edition)
Mask of the Macabre sets the scene for your journey to the sordidly time-worn and foggy streets of Victorian London. You will soon wonder at the magician's grisly sleight of hand, and be shocked by the change of scene taking you within the walls of the Bethlem lunatic asylum. Then, the photographer's hideous job will make you wonder at the evil within human nature; depositing you, finally, with the entertainer - looking to expand his gruesome repertoire.
This is a deliciously gruesome collection of four short stories by David Haynes which intertwine cleverly. A compelling read!

Ballet of the Bones by David Haynes

5.0 out of 5 stars Chilled to the bone May 23, 2013
By Martin
Format:Kindle EditionWelcome to the Ballet of the Bones. Will you appreciate the hideous displays in The Gallery of Wax? If so, you will be ushered into The Bone House, to experience first hand the bare bones of the gravedigger's existence. You will then meet The Engineer, who will astound you with his baroque, intricate creations, operating with the strange grace of precision; yet somehow quite wrong. And finally, with an impending sense of doom, the Director will prepare you for the final curtain. Good luck!
This is the follow-up to Mask of the Macabre by David Haynes, and is a similarly atmospheric and intriguing collection. The stories are all related, but work just as well as stand-alone tales. Chillingly entertaining!
Don't miss Seance of the Souls too, the novella which follows on from these collections.

Seance of the Souls by David Haynes

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect penny dreadful May 23, 2013
By Martin
Format:Kindle EditionDear reader, let yourself be drawn, almost against your will, into the swirling, misty alleyways of the past to experience the Seance of the Souls. With a growing sense of unease, you'll recognise some of the hideous characters from your previous travails in the Mask of the Macabre and Ballet of the Bones.
Beginning with a funeral where Matthew Napier is confronting the loss of his family, you will stumble through the bloodstained gutters of Victorian London to witness a fortune teller giving him and his sister a bleak reading indeed. Once Matthew's sister is ripped from him too, his despair is complete; and he is vulnerable to the advances of pure evil. This is embodied by members of a spiritualist church, and he is confronted by the past in ways even you could not imagine. Is it magic, or murder? Who can Matthew trust? Amid corpses, skulls and ever-shifting masks, you will not know which way to turn. Be sure to keep your own senses sharp as those around you descend into madness!
David Haynes's novella carries on from his two short story collections, but also stands alone as a great read. Highly recommended.

Great reviews and much appreciated!


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David Haynes | 58 comments To celebrate the official launch of my new blog, complete with new banner, I've interviewed the hugely talented artist Michaela Margetts. Michaela designed all three covers for The Macabre Collection and the banner for the site.

http://macabrecollection.blogspot.co.uk/


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David Haynes | 58 comments I was interviewed by fellow writer, Michael Brookes on his blog yesterday. Thanks Michael! Here's the link,

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/201...


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David Haynes | 58 comments Just had this review for Seance of the Souls by David Haynes

Allow me to conjure up a review:

'Snow fluttered from the sky like feathers from dying angels' wings and awakened the street from its gloomy slumber....Its spire pointed into the gloom like a needle through the dirty linen of the street.' In this, the third in the Macabre Collection, author David Haynes proves once again he can set a scene in few words that is so atmospheric it makes you shiver. The descriptions, dialogue and overall feel of this novella are so authentic that it is an absolute pleasure to read.

The book sees the return of Fettiplace and his despicable acts are once again on display. What we find this time though is that there is some sort of horrific method to his madness. We follow the main character, Matthew Napier, right from the beginning with the death of his father and it is a miserable life that is narrated. What makes it so interesting and unsettling is that, like Matthew, the reader is in the dark much of the time. What lies around the corner is unknown and at several points I was almost dreading it!

At the end of the book and before writing this review, I was hovering between four and five stars. But then I read the last few pages again (where all is revealed in twists I did not see coming) and let the revelations sink in. In a delayed reaction (!) the power of this book hit me and I realised how everything had been leading up to the grotesque finale without me even realising it. The book is a five-star hit and I have been left with disturbing images ingrained in my mind. I cannot imagine this genre of story better written. Read...if you dare!


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David Haynes | 58 comments The Macabre Collection (Box set) by David Haynes

Macabre Collection Box Set

After much deliberation I decided to go ahead with the release of The Macabre Collection. It contains the three stories, Mask of the Macabre, Ballet of the Bones and Seance of the Souls.

It wasn't something I set out to do when I first started writing Mask, indeed when I started writing Mask I didn't know if I would do another similar story or if anyone would want to read it!


I have no idea if this will be a success but it is better value for money, being priced at £1.99 or $2.99.

My only concern is the risk of alienating those who bought the books separately but then again I've bought books and then found them for free or cheaper a few weeks later and it doesn't upset me. I shall keep my tin hat close, just in case and if it does upset people, I apologise.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D7EJQUQ

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D7EJQUQ

Michaela Margetts once again did a brilliant job, her website can be found here, https://www.facebook.com/MMillustrations


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David Haynes | 58 comments I've just received these three reviews!

My favourite part of them is the closing line of the review to Mask of the Macabre. That really made me smile!

Finished this wonderful series. Here's the review :)

Mask of the Macabre
5-stars
This book of four connected shorts is wonderfully atmospheric. It’s very easy, when reading David’s work, to imagine how crowded, depressing, and frightening Victorian London must have been – an eye-opener indeed.
The stories are well crafted, and waste no time getting to their gory essence yet still maintain a gripping mystery which leads you through the thrills at a startling pace. I remember thinking, ‘Do not open that dressing room door!’

Ballet of the Bones
5-stars
Excellent plotting makes for another riveting yarn, The Engineer being my own favourite of the stories. Ballet of Bones is written in such a way that it’s very easy to lose yourself and to lose track of time too; it’s an absorbing journey to places you should stay away from if you value your sanity.

Seance of the Souls
5-stars
This is the ultimate penny dreadful that is both enchanting and quite disturbing in a delicious kind of way. It follows the life of Matthew Napier and his tortured, tumultuous journey through a depraved London followed by his own ghosts while pursuing the truth of his family’s past.
I adored this series; not only the stories themselves and the clever way David has linked them all together, but the writing style too is utterly engrossing and a joy to read. I really can’t express how enjoyable and plausible that style is. Excellent.
More please.


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David Haynes | 58 comments On my blog I've interviewed horror writer, Michael Brookes about beards, the imp and his writing.


http://macabrecollection.blogspot.co.uk/


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David Haynes | 58 comments I was interrogated by top book reviewer Joo. Here's the link to her blog

http://joobook.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06...

I quite like the Mr Macabre moniker!


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David Haynes | 58 comments Ballet of the Bones by David Haynes

is now available on the Apple store!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id66...


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David Haynes | 58 comments Fantastic news!

I’ve been awarded 2nd place in the inaugural Cult of Me short story competition. My entry was titled, "Pick a Cup."

Follow the link to see the winning stories.

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/p/j...

I'm delighted!


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David Haynes | 58 comments I've blogged about creating the paperback version of The Macabre Collection

See the photos here,

http://macabrecollection.blogspot.co.uk/

The Book hasn't been linked on amazon but the links below take you directly to the paperback.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1490364498

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1490364498


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David Haynes | 58 comments I've done a bit of a blog about some of the locations from my forthcoming book, The Scream of Angels.


http://macabrecollection.blogspot.co.uk/


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David Haynes | 58 comments I had an incredible, beautifully written review for The Macabre Collection published here.
Take a look and see what it says.

http://digerbop.ca/2013/07/macabre/


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David Haynes | 58 comments The Scream of Angels by David Haynes

Montmartre, Paris 1901

The city is alive with the spirit of La Belle Epoque - the beautiful era. It is a decadent time of artists and thinkers, of poets and dreamers.

It is also a time for blood.

The mysterious aristocrat Lord Cresswell offers struggling writer, Robert Bishop a position within Le Grand Guignol theatre, an ancient establishment famed for its bloodthirsty productions and the tortured cries of terror from its patrons.

When he accepts the position, Bishop is thrown into a horrifying mystery. A mystery in which the demons from his own dark past threaten to destroy his soul.

UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Scream-of...

US/AUS - http://www.amazon.com/The-Scream-of-A...

I hope you enjoy it!


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David Haynes | 58 comments The Macabre Collection (Box set) by David Haynes The Macabre Collection is on sale at just 99c or 77p until the end of the month.


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David Haynes | 58 comments Just a reminder!

The Macabre Collection is still on sale at 77p or 99c.

On October 1st it will return to full price. Thank you.


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David Haynes | 58 comments The Macabre Collection
The Macabre Collection (Box set) by David Haynes
Just over a day to go with the sale!

Step onto the shadowy streets of Victorian London and experience the terror of The Macabre Collection.

Three Books of horror for your dark and delicious entertainment. Dare you step inside...?

The date is January 10th 1866 and the snow is falling thick on the blood soaked streets of London.

Take your seats for the magician's mysterious show in Mask of the Macabre.

Suffocate under the festering reek of London's bursting graveyards in Ballet of the Bones.

Witness the horror of a man driven to madness by the loss of those he holds dear in Seance of the Souls.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D7EJQUQ

http://www.amazon.com/Macabre-Collect...

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/eboo...

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id68...

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-m...


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David Haynes | 58 comments Some very exciting news I wanted to share, I've been featured in October's Sanitarium Magazine! It's a magazine dedicated to horror writing and features excellent quality short stories.
I'm featured in a short article called 'Where The Horror Happens' and I'm chuffed to bits!
In essence the article is about how and where I write but it also delves deeper into my thought process.
http://sanitariummagazine.com
Unfortunately it is a paid for publication so I can't share the article (unless you buy it if course) but I was very excited.


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David Haynes | 58 comments Since it's October, the month of Halloween, I've dropped the price of The Scream of Angels to 77p/99c. It will remain at that frightening price until the end of the month.

The Scream of Angels by David Haynes

Montmartre, Paris 1901

The city is alive with the spirit of La Belle Epoque - the beautiful era. It is a decadent time of artists and thinkers, of poets and dreamers.

It is also a time for blood.

The mysterious aristocrat Lord Cresswell offers struggling writer, Robert Bishop a position within Le Grand Guignol theatre, an ancient establishment famed for its bloodthirsty productions and the tortured cries of terror from its patrons.

When he accepts the position, Bishop is thrown into a horrifying mystery. A mystery in which the demons from his own dark past threaten to destroy his soul.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ECC4BD4

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECC4BD4

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-s...

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/eboo...

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id68...


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David Haynes | 58 comments Just a quick reminder.
The Scream of Angels is still reduced to 77p or 99c.
Here's what a couple of reviewers have said.

"If you can stomach a bit of blood and guts, you'll love this book. It's brutal, gripping, horrifying and so grubbily unsettling, you'll want to take a shower straight after finishing to cleanse yourself!"

"To sum up this is an excellent read and even though I have read The Macabre Collection and knew the goriness that was coming my way, it is one I had to "woman up" for and remind myself that I am NOT a wimp, and that this is not real and that nobody is lurking round the corner, waiting to come and get me in the night!"

"This is horror writing at its finest. The author takes us back to the beginning of the 20th century, we visit Paris where a theatre of the grotesque horrifies audiences with dramas of blood and agony."


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David Haynes | 58 comments Hi gang.
It's nearly Halloween and that means there's only a few days left of my sale. I've reduced my latest book to 77p/99c!

The Scream of Angels

The Scream of Angels by David Haynes
Montmartre, Paris 1901

The city is alive with the spirit of La Belle Epoque - the beautiful era. It is a decadent time of artists and thinkers, of poets and dreamers.

It is also a time for blood.


The mysterious aristocrat Lord Cresswell offers struggling writer, Robert Bishop a position within Le Grand Guignol theatre, an ancient establishment famed for its bloodthirsty productions and the tortured cries of terror from its patrons.

When he accepts the position, Bishop is thrown into a horrifying mystery. A mystery in which the demons from his own dark past threaten to destroy his soul.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ECC4BD4
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECC4BD4
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-s...

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/eboo...
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id68...


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David Haynes | 58 comments Fellow writer, and friend, Jonathan Hill has posted an interview with me on his blog. Some interesting questions were asked and there's a chance to win The Scream of Angels!

http://www.jhillwriter.com/2013/10/ha...


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David Haynes | 58 comments If anyone fancies a bargain Mask of the Macabre by David Haynes Mask of the Macabre Amazon have reduced it to 49p or 76c.
30 Goodreads ratings with an average of 4.13!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BDZYZP2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BDZYZP2


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David Haynes | 58 comments I've made a brief blog post which includes the cover for my work in progress, The Undertaker's Cabinet.

http://macabrecollection.blogspot.co.uk


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David Haynes | 58 comments Hi gang,

I'd like to mention the release of my new book - The Undertaker's Cabinet The Undertaker's Cabinet by David Haynes

It's priced at 77p for the next couple of weeks to say thank you to everyone who's supported me in the past. Thank you, Dave

In the town of Littleoak, Moreton & Sons have been burying the dead for over a century… and Bobby Moreton has had enough.

When Richard Jacobs arrives and makes him an offer for the business, the offer is so good he's tempted. But there's something about Jacobs' killer smile that doesn't feel quite right. In fact it feels wrong, horribly wrong.

There may be another way to save the business… Sell the exquisite antique cabinet that's been waiting in the cellar for another chance to do what it was created for.

Bobby soon realises that's a bad thing, a very bad thing indeed...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IIT1FDG
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IIT1FDG


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Chris Torretta (fluffwriting) | 4 comments I absolutely love horror but I'm in a book club with my family and none of them enjoy horror. I'm definitely in the wrong book club! But I have noticed that horror doesn't get the recognition it deserves! So sad!

David wrote: "Why is it that Horror lit is sometimes disregarded as 'neither serious or legitimate' as works of modern literature? Recently I was having dinner with some relatives and we were discussing books.

..."



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David Haynes | 58 comments Hi!
Yes it's true unfortunately. I suppose some of the more established names are well regarded but it's a tough nut to crack because there are fewer readers of the genre. It's a Shane because it's a very rich genre.


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David Haynes | 58 comments Hi folks,

I've had my cover back for A Gathering of Ghosts. If you'd like to take a look, it's on my blog. The post also contains details about the book. I'm going back to my traditional roots and it feels good!

http://macabrecollection.blogspot.co.uk/


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David Haynes | 58 comments Good morning!

I'm delighted to announce the release of my new book, A Gathering of Ghosts. For the next week or so it will be on sale at just 99c or 77p!
It was edited by David Wailing's Storywork Editing Services and the beautiful cover was created by Michaela Margetts.

http://www.amazon.com/Gathering-Ghost...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gathering-Gho...

A Gathering of Ghosts by David Haynes

In the shadows of Victorian England, the ghosts are gathering. Prepare to have your blood chilled by six tales of fear and phantasmagoria…

The Silent Bell: A doctor’s invention to prevent people being accidentally buried alive backfires on him with horrific results.

The Stonegate Manor Collection: Lord Feltham’s paintings are worth a fortune, but also conceal a gruesome tragedy that has yet more lives to claim.

The Haunting of Reverend Carson: The charlatan Musgrave makes a living pretending to talk to the dead, until he discovers his new client’s demons are more than merely spiritual.

The Last Waltz: Through that miracle of technology, the Zoopraxiscope, a lonely man’s long-lost love is brought back to life before his very eyes.

The Speaking Tube: John Barker is consumed with hatred for his malicious father and torments him with voices from hell, unaware of how close to the abyss he is himself.

The Ghost Train: Alone aboard an empty train running along a dead track, Godfrey witnesses the grotesque secret that is entombed beneath Paddington Station.

Go deeper into David Haynes’s world of the macabre…


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David Haynes | 58 comments I'm a huge fan of BBC Radio drama but have recently discovered the joys of the 'On Demand' feature on the iPlayer. I've always woken up very early compared to Mrs H and in the past have been accused of huffing and puffing, tossing and turning until I've made sure she's awake. This, of course, is completely true, although don't let her hear me admit it.

As a result I started listening to the radio in an attempt to lie still and fall back to (fat chance) sleep. I got bored with Farming today, although it's a fine programme in its own right, and so I found the iPlayer. And what a find it was.

Under the cloak of darkness I put my earphones in and make my choice. This morning I listened to an adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu's classic gothic vampire tale - Carmilla.
It was wonderful and extremely atmospheric. From the echoed footfalls in the castle to the howling wind and the clattering of horses hooves it was excellent. The cast was impressive too.
David Warner (Original Omen film), Kenneth Cranham and Celia Imrie, among others, only added to the experience.

There's no way I'd fall asleep during that!

I don't know if anyone outside of the UK can listen but here's a link anyway.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016q2l5

I hope to be in a position to publish Beneath the Boards in early February.


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David Haynes | 58 comments Hi, I'd like to announce the release of my new book -


Beneath the Boards by David Haynes

Beneath the Boards

Beneath Jim Stokes’s shirt is a scar, one last horrific reminder of his old job in the police force.

Beneath the everyday normality of the village Stormark is a shameful secret, haunting people’s dreams.

Beneath the floorboards of the lake house is a hatch, sealed and forgotten for years until Stokes opens it up.

Beneath them all is blackness, and unheard screams, and scratching sounds in the night…

…and her whispers.

It's available on Amazon for 99c/99p and here's a multi region link.

http://authl.it/B00T55085S


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David Haynes | 58 comments Sorry for the blatant boast but I don't get chance very often.
Beneath the Boards reached the lofty heights in the below chart in the UK.

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#4 in Books > Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
#38 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Horror

That's not too bad! It reached number 2 earlier.
Thank you for your indulgence.


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David Haynes | 58 comments Is this the best review in the world, ever?

This is forA Gathering of Ghosts

"Really, really good read. I would put this up there with my E.F.Benson and M.R.James ghost story books, in fact after reading one of the stories (I read in bed), I was very apprehensive of putting my Kindle under the bed in case there was "something" there waiting to grab my hand!!!! Excellent value."


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