Steven Jenkins was born in the small Welsh town of Llanelli, where he began writing stories at the age of eight, inspired by ’80s horror movies and novels by Richard Matheson. During Steven’s teenage years, as well as being a black-belt kickboxer, he became a great lover of writing dark and twisted poems—six of which gained him publications with Poetry Now, Brownstone Books, and Strong Words. Over the next few years, Steven spent his free time writing short stories, achieving further publication with Dark Moon Digest. His terrifying tales of the afterlife and zombies gained him positive reviews, particularly his story, Burning Ambition, which also came runner up in a Five-Stop-Story contest. Steven lives in Llanelli with his wife, Vicky, and their daughter. You can find out more about Steven Jenkins at his website, www.steven-jenkins.com or on Facebook.
Fourteen Daysby Steven Jenkins
There's a darkness that lives inside Richard's home; a presence he never knew existed because he was seldom there alone. Did he
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Workaholic developer Richard Gardener is laid up at home for two week's mandatory leave--doctor's orders. No stress. No computers. Just fourteen days of complete rest. Bliss for most, but hell for Richard... in more ways than one.
There's a darkness that lives inside Richard's home; a presence he never knew existed because he was seldom there alone. Did he just imagine those footsteps? The smoke alarm shrieking? The woman in his kitchen?
His wife thinks he's just suffering from work withdrawal, but as the days crawl by in his solitary confinement, the terror seeping through the walls continues to escalate--threatening his health, his marriage, and his sanity.
When the inconceivable can no longer be denied, Richard is forced to come to terms with what is happening. Can he find a way to banish the darkness before he becomes an exile in his own home?
"Steven Jenkins weaves such masterful shades of weirdness between the workaholic programmer's inner psyche and the supernatural elements he encounters that the reader is equally unsure if they are real--or just products of his overworked brain. I did not want to put the book down until the mystery was solved." -- Val Muller, author, The Scarred Letter
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Richard Gardener is a workaholic who is under doctor's orders to take two weeks off to recover from work-related stress. During his time home alone, he is visited by a stranger "from the other side". I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Two weeks. Fourteen days. Fourteen chapters. I was prepared to rate this book 3 stars as I found the first three-quarters quite flat. To keep reader interest, I felt perhaps more could have been done to aid the reader feel Richard's emotions: the frustration of a workaholic who isn't allowed to work, the terror of the unwanted "visits", and the maritial difficulties that ensue. However, a fantastic conclusion managed to change my overall enjoyment of the story. In all, the story was written in plain, straightforward language which I enjoyed. The development of the main character and his wife were thorough. Despite wishing the writing would've conveyed more of the main character's emotions, I enjoyed reading this and recommend it to anyone who likes a good ghost story. Many thanks to the author for allowing me the opportunity to read and review his work.
When I first started reading this book I thought, ‘Ground hog day’, not much happening but I was so wrong. The story builds up as more strange things happen to Richard Gardner, the main character. Is he having a breakdown or is there something more unearthly going on? The writer structures 14 Days to make you feel, understand and have empathy for Richard. I’m glad I stuck with it because the pay off is mind blowing, sending you on an emotional roller-coaster. The revelation really hits you with such force; I had to stop reading for a few minutes before continuing. Highly recommended.
Fourteen Days by Steven Jenkins is a story about a workaholic who suffers a stress related injury at work and has to spend the next 14 days in a haunted house. Day 1, Chapter 1 he starts out bored wondering how he will make it through his time away from work and how his work will manage without him. By day 14, Chapter 14 he is no longer thinking about his job and under more stress at home than he ever was at work. This is a mystery with some horror mixed in and an interesting quick read. I would recommend it to anyone interested in these genres.