Island Life

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Some legends are true... The old stories tell of an evil far beneath the earth. When an archaeological expedition ignores local wisdom and opens an old barrow on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, they unleash a horror beyond their darkest nightmares. Will anyone survive the onslaught of the Island Life? William Meikle spins a tale of terror that will keep you awake until you turn the final page!
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Some legends are true... The old stories tell of an evil far beneath the earth. When an archaeological expedition ignores local wisdom and opens an old barrow on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, they unleash a horror beyond their darkest nightmares. Will anyone survive the onslaught of the Island Life? William Meikle spins a tale of terror that will keep you awake until you turn the final page!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940095035
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2013
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

William Meikle is a 40+ year old Scotsman, living in the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Apart from Island Life, he has a vampire Trilogy "The 45" coming from Barclay Books in 2002, and a short story collection "The Johnson Amulet and Other Scottish Terrors" is also available.
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...On leaving the pub he closed the door behind him and was immediately enveloped in damp watery blackness. The mist had come down while he had been inside and was even now clinging softly to his clothes and nestling into his beard. He switched on the flashlight but it was nearly useless, barely illuminating the wall of the nearest outhouse less than ten feet away.

Picking out the beaten track with his light he began to walk northwards, trying to ignore the shadows which he imagined were tracking along beside him.

The mist enveloped him totally, cutting off all sound so that he was walking in a vast, damp greyness, only the outline of the path to keep him on the straight and narrow. As he walked, his mind churned over what he had found in the pub.

He wouldn't believe that it had been a domestic incident. The couple had argued, of course they had - what couple doesn't argue from time to time. But there had been genuine affection there. Even Duncan, with his limited viewpoint on relationships, had been able to see that. And it had been a domestic tiff, why had Jim been caught in the radio room?

It just didn't add up.

He found it far easier, if a lot more disturbing, to believe that a maniac was at large, one who had killed Jim and abducted the women. But for what reason? There he was stuck. And how would a maniac manage to abduct both women - especially when they were both strong willed? Another thought struck him, one which made him stop in his tracks, the flashlight shaking in time with his trembling hands.

What if the woman were dead as well? What if the killer had hidden their bodies? Or what if there were two killers?

He sat off again at a faster pace, noticing that the fog was thickening. Two minutes later he was standing outside John Jeffries' farmhouse, listening for any noise, anything at all that would tell him that he was not alone.

The building was in darkness, no visible signs of life. With his first sweep of the flashlight he had seen that the front door was wide open and that one thing, more than anything else which may have seemed wrong, had made him stop.

John Jeffries was a distrustful man, always double locking all the doors before venturing out from his house, even if he was only going to the barn to milk the cow. For his door to be open was an ominous sign.

Duncan couldn't decide on the best course of action. Should he go in, and possibly find a body or should he make speed for the lighthouse and safety? He found that he couldn't abandon the farmer, no matter how objectionable he might be. Trying to keep his light steady, he headed for the door.

The door led straight into the main room, a large spacious room with a low, heavily timbered ceiling. He swung his light around, catching a glimpse of himself, wide eyed in the mirror, but there was no other movement. The heavy old fashioned furniture loomed darkly in the shadows - shadows which seemed to creep along the walls, stalking him.

He was about to turn and check the kitchen when his left foot hit something heavy on the floor, something soft which moved several inches before resting against his shoe.

He turned the light downwards to the rug at his feet and retched as he saw what was lying there, almost bringing up the raw whisky, feeling it burn up his throat as his eyes took in the horror.

It was a forearm, a human forearm, roughly torn from the rest of the limb so that the loose flesh hung from the elbow in ragged edges. A small amount of blood, no more than a thimble full, puddled beneath it, velvety black in his flashlight....

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Pretty Good Book

    For the most part I enjoyed this book. It was 666 pages but the last 100 or so was a short story and previews for other books. Some things in the story could have been explained a little better, but for $2.99 you get a nice read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Island of Terror

    When was the last time you listened to that little queasy feeling in the pit your stomach that told you not to go digging into places you really knew nothing about? The off-islanders in William Meikle¿s book, woven around a small, sparsely populated island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, would have none of it. They paid little attention to the ¿ravings¿ of the old light-house keeper. He tried to warn them and the Islanders too, but no one would listen. His stories were old, whispered about centuries ago, when none would venture out into the black of night, but this was the 21st Century, and they were young, excited student archeologists from the mainland on their first dig. What was there to fear? And the Islanders? Well that was just old Tom, part of the island¿s folklore that brought in the Tourist trade. An ¿unholy mist¿ permeates the far end of the island. Unwittingly, as the young archeologists begin their excavation into a portentous knoll, they unleash the fury and devastation long imprisoned in the bowels of the mound bringing unimaginable horror to all within its grasp. As the mist slithers across this tiny island, engulfing all within its range, its dark shadows hide its carnivorous messengers of death and destruction, terrorizing even the most stalwart who ventured forth. William Meikle¿s characters jump off the pages at you. You know them. They are your neighbors, your friends and you worry for their safety. Island Life will keep you turning the pages and holding your breath.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2002

    A spellbinding trip into the fog where things go bump!!,

    Island Life was first brought to my attention when the author joined my writers site. He was a little shy around us, since most are romance writers, and thought we might not appreciate horror. Well, I am here to information him that those romance writers love horror, and I am thrilled to discover Island Life and cannot wait to read more by this author. Being Scots, naturally the setting drew me. He captures the quaintness, quirkiness of the Scottish Isle, the dry humour, the wit, the slower pace. But into this tranquil setting, he weave a nightmarish tale of things that go bump in the fog. I love horror, Robert MacCammon's 'Swan Song' being my all time favourite, because MacCammon understood there was a difference between true horror and the cheap, slock gore. This author shows he has that fine Hitchcockian/Serling feel for atmosphere and how what you cannot see is more fearful that what you do, and that sometimes the most nightmarish things in life is our own fears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2001

    A chance to get away from it all. Permanently.

    Imagine if you will a remote and idyllic Scottish Island in the midst of summer. Drawn here by commitment to a chosen profession you are quickly captivated by the local charm and indigenous beauty of both isle and natives alike. Eventually stranded not only by the weather but 'something' else, your senses start to explore the boundary between reality and insanity. Watch that lighthouse up ahead. Next stop, William Meikles imagination. Fortunately, that can be a very disturbing place indeed and with 'Island Life' he captures the splendour and serenity of offshore Scotland and paints a tranquil picture of residential life before weaving in the discordant tones of the bizarre. He tells the story through the varied eyes of his characters, rendering a different perspective of the main events of the book. As always the plot is enthralling and resplendent with the characters appealing and realistic. That¿s one of the things about Meikle, he doesn't just write about any old Tom, Dick or Harry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Fair to good.

    The storyline was different in that it took place on a remote island in the Hebrides. The book moves slowly. Not too many places to go on the tiny isle so... I had to work to finish the book. The characters were okay, not too deep. It was just the pace. There was action, but a lot of the same kind. The problem was more in moving the story towards some sort of resolution. Don't expect a lot to be explained at the end. It doesn't detract from the story, but would have brought the reader in a little deeper. In fact, I wouldn't have caught who the "Father" was if not for the dropping of a name once towards the end. Not a must read, but if nothing else looks good...

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