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Take One at Bedtime

Take One at Bedtime

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by Jenny Twist

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Nobody ever goes upstairs in Margaret's house. So what is making the strange thumping noises up there? And why is there a toy rabbit under the kitchen table?
Margaret's Ghost is just one of a collection of short stories consisting mainly of horror and science fiction, ranging from a classic gothic tale - Jack Trevellyn - to the Wyndhamesque Victim of Fortune, and


Nobody ever goes upstairs in Margaret's house. So what is making the strange thumping noises up there? And why is there a toy rabbit under the kitchen table?
Margaret's Ghost is just one of a collection of short stories consisting mainly of horror and science fiction, ranging from a classic gothic tale - Jack Trevellyn - to the Wyndhamesque Victim of Fortune, and the modern Waiting for Daddy, with its spine-chilling twist.
There is also the occasional excursion into romance with A Castle in Spain and Jess's Girl.
But most of these tales take you to a place which is not quite as it seems.
It's bedtime now. Time to go upstairs. Time to take a look.
Just one look.
WARNING: Do not exceed the stated dose.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.
She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist's assistant (she was The Lovely Tanya), she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.
She stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met and married her husband, Vic.
In 2001 they retired and moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dog and cat. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, knitting and attempting to do fiendishly difficult logic puzzles.
She has written two novels - Domingo's Angel - a love story set in Franco's Spain and harking back to the Spanish Civil War and beyond - and All in the Mind - a contemporary novel about an old woman who mysteriously begins to get younger
She has also written an anthology of short stories - Take One At Bedtime - and co-written the anthology Bedtime Shadows - with the inimitable Tara Fox Hall.
She has contributed short stories to many other anthologies, of which two - Doppelganger and Uncle Vernon have recently been released as short ebooks.
Her first self-published ebook, Away With the Fairies, was released in September 2012. Her second,
Mantequero, was released in June 2013 and the long-awaited sequel, Disappeared, was released in January 2014. A third Mantequero story will be released later this year.
Take One at Bedtime was republished independently in May 2014.

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Take One at Bedtime 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Fairy87 More than 1 year ago
Full of murder, mystery, love and revenge there is something for everyone in this collection. It is difficult to put this down when you finish a story because you find yourself wanting more. A brilliant first book from Jenny Twist.
Mary_Th1 8 months ago
"Charming" may be a strange word to describe this collection of short stories, because all of them are unsettling and some are absolutely horrifying. Still, the word "charm" can mean several different things – a magic spell (not necessarily white magic); fascinating beauty; a well-wrought miniature – and all those meanings apply here. Jenny Twist has strung seventeen lovely charms together in this book. And, as is said of snowflakes, no two are alike. Ranging from a killer's confession to a vampire tale, from a subtly sweet ghost story to an ironic piece of science fiction, each is perfect in its own way. Be warned, though – if you follow the direction and "take one at bedtime," your dreams that night may be… interesting.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Take One at Bedtime by Jenny Twist A collection of short stories most are horror stories. Some titles are; classic Jack Trevellyn (A Gothic tale),  Victim of Fortune, Waiting for Daddy, Margaret's Ghost, The Gingerbread House, A Castle in Spain and Jess’s Girl. Just to name a few. Each story is well written, gripping, compelling, spine-chilling. A pure delight. I liked each story, they all had something to catch my attention. Each different and great reads. One thing that makes this collect different from the rest, at the end the Author tells us what compelled her to write each story. That was fascinating to read. I would like to say my top three favorites (and it was very hard to chose) were: Margaret's Ghost, A castle in Spain & The Gingerbread House. I recommend to readers of all genres.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Crystal Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Take One At Bedtime is a book of different little stories in one book. I have mixed feelings on this book. Some of the stories have a pretty good story line and are written pretty good. I liked how they’re all different. There were some stories that I wished the author had went into more detail on. I liked one story where a man loved his wife so much and they were about to celebrate their ruby anniversary, but a couple of days before the celebration she got hit and died. He couldn’t stand the thought of being without her that he went into another dimension and she was still alive and that’s where he stayed. At least I think he did I because it never said. Some stories on the other hand just didn’t end write and I thought more detail and a better ending to tell what happened would’ve been good. Instead all I got was a story that left you hanging. One story in particular a woman killed her best friend for sleeping with her husband for five years. Both of them where married and her friend told her she had to pick who got her husband and she stabbed her friend in the neck. The story ended with her sons would be home soon and she had to clean up the mess. I just feel disappointed in the ending. I would’ve liked to know what happened. So I just couldn’t feel much for this book. I tried and it’s really a book that I read out of my element. Wanted to try something a little different. So don’t let what I say about the book discourage you about reading it. What I don’t like you might so make your own decision.
ManicScribbler More than 1 year ago
Jenny Twist’s collection of short stories ‘Take One at Bedtime’ sounds like excellent advice. Being greedy though, I took two…and sometimes three. They are the ideal length for a gripping bedtime read – depending on your will-power. Beautifully-crafted little cameos of life – each one completely different yet no less skilfully drawn – this collection of stories is really delightful. From wronged housewives seeking revenge in sinister ways or to reward themselves in delightful indulgence to fascinating tales of haunting parallel dimensions or alternative universes; from heart-warming stories of love and faith to spine-chilling horror and ghostly tales. It’s impossible to list them all, but thanks to Jenny Twist’s scope as a storyteller, all tastes in fiction are catered for here and every reader will discover his or her favourite. My favourites were ‘The Apple Tree’ and ‘Margaret’s Ghost’ and my only complaint was that these were not full length novels. All the stories were thought-provoking but these two in particular drew me completely into their worlds and left me desperately wanting more. ‘Antonio’s Grandmother’ is a delightful story of an austere, unsmiling matriarch who finally learns to smile. In ‘The Scam’ and ‘Mistaken Identity’ the ingenious crimes of two completely different sets of people receive their come-uppance in surprising ways. Another great favourite of mine was ‘The Problem with Mother’ – because, of course, mother’s ‘problem’ turned out to be something rather unusual and quite wonderful. I don’t know how Jenny Twist succeeds in creating such real characters and big plots in short story format but there is no doubt in my mind that she does so extremely successfully. Her voice is strong and sure throughout and every story weaves its own little magic spell to keep the reader engrossed from the first page to the last. Would I recommend ‘Take One at Bedtime’ – absolutely! I’d say this little collection is just what the doctor ordered.
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TaraFoxHall More than 1 year ago
Jenny Twist's Take One at Bedtime is the perfect book to settle down with at night. Her entertaining stories are just the right length for reading before bed, but be warned; you most likely will be more awake when you finish one, not less! The stories are a delightful mix of genres, from the satisfying revenge of What Am I going to Do About Alice?, A Wish for Linda, and The Worm the Turned to the sweet The Apple Tree, A Castle in Spain (one of my favorites), the romantic Jess's Girl, the clever Mistaken Identity, the sci-fi Victim of Fortune and the uber-creepy tales of Jack Trevellyn, The Scam, and Waiting for Daddy. In any anthology you usually have one or two favorites, and then the other stories are just so-so. Not here. There was no story here that didn't captivate my attention with the small realistic details and emotion. A very good read. I was sorry to come to the end, hoping for one more tale.