Overview

The second in the Transient Tales series collects 12 short stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror, totalling 20,000 words and ranging from light to dark and all shades in-between.

Volume 2 features a Halloween game with a chilling price, a call-centre at the end of the world, an unconventional quest for a portal to fairyland, a mother dealing with the loss-and the return-of a child, a desperate woman’s letter to her future self, a repentant scientist’s lament, an envious...

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Transient Tales Volume 2

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Overview

The second in the Transient Tales series collects 12 short stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror, totalling 20,000 words and ranging from light to dark and all shades in-between.

Volume 2 features a Halloween game with a chilling price, a call-centre at the end of the world, an unconventional quest for a portal to fairyland, a mother dealing with the loss-and the return-of a child, a desperate woman’s letter to her future self, a repentant scientist’s lament, an envious boy who gets more than he bargained for, and a misguided attempt to gain closure on a very dead love affair.

One Free Go
Darren and Kate threw a huge kids’ party on Halloween, but now they’re not quite sure why.

Not With a Bang
Answer the calls, read the script, enter the data. And when certain words or phrases come up, type out the alarm codes.

No Regard for Narrative Convention
Some people thought it was a great opportunity, when the dimensional portals opened up. Others, like Michael, weren’t quite so sure.

Sale or Return
In the future, money can buy you anything. Or can it?

Nor Any Drop to Drink
Lynsey might look like a little girl, but she’s got a big thirst.

You Wish
You’ve always got to be very careful about what you-or other people-wish for.

Dear Ingrid
Is it still a bad deal if the one who makes it isn’t the one who pays for it?

Babysitting
Looking after Jilly-who really, really, really wants a puppy-is an exercise in tolerance. Who’s going to crack first?

On Blackened Wings
Dionne doesn’t believe that Rachel’s built a psychic hotline to the monsters out of wires and roadkill. But that doesn’t mean she wants to try it.

No Apples for Mother
Artificial Intelligence and Old Testament religion. Not a good mix.

Gifted
What makes the new girl so special? What’s she got that Francie and Everett haven’t? They’re about to find out.

Closure
Carmel’s relationship didn’t end well. She’d like another go.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044282667
  • Publisher: Michelle Ann King
  • Publication date: 1/30/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 229 KB

Meet the Author

Michelle Ann King writes SF, dark fantasy and horror from her kitchen table in Essex, England. Her stories have appeared in various venues, including Daily Science Fiction, Penumbra Magazine, Wily Writers, and others. Links can be found at her websiteShe has worked as a mortgage underwriter, supermarket cashier, makeup artist, tarot reader and insurance claims handler before having the good fortune to be able to write full-time.She loves Las Vegas, vampire films and good Scotch whisky. Favourite works of fiction include The Stand, Cloud Atlas, Lost Boys, Galaxy Quest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Preacher and Locke & Key.The first two volumes in her Transient Tales series of SF, fantasy and horror short stories are now available—go to transientcactus.co.uk for details.
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