What if all that stood between us and hell was a match?
An ordinary couple stand accused of a heinous crime. They're the last people you'd expect to save the world. Are they criminals, heroes or completely insane? Or maybe all three?
Emily and Bobby Jessup are just a sweet, ordinary couple, except they stand accused of multiple counts of first-degree arson. The small coal-mining community of Karlgarin has branded them criminals and sociopaths, and the case against them seems open and shut.
Something terrifying though led Bobby and Emily to leave their two young children with a sitter while they embarked on a crazy fire-bug spree. That something was an incredible secret they'd promised to protect.
When Emily impulsively breaks her promise while under cross-examination, a bizarre tale unfolds of the night she followed her husband and discovered the truth of his clandestine activities. These two are the last people anyone would expect to save the world. Yet, that's what they claim. Are they criminals, heroes or completely insane?
Inspired by true-life headlines, revealed in Susan May's fascinating postscript From the Imagination Vault, Behind the Fire is an engrossing novelette of the random appearances of frightening black things, and one couple's battle to protect their town from these dangerous and hellish creatures.
Fans of Stranger Things will delight in this horror thriller-with-a-twist inspired by true events. From the international best selling author readers call the new Stephen King, comes a tale of horror, love and incredible bravery.
What readers say about Behind the Fire:
"Not a big fan of short stories or novellas but I sure am happy I made an exception for Susan May's Behind the Fire." Reader of the Pack (Amazon Review)
"The basic premise is bizarre, the circumstances unique. Strangely so. And an amazing thriller." Manie Kilian
"This story grabs you by the throat and does not let go." Sandra Padgett
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About the Author
My childhood reading diet consisted of Edgar Allen Poe, O'Henry, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, plus horror comics like Tales From the Crypt. Anything out of this world like The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits had me glued to the television.
Inspired by these classics, I attempt to pen tales that are simply about the story and the characters and not about fancy words or beautiful descriptions. At the end of my stories I hope, wonderful reader, that you will feel you've enjoyed a journey into the fantastic with a neat twist at the end.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am not normally a huge fan of horror. BUT ... this author's short stories are so well-written that I get deeply involved in the reading before I realize it. And one of my big enjoyments of her writing is that she also writes a story on how she came up with this particular idea. In Behind The Fire, she took a story out of a newspaper headline and turned it into a fascinating story. It starts with Emily and Bobby on trial for serial arson. As Emily testifies, she decides to tell the complete truth, no matter if anyone believes her or not. The story bounces back and forth between what she's saying now and then the bigger details that she's remembering. This is a complete novelette, less than 200 pages. It's a fast, enjoyable read. It begs to answer the question ... how far would you go to protect your family, your neighbors, your community?
Behind the Fire by Susan May This book starts out with the trial of Bobbie and Emily Jessup. It alternates back in time to when the black things were discovered by Em. I wanted to read this book because of the talk of coal mines. I love hearing how the brave men work down below the surface and the new technology that some have in place to aid the miners and keep them safe. The book goes back to when Bobbie first discovered the paper by a man who had rented a truck and he started putting things together and found himself at many of the sites. Em is stricken when her brother Jimmy is in the mine when the accident happens and only one man makes it out alive. He tells of the black form thinking it's poisonous gas that is forming the shape. Nobody can understand what he's talking about. At the court trial again Bobbie testifies and then it's Em's turn and her testimony isn't what they had planned for her to say... Love the mystery and the unknown and allowing the reader to form their own opinions. I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.