Captain Damnation and other strange tales - Anthology of short stories

Captain Damnation and other strange tales - Anthology of short stories

by Harry Riley

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As an unashamed admirer of Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, and Roald Dahl's quirky tales I have added a touch of my own black humour to this collection of short stories.

My earliest childhood memories of blood curdling yarns on the radio, spoken by a man with a dark sepulchral voice, have left me with a lifetime's passion for what were once known (long before my time I might add) as 'Penny Dreadfuls' or American Dime Novels: lurid tales of mysterious mayhem designed to deliciously shock and horrify our impressionable young minds.

Science can explain away so many mysteries but it is often the creepy-unexpected that trips you up and opens the door to superstitious dread.

However where my tales have a ghostly theme running through them they will often have a perfectly rational explanation. Occasionally they may even raise a smile or two.

Modern lives are driven at such a fast pace with all the demands on our time and leisure that we often try and fit twenty-five hours into every working day, thus leaving very little space to absorb and do justice to the full length novel. This is why I believe the 'Ten-Minute-Tale' has a place to lift us out of the mundane. I hope you enjoy these offerings as you 'cherry-pick' your path along life's crooked highway.

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BN ID: 2940149643264
Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 107
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

English author, Nottingham born. Retired from lifetime of commercial printing (apprentice to director)
Married with two grown up children
Interests: reading classics, war memoirs. Writing novels, poetry, short stories. broadcasting on local radio. Editing community magazine. Writing monthly column for local newspaper. Member of ‘Eastwood Writers Group.’ Current press secretary for ENwatch
Published works: novel and two books of short stories. Articles and short stories for Northern Life printed magazine and poetry for Culture Compass (Let loose the dogs of war) and Remember Me (a poem for Armistice Day) by First Edition (printed magazine) monthly ENWatch column for Eastwood Advertiser. Nottm. Post Bygones: short story.

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