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Hi Everyone, I thought I'd put a sample each week of my short stories. Available on Amazon in e-book format as well as paperback. Also available to purchase direct from me for our digital currency 1000 ABY The Author “You killed me, you bastard!” The man across the street screamed, pointing an accusing finger in Andrew’s direction. Andrew looked about him, bewildered, for it had seemed as if no one else had heard him. He assumed the guy was crazy and everyone else was ignoring him. He turned back towards the man. “Yes, you, arsehole. You killed me!” The man screamed at Andrew again. He started to cross the street, stepping directly into the path of an oncoming bus. Andrew stared in horror as the bus passed straight through him, not slowing or swerving, as if the driver did not see him at all. The man continued walking across the road towards Andrew, appearing again as the bus moved on. Andrew just stood there, mesmerized. The man was halfway across the street when a look of recognition crossed Andrew’s face. Startled out of his state of shock, he ran; he ran as fast as he had ever run before in his life. Dodging in between people if he could, pushing them out of the way if he could not, and ignoring the cries of indignation behind him. He glanced back once, only to see the man standing where Andrew had been mere seconds before, laughing, and then he vanished. Andrew continued running, street after street, until his legs felt like they were going to give way. Finally the crowd began to thin out and he allowed himself to slow down. Once no one was in sight, he came to a complete stop. There he stood glancing frantically about, gasping for breath, his lungs feeling like they were on fire. Looking across the street he saw The Southern Cross Pub standing there, surrounded by big businesses, looking completely out of place. It seemed familiar to him as crossed the street. He knew he had never been there before, he had no idea where he was at all, but he decided to enter and have a drink or two to calm his nerves. Inside it was dark and gloomy; he stood at the doorway waiting for his eyes to adjust so he could see. It had an old rotting smell to it that was unpleasant but bearable, at least for someone who desperately needed a drink, anyway. As his vision compromised with the dimness he glanced around, taking in his surroundings. His heart had returned to a normal pace, his lungs no longer burning painfully. The bar was directly in front of him. The bartender was sitting behind it with a newspaper propped up in front of him, oblivious to the fact that he had entered. To the right was a row of tables and chairs, and a man was slumped over one with an empty bottle of cheap bourbon in front of him, still half full. Andrew walked up to the bar to be served, but the bartender ignored him as he continued to read his newspaper. After a few seconds Andrew cleared his throat to attract his attention. The bartender looked up from his newspaper, with a sigh he put it down and stood up, walking over to Andrew. “Double bourbon, thanks,” he asked without waiting to be asked. The bartender walked over to fill the glass. “Actually, give me the whole bottle,” Andrew added as he sat himself down on a stool. The bartender dropped the bottle in front of him and took Andrew's money without saying a word. Gone are the days of the friendly barmen, Andrew thought, somewhat regretfully. Andrew poured himself a drink and picked up the glass. He sat there looking intently at the drink before lifting it to his lips and took a large gulp. It had been quite a few years since he had had a drink and he savoured the taste of it in his mouth, thrilled at the feel of it burning his throat on the way down and fondly remembered the warmth as it spread in his stomach. “You shouldn’t have done that, you know,” a voice spoke from behind him.
Hi Everyone, took me a few months to actually get my butt on here, lol. But better late than never right? Seeing as I finished my short stories about 15 years ago, and only just got them published, through Amazon self publishing. So about me, I'm from Australia, born in Victoria, but spent most my life in Perth, Western Australia. Love my country. It's beautiful and deadly. I have traveled all around Australia. A bit in my younger years with my dad when he was a truck driver. Then I did a couple of road trips with some friends while I was in the Australian Navy. 7 years service. I did 2 years at sea where we did go all around Australia. I recently had a death experience. I don't say near-death, as I actually died on the operating table. Short story, in Sydney, on my motorbike. Truck driver didn't see us and t-boned us as he failed to give way entering the round about. Was very serious, and I'm still recovering, but that experience is what gave me that push to get my stories edited, artwork done and published. The environment is vastly different to say 10 years ago. Self publishing was an extremely expensive process with little support. If you had no idea about marketing etc, you'd end up with 4000 books in your basement/attic/spareroom waiting for family and friends birthdays or something. lol. Now it's so easy. Changing the way we view the industry... and now block-chain technology is set to revolutionize it again. Anyway, happy to be here, hopefully can make some cool industry contacts. cheers James p.s. currently in North Carolina, USA
Hi everyone, this is my works, took a long time to get to this point.. but I've had them edited, and the graphic art done. Got a couple of reviews too... Compilation of ten short stories of the horror/thriller genre. Some familiar themes, Some familiar themes with a twist and some new themes altogether. Dive into the warped mind of James D Armstrong.... Reviews so far "This book is full of creepy, twisted, and shivery tales perfect for campfire storytelling or a quiet (and suspenseful) evening at home. Armstrong clearly has a penchant for the dark side of the mind, and his ability to illustrate with words is impressive. If you're looking for a new collection of psycho-thriller short stories, give this a try." Hayley Stone "Dark humour, horror and supernatural themes - what a crazy rollercoaster ride these stories are! I read this book on Kindle and liked it so much I knew I had to buy the 'real' paper copy!" D Lanoue "James’ sole intent is to not let you sleep! Read at your own risk!" Alana Osborne "If you like dark humour, horror and supernatural themes...you will like this book. Hold on for a crazy ride as this author is off the normal train." S Lanoue "I was skeptical at first, but this is very well written, and a very enjoyable book to read. It hooks you and reels you in with creative spooky twists around every corner with an aura of unpredictability and suspense. It is definitely worth the purchase! Looking forward to future releases from this author!" G Huff Do You Dare? LikeShow more reactions