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EndlessStreet_CVR_XSML (427x640)With this collection of short stories set in the south of England and beyond, Rebecca Lloyd explores relationships and the brave or foolish things they can make people do.
These stories about murder and ghosts, delusion and desperation, obsession and arson, show readers a sometimes sweet, sometimes macabre vision of humanity.

Rebecca Lloyd channels Roald Dahl’s wit and flair for the unexpected in this collection that will appeal to the quirky side of the literary reader.



This collection of sixteen strange stories, in which Death is never far away but Imagetenderness is also very present, includes a light sprinkling of ghostly, menacing tales and stories of the fantastical. But it is, for the most part, made up of stories that while distinctly peculiar, are not outside the range of human experience, and so could be regarded as realistic – although perhaps ‘realistic’ makes them feel too safe. They more inhabit that fragile space between fantasy and reality where the landscape is in constant flux and things may not be what they seem to be.



ImageCharacters apparently talking at cross purposes, along with scenes where we can only guess at the context, are common traits in Lloyd’s fiction, devices she uses to wrong foot the reader before the gleeful reveal. Both are at work in ‘The Careless Hour’, where we expect the worst from Michael’s conversation with his female visitor, as overheard by neighbour Whitey, but the truth is even more strange, with the revelation at the end of this delightful story bringing a wry smile to this curmudgeonly reviewer’s face.
Finally we have The Reunion’, another tale of an unusual family, told from the viewpoint of the daughter who bears witness to her argumentative parents leaving the confines of draughty Shuttered House and setting up home on a canal boat, only things don’t really work out for them, the story shot through with compelling atmosphere, vivid dialogue and memorable characters, ending the collection on a veritable tour de force. Lloyd is a new writer to me, but one I am delighted to have made the acquaintance of, and in publishing this collection Tartarus provide yet further proof that the strange tale is in a robust state of health.
Peter Tennant 20th May 2014 Black Static

photo by Rosie TomlinsonRebecca Lloyd lives in the city of Bristol in the South West of England. She has two daughters and three grandsons. Apart from fiction writing, she works as a writing tutor and editor. She won the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2008 for a single story – The River, and in 2010 was a semi-finalist in both the Hudson Prize for a short story collection and the Dundee International Book Prize for a novel. In 2014, she was shortlisted in the first annual Paul Bowles Award in Short Fiction.

In 2014, she was shortlisted in the first annual Paul Bowles Award in Short Fiction. She is the author of Halfling, (Walker Books 2011), co-editor of the anthology Pangea, (Thames River Press 2012), and author of the short story collection Mercy, (Tartarus Press 2014).
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Image“Every story ends in death if one waits long enough.” So quotes Death as he introduces twenty-eight twisted tales for your literary enjoyment. Written by award-winning author, J. J. White, these stories weave their way through the odd, the eccentric, the suspenseful, the vengeful, the evil, and even the hopeful, with the hapless characters hurtling toward their surprising and inevitable demise, much to the approval of our macabre narrator. All of these tales have been previously published in both national and international publications with many winning awards in distinguished competitions put on by Writer’s Digest, the California Writers Club, the Oregon Writers Colony, the Arizona Mystery Writers and the Florida Writers Association, to name a few. So sit back and enjoy, for as The Grim Reaper promises, each story has a happy ending. Someone dies.


ImageAuthor Bio: J.J. White has penned seven novels and over two hundred short stories. He has had articles and stories published in several anthologies and magazines including, Wordsmith, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review, Bacopa Review, Akashic Press and The Grey Sparrow Journal. His story, The Nine Hole League, is set to be published soon in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Volume 14. He has won awards and honors from the Alabama Writers Conclave, Writers-Editors International, Maryland Writers Association, The Royal Palm Literary Awards, Professional Writers of Prescott, and Writer’s Digest. He was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short piece, Tour Bus. He enjoys writing, surfing, golf and tennis. He lives in Merritt Island, Florida with his understanding wife, editor, and typist, Pamela.

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 ‘Short Stories for busy
by Emily Benet
This collection includes 10 short stories by the
award-winning author Emily Benet which have been either shortlisted, highly
commended or performed at a literary event. It offers a variety of genres, mixing
comedy and drama. There are characters in love, in denial, insane, in character
and one who just can’t make his mind up. 
The stories are short enough to be slipped into
a busy day, long enough to offer escape. Dip in wherever you choose and enjoy a
different experience with every tale.
The collection includes:
Waterloo – Stage fright
at the Diamond Jubilee

Camouflage – When
paranoia threatens a good thing

Natural Selection – Hopeless neighbours provoke the wrath of a man struggling with his
inner demons 

Conchita & the Mating Pigeons – Conchita spies on a suspicious man during a
pigeon infestation

Just a Scratch – A young girl is left to work out her mother’s whispered phone

Lemon Drizzle Cake – Three flatmates compete for the girl
The Leopard Man – Transformation comes to a woman’s group
Harry – Harry
faces a tough decision on New Year’s Eve.
They’re Shooting a Horror Film in Our Living
Room –
It’s only acting, isn’t it?
The Repossession – An old man is in need of a superhero when his home is threatened.
Emily Benet’s debut book ‘Shop Girl
commissioned and published by Salt Publishing after they spotted her weekly
blog about working in her Mum’s chaotic chandelier shop. Her blog later won the CompletelyNovel Author
Blog Awards 2010 (published author category). Her short stories have been
published in anthologies and performed at literary events. Short Stories for
busy adults is her first short story collection. Emily lives in London,
England, with her very patient husband.


A Comedy Existential Urban Thriller. With Pigs.

Bevan Croft spends his life like any student but at his friend’s birthday party, after taking some drugs of dubious origin, he is confronted by a long dead, ancient Vietnamese Warlord who tells him, having taken a magical potion laced in the drug, it is up to Bevan to save the world.
Bevan must now sober up and confront the ultimate hangover including the personification of Wind, A murderous Shadow, Emily – the love of his life who has no interest in him, a giant frog, his History lecturer and the Asian Mafia, not to mention the drove of Pigs following his every move and all this while still struggling to decide if it is all real anyway. And that’s just for starters…

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My Time In Hell
If you have ever felt alone and hopeless drowning in a sea of despair while sitting in your cubicle, then this is the book for you. 
Inside these pages, the author takes an up close and personal look at the modern office. 
The picture that emerges is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always brutally honest.
Inside you will learn cubicle self-defense including the following:
–          How to use mindless jargon to win friends and impress your boss
–          How to use meetings and conference calls to beat any opponent into submission
–          How to use the rescue call to save yourself from co-workers who insist on talking to the back of your head all day
–          The truth behind cubicles – they were never meant to be
Most importantly you will learn that if you really want out of your cubicle, you are not crazy, you are not alone, and there really is hope.




How Parking Enforcement Stole My Soul
Ben Friedrich
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Warning: Suspense, drug references, some foul language, and lots of gruesome but true parking stories.Romance, a midget, a giant, and a dead body. These are but a few of the things I encountered during my journey from a good kid to a life-hating parking enforcement officer.This fast-paced memoir of ticket-writing and citation-issuing begs the question: Is a job really just a job?

I learned the answer to that question when I became a parking enforcement officer.

The answer, in case you wondered, is that it’s not just a job. What you choose to do for work changes you at a deep level. For instance, if you are the jerk writing people tickets, then you are going to become a jerk. That’s just the law of cause and effect. What you do is who you are.

I used to be considered a great kid. People commented on my easy smile and boyish good looks; moms hoped an ambitious, honest young man like myself would notice their homely daughters. I made friends easily, was a trusted confidant, and always saw the good in others. My prospects were bright and I lived with my head high and one foot in the future.

My name is Ben Friedrich. This is my story: the story of how parking enforcement stole my soul.

Chapter Excerpt:
I flipped a U-turn and drove back up the street to the parking violation. California Vehicle Code Section 22500(f) states that it is a violation to park “on any portion of a sidewalk, or with the body of the vehicle extending over any portion of a sidewalk.” The vehicle was, without question, a righteous ticket. Another car already occupied the driveway, and this one straddled the sidewalk directly behind it.
I parked, and observed the scene. It was a textbook example. The whole sidewalk was blocked, and two women with a baby stroller had to edge into the street to get around it. 
It was a busy street, lined on this side with a row of duplexes in a sad state of repair. The black, ‘tricked-out’ Dodge Avenger was in front of one of these duplexes. Neighborhoods like this one are the reason I wear the bullet-proof vest, with stab plates, for additional peace of mind. Nobody likes the parking guy.
Just as I got out to grab the license number, I heard a squeaky voice pipe up from the doorway of the house: “Hey, man! You’re not writing me a ticket are you?”
Why do violators always ask that? Did it look like I was selling Girl Scout cookies? Anyways, I turned toward the voice and matched it up to a midget standing in the doorway. The top of the guy’s head barely cleared the handle of the door. He was too short to even get on the fun rides at Disneyland.
He hobbled forward, one stubby hand gripping a tiny cane on which he was leaning heavily while dragging a twisted foot. I made eye contact and noticed the little dude was cross-eyed as well! A white, cross-eyed midget with a cane. If I were to make a bucket list of people I want to give parking tickets to, I would never have dreamed to add this guy.
This was going to be an easy ticket. No intimidation factor here. I rolled off my usual spiel in an authoritative voice: Who I am, why I’m here, etc…
I had just started, when there is another voice from the doorway.
“Hey! Is there a problem?”
This voice was far from squeaky. Two muscular black guys exited the house toward me. I immediately changed my tune. I kindly requested the midget to move his car. 
“Hey, guys,” I said, “ Not sure if you noticed, but this car isn’t parked right.”
“That’s how our boss always parks it,” said the bigger guy on the left.
“Alright, well, I’m just hear to educate you guys today. Please, try to take note of the sidewalk and keep it clear for pedestrians.”
“Thanks for stopping by,” said the midget. The little guy looked even smaller with the two large “bodyguards” standing to either side. “It’s nice having people like you keeping these neighborhoods cleaned up. Excuse us now. We have someplace to be.”
He eased into the driver seat of his car while one of them held the door. I didn’t ask whether he had to close one eye to drive straight, but nodded my head and made my exit.
The part of parking enforcement that takes new hires the longest to learn is when it’s smart not to write tickets. I made the right decision in this case. I later found out from a local gas station owner that the midget and his henchmen were known in those parts. Most normal jobs are out when you’re three feet tall. I wonder how long Cross-Eyed had to think before he picked moving drugs over dwarf tossing.
Author Bio:
Ben was born and raised in California. He has already worn several hats during his short life. He started out as a firefighter because he loved to help people. You would find him racing into burning buildings, comforting crying children, and pulling victims from car wrecks. He was a hero.

Somewhere along the way his life took a wrong turn. He accepted a job offer and started a new life. As a parking cop. Over the following several years he became bitter and jaded from his dealings with fellow parking officers and members of the public. The pay was good, but the job was slowly destroying Ben’s soul. 

He remembered how things used to be. The easy smiles, the sunshine. He wanted out. His libertarian sentiments were growing stronger, slowly he became a limited government, pro individual freedom parking cop living a lie. 

Ben left that life behind. He now lives out in the country, recovering. Slowly salvaging what remains and trying to become the great guy that a great girl somewhere could love.


 “Small Portions” is a story that comes in… small portions. In precisely 111 little parts – AND a recipe. To explore the many facets of modern life, the author has chosen the literary form of vignettes, those short impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a trenchant impression about a character, idea, setting, object.
Dieter Moitzi tells his own story in poignant scenes that vary from a snapshot of his christening in the early 70s to his father’s death in a skiing accident at the beginning of the 2000s. It’s small things he talks about, those many small things that compose a life – his life. He recalls the painful process of coming out of the closet, relates in funny detail the first encounters and love stories of his happy-go-lucky twenties, delves with analytical distance into aspects and turning points of two long-time relationships. He takes you by the hand and guides you through the streets of Paris, the city he lives in. He writes about food and the internet and his travel experiences in Greece, Morocco, Vienna, Tunisia, London…
In just so many carefully chosen words, sometimes poetic, sometimes blunt, but always with a good deal of wry and self-deprecating humour, the author succeeds in creating little universes with each story. Each one stands alone, yet when you link them together, another story takes shape. The story of a life, the sketch of a person, the mirror of a time. Our time. 

You can purchase the book on  – and on your local amazon-online-store (e.g.,,…) The Book Launch Promotional price is only for only $0.99 (price exluding tax) until the end of the year. 

The book is also available in a French version (“Petites portions” – and a German version (“Kleine Portionen” – for €0.99 (price excluding tax). 

 Author Bio:
Born in 1972 in Austria, Dieter Moitzi moved to Paris, France, in the early 1990s. He is working as a graphic designer and writing in his spare time, mainly in English. 

He loves to share his passion for words, which is the reason why he has launched a literature blog in 2010. Ever since, he has published a collection of poems (“and somewhere under”) as well as a collection of short stories (“Miss Otis regrets”), both available on amazon. Moreover, his poetry has been published in the “Vine Leaves Literary Journal” in 2012. He is currently working on two novels that he hopes to publish in 2013.


Fiddling Feline, the Flea and the frog et al. by Alberta Ross
new collection of Tales offers a handful of Once Upon a Time stories. Twisted,
slightly shuffled to one side and wrapped in a modern day perspectives.
Find good and evil in equal measure.
Discover greed and vanity.
Cheer the lovelorn and boo the wicked.
Observe the shape shifters, princesses and talking animals.
Watch as revenge is sought for a past time and justice
demanded for an ignored crime. 
Ponder the truths that can be
found in all fairy tales and myths.
Take nothing for granted, these well crafted tales may sound
cosy as you begin, but watch out.  As a
summer breeze these redefined fairy tales can turn in an instant to a tempest.
Sit back and enjoy them.
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I spent the
first part of my adult life travelling the world, the middle years studying and
now have settled down to write. From the first part I have endless photographs,
memories and friends. From the second I have a BSc Hons, an MA and friends. Now
in this part everything comes together.
Over the years my interests have expanded, as has my book and music collection.
A short list would include reading (almost anything) science, opera, folk,
gardening, philosophy, crazy patchwork, freeform crochet, ethics, social
history, cooking (and eating of course) gardening, anthropology, climate change
and sustainability.My parents gave me, apart from a love of reading and music, an interest and
curiosity in everything which, in itself, has become a total inability to be
bored and for this I am always grateful.
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Death gets a roommate…

An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question…

A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain…

44 stories. 19 poems. No sparkly vampires. There’s a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it – but from which direction?

James Hutchings lives in Melbourne, Australia. He fights crime as Poetic Justice, but his day job is acting. You might know him by his stage-name ‘Brad Pitt.’ He specializes in short fantasy fiction.

His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, fiction365 and Enchanted Conversation among other markets. His ebook collection The New Death and others is now available from Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. He blogs regularly at Teleleli.


Ebenbach’s collection explores the theme of parenthood from multiple 
angles: an eager-to-connect divorced father takes his kids to a Jewish-themed 
baseball game; a lesbian couple tries to decide whether their toddler son needs a man in his life; one 
young couple debates the idea of parenthood while another struggles with infertility; a reserved father 
uses an all-you-can-eat buffet to comfort his heartbroken son. But the backbone of the collection is 
Judith, who we follow through her challenging first weeks of motherhood, culminating in an intense and 
redemptive baby-naming ceremony.


Paperback, $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-931846-65-6
Fiction, 204 pages
Washington Writers’ Publishing House

WANT TO GET YOUR OWN COPY? You can order Into the Wilderness through your local bookstore, or get one online,  at IndieBound (which sells you the book through your local independent bookstore), PowellsAmazonBarnes & Noble, or Better World Books.

Praise for Into the Wilderness:

“The arrival of a child throws the various characters in Into the Wilderness into confusion. 
With delicacy and generosity, David Ebenbach follows as they try to find their uncertain ways, 
discovering that, whatever their ages, some reach parenthood before they’re ready to tackle 
–Stewart O’Nan, award-winning author of Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at 
the Lobster, and Emily Alone

“For the very real people in David Ebenbach’s vivid and emotional stories, becoming a parent—
as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going ‘into the wilderness.’ A trip 
into the unknown, the primitive, the real. One single moment, the birth of a child, changes 
everything. It is the oldest human story and, in Ebenbach’s sure hands, the truest and most 
–Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Building Fiction, The Museum of Happiness, and The Dogeater

“There’s a Yiddish proverb that says, ‘Small children disturb your sleep, big children, your 
life.’ Whether writing about accidental mothers or gay fathers, dewy-eyed newborns or huffy 
teenagers, unwitting grandparents or noncommittal thirty-somethings, David Ebenbach takes us 
deep into the heart of the messy confusion and terror and unfathomable love that make up that 
shaky state we call parenthood. These stories are fearless, honest and true. They are also a joy to 
–Joan Leegant, author of Wherever You Go

David Ebenbach was born and raised in the great city of 
Philadelphia, home of America’s first library, first art museum, first 
public school, and first zoo, along with his very first stories and 
poems – though those early efforts went on to become 
(deservedly) less famous than, for example, the zoo.

Since then David has lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Philadelphia 
again, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Ohio again, picking up 
some education (formal and otherwise) and more than a few 
stories along the way. He has a PhD in Psychology from the 
University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from 
the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

In addition to his short-story collection Into the Wilderness (October 2012, Washington Writers’ 
Publishing House), David is the author of another book of short stories entitled  Between 
Camelots (October 2005, University of Pittsburgh Press), and a non-fiction guide to creativity 
called The Artist’s Torah (forthcoming, Cascade Books). His poetry has appeared in the Beloit 
Poetry Journal, Subtropics, and the Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other places.
He has been awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the 
Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center; and an Individual Excellence 
Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

David currently teaches at Georgetown University and very happily lives in Washington, D.C. 
with his wife and son, both of whom are a marvel and an inspiration.

David Ebenbach    @DavidEbenbach


A collection of flash fiction depicting a look at the various emotional landscapes of human nature through narrative and fantasy elements, “Not Nice” has been likened to eating a “jalepeno-laced jelly doughnut”. You’ll gasp, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry…and you will think about the people around you in a whole new light.
“Annetta isn’t the kind of writer that lets you get comfortable, which is how it should be. The book you hold in your hands is a sort of jalepeno-laced jelly doughnut, meant to be both savored and feared. You’ll want to take small bites, just in case, because while Annetta may be one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met, (turn the book over and check out her picture on the back cover; go ahead, seriously, do it now) her stories are dangerous.”~Joseph Paul Haines, Introduction
These stories encompass a wide range of the human experience, from marital strife to a bedtime story for children to the madness of a psychopathic killer. The author takes you on a journey, peels away the mask, and what you see will change the way you look at the people around you.
“The contrast of imagery with situation is disturbing and addictive. A woman washing dishes, a single drop of blood, and a repeating phrase. Alone, not compelling or creepy. Together, and in this author’s hands, they come together through the alchemy of her writing to affect you as the reader in a variety of ways.”
~~Joshua Guess, Author of “Living With the Dead”
“These are not hearts-and-flowers, happily-ever-after, Lassie-saves-Timmy stories. Annetta Ribken escorts you deep into the twisted, cobwebby parts of her characters’ minds… and if you’re very good and don’t make any sudden moves, she’ll bring you back out again. Probably. But these stories will stay with you for a long, long time.”
~~Lori Cunningham Whitwam, Author of “Make or Break”