The unique thing about two of my novellas, Malfunction and Ashday's Child, available through Smashwords, is that they were written as completely stand alone stories, but when I came to write my full-length novel, Timeshaft, I saw how I could link them and extend their storylines.
As I started to interweave the plots they quickly became the absolute lifeblood of Timeshaft.
There are two ways you can enjoy these two stories -- either read them independently of Timeshaft, as separate tales, or skip the novellas and simply read Timeshaft.
However, I've found many people like to read the novellas before Timeshaft, just to see if they can work out the link. And I can safely say that no-one has pulled out the right connection.
So, there's a challenge for you, should you decide to accept it!
A time paradox story.
Following a devastating explosion in a pioneering new energy system, its creator is taken several hours back in time by a mysterious tramp, to prevent the critical malfunction.
Then things take a sinister turn.
In a distant, simple society which rose after a nuclear holocaust, a young couple realise with horror that they have inadvertently transgressed a major, but unjust, law. Their baby is due to be born in the forbidden second quarter of the year: it will be an accursed Ashday's Child.
Can Jontil and Laoni Almana find a way to save their own lives and the life of their unborn baby, which will be forfeit under this harsh law? The dystopian undertones of the apparent utopian and simple, non-technological society of Thiecon are represented by the All-Seeing-All-Powerful-One and the Star-Gazer. To say nothing of the Destroyers of Evil....
The Twitter Bully
Baa Baa Bleat Bleat, have you any bile?
Yes Sir, Yes Sir, we spread it all the while.
We take a lie from our Master, push it far and wide,
And wash away the truth with the outgoing tide.
Lies and hate we spread ‘til our victims fill with dread,
We care not a jot that justice shall be dead.
Originally appearing in Stewart Bint's Thunderlands short story collection, and subsequently in Awethology Dark, an anthology published by Plaisted Publishing House Ltd., New Zealand, Stewart Bint’s acclaimed horror novella The Twitter Bully is now available as this stand-alone edition.
The 7,300-word fantasy tale ruthlessly explores the devastating consequences that sustained harassment on Twitter have for a young girl, Annie Galway, and how karma exacts a terrifying and horrific revenge on the teenager responsible.