Alfie is given a shot at fame and fortune, but finds that luck comes at a cost. Martha dreams about bringing her dead son back to life. Jez and Stig watch the sex robots being shepharded into the rich man's hotel, and talk about stealing one. Christopher finds a key that opens every lock, and cannot help himself. Will wakes up after a drunken night out and finds himself aAlfie is given a shot at fame and fortune, but finds that luck comes at a cost. Martha dreams about bringing her dead son back to life. Jez and Stig watch the sex robots being shepharded into the rich man's hotel, and talk about stealing one. Christopher finds a key that opens every lock, and cannot help himself. Will wakes up after a drunken night out and finds himself a stranger in a strange land.Nineteen stories, nineteen scenarios that will almost certainly come to an bad and unexpected end. Within these pages are haunting tales of ghosts, accidental deaths that are anything but, cursed objects, magic, mayhem and apocolyptic events. Once read, they will be difficult to forget....
|Title||:||The Lucky Penny & Other Stories|
|Number of Pages||:||130 Pages|
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The Lucky Penny & Other Stories Reviews
This is a superb collection of nineteen short tales that take you through every human emotion from the pain of loss to the joy of finding that one perfect thing. Each one is superbly written and has a little something for everyone, from pure horror through a spot of fantasy to a good bit of pure sci-fi. Some stories are more enjoyable than others (this will vary between readers I am sure!) but each one is as gripping as the last.Last Christmas tells of a mother and her son as they prepare for that special time of year despite the hardships they have endured, which are only hinted at by the young boy's revelation in the final line. A chilling and very real tale that is unexpected as it is shocking.The Lucky Penny follows Alfie as he is called to his father's beside ready for his passing and the gift his father passes to him and the need for mankind to 'know' their future. A warning if ever there was one.Blackspot is an interesting tale that finds Laura in an unusual situation where all is not as it seems. A cautionary tale of epic proportions despite its short length.Nightfeeds is a very interesting twist on a classic genre that hints at the truth behind the tale from the outside but doesn't entirely reveal itself until the final lines.The Mirror is a chilling tale where a seemingly innocuous object is not as innocuous as it seems much to the mixed terror and delight of the story's characters.The Resurrection Spell is a tale of love and loss and the lengths people would go to to get back those they have lost without thought for the consequences. A beautiful tale that reiterates the old adage 'be careful what you wish for'.The Sexbot is a darkly amusing sci-fi tale where sexbots are used by the rich and powerful for their earthly pleasures and the plans of Jez and Stig to steal one. Shame they didn't consider the consequences of doing so...one half of the population is likely to find this more amusing than the other (you have been warned).The Key to Everything follows Chris Myers as he tries to fill his summer days now that his friends are away or stuck in summer school. As he does he finds a strange key and quickly discovers that there are some things that are best left alone.A Summer Affair is a superb tale of paranoia and the supernatural as Joshua begins to suspect more than just friendship between his wife and a co-worker and begins to plan accordingly.The Mermaid is an interesting tale that combines a hint of the supernatural with the playfulness of an older bachelor's young companion showing how strong fears can really be.The Morning After finds Will in a strange room in a strange house in an even stranger place following a heavy night out that is largely a complete blank, his solution to which is ingenious in its simplicity.Jeanie's story is another superb twist on a classic genre that hints throughout at the truth behind the words until it bursts through the door in the story's gripping climax.Gift Box is another chilling tale of an innocuous object hiding a deep secret that the Vickerman family can't wait to be rid of.Pandy is a chilling yet sad tale that shows the difference in perception between adults and children and the consequences of rash decisions, no matter how trivial they seem.Falling is a moving tale that shows how the simplest things can bring you back from the edge, even something as simple as snow.Rosemary is another moving tale that shows the power of regret and how coulda-woulda-shoulda can tear you apart and bring back those you have lost.At Lookout Point is a brilliant tale that warns against not judging a book by its cover and taking those park bench conversations a little more seriously than many of us probably do, or at least to pay a bit more heed to our responses.Mr Herwig's Secret is a dark yet sad tale that hints at the futility of the daily grind and how even though you are up and moving, you are not necessarily alive.The Countdown is by far my favourite story in this collection and tells of one many setting himself up in a local park complete with a countdown clock. He speaks to no-one allowing people to discover what it means to them. A poignant tale especially in this day and age where those little things seem to have fallen by the wayside.