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Roylsden #73

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Before me the horse reared up, forelegs kicking the air above me, and neighed, raucously and incessantly. The noise shattered the silence and harmony of the earth and when one hoof came down on my head the sky split apart, turning in an instant from a crystalline blue to a red pulsing scar. Pain, like a branding iron, burned from my head through my neck and down my back.
Its other hoof came down on my shoulder and when the pain detonated, the ground became a vast black bear, its waiting jaws between my knees, mouth wide, preparing to bite.

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    This is so unexpected and so powerful Drew. Lovely use of language and metaphor. You are such a talented writer. It’s ironic that there is so much rubbish published and here is work of the highest quality on many levels that goes (I’m assuming) unpublished except for Drablr.

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    Christopher over 1 year ago

    Hear! Hear!

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Thanks very much, both. I'm not sure I deserve such an accolade, but hell, I'll take it anyway ;) It's very much appreciated.
    Actually I have had a couple of horror stories published in anthologies a few years ago, but nothing to make me a multi-billionaire, yet! :)

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Do you have a link for them Drew? (Please)

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    I'll check out amazon now. I doubt they'll still be available as they were with small publishers (I assume) but you never know...

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Did you sell many?

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    No idea, tbh :) They were both one off payments when published, rather than royalties. (One day I'll get around to producing an e-book collection!)

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    It’s very easy and cheap using Createspace. They’ll even give you a free ISBN number, but I think I prefer to have my own ISBN attached to my own imprint... Panacebo Publishing.

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Nope, cant comment atm, just doesn't seem to save.

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Let's try this. Twisted Words is a story in Fortune Lost And Found and The House That Sang is in Horror Library 5

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Oh look, that worked! Both still available, amazingly, on Amzon dot co etc

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Dark Tales vol 16 contains my Mrs Ely's Travesty.
    Still a bit shocked they're still out there!
    Shameless advertising now over lol

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Found The House That Sang and Mrs Ely’s Travesty, but couldn’t find Twisted Words so far. I too will persevere... fun!

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    While I was looking on Amazon I checked out our own family anthology The Jarmany Short Story Collection and it’s still there. Why ‘Jarmany’? Well that’s a long story of its own, a mystery which none of us have really got to the bottom of. But it’s a family name and my son even decided to call his company Jarmany which has done OK so far. I was fascinated to see a single 5 star review for the volume until I realised it was one of my writers group mates with a new, who is one of the very few people to have bought the book. One day...one day!

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Excellent! I'll check out The Jarmany Collection this evening.
    What about 'Kate Jonez and L S Murphy', they're the editors :)

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    I'l check them out. (Rather than 'with a new' in my comment above, i had put ndp - nom de plume - but autocorrrect decided it knew best!

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Just found you on Isotropic Fiction #2 Drew. First I need to remember from my chemistry class what isotropic means and then I’ll see what isotropic stories you’ve written!

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Chemistry no help, so I tried Phyics... and I still have no idea what isotropic fiction is; I’ll just havo read some 🤔

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Hah, I'd forgotten about Isotropic. I wasn't happy with that, something happened between the last draft and publishing and the story didn't come out quite like I'd like. C'est la vie, though.
    I've never understood Isotropic tbh. Iso indicates something that's equal, tropic I reckon is used as in trope or metaphor. Or it could be isotropic, everything equal. Dunno lol :)

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