Last week I had the wonderful good fortune to meet a writer who lives just round the corner from me in Oxfordshire. Her name is Rosemary Johns and she has published dark contemporary fiction under the name R. A. Johns. She also writes screenplays, dramas and is working on a novel. We were introduced via a mutual friend and she kindly invited me round for a coffee. We hit it off straight away, chatting about all things book and publishing related.
As the nights draw in and Halloween approaches, her fiction sounds like just the thing to send a shiver up your spine.
Changes is an anthology of dark stories by writers from Europe and America, published by Thirteen O’Clock Press. It is currently out in paperback and the ebook will be out in time for Halloween. R. A. Johns’ story, Procreation, is about how a couple’s desperation to have a baby transforms science, themselves and ultimately humanity. She describes the story as dark science-fiction.
Undercurrents of Fear, published by Silent Fray, is another anthology of dark stories by writers from Europe and America. It is available in paperback and ebook formats. R. A. Johns’ story Killer Salesman concerns a salesman who fails in his career and personal life. His largest fear of failure comes back to haunt him in a figure in a hotel painting…
Here’s what the reviewers are saying:
An excellent collection of creepy stories. I particularly enjoyed ‘Killer Salesman’ which was written in a modern film noire style and has great pace plus a sly nod to ‘Dorian Gray’. Highly recommended (Dominic Caygill-Coombs)
A gluttony of short but devilish stories which gleefully unnerved me. Beware the Salesman (which R. A. Johns pens with a wicked sense of irony and an alarming sense of urgency) that dark thing may well be at your door this very moment. A great publication for those wishing to devour some light horror/weird shorts. (David Clements)
‘Killer Salesman’ confronts fears on differing levels, losing your business ‘edge’ your job, your manhood, perhaps your sanity, and ultimately perhaps, your life. I also think I have stayed in that Motel before! Very evocative and well written piece. (Victor Clements)
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