Featured: In Dark Places by Helen Pryke

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Review: “I expected the stories to be good, as her writing and flow always is. What I didn’t expect was for her work to be genuinely frightening.”

Wander through the nightmare landscape of the Storyteller’s mind: get lost in dark woods that will swallow your soul, enter a suburban house where a creature seeks revenge, flee through a maze of never-ending corridors, and watch as the end of the world approaches.

These tales have been waiting for the right time to be told.

That time is now.

Do you dare to enter?

Helen Pryke


Meet Helen Pryke:

elen Pryke is a British author who has been living in the north of Italy for almost 30 years, learning everything about Italians, their culture, and their way of life. She now considers herself more Italian than British, even though she has never lost her British accent. Addicted to coffee and chocolate, she has also developed a passion for good food, having married an Italian who is a wonderful cook!

As well as writing suspense novels, Helen also writes emotional women’s fiction set in Italy that deals with the difficult subject of abuse in a sensitive way.

She also writes middle grade fiction under the pen name, Julia E. Clements. You can find her books here: author.to/JuliaEClements

When she’s not writing, she works as a proofreader for indie authors and a translator (from Italian to English). She loves reading, and will read anything and everything.

For all the latest information, excerpts from her upcoming books, general fun, or for a chat, follow Helen on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/helenprykeauthor/

For all her books, social media links, and more, visit her website at https://pinkquillbooks.wordpress.com

Review by Brian O’Gorman::

It’s a tough thing to step out of your comfort zone, especially when you are a writer that is not used to digging into the darker side of human nature. Helen Pryke has always been a brilliant writer and one that you don’t normally find on the horror shelf, although her superb Maggie Turner novels had moments of genuine terror which lingered in the mind long after the last page was turned.

When I got my hands on this collection of short stories, I wondered what I was in for. Had Helen Pryke finally taken the final steps over to the dark side?

In a word, yes. There is plenty of darkness here, but it is a darkness that has such a wonderful, shiny coat. The stories are told with such sleek gloss that you sometimes forget that you are walking down ten miles of bad road, a little like taking a poison that tastes of the sweetest and sugary fruit.

Every story has something to savour here, and as brilliant as Helen’s writing is, I couldn’t help but think that she was upstaged by “Our Thoughts Are Free” and “Immortal Tunes” both of which were written by her son. There is a great imagination at work in these two stand-outs, one that gives me hope for the next generation of writers that will eventually come along.

If you want a great collection of short stories, then look no further. This collection has something for everyone. You might be appalled, you might be scared, you might question everything you see around you when you are finished, but a great writer will do that to you and Helen Pryke is one of the best.

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