Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories

by Deborah Sheldon
Release date: August 2017
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasydark fantasy, horror, short stories

A collection of twenty-one dark fantasy and horror stories by Deborah Sheldon.

Mysterious. Creepy. Disturbing. Including:

- A funeral director, who steals body parts for cash, takes delivery of an unusual corpse.

- The crew of a nineteenth-century fishing boat encounters an unknown but irresistible danger.

- A dog-sledder on a secret mission in Antarctica fights for his life against the monsters that have fuelled his every nightmare since the Vietnam war.

The published stories include:

- Perfect little stitches - Midnight Echo, shortlisted for an Australian Shadows Award 2015
- What the sea wants - SQ Mag, shortlisted for an Australian Shadows Award 2016
- Across the white desert - Aurealis
- In the company of women - Pulp Modern
- Will o' the wisp - Lighthouses: an anthology of dark tales (Black Beacon Books)
- Fair haired boy - Skive Magazine
- A faithful companion - Tincture Journal
- Griselda Gosh - Eclecticism E-zine
- Post hoc ergo propter hoc - Allegory Magazine, honourable mention in the AHWA Flash Fiction Competition 2015
- The brightest place - Polestar Writers' Journal

The unpublished stories include:

- Nocturnal fury
- The sundowners
- Angel hair - second place in the AHWA Short Story Competition 2016
- Sarah Jane runs away with the circus
- Stagecoach from Castlemaine
- A haunting in suburbia
- Species endangered
- Delirium of negation

The novelette, 'The Again Walkers', was inspired by Deb’s interest in ninth century Danish mythology and superstition. To end a blood feud between two Viking families, Svana Norup is offered as a peace-pledge bride to blacksmith, Hallkell Jenson. Within weeks of moving to Hallkell's village, however, Svana meets and falls for the shepherd, Agmundr Rask. If Svana and Agmundr want to make a life together, they must first slaughter Hallkell. But can the lovers risk murder when Hallkell might return from the dead as a reanimated corpse, an Again Walker, to take revenge.

(updated 2017-08-30)

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