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Broken Sigil

Broken Sigil [Kindle Edition]

William Meikle
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There are houses like this all over the world. Most people only know of them from whispered stories over campfires; tall tales told to scare the unwary. But some...those who suffer...know better. They are drawn to these places to ease their pain.

If you have the will, the fortitude, you can peer into another life, where the dead are not gone.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Publisher: DarkFuse; 1 edition (12 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm Willie, a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries, the author of the ongoing Midnight Eye series among others. My work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies.

My current best seller is THE INVASION, a sci-fi alien invasion tale with mass carnage, plucky survivors, and last minute rescues. It has been as high as #2 in the Kindle > science fiction charts. (and #4 in Kindle > horror ). Please check it out.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A shot of horrornoir! 16 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Horrornoir!...great little story I can see where Mr Meikle's inspiration for this short sharp little gem came from! Joe Connors is called to a shooting and the victim is his friend Johnny Provan, killed by a single gunshot. As the story unravels we learn about the sad death of Joe's wife Brenda and the murky past of Johnny Provan...and his involvement into the "world beyond" The story has a great list of characters and uses The Maltese Falcon as a focal point. There is a lovely use of language and a great understanding by Willian Meikle of the workings and use of the short novella. There is an explosive start, a great mid section with the mystifying concierge Madame Girotte, and a most unexpected punchy ending. Broken Sigil is a shot of the hard stuff when you fancy a little knock out drug! read and enjoy :)
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It’s a bad day when Lieutenant Joe Connors, IAB is called to a cop killing on the South Side. He’s not prepared to discover that he knows the victim—Johnny Provan, his ex-partner and ex-best friend.
What caused Provan to come running out of that house, raving like a lunatic... to aim his gun at his rookie partner, forcing the kid to shoot him?
When Joe visits the house, to interview the tenants, he finds more questions than answers. The house is not what it seems. In a completely original variant on the classic “haunted house” concept, this is a place where the lonely and grieving can reconnect with their loved ones—but there are rules. Johnny Provan didn’t follow those rules, and soon Joe would discover that he couldn’t either.
Each tenant makes their connection through a different medium. In Joe’s case it’s the John Huston movie version of ‘The Maltese Falcon’. William Meikle deftly weaves in dialogue from the film, as Joe starts to forge his connection with the beyond.
This is a story of love, betrayal and loss, which would have made a great ‘Twilight Zone’ episode. DarkFuse are becoming a major force to be reckoned with in the area of macabre fiction and they really seem to be bringing out the best in William Meikle, possibly because he works particularly well within the novella format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A creepy supernatural crime noir story 23 April 2014
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This is the story of Joe Connor. An inspector in Internal Affairs, he not generally liked by his peers. One day he is called to a cop killing - the cop he instantly recognises as his ex-friend and police partner. Now Joe must find out why his ex-partner died and what drew him to the Brownstone where he was found...

This was a great little crime noir story. It was also at its heart a love story and what people will do and how far they will go to hold on to that love. But more than that it was creepy, look over your shoulder at shadows creepy. I was glued to each page and read it in two sittings although it can easily be read in one. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the characters sang to me. Well done Willie, another goodun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerising read. 5 Feb 2014
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Like an episode of Tales of the Unexpected, you don't realise you've reached the end until the Credits flash up and you remember to breathe again. If this were a movie there'd be that tension-generating violin noise in the background music, rising slowly in pitch and volume until you can almost not bear to look.
It's not outright terror in the story, but more a creeping, unsettling spookiness that tugs at you; the growing shadows in the corner, the increasing certainty that something strange us happening from which you can't escape.

I've always loved this author's work - from the joy of the Pulp, through the dark and smoky Noir and out to the often downright terrifying Mythos horror - and including various mixes of the styles along the way.
Here we see a dark and desperate take on a story of loss and regret, filtered through a smoke- and whiskey-fuelled Noir atmosphere and framed by the timeless classic The Maltese Falcon.

It's clear the author adores this film, and its resonance to the story as the climax approaches is brilliantly done.
I used to think Mr Meikle ought to write more long, epic novels (The Concordances of the Red Serpent is a particular favourite of this type), but if he carries on like this; I'm not sure my nerves could take it!
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