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Dark Steps [Kindle Edition]

Martin Pond
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A collection of short stories, a series of twist endings, and one author's dark steps back into writing...

A teenage boy waits to take a sinister test he may or may not pass; a new father hears a strange voice on his daughter's baby monitor; a poisoner's best-laid plans go terribly astray; an enigmatic man gets as close to death as he can; a young boy wonders why Christmas just doesn't feel right this year; after the year from hell, a man is driven to extreme measures; a dying man reveals a black secret to his son; and, after four years in limbo, a man's life starts to unravel...

These dark tales of the unexpected are for fans of the short fiction of Stephen King, David Morrell and Dean Koontz. Step outside of the every day and take dark steps into a shadowy place...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 135 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GQ84CE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #696,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in East Kent in 1970, Martin Pond was educated at the University of East Anglia. A career in IT followed, and continues to pay the bills. In 2007 Martin made a hesitant return to fiction, not having written seriously since his student days. He returned to UEA too, and took a diploma in Creative Writing.

Martin's stories have appeared in Unthology No 1, Streetcake magazine and Alliterati magazine, whilst three poems have appeared in The Artillery Of Words magazine.

Martin is currently working on a novel-length work, Drawn To The Deep End, and, as an experiment, is publishing the first draft, unedited, in weekly online instalments.

Martin's first collection of short fiction, Dark Steps, was published in August 2011. Two standalone short stories, Turn Around Where Possible and Cold, followed in 2012.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves the reader wanting more 3 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Described in the author's own words as his "dark steps back into writing", the seven stories (and one novel sample) of Dark Steps show a skilled wordsmith at work; one whose cool, restrained prose serves him well in a genre not always known for understatement. If there is one knock (and it's a minor one) against the collection, it's that a few of the stories feel like try-outs for longer, more substantial works.

Still, any book that leaves the reader wanting more is no bad thing indeed. (Amazon doesn't allow half-stars, otherwise I'd give it 4.5!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling stories with twisted endings 21 April 2012
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When Martin Pond asked me if I would review 'Dark Steps' for him I was thrilled. I like reading horror, Stephen King being one of my favourite authors, so I was interested in seeing what his stories were like.

This is Martin Pond's debut book. It contains eight short stories, the last one of which is an extract from a forthcoming novel. There is also a very nice introduction at the beginning of the book.

These are chilling stories with twisted endings. They reminded me of 'Tales of the Unexpected', a TV series that I used to love watching. The first five stories in particular are very short, but that's good if you just want to have a quick read. I also found a couple of them predictable, but then these were Martin's early works. Some of the other stories were thought provoking. I felt that with 'Egg', there is a moral to the story. No matter how much plotting and planning you do, for instance if you want to get your revenge on someone, chances are that it will backfire on you.

I thought that the descriptions were really good. I can't help wishing that there had been more stories in this collection though, at least fifteen, as you just want to carry on reading. However, I do know that Martin Pond has written another book and has more on the way.

All in all this is a very impressive first book and I'm really looking forward to reading more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, page turner, more please 5 April 2012
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Short stories, easy to read and easy to become wrapped up in. The many times I found I had held my breathe and the need to know what is going to happen next was unbelievable. I thought that the writer had the right amount of hold to keep me interested and wanting much more after I had finished. Brilliant and talented writer. Thank you Mr. Pond I will be looking out for more and revisiting the dark steps again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a collection 28 Mar. 2012
By Susie
Format:Kindle Edition
A gem of a collection from writer Martin Pond, who reveals a real talent for the twist in the tale.

I really enjoyed these short stories, from the haunting `Dream Feed' to the mysterious `Waiting Room'. Perfect to dip in and out of, although I was so hooked that I read the entire book in one sitting.

Am already on my second reading - highly recommended!
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But something...something was off' says an anxious father, in Dream Feed, the second of the eight stories in Dark Steps, and this wary note of concern strikes a chord, for this reader at least, exemplifying as it does the voice of trepidation which characterizes many of the episodes in this memorable, if rather sombre collection of short stories.

The author has a good eye for details; the `flowers of rust' around the wheel of a car, the injured child's trainer's red LED flashing as she lies in the road, the `sibilant hiss of the baby monitor' and the `wheezing, arrhythmic parody of a laugh that again descended into a cough' - brilliant observations all, and part of the charm of this powerful collection.
Although there are moments where it feels like the reader is being led to a foreseeable resolution (particularly in The Inheritance) this is a minor plot issue, and the writing within the stories, the actual narration, is almost uniformly striking and very memorable. I come back to these stories again and again to remind myself of the gratifying arc of tension, suspense, and relief demonstrated in Dark Steps, as well as the intelligence in the writing, the observant eye in the narration and the terrible moment of realization that something is not quite right, something...something is off.
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