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Don't Read Alone [Kindle Edition]

Paul Finch
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Book Description

A collection of short stories by an award-winning master of horror and suspense!

In his new bestselling series of Hitchcockian crime novels, cop-turned-author Paul Finch is busy bringing darkness and terror into the world of fictional law-enforcement.

In both Stalkers and Sacrifice, and the next few novels to come, Finch pitches Detective Sergeant Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg, a hard-edged but likeable young cop, against a range of killers and madmen drawn from society’s worst nightmares. The Nice Guys Club, the Desecrator, the M1 Maniacs, the Lady Killer – these are all human adversaries, yet so twisted and depraved that they might as well be real monsters.

And ‘real monsters’ is the realm into which Finch is ready to take you next, as he goes one step further with Don’t Read Alone, a new collection of full-on horror short stories.

In The Poppet a faceless wooden doll holds the secret to a chilling curse …

In Hell in the Cathedral, a bunch of tourists are marooned at the mercy of a voracious sea-beast …

In The Baleful Dead an ageing heavy metal band reunite at a lonely mansion, unaware of the bloodthirsty forces lingering in the nearby wood …

Check out these and several other nerve-shredding tales (including the winner of the International Horror Guild Award for 2007) … if you think you’ve got the guts!

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3217 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Brentwood Press (23 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FEI5V8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul's agent- Julian Friedmann at

Paul Finch studied History at Goldsmiths, London, before becoming a cop in the north west of England. He then let his passion for writing allow him to follow a career in journalism. Now a full time writer, he first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, THE BILL, and has written extensively in the field of children's animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers and horrors.

His crime debut novel, STALKERS, was a no 1 ebook best seller in 2013 and introduced DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg. This was followed last July 2013 by the sequel, SACRIFICE, and May 2014 by the third in the series, THE KILLING CLUB. The fourth, DEAD MAN WALKING, will follow in November 2014, with the fifth, HUNTED, in February 2015. The Heck series is also to be published in Germany, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, and Japan.

In addition to his Heck novels, Paul has had twelve books and nearly 300 stories and novellas published on both sides of the Atlantic. His first collection, AFTER SHOCKS (Ash-Tree Press), won the British Fantasy Award in 2002, while he won the award again in 2007 for his novella, KID. Later in 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for his mid-length story, THE OLD NORTH ROAD. His short novel, CAPE WRATH (Telos), was short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award in 2002, and several other collections of his stories and novellas have been published since, all of them well received by fans and readers. His horror novel, STRONGHOLD, was published by Abaddon Books in 2010, and the same year Pendragon Press published his highly rated festive terror tale, SPARROWHAWK. Paul has also written three DR WHO audio dramas for Big Finish - LEVIATHAN, SENTINELS OF THE NEW DAWN and HEXAGORA, and THRESHOLD, the pilot episode for the DR WHO spin-off series, COUNTER MEASURES. Paul's DR WHO novel, HUNTER'S MOON was published by BBC Books in 2011.

Paul is no stranger to film either, having written scripts for several horror movies. Two of these, SPIRIT TRAP and THE DEVIL'S ROCK, were released in 2005 and 2011 respectively, while his short story THE BELFRIES, is currently being adapted in Hollywood, and his movie script WAR WOLF is under development by Amber Entertainment.

Wearing an editor's hat, Paul is also responsible for the TERROR TALES series from Gray Friar Press, a collection of ghost and horror anthologies exploring the folklore, history and geography of the various regions of Britain.

Paul Finch lives in Lancashire, UK, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent horror short stories 20 Dec. 2013
By thor737
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I had never heard of Paul Finch until I got my Kindle.He is a first class author and Don,t Read Alone is a gripping colection of well written short horror stories.Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its time to be scared 5 Jun. 2014
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Great read stories very gripping and love these and all of Paul Finch's crime books too. Excellent horror at its best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Sept. 2014
By Liz
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Really enjoyed reading this book this book in fact I love all of paul finch,s work definitely recommend you give it a try
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff 19 Sept. 2014
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I love Paul Finch stories, to me he's old school creepy horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Aug. 2014
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Have bought Paul finch again. Very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense reading 5 Jan. 2015
By C2
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A vivid collection of tales. It's quite difficult to choose a favourite. The Baleful Dead, the ending, eek, I would have told them to stick the money, where the sun don't shine
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Title is misleading - nearly at the end of it and I have no trouble reading it alone or getting a good, undisturbed night's sleep.
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Another good book of short stories from Paul Finch, one of which you just have to keep on reading till it is finished. Excellent.
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