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Something in the Cellar [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Casey
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sandra Bates is a regular woman. She goes about her daily life as a hairdresser with minimal fuss and does a fine job of looking after her young son.

But she has a secret. A deadly, murderous secret.

And he's lying at the foot of her cellar...

The bonus story - The Runaway - follows a mysterious character as they escape the depths of a dark, industrial tunnel. Who is the unnamed 'He' that the protagonist is obsessed with, and just what exactly are they running from?

Something in the Cellar is a pair of creepy suspense Twilight Zone style short stories with twists and turns from Ryan Casey, author of Dead Days and the Brian McDone series.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1010 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Higher Bank Books; 1 edition (5 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Ryan Casey is the author of over a dozen novels and an Amazon bestselling serial. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also regularly incorporate elements of horror, mystery and science fiction. Across all genres, Casey is renowned for his dark, page-turning suspense, his unforgettably complex characters, and his knockout twists.

Casey lives in the United Kingdom. He has a BA degree in English with Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham, and has been writing stories for as long as he can remember. In his spare time, he enjoys American serial television, is a slave to Pitchfork's Best New Music section, and wastes far too much of his life playing Football Manager games.

For more information on Ryan's books, visit

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, but very sweet 12 Aug. 2012
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I bought this book because I stumbled upon the author's website, and am a sucker for an impulse buy. I'm so glad I did. Although the stories are short, there is enough in them to stay interested, and the the collection doesn't get bogged down too much in side-plots or irrelevances.

Although Something in the Cellar is the title story, I actually preferred the surrealism of the accompanying story, The Runaway. I thought the character voice was convincing and the ending was surprising and definitely left it open for interpretation. My main issue would be that the story leaves the reader with more questions than it does answers, but this just depends on your personal preferences.

The title story is chilling, and again, the ending really threw me. I found some of the writing rather brilliant in places, such as the description of the different sorts of characters in a school playground. Whilst I'm not sure what to think of the motive, without spoiling anything, it still works really well as a short story.

If I could criticise something, it would be that the stories are maybe just a little too short. Even so, the fact that there are two stories included in the 'package' is a good deal, and I would recommend it to fans of suspense/horror looking for a new read.

The preview of the author's upcoming novel is even more interesting, as it marks another slightly different style of writing and genre. I'll be keeping my eyes on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 28 Mar. 2014
By Kath
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Didn't appeal to me as much as I thought it would. It was an interesting read but not what I expected. Recommend if you like a bit of horror.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I prefer answers 6 Feb. 2013
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I don't agree with some of the other reviewers, I prefer the author to have enough imagination to finish the tale and give us a conclusion, liked the plots, hated how they left me hanging
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, entertaining read 20 Aug. 2012
By Mary - Published on
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I have to say my experience with free stuff has been, well, disappointing. So when I saw the tweet that this was free, I was hesitant, but I figured two short stories couldn't be too much of a risk.

I have to say, these were very enjoyable to read.

I wasn't expecting to sympathize with Sandra, the protagonist of the first story. But as a little more of her backstory emerged, I began to wonder just how she was going to solve her problem and root for her. Needless to say, the ending threw me for a loop.

The second story was weird, but not a bad weird. Just as I think I'm going to learn more about Anna and her ordeal, well, not so much. I will say I saw the ending of this one coming, but not until the very end of the story, so that's okay.

The description of the stories is "dark," but I didn't find them disturbingly dark.

The quality of the publication was quite good, with no more errors than I usually see in a Big Six ebook (a couple of minor typos). I wouldn't hesitate to buy more stories from this author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more 15 Aug. 2012
By Vance Gatlin II - Published on
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I won this book in a drawing held by the author, and started reading after I got it. The short story "Something In The Cellar" takes you through the inner dialogue Sandra has with her conciense that may not be her hardest battle. I can't wait to see this expanded, I'll buy it.

The second story was good but didn't grab me like the first. That's the reasoning behind the four stars. I'd get it to when the expanded version is released.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Secret 19 Oct. 2012
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Something in the Cellar is a super short story that wastes no time packing on the mystery/suspense. I zipped through it with such expedience I hadnt noticed until the end of the 'Bonus' short story, The Runaway, that the two stories were unrelated, leaving me puzzled, only momentarily...that's how captivating Something in the Cellar was. The bonus story didn't grab me quite like the first, but Ryan Casey's deliciously descriptive writing style has a way of drawing you in, regardless.Something in the Cellar
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great surprise endings 20 Aug. 2012
By Jo D. - Published on
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Loved both stories both of which had endings I wasn't expecting. In fact up until the final page of Something in the Celler I was wishing the author would make it into something longer than a short story. The author has a way of making the characters so interesting and sympathetic that you really want to see what happens next. He also finds a way to make the reader have a true feeling of empathy and understanding for the main character of Cellar all within the space of a few pages. I really would like to see Cellar expanded into a longer piece of work mainly because of the author's ability to create such interesting and empathetic characters. But loved it and the spine creeping ending none the less as is. I look forward to more by the author. Something in the Cellar was a very enjoyable quick read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great :) 13 Nov. 2012
By J. Vieitas - Published on
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As it is always expected, a short story usually takes the food out of your mouth right when you're already tasting it and loving it. This one was not an exception. It made me plead for more once I finished reading.

If you're looking for a good suspense and ready to be frustrated in the end...(Not because the book was bad, but because it was really good and you wanted more) buy a copy and enjoy it.

Actually, what I wrote above is related to both of the short-stories. They're very well paced and enjoyable and the only dislike I have about them is the very fact that they're short.
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