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The Shelter [Kindle Edition]

James Everington
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s a long, drowsy summer at the end of the 1980s, and Alan Dean and three of his friends cross the fields behind their village to look for a rumoured WW2 air raid shelter. Only half believing that it even exists beyond schoolboy gossip, the four boys nevertheless feel an odd tension and unease. And when they do find the shelter, and go down inside it, the strange and horrifying events that follow will test their adolescent friendships to breaking point, and affect the rest of their lives...

A horror novella of 15.5k words, plus an author’s afterword.

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About the Author

I'm a writer from Nottingham, England- most of what I write is dark, supernatural fiction, although not necessarily 'horror' in the blood and guts sense. My main influences are writers like Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, and Robert Aickman. I enjoy the unexplained, the psychological, and the ambiguous in my weird fiction.I think a lot of the best such fiction has been done in the short story form (although that's not to say I won't be trying a novel at some point...) I drink Guinness, if anyone's offering.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 163 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NRQV80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"It's a special moment when you read a new author and immediately get the feeling that you're onto something special and such was the case here. The stories in this collection are evidence of great talent at work, both emotionally and intellectually stimulating." Dark Musings

I'm a writer of horror and strange stories from Nottingham, England. I enjoy the unexplained, the psychological, and the ambiguous in my weird fiction, and this is the kind of story I try and write. My main influences are writers like Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, and Robert Aickman.

My latest collection of stories, 'Falling Over', is out now from Infinity Plus and Spectral Press are publishing my episodic novel 'The Quarantined City' in six parts during the first half of 2015.

I drink Guinness, if anyone's offering.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tale 23 Oct. 2013
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During the long summer of 1989, thirteen year-old Alan Dean hung around with three friends - Mark, Tom and Duncan. Mark was a charismatic bully, a bad seed who was used to getting what he wanted and when he suggested the four of them explore an old shelter, they all agreed. At the same time, a local boy called Martin had gone missing and the newspapers are asking if a killer's on the loose but once Alan and his friends find the shelter, they experience something strange and horrifying that will change all their lives forever.

I love coming-of-age tales and I love eighties nostalgia and so, as my introduction to the writing of James Everington, this couldn't have gone much better at all. Although he's at the opposite end of the decade to me (in terms of points of reference), he perfectly evokes a long boring summer to the extent that the reader can almost feel the prickly heat and hear the flies buzzing and there's nothing that knocks this illusion at all. The characters are well drawn, though Alan - who narrates - is probably the only one most people will identify with - Tom and Duncan are herd animals, not quite smart enough to strike out on their own and instead happy to be the muscle, whilst Mark is almost chilling in his relentness need to be in control, though Everington spotlights his vulnerability well as the story progresses. The peer pressure too is well evoked, with the other boys being two years old than Alan, so he goes along them with because he's too scared not to, plus he likes the increased social status their comradeship gives him.

The shelter itself is a superb invention, very real and with a claustrophobic atmosphere that is almost tangible. When Alan sees what he sees, we're there on the ladder with him and equally desperate for release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, engaging horror 21 April 2015
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Not sure if this was a 99p deal or free for a limited period, or who recommended it. Some journalist I am. I know I was already Facebook friends with James prior to reading, and I also know this was my first encounter with his work.

It will not be my last.

The Shelter is a deft exercise in short form storytelling – falling in that twilight zone between short story and novella, the kind of length that you basically never saw outside an anthology or collection, prior to the rise of the e-book.


The story is told in flashback, to a summer holiday and an unhappy bunch of childhood – well, 'friends', I suppose, though it's clear from the outset that there's an unpleasant power dynamic at work. It's one of many superb touches in the story, actually – that awkward teen/pre-teen cusp period when age and perceived maturity or cool factor can lead vulnerable lads to hang out with people they know are not good for them – worse, treat them with contempt.

As the story is told in flashback, some of this is told explicitly, but as much is implied from the way the kids interact, and I felt more than once the twinge of uncomfortable recognition at depicted relationships. I think it takes a real talent to so completely recall childhood with this level of clarity and authenticity, and bring it to life on the page.

The horror elements of the tale are similarly well handled – the title alone gives us sufficient foreshadowing that the impromptu field trip to the abandoned air raid shelter is unlikely to end well. The way the tensions build within the group as the story develops is conveyed smartly, and creates a very effective sense of dread.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy and evocative tale, well told 9 Jan. 2014
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I loved this. Very evocative, bringing back memories of my own aimless school holidays, hanging around with people I didn't quite trust and didn't quite like. There are shades of King's 'The Body' in here, and the horror elements are perfectly inked in - not too ott, not too quiet - just the right pitch for the tale.

James Everington is a writer to watch out for. His eye for detail - and the psychology of his characters - make for an immersive experience. You fall through a hole between the words, and you're gone back in time, a schoolkid in the British countryside.

I also enjoyed the coda at the end, where James discusses the provenance of the story - an unpresuming glimpse into the writing process that does a great job of humanising the writer and warming the reader to the story all the more...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed 23 Feb. 2013
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I found the book to short.It didn't say much about being in the shelter.I didn't think it was a horror story more a book about things playing with a boys mind.I don't think I will read any more books by James Everinton sorry
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ptretty disappointed 18 Mar. 2013
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Not only a short read but not what I expected. Just a camp fire ghost storey which didn't turn out to be that scary
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4.0 out of 5 stars Believable and well told 24 Sept. 2011
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This short story is a little gem. James Everington handles the subject well and doesn't fall into the common trap with the horror or phychological thriller genres of over-egging the pudding. You can feel the boys' boredom and then their mounting unease as they approach the shelter. The pace of the story is good and your attention never wavers. The actual scene in the shelter is quite creepy and it's believable that it stayed with the boy until manhood. The retrospective was particularly well handled. I would welcome a longer book on these lines from James Everington and I would recomment this as a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seek shelter here.
This is a great little novella from James Everington. The story revolves around a group of adolescents who discover an old air raid shelter. What lies inside? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adrian Shotbolt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read really liked it
Published 9 months ago by ALAN FENTON
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting Stand by me
Good read, entertaining and thrilling, but found myself with alot of questions i felt needed answering at the end. Read more
Published on 4 Aug. 2013 by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars I know a shelter just like this...
...which made reading it all the more enjoyable. Even the location, in the corner of a field, the concrete standing in dry mud, is spookily similar. Read more
Published on 13 July 2013 by theothersam
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy stuff
Boys on an adventure leading to a death. I nearly abandoned the story half way through. I did not want to know what was in the shelter. Hairs stood on their ends... Read more
Published on 1 July 2013 by lisa obrien
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor scares
Not a bad book but the ending let it down. Needed more explaining as to what went on. Passes away a couple of hours.on a wet day.
Published on 20 May 2013 by panzerccfc
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
A good little short story. The shelter itself has an appropriate air of menace to it and the build up of dread is skilfully handled.
Published on 19 May 2013 by Mr T C Raw
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense
I'm a lifelong horror reader and I am fussy! This ticked all the boxes - with not too much gore,
Published on 18 April 2013 by cathy bs
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy purchase
Read it in one sitting and loved it. Reminded me of my own childhood also and thought the characters were each fleshed out superbly with a brilliant ending. Read more
Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by TJ Latham
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as frightening as I had hoped!
This book was ok and kept me interested whilst reading on Kindle on excercise machine but I didn't feel satisfied by the outcome.
Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by torchest
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