- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Alfie Dog Limited (21 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956965911
- ISBN-13: 978-0956965912
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,088,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
3am and Wide Awake Paperback – 21 May 2013
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About the Author
Sarah originally trained as a nurse in Sheffield, before working as a medical representative specialising in mental health. Since then she has had around 160 short stories and serials published in national magazines, newspapers and anthologies. ‘3am and Wide Awake’ - a collection of 25 dark tales (mostly supernatural or medically themed thrillers) - was published in 2013 by Alfie Dog Fiction; and ‘Expected’ - a comedy novel with Crooked Cat Publishing in June, 2013. She hopes to have a supernatural novel published soon, and continues to write serials for magazines.
Top Customer Reviews
Although most have a connection with an afterlife and involve spiritual karmic retribution, others are more terrifying because of the reality of their circumstances: the battle to overcome psychotic inner demons; the unconscious and paralysing nature of mental illness, and the all-consuming power of rage.
As in any anthology, I enjoyed some more than others, with my particular favourite being ‘Burned’: a traumatic and transformative journey following disfigurement, the startling imagery of which left me exhausted by its end.
My only niggle about this book would be the print errors that crop up occasionally and could have been avoided with more proofreading, but that’s just me.
In conclusion, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this as an entertaining read. It would serve as a perfect accompaniment to a quiet Hallowe’en at home, with nothing but your imagination to keep you company.
There are some very short stories, and some a little longer, so you should find something to fill the minutes you have free to add a little gentle horror or spookiness to your day. Enjoy!
Do not read this book late at night. Or, on second thoughts, do read it late at night, have nightmares, write them down and turn them into horrifying short stories :)
She has each story under control from the very first word and then takes you effortlessly through a journey of discovery.
Her writing reminds me of that TV series,'Tales of the Unexpected' by Roald Dahl and what you get from this very talented author is just that - the unexpected.
I loved being surprised by each story.
I've given four stars rather than five because I felt that some of the stories ended with a whimper rather than a bang. Also, there was at least one piece of dialogue where it wasn't immediately apparent who was speaking. Despite these reservations, I have no hesitation in recommending this to you if you enjoy thrillers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written with most stories topical and interesting. Good for those that do not want to delve into a story that goes on and on afraid to put it down in case they forget where... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2014 by Mrs. J. Bailey
I found this group of short stories to be tedious to read. I would find it very easy to go to sleep by 3am after reading these tales of woe, despair and inexplicable mind battles.Published on 3 Jun. 2014 by Maggie Currie
Enjoyed most of this collection of mainly modern horrors stories. Each one is long enough to be read without being too bogged in sub plot and back story. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This collection reads like a series of hastily dashed off first drafts - "I've got a promising idea for a spooky little story, but can't wait to get to the end and consequently... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2013 by Peretz34
An entertaining, intriguing collection of stories. This is the first time I've read Sarah England's work and I was very impressed, I really enjoyed all of the stories. Read morePublished on 15 May 2013 by Gina Dickerson-Elvidge