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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.
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 :)
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!
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.