So You Want To Sample My Writing, Do You? Well, here is a taste of ‘Making Magic’

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*Please note that the 3D render of the cover is not to scale, this is a short story of approx. 32 pages. 

Hello Readers,

Your next sample of my writing in an excerpt from ‘Making Magic’, a short fantasy/horror story with a touch of humour. This story takes a look at Alcus, a wannabe writer as he attends his first critique session. But not everything is as it seems.  I hope you enjoy reading this spellbinding fantasy/horror.

Making Magic by Allan Walsh

Alcus stared at a note pinned to the notice board. The corners were furled, itching to roll shut, but the words sparkled, as if calling to him.

‘Do you create your own worlds? Bring characters to life? Create magic you want to be seen? If the answer is yes, this may be the group for you.’

This could be it. The writers’ group I’ve been looking for. But what if they don’t like my work? What if they laugh at me? I can’t spend my whole life wondering. I’ve got to grow a spine, face my fears and get it done.

He grabbed his note pad from his pocket and scribbled the address inside.

The days passed, Alcus counting them down, the way he used to at Christmas when he was a kid. That same feeling of excitement fluttering in his stomach just like it used to. When there were no more days to count, he found his way to the address in his note book. He looked down at the writing on the page.

Room 1
The Old Library,
21 Orion Way,
Forest Hill.

Then peered up at the building before him. Lichen crusted rocks loomed up above the entrance, as if their weight smothered and squeezed the tiny door into the wall. Alcus felt goosebumps creep up his neck.

This is silly, I shouldn’t be here… But If I don’t go in, how am I going to know if my work is any good?

He grabbed the iron ring on the door, tugged it open and ducked inside. The doorway opened up into a large entrance hall. Alcus strode past a wooden sign pointing to a room with an iron-studded door at the end of the hall. He paced back and forth outside the door, stopped and rubbed at his chin.

Just go in Al, try it out. If you make a fool of yourself, just don’t come back, he reasoned.

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So You Want To Sample My Writing, Do You? Well, here is a taste of ‘Easy Prey’

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*Please note that the 3D render of the cover is not to scale, this is a short story of approx. 28 pages. 

Hello Readers,

For the next sample of my work, I give you an excerpt from ‘Easy Prey’, a short horror story about a dead beat looking for trouble. If he keeps on looking, he may just find what he is after. I hope you enjoy this splash of horror.

Easy Prey by Allan Walsh

Deb climbed the cellar stairs and glared across the main room of Shaw’s Bar at the guy hunched over the jukebox.

Mack.

She’d been trying to avoid him all night, just like every other woman in the place.

He dropped a coin into the Wurlitzer, pressed a few buttons and sat back at the bar, swigging his beer. ‘Free Bird’ bloomed out from the jukebox, filling the smoky air with its sullen tone. The top corner of the latest band poster drooped from the weatherboard wall, as if the music weighed heavy on the paper.

“All done?” Judd asked, handing Deb a bar cloth.

“Yep. Next time I’ll show you how to change the barrel,” she said, wiping her hands on the cloth. “It isn’t hard, you’ll pick it up quick enough.”

“I hope so.” Judd flicked his head towards Mack. “Who’s that? One of the regulars?”

“He’s a regular alright. I wish he wasn’t though. He gives me the creeps. Look at him, sitting there with a week’s worth of stubble, greasy hair and backyard tats all up his arms.”

“You shouldn’t judge him on appearances. Maybe he’s not a bad guy,” Judd said.

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Making Magic by Allan Walsh – Now Released On Amazon

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Hello Readers,

What better way is there to celebrate the Christmas month than to release a new story? My latest story ‘Making Magic’ is now available on Amazon for USD 0.99c. I have also enrolled it in KDP Select, so if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited/Kindle Owners Lending Library, you will be able to read it without even having to make a purchase.

Making Magic is a short fantasy/horror with a touch of humour. I hope you like it!

Here are the links to Amazon:

Amazon .com

Amazon.com.au

Amazon.co.uk

If you pick up a copy, please let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy the read

Allan Walsh writes Fantasy and Horror. If you’re looking for something new to read in these genres, why not check out his books here

Cover Reveal – ‘Making Magic’

Hello again readers,

More news… I have another short story ready for release. Yay! This one is called ‘Making Magic’ and it is a fantasy/horror with a touch of humour. I will put it up on Amazon/KDP Select in the very near future (later tonight if I get time), so keep your eyes peeled. But first, I thought I’d do a cover reveal, and here it is:

Making Magic posterized

I hope you like it!

Allan Walsh writes Fantasy and Horror. If you’re looking for something new to read in these genres, why not check out his books here

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Easy Prey by Allan Walsh – Now Available on Amazon.

Easy Prey High Res e-book cover

Hello Readers,

Just a quick post to let you all know that my new short horror story ‘Easy Prey’ is now available on Amazon for USD 0.99c. I have also enrolled it in KDP Select, so those that subscribe to Kindle Unlimited/Kindle Owners Lending Library, you will be able to read it without purchasing.

Here are the links to Amazon:

Amazon .com

Amazon.com.au

Amazon.co.uk

If you pick up a copy, please let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy the read

Allan Walsh writes Fantasy and Horror. If you’re looking for something new to read in these genres, why not check out his books here

Cover Reveal for my New Short Story – Easy Prey.

Hello Readers,

I mentioned in a recent post that I will be doing a cover reveal for my new short story – Easy Prey. The story has a horror theme and is about Mack Conway, a guy who’s a bit of a creep. He has a thing for the ladies, but they don’t have a thing for him. His life could be better if he was a nicer guy – can he change his ways?

I plan to release Easy Prey on Kindle Unlimited/KDP Select soon.

Enough chat, here is the cover. I hope you like it.

Easy Prey High Res e-book cover

Allan Walsh writes Fantasy and Horror. If you’re looking for something new to read in these genres, why not check out his books here

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A Quick Update for Horror Fans

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Hello Readers,

I have some exciting news for you, I have recently finished reviewing my editor’s comments on a new short horror story I’ve written. I have amended the story based on the edits and I am very pleased with the final polish of this piece. I think it has buffed off the tarnishes and made it shine. I have also secured a cover for the story and plan to do a cover reveal in the near future, I just need to sort out if I am keeping the working title or amending it and if I’m going to apply a tag line (I will if I can think of something suitable).

My plan is to release this in KDP Select to see how it goes. Once the Amazon exclusive period is up, I will look at going out on a wider distribution. I will let you know if and when this happens.

In the mean time, I wish you some scary reading.

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So You Want To Sample My Writing, Do You? Well, here is a taste of ‘Low Life’

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*Please note that the 3D render of the cover is not to scale, this is only a short story of approx. 24 pages.

I understand it can be hard picking up a book by an author you haven’t read before. That’s one reason some sales channels offer a sample read. Well, I’d love for you to give my writing a go as much as the next author. So I’m going to follow suit and post a series of samples from my stories, so you can see what my writing is like. The first instalment is a snippet from the first story I published. It is a short story and I have to admit, I’ve improved since writing this one. I cringed a little in places when I re-read it, but I still really enjoyed it. So without further ado, here is a taste of ‘Low Life’.

Low Life

by Allan Walsh

Callum sat trembling, on the end of a brown-tainted mattress. He was pale as a corpse. Deep shadows cast themselves across his drawn face as he fixed his eyes on the door of his dingy apartment. The room was illuminated only by the red neon light that flickered beyond the smoke-marred windows. He no longer noticed the walls with their torn and piss-stained, floral wall paper. His nostrils had grown accustomed to the scent of urine that lingered in the air. When he was alive it would have disgusted him.
Zhu Li’s face filled his mind, her lips lifting softly at the edges as she smiled. Tears welled up as he remembered. She was the reason he’d moved to Chinatown. She’d tried to tell him the tales passed down from her parents, but he hadn’t believed the myths. Now he’d seen too much to ignore them. She’d tried to tell him, but he’d disregarded her warning. Now her mangled body lay lifeless in the corner of the room.
Come on Callum, you can’t just sit here all fuckin’ night watching the door. They’ll come for you eventually and they’ll find you if you stay here.
“Aaaaarrrghhhh,” a deep voice bellowed outside from the streets below. Callum jumped to his feet and ran for the door, almost pulling it from its frame as he flung it open. In his haste he stumbled into the hallway beyond, throwing his hand out against the grotty wall to catch his balance. The warmth from the scarred brickwork penetrated his cold hand before he tore off down the corridor.
The fire door at the end of the hall yielded to his foot like bricks to a sledgehammer. He looked down the concrete stairwell. A blast of heat hit him squarely in the face, driving his head back.
Shit, that leaves the roof.
Callum spun around and scrambled up to the top level, almost falling through the shattered door as he exited. He slid to a halt, looking out upon the blackened sky, his stomach churning.
It was like a war zone. Crumbling buildings scattered across the skyline, lit by the orange glow of fire. Plumes of dark smoke wafted up haphazardly in an anarchic display, so thick and black in places that they looked like great pillars holding up the sky. A strange feeling of déjà vu sent chills down his spine – he’d been here before. The smell of sulphur burnt his nostrils as he watched flakes of ash and smouldering embers float softly down around him.
This can’t be happening again, this nightmare has got to end!
“Oi, what the hell are you doing up here? You’re not meant to be on this level,” a voice growled. Callum’s head snapped to the side and his wide-eyed gaze froze upon an old man in red overalls.

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Just A Quick Update.

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 Darkness In Shadows and Low Life are now available from iBooks, kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and tolino.