Evil robots combine with time travel in this darkly comic science fiction tale from Chris Ward, acclaimed author of the Tube Riders series. It came from the future … to be your best friend. Life sucks for twelve-year-old James Newton. His bible-bashing mother wants to convert him, his teenage tempest of a sister wants to berate him, and his loudmouthed, womanising father just wants him to go away. School is no solace either, with sadist bully Miles Craddock lurking around every corner. James finds comfort in his collection of science fiction novels, but when something appears that could have stepped out of the pages of one of his beloved books, it seems too good to be true. And it is. Ugly Thirteen will be James's best friend. But the grinning robot from a thousand years in the future will be so, so much more…. For James Newton, a Christmas wish is about to turn into a nightmare.
'A modern horror classic from one of the most exciting writers in the field today' Starburst Magazine 'Combines a creeping sense of unease with all-out gore . . . Nerve-jangling.' GuardianGOING UP? A dinner party is held in the penthouse of a multimillion-pound development. All the guests are strangers - even to their host, the billionaire owner of the building . None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. Whether privileged or deprived, they share only one thing in common - they've all experienced a shocking disturbance within the building's walls. By the end of the night, their host is dead, and none of the guests will say what happened. His death has remained one of the biggest unsolved mysteries - until now. But are you ready for their stories?Jonathan Sims' debut is a genre-bending haunted house tour-de-force. Early reviewers say you're in for a fright:'A wonderfully creepy climax, hitting that perfect spot of uncanny horror' Grimdark Magazine'Left me feeling uneasy . . . creeped out, and a little bit horrified. In other words, this was an excellent book' NetGalley reviewer'Steals your sleep, not only because it's such a page turner but it is very very creepy . . . Highly recommended' NetGalley reviewer 'Chilling and so creepy - perfect reading . . . Even if you don't usually go for this genre, give THIRTEEN STOREYS a try - you won't be disappointed!' NetGalley reviewer 'This book literally has it all: simply faultless. A majestic tour de force of the imagination' NetGalley reviewer
This is a brilliant collection of thirteen short stories, written by the Master of Crime. Although some of the stories have been published before, all but one of them have had a very limited circulation and the vast majority of Dick Francis fans will be reading them for the first time. Ranging from the National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham to Churchill Downs in America, each of the stories contains an array of five-star Dick Francis characters, a brilliant plot to marvel over and an ingenious sting in the tail to gasp over.