Wednesday, 15 February 2017

OUT TODAY! Plus Extract!

Out today on Kindle: 


Out now on kindle and in paperback... this is a collection of stories and serials I have had published in magazines and anthologies over the years. 20 stories of mystery, crime, the supernatural and  tales with a twist... to dip in and out of at your leisure. 99p and 99c respectively.
I should make clear that with the exception of one story, which formed the basis of the prologue to Father of Lies - these stories are not horror. Some are chilling, and some are spooky - but it was a case of putting the darker tales I had into one place.
Summary 

An anthology of short thrillers, chillers, mysteries and tales with a twist by Occult Horror Author, Sarah England. Most of the stories in this collection have been previously published, and form the basis of S. E. England's earlier work writing short stories and serials for magazines. While few are in the same terrifying vein as her bestselling, occult horror trilogy, 'Father of Lies,' most have a supernatural or medical theme to them, something which usually creeps into Sarah's stories.
From the female detective with a murder case just a little too close to home, to the angry sales reps dabbling with online retribution, there are plenty of spooky stories here for you to dip in and out of.
Recommend reading by lamplight during the Witching Hour for best effect...


http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06X6GZZJV
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X6GZZJV

With huge thanks to Gina Dickerson of RoseWolf Design for the brilliant cover, not to mention the facility to whip back and forth between stories - I will just say I hope you enjoy the reading. I will now get back to the next novel, which I am little bit behind with... title reveal next month...oh, and this one is dark and sinister for sure! Cackles...
And thank you, as always, for all the encouragement, support and inspiring reviews for the trilogy - they really do spur me on!

Sample from The Witching Hour Collection:
'Buried Too Deep': Part 1


1992: High Bank Farmhouse
Derbyshire.

This Halloween party was getting out of hand. Sixteen year old Megan, who had gone with her school friends, Amy and Hannah, sunk low in her corner of the sofa as the walls of the farmhouse thumped with base music and the ceiling spun like a roulette wheel. Watching Toby flirt with Amy was sickening. She picked up another bottle of cider and poured it down her throat.
            Blonde, giggly Amy - in her tight jeans and off-the-shoulder sweater - had gravitated towards Toby, who was pulling her onto his knee. 
            Megan rose unsteadily and staggered over towards them.
            “What’s up with you?” he said, black eyes glinting dangerously.
            Amy giggled, tightening her arms around Toby’s neck.
            Megan stood swaying. Why had he changed towards her? Undecided on whether to shout at him or run from the room, she looked towards the window: outside, a bank of fog had rolled across the moors, smothering everything with its thick, wet blanket. All she could see was her own ghostly reflection, alongside a couple of withered, glowing pumpkins with their cut-out grins.
            “You can’t go anywhere, Meg,” Toby said. “Besides - I can do what I want - I don’t belong to you.”
            ‘That’s not,’ she wanted to say, ‘what you said to me yesterday, when you made love to me in the barn.’ Why was he doing this to her? Pushing her away like this? It didn’t make sense.
            Tears filled her eyes at the same time as all the cider she’d sunk lurched into her throat. She bolted for the door.
            At the exact moment a pair of gnarled hands suddenly slammed against the window pane, pounding frantically, and a wild-eyed, wizened face appeared from out of the gloom….
            “What the…?”
            The boys ran out into the farmyard - whirling round and round with torches, shouting, ‘Who’s there?” Balls of muggy light shone weakly in the dull, wet fog. 
            Meanwhile, down by the side of the house next to the kitchen, Megan was quietly and wretchedly sick. She stood gasping, wiping away her tears, swallowing acid. Waiting for all the shouting to stop. What a horrible party. A horrible night. She should never have come here.
            Then a door slammed shut.
            Night’s breath rustled the tree tops.
            Then came the dull plod, plod, plod of slow footsteps on the yard. She stiffened. Ears straining. The horses in the stables were shuffling around, kicking their stalls. Something was wrong - that face at the window!
            And then she was running. Tearing blindly down the driveway and out onto the lane, the dead sound of her own heels on concrete, her panting blacking out Toby’s cruel rejection.
            You can’t go anywhere, Meg…
            Oh no? Watch me, she thought… All she had to do was keep running.




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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

February 2017 News!

*** Little surprise coming before end of Feb... ***

Hello February! You find me very hard at work....The fourth book is cracking along now but is still very tightly under wraps. However, I hope to have some news on this by next month when I'll peep out of my dark lair for a breather. Meanwhile, here are two fantastic new posters from Gina Dickerson of RoseWolf Design,  for the Father of Lies trilogy.....




I've also had an amazing thing happen... a reader who loved the audio of Father of Lies has made me a collector's Harris Tweed wristwatch in gothic midnight blue.. just for me... sometimes I am just blown away by readers who write the most incredible reviews and comment on my facebook ads or even send presents like chocolate or chocolate fudge... and now this... I mean, WOW! Talk about spurring me on... Well I will have some more news soon but I have to get back to work because I'm currently deeply engrossed in the story my characters are telling... Oh, just one more thing.. I have to quote this particular review because it put a smile on my face all day... it really is worth reading...
  


'....England blends it all together with an excellent plot and a big ole mystery for flavor and in the end you get a heaping helping of gumbo. Perfectly seasoned, not too hot or cold and leaving the reader asking for more
Books 2 and 3 here I come. This is the soup and desert..'


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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The Next Horror.....

January 2017


With the Father of Lies trilogy now complete and available in all formats... it is time to begin writing up the next book. The research is done and the characters are itching to tell their story. For now I'm keeping the title and location under wraps - such bad luck to talk about an ongoing work.... BUT....I promise it will be very dark, very sinister and somewhat different to anything I have done before. So - this is simply an update to let you know I am in lockdown now... doors closed, Do-Not-Disturb sign up, phone off the hook... release date intended for summer 2017!
And yes - I am quietly excited because ooh... no... mustn't tell... cackles....

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

End of December news...

First of all Happy New Year to every single person who is reading this! I hope 2017 will bring you all you wish for!
I have just a little bit of news to end 2016 on: 1. The third and final audio is now out with tantor audio.
Magda - narrated by Henrietta Meire - is available on their website and on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M2ARTZP  

 I have to say that once again the artwork is amazing! Really love this - do you?

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Next just to let you know that from 26th December to January 1st, both Tanners Dell and Magda are on kindle countdown at just 99p/99c to download - great time to read the last two if you enjoyed Father of Lies.

THANK YOU TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO LIKED, READ AND REVIEWED THE TRILOGY, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! I HOPE IT'S A BRILLIANT ONE! 

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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! What a year 2016 has been.... If anyone had told me what I was in for I would not have believed them - but there have been flashes of sublime euphoria in amongst some of the darkest days of my life. And all has ended ok! Well, we all like a happy ending, don't we? Except in horror... cackles... which brings me to the flashes of euphoria. Thing was, I ended up working 14 hour days for much of the year because following Father of Lies, which was released last October (2015) I then saw the necessity of a sequel, and then the burning compulsion for Magda, to bring what became a trilogy to its conclusion. And now that trilogy is done....Ok, look, here's a little story for you...
   
It all began with a lady who broke my heart. She knows who she is and may even be reading this. That lady inspired Ruby, and if you have read this trilogy then you will know and hopefully care very much about Ruby. As I had spent much of my life in or near the Derbyshire peak district and lived in a haunted mill, I moved the story setting to the gritty north of England... around the mining area of Doncaster to be precise, and near to the hospitals in which I'd worked as both a nurse and a medical rep in psychiatry. The story of Woodsend then began to take on a form all of its own. After researching the dark arts I realised that yes, this does still happen, and it's happening now. I read countless stories about demonology from both priests and survivors, and my interest became seriously piqued. Oh my good God, the horror of it! 
However, during this time it seemed my life became inpossibly difficult and everything was against me in terms of ever being able to write it all down. I almost lost everything. But the story was told. It's done. And now it is up to the readers to decide what they make of it....I will miss my cast of characters because they are so real to me, but Ruby will always be special.
So thank you to every single person who bought, reviewed and messaged to say how much they had enjoyed these books. Frankly, I have been blown away by some of those reviews ... and that is where the euphoria I mentioned earlier, came in. It is those readers and those reviews...that lifted and encouraged me to keep going!
NEXT....


Well Father of Lies made it to No.1 in Occult horror and British Horror on amazon in both the UK and the USA last week! Yes I have the proof - above! So in the one year the books have been out they are reaching lots of new readers... over 420 reviews so far... it is looking hopeful! And the audio of Tanners Dell is now available with Magda out on 3rd January. Here's a preview of the cover for Tanners Dell: now out with tantor media and on amazon. I wish I could show you Magda because that's a really scary cover but it's a week away yet...






Finally - what about book 4? Well it's started. I'm on it. Yes it will be dark and sinister and yes it will be set up north... but the rest is so cloak and dagger even I don't know what is going to happen. Except I am aiming for next summer and it's very different. Different to what I anticipated and different to anything I ever thought it would be. I will keep you posted. If you would like to be on the newsletter then the sign-up is top right of this blog... newsletters will be rare beasts but you will be first to hear about a pre-order and any other events or bits of hot news!
So all that remains to say is I hope you have a great Christmas or Winter Solstice or festive holiday.. and a wonderful 2017!

With warmest wishes.... here are my dark little compliments for the season.. cackles... enjoy...







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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Happy December news!

Courtesy of the highly talented Gina Dickerson of RoseWolf Design - these are some of the gorgeous new posters she's done for the 'Father of Lies' trilogy... now available as three seperate kindles, paperbacks or audios; or bundled together in a kindle trilogy. (We are currently working on a box set for the paperbacks and hope to have news on that soon...) Well I hope you like her amazing artwork!  I've also mixed in some of the, frankly, astonishing reviews - from over 400... the trilogy has received on amazon...it's a shame I can't also quote those on facebook because there are some seriously 'blow your hair back' comments on there I'd love to share... But the main reason for this post is to consolidate the year... The trilogy is now done and I'm going to miss it...
This is my end of year recap on the whole whirlwind journey I've been on... followed by upcoming news.... 

'I've been so engulfed I managed to read this in just 24 hours...and I just want more... '

'Absolutely NOT for anyone of a nervous disposition!' 

'It's rare to find a book that can scare you these days, but this definitely did.'
'The best book I've read so far this year..'


'Enormously frightening...I rarely give 5 stars but this outstanding achievement deserves all of them. Black magic never seemed so real...'

'One of the most disturbing and truly terrifying books I've ever read... Thank you for the nightmares!'



'Darkly disturbing is not strong enough to describe the fear this work can elicit late at night...'

'A deliciously dark cocktail of everything I want and love in a good horror novel..'

'Omg I am still reeling from this book...'



'I read all of the James Herbert's books and since have not found anything that grabs me... until now...'

'I only have a few books that will forever sit on my bookshelf. This will now join them. What a corker of a read - outstanding Ms England!'

'Absolutely brilliant - scared the bejesus out of me...a 5* must read!'

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And now for something new.... I've started the next project and it's going to be dark and sinister...of course... but rather different. The aim is to take 6 months or so in the writing, and right now I'm deep in research and note-making. This one is so tightly under wraps even those closest to me don't know what it entails. All I can say is that it's in my head, it's taking shape, and I'm quietly excited about writing it.

I'll post again around Christmas with  some special offers and news on the paperback box-set.. Until then have a brilliant Christmas shopping time (!) and enjoy your reading... Thank you to every single person who has reviewed these books and supported me in what has been one heck of a year! Warmest wishes xxx

 
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