Playing Truant

      John Eider
Playing Truant

A group of office workers are in town for a conference... only, one of them can't go in. What follows is a journey through the town and into the night, and through the worlds of their friendships, their relationships, their hopes, and ultimately why they work at all.Carla and her friends head out on a weekend vacation to the camping site that she loved from her childhood. While her friends keep observing weird occurrences and finding strange things in the woods they try to get some rest and relaxation. The camping site’s inhabitants have other plans for the group as death, sacrifice, and heritage rear their head in the equation. The Camping Trip is a story that will have you scared to pitch a tent in the woods ever again.
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    The Winter Sickness

      John Eider
The Winter Sickness

The mountain town of Stove has a secret - that each winter its teenagers are racked with a sickness - fever, anguish, manic behaviour. It is the job of the town’s Special Deputies to contain these wild, hurting youngsters.Toby is one such Special Deputy. He survived the Winter Sickness as a boy, and now returns each year to help the current sufferers. But at what cost to himself?The mountain town of Stove has a secret - that each winter its teenagers are racked with a sickness - fever, anguish, manic behaviour. It is the job of the town’s Special Deputies to contain these wild, hurting youngsters, often at great cost to both.Toby is one such Special Deputy. He survived the Winter Sickness as a boy, and now returns each year to help the current sufferers. Like the rest of his town though, he keeps the secret to avoid them being stigmatised, to save their children from a lifetime of being thought “mad”.And yet, can even such a dedicated team contain the children's pain any longer? And deep down, do they even want to? The only thing they can be sure of is that any ending will not be smooth or sudden.
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    Late of the Payroll

      John Eider
Late of the Payroll

*** New version, newly proof-read ***The town of Southney is already rife with rumours of industrial unrest at its largest employer, before a man goes missing on the day he was running the firm's payroll. The search for him leads the detectives to uncover other secrets, find links to a previous missing persons case, and ultimately sees the town's worst fears realised.Eighteen authors, representing dozens in the Writer's Circle of ASMSG, pour their hearts, souls, and imaginations into stories of Other World Sci-Fi, Fantasy and paranormal. Become lost in these genre-bending works and discover gems of short fiction by new authors. From space opera to alien worlds to wizards and warlocks, there's a little something for everyone.DINO’S PAPERS—Alan HardyCOG—Bryan P. ClarkSHIMMER IN THE DARK: BRIDGE BUILDER—Ceri LondonTHE LAIR OF THE WITCH QUEEN—Christian W. FreedSOULMATCH—Drew AveraSHARPIES AND DULLARDS—E. Rose SabinTHE BAD SEED—Erin McDowellTHE CAT WORE ELECTRIC GOGGLES—Ian HutsonTHE SURVIVOR—J.C. HarkerAETERNAE NOCTIS—Jade KerrionTHE LAST OF THE JINN—K.N. LeeBOONE’S JOURNEY—Kirstin PulioffTHE SECRET SIGNAL—Matthew KadishEXPECTATION—Michael BarnettAGE QUEST—Michael K. EidsonEXCEPT THE DUST—Robert CarterBITTER PROPHESY—Susan HawthorneGUIDING STAR—Teresa GarciaVisit ASMSG (Authors’ Social Media Support Group)www.asmsg.weebly.comCover Art by ASMSGStone Arch by:https://www.public-domain-image.com/architecture-public-domain-images-pictures/walls-public-domain-images-pictures/stone-arch.jpg.htmlCosmic Metropolis background,X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R. Tuellmann et al.; Optical: NASA/AURA/STScIhttps://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2009/n604/Caelicorn Creations on Deviant Art,https://caelicorn.deviantart.com/art/
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    Not a Very Nice Woman

      John Eider
Not a Very Nice Woman

A woman is found dead in her room at the care home she lived in, strangled and left lying on her Chinese rug. The death is motiveless, the room otherwise untouched, expensive objects left unstolen; meanwhile, even the fellow residents admit their friend's life was largely a mystery to them, with "decades left unaccounted for". It is left to the detectives to solve her mystery.A woman is found dead in her room at the care home she lived in, strangled and left lying on her Chinese rug. The death is motiveless, the room otherwise untouched, expensive objects left unstolen; meanwhile, even the fellow residents admit their friend's life was largely a mystery to them, with "decades left unaccounted for".Investigating the crime, detectives discover a whole alternative history of their town; a history that takes in rivalries, crimes, social upheaval, family heartbreak; and ultimately offers the solution to the mystery they are facing.
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    The Night the Lights Went Out

      John Eider
The Night the Lights Went Out

A freak electrical storm sweeps over Britain, knocking out power lines in its wake. Without the National Grid, Britain is in left in the dark – no lights, no heat, no electricity...From among the British refugees now scattered across northern France, a young soldier is recruited for a mission that takes him back home, to find a Britain at once recognisable and massively altered.A freak electrical storm sweeps over Britain, knocking out power lines in its wake. Without the National Grid, Britain is in left in the dark – no lights, no heat, no electricity...Three months later, from among the British refugees now scattered across northern France, a nation itself rocked by the crisis, a young soldier is recruited for a mission that takes him back home.This is his story, as he ventures back to find his homeland ravaged, its population scattered, and civilisation on the brink. This is a tale of an alternative future, set in a Britain at once recognisable and massively altered.
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    The Robots

      John Eider
The Robots

Artifs: Artificial Humans. Eight years ago, Doctor Gawain Beck was part of an unauthorised experiment in human replication. When the project was shut down, his robots disappeared. Now one of them has turned up, and the authorities don’t want to lose them for a second time. One artif has been damaged, and another caught on camera. To protect them Beck must round up his former charges to warn them.Artifs: Artificial Humans. Eight years ago, Doctor Gawain Beck was part of an unauthorised experiment in human replication. When the project was shut down, his robots disappeared. Now one of them has turned up, and the authorities don’t want to lose them for a second time.Yet they are hurting – one artif has been damaged, and another caught on camera. To protect them Beck must round up his former charges and warn them of the threat. Which isn’t easy when they’ve kept themselves hidden even from him.But eight years on the run can change a personality, even an artificial one. Relationships are strained, and new identities forged. And will his robots want the help Beck has to give?
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