A Few Hours After This by Paul Blake
Paul Blake, the author of A Young Man’s Game, brings you twenty-seven short stories in this extraordinary collection of thriller, historical fiction, and sci-fi tales.
A small taste of some of the stories you’ll devour…
Hazy Shade of Winter - Stephen Kemp of MI6 is recuperating in Lake District when he hears of twenty nuclear bombs detonating in cities across the UK.
At Night – A grown-up story about the monsters under the bed finding their child has been taken. Meet Spider, Blade, Rot, and Murk the Night Terror.
(Nothing But) Flowers - 'I see the body on the ground and it takes me a moment to realise it is mine. I look around for my head.' A story about death and what happens next.
Out of Space - Major Pitman wakes up to a damaged spacecraft and a dead co-pilot…
The Rezal Principle - Stoddy Rezal is a custodian aboard the space freighter HXN8435, day-dreaming about improving his situation in life until he accidentally presses the button for the airlock.
Set Fire to the Rain -Ichabod Kilton is the lamplighter in Blowing Rock. The town with unending rain. He must light the lamps before they come.
The Evil That Men Do - A painting appears overnight in the National Portrait Gallery. How did it get there and is it what it appears to be?
Mob Justice - An assassin lies in wait for the Judge in the Al Capone trial in 1930s Chicago.
The Battle at Kilburn High Road Station - A battle on top of a moving train and a commuter looking for a date. It makes for an explosive ending.
Thoughts and Prayers - This story follows the first responders to an active shooter situation in a school. It takes them far beyond their fears.
Settle down, put your feet up, with a glass of your favourite drink beside you (alcoholic or otherwise), and leap into this collection of exciting and suspenseful stories.
What readers have said about some of the stories in this collection
"Reads like a movie script forcing vivid imagery into your head." Hazy Shade of Winter
"This was intense. Intense is good, intense is great. Highly descriptive." At Night
"The imagery and descriptions were all fantastic, with particular kudos to the post-death opening scene." (Nothing But) Flowers
"I thought this was a very visual piece throughout, and I got a good sense of claustrophobia. That feeling definitely added to the sense of panic and suffocation as the story unfolded." Out of Space
About The Author...
Paul Blake started writing in 2016 when he took a creative writing module to complete his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree after failing far too many programming modules. He discovered a passion and has been writing since.
His first novel, A Young Man's Game was published in 2018. He released a short story collection called A Few Hours After This in April 2019. He is currently outlining the sequel to A Young Man's Game and also working on a ninja based novel.
His favourite authors are (in no particular order): David Morrell, Neal Stephenson, Nick Harkaway, Cory Doctorow, Sean McMahon, Peter Clines, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Michael Marshall Smith, Tom Rob Smith, Ernest Cline
Paul is 44 and lives in London, England with his wife and three boys.
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