Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – 51 Sleepless Nights by Tobias Wade

Welcome to a new author to the shelves of the bookstore… Tobias Wade released his short story collection 51 Sleepless Nights in late June 2017 and it is perfect for all horror and paranormal fans.

About 51 Sleepless Nights

A diverse collection of horror stories including the grizzly confessions of a serial killer, parallel dimensions, becoming trapped in a virtual world, and encountering ancient aliens buried beneath the Earth’s crust. Demons, monsters, psychopaths, undead, mad experiments and paranormal – no matter what makes your heart race, you’re guaranteed to face your fear with these terrifying stories.

A short extract

I felt her arms around me, but she wasn’t trying to choke me or restrain me. She was… hugging me. It was such an alien sensation that I immediately opened my eyes. That’s when I saw them. Hundreds – no thousands of gossamer spider webs holding up her body like a marionette doll. I recoiled immediately, and she let me without the slightest resistance.

The spiders were everywhere. Crawling across her face, through her hair. When she opened her mouth, I saw more of them inside her, pulling the threads to work her jaw. Her throat pulsed, and I knew more must be further down to vibrate her vocal chords.

“But he’s never going to hurt you again. You have our word.”

One of the recent reviews for the book

When a magician can convince a person – not a child, mind you, but a rational adult – that a trick is real magic instead of well-practiced sleight of hand, the result can be powerful. Inspiring the magic and joy of childhood in a grown up is one of the hardest things in the world to do, but as any creative type can tell you, it’s one of the most satisfying to achieve. In that way, the horror genre has a lot in common with magic.

All of the stories in 51 Sleepless Nights are unique and well crafted. No matter what you are afraid of, you are sure to find at least one story inside that will deliver on the promise of insomnia. But there is more to this collection of horror stories than interesting plots, creative monsters, and jarring twists – though this collection has all of that and more.

Wade’s writing makes it easy to inhabit the characters telling these stories, and not a single one of them feels lazy. The voice of each story pulls you in, causing you to relate to people who make decisions you’re sure you never would in situations you’re sure you would never be in. But then you start to empathize, or you learn the full scope of a situation, and it makes you question yourself. Then you think back to situations you’ve been in, or that friends have been in, that are even marginally related to the story you are reading and you wonder…what if that actually happened?

These stories feel real, and some of them will leave you in a state of dreadful contemplation long after you’ve finished them. Even the most rational grown up will experience moments of intense belief where the horrors stop being stories. Every sound will break your concentration and send the hairs on your back standing in chilling attention. And there will be moments, however brief they may be, when you will fully believe…in the monsters, the stories, in all of it.

Inspiring the fear and belief of childhood is one of the hardest things in the world to do, but 51 Sleepless Nights makes it seem easy.

Tobias Wade is not only a superb horror writer…he’s also one hell of a magician.

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About Tobias Wade

Former neuroscience researcher, born again horror writer. During my studies, it struck me as odd that I could learn so much about why humans behave without understanding the intricacies of human nature. It occurred to me I learned more about the depths of human experience from reading Dostoyevsky than I ever had from my text books, and I was inspired to write.

But why horror? Isn’t there already enough fear in the world?

Yes there is, and that’s exactly why horror entertainment is so important.

Some people will try focus on “positive emotions” such as love and joy while repressing their fear, anger, jealousy, and other “negative” emotions.

I think this is an extremely dangerous thing to do, because pretending they don’t exist doesn’t make the other emotions go away. It only inhibits our ability to understand and control them – and when we aren’t controlling them, they’re controlling us.

That’s why I’ve decided to write horror. My goal is to dig down to all the nameless terrors rooted in your subconscious and rock you to the bottom of your psychology. I’m going to let all the monsters out from under your bed until you finally get a good look at them and realize that fear can’t hold you back anymore.

It can even be fun.

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Smorgasbord Short Stories – The Little Warrior by Tina Frisco

smorgasbord short storiesToday’s short story is by Tina Frisco who very chillingly brings home the fact that childhood is not always joyful and loving.

The Little Warrior

“Mummy, mummy, let me out! Let me out, mummy, let me out!” the little girl screamed as she pounded her tiny fists on the massive coal bin door.  Locked in the chilly dank and dark room, she trembled with panic and terror at the thought of never being found.

She had been grabbed by the wrist, dragged down the cellar steps and across the cement floor to the dreaded dungeon. She fought all the way, little warrior that she was, but this served only to rile the mother even more. Not one part of her tiny body escaped the sharp blows wielded by the crazed, diabolic parent.

The heavy door creaked and moaned as it was pried open. An icy cold draft slapped her across the face. She gasped when it hit and lost control of her bladder. The mother shrieked and threw her inside like an old discarded bean bag. She fell to the floor, scraping both knees as the door slammed shut behind her.

What had she done to merit such punishment? Surely she was not that different from other kids her age, yet their mothers did not hit or throw things at them. Their mothers smiled a lot and patted them on the head and even hugged them at times.

The more she screamed and pounded, the more abandoned she felt. No one else was around. No one would be coming to her rescue. She screamed until she lost her voice. She pounded until her knuckles bled. Then suddenly she remembered the creepy crawlers.

Spiders and centipedes loved the damp darkness of the old coal bin. And they tended to keep to the walls. The room was narrow but she staggered backward to the near middle and wrapped her arms around herself, hoping that none of them would find her. She patted her upper arms in a vain attempt to console.

Shivering and mute, she tried to figure out what she had done this time to incur mummy’s wrath. But the whys and wherefores were beyond the grasp of her little five-year-old mind. She felt so alone, so forsaken. Heaving and gasping were the only sounds she was capable of making.

The flood of tears filling her eyes blurred her vision, making it impossible to see if any spiders were drawing near. Yet she knew they were. She sensed it. Like little heat-seeking missiles, they would find her. They would crawl onto her shoes and slither up her legs. And there would be many. The mother had fed her to them for supper.

Trembling and terror-stricken, she felt the first bite. The pain shot through her entire body. But now catatonic, the little warrior could not wage a defense. She was helpless against the onslaught. Then in that moment, all went silent. She could not hear, smell, taste, or feel. In that moment, fear and panic subsided.

All was peaceful as she looked down at herself from above. The little warrior had found a way to escape.


About Tina Frisco


Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and shaman apprentice. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and songwriting. She has performed publicly in many local venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews, essays, articles in the field of medicine, her début novel – Plateau: Beyond the Trees, and her children’s book – Gabby and the Quads.Tina is working on another novel to be released this year.

She enjoys writing, reading, music, dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and frequently getting lost in working crossword puzzles.

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My thanks to Tina for this short story that is compelling and heart wrenching. It serves to remind us that not all children experience the joy of that very brief time in our lives.

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Thank you for dropping by today and as always your feedback is very welcome.. Sally