Published: 28/08/2015
ISBN: 9781784623395
Format: Paperback

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'Not a girl' is my first collection of short stories. Some are new and some have been hiding around the house for years. I have finally managed to shepherd them between the covers of a book, and the... read more

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Not A Girl
Short tales for dark days
by Chris Donaldson

Not A Girl is a collection of fourteen short stories reflecting aspects of the world that have always inspired or disturbed author Chris. They are an eclectic mix of high adventure, horror and science fiction.

While some of the tales are rooted firmly in a world the reader will recognise, others are set in stranger places. Some near, some far. All dark.

Extract from the eponymous short story ‘Not a girl’:
The girl who is not a girl stands ten feet away, although she doesn’t stand, or float. She is simply there, and not just there, but all around. She is made of water, air and a white smoke that blurs any outline or definition. Her form seems pulled from the trees and damp air, and is formed of confusion as much as anything else, because right now what she feels is what she is. Soon she will be profoundly sad – he can feel it before she can – but for now her eyes reflect the pleading in her voice, as they widen and melt.
“You must call someone. I’m so far away,” she falters, “and I’m here. Tell them to find me, to help me.”

Not A Girl is an unsettling collection of short stories that will appeal to fans of horror, sci-fi and speculative fiction.

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September 2015 - Really useful 30 minute interview on Radio Cambridgeshire. Sue Dougan, on the lunchtime show, graciously took the time to read all the tales and ask some brilliant questions.

September 2015 - Toppings independent bookshop in Ely took 'Not a girl'.

October 2015 - 'Not a girl' now available from The Oundle Bookshop.

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