Tip of the Flame
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The Tip of the Flame

Image from Pixabay By Scott Bailey © 2015 The glint in the dark From the deep of the cave The thirst that draws The primitive out Out from the dark Out from the safe Into the harsh Changes of life Leaping from age to age The fire that burns inside Connecting us over time To… Continue reading The Tip of the Flame

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Mankind Limited – The Sky

The sky to the west was as dark as a promise of Armageddon. It was punctuated occasionally by a piercing fork of blue-white lightning. As piercing as the eyes that watched. Mankind Ltd. Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon

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Mankind Limited Excerpt

To whet your whistles here is the Prologue and Chapter One. Prologue Darkness outside. From the expanse of his office, the Facilitator gazed down at the city spread below. Orange lights twinkled. A busy machine. It was his. They were entwined. Both products of this still young, brave new millennium. He smiled. He held a… Continue reading Mankind Limited Excerpt

Shipwreck
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Shipwreck – Thirteen Tales

Shipwreck Explorers - or pillagers? The line is thin on the high seas, in strange exotic lands. Those that operate without fear of consequence soon learn their folly. There are older powers in the world than gunpowder and steel. Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are… Continue reading Shipwreck – Thirteen Tales

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Confined

By Scott Bailey © 2015 Space. It stretched out before him - endless, dark, enticing. The stars were faint and blurry through the thick glass view port, moving in a slow arc across his vision. He could feel the endless nothing all around, calling to his soul, a siren’s whisper. Float with us. Float with… Continue reading Confined

The Urban Jungle
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The Urban Jungle – Thirteen Tales

The Urban Jungle The pressures of civilisation conflict with the urge to conserve and record. Someone - something - intervenes from with echoes from the distant past. Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan… Continue reading The Urban Jungle – Thirteen Tales

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Big Brother is Dead

George Orwell's 1984 Showed us the nightmare vision of socialism gone to extremes It didn't come to pass. Instead - we welcomed in something far more insidious. Capitalism unmarked. Welcome to Mankind Limited Welcome to the rebellion Welcome to The Secret In response to Scott Daily Prompt - 1984

Fire and Ice
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Fire and Ice – Thirteen Tales

Fire and Ice A fiery lover returns from hell with a chilling message. Will the spirit of revolution prevail? Or will it be doused in cold, hard truths? Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar… Continue reading Fire and Ice – Thirteen Tales

Playground Laughter
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Playground Laughter – Thirteen Tales

Playground Laughter A group of youths - exploring freedom and each other - find old fears of school creeping up on them. One is left questioning what he saw - and what he did? Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the… Continue reading Playground Laughter – Thirteen Tales

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Snuggle in the dark – with a ghostly tale or two

A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Others are not. Some scare, some are fun. Some play with the concept of a ghost. There are ghosts who are out for revenge and the living avenging the spirits that curse them.… Continue reading Snuggle in the dark – with a ghostly tale or two

The Church
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The Church – Thirteen Tales

The Church A dare in the dark, bravado against the fears of the night - in the most spooky of settings - was it asking for trouble? Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan… Continue reading The Church – Thirteen Tales

Suspense
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Suspense – Thirteen Tales

Suspense Revenge can be patient. And it can come at the most unexpected time. Old crimes, suppressed and twisted come back to haunt a monster. Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Other… Continue reading Suspense – Thirteen Tales

A Ghost Sighting
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A Ghost Sighting – Thirteen Tales

A Ghost Sighting A blatant, carefree affair leads to some odd visions and strange happenings in an ancient cottage in the sticks. Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Other are not. Some… Continue reading A Ghost Sighting – Thirteen Tales

mother
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Mother – Thirteen Tales

Parental echoes and whispers do their dirty work. A man is the sum of their parts. Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Others are not. Some scare, some are fun. Some play… Continue reading Mother – Thirteen Tales

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Dip Into Something New

Slip away for a few hours, into other worlds - away from all the troubles of this one. Perhaps into the future - a near-future - dark and disturbing and yet - so close. There, follow the fates of four people worn down and broken, angry with the system. Who break out of it, try… Continue reading Dip Into Something New

The Valley
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The Valley – Thirteen Tales

The Valley A woman alone, in a deep dark valley, finds her cherished isolation filled with creeping fears. Yet courage can lead to some surprising twists. Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe.… Continue reading The Valley – Thirteen Tales

Terminal
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Terminal – Thirteen Tales

Terminal Who is in the locked hotel room? Who is breaking into the top secret security files? And what is their motivation? Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Other are not. Some… Continue reading Terminal – Thirteen Tales

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All my books are now available in Hardcover

Yes, if you fancy a bit more luxury, you can now get all four of my books in hardcover format! For quick links to them all jump over to my Amazon Page. Or read on. Mankind Limited Marc trudged on with life, marching in line with his fellow workers. Weighed down by the everyday burdens… Continue reading All my books are now available in Hardcover

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Earl – Thirteen Tales

Earl A bitter young aristocrat seeks revenge on the spirit that disinherited his father. Not all though is as his young eyes assume. Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Others are not.… Continue reading Earl – Thirteen Tales

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Read It! Don’t let it come to pass!

Humanity reduced to a bottom line. Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution. Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark… Continue reading Read It! Don’t let it come to pass!

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A Ghost Scene – Thirteen Tales

A Ghost Scene This is a play with a difference. Shakespeare’s ghost scene, the dead Dane, will never seem the same again to this band of oddball actors drawn together by their passion. Thirteen Tales of Ghosts By Scott Bailey A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition… Continue reading A Ghost Scene – Thirteen Tales

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Mankind Limited – Succumb

Would all the earth succumb to the concrete blanket of mankind? Was that the best legacy they could leave? Was their vision that limited? One day there would come a time when it would be more profitable to tear these trees down than to leave them. Then there would be no power on earth that… Continue reading Mankind Limited – Succumb

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A Dangerous Rebellion

Four people, four rebels. Rejecting society or rejected by it - either way, they have had enough. They have decided to fight - and they have taken on the government on its most dangerous and brutal front. Will they survive? And have they thought about what comes next? Or why they are fighting? Will their… Continue reading A Dangerous Rebellion

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Mankind Limited – Nothing Changed

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Mankind Limited – Pebble

http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon

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Meet the Characters – William

William William considers himself the only true revolutionary there has been. Living a life of utter destitution below the city, he leads a community of people the rest of the world sees as outcasts and losers. His is the long game. He know's the aim, he knows what he is fighting for. He also knows… Continue reading Meet the Characters – William

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Meet the Characters – Richard

Mankind Limited Richard Richard burns. He burns with a fury that is too bright for him to look at. He fights the system in whatever inventive ways he can concoct. He never asks why he fights or what his ultimate goal is. He just needs the fight. So defeat almost crushes him, forces him to… Continue reading Meet the Characters – Richard

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Meet the Characters – Jane

Mankind Limited Jane Jane is a rebel. Of sorts. She engages in rebellious activity and she is good at it. If anyone had tracked her exploits they might say she was a genius. Because that was correct no one had ever tracked her. But the truth was that so far in her life she had… Continue reading Meet the Characters – Jane

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Meet the Characters – Marc

Mankind Limited Marc Marc is a model citizen, devoted to the ideals of modern society. Moderately successful in his career, climbing the ladder with a beautiful partner by his side. So why is he plagued by nightmares? Why is he so disaffected? What is the truth that he can feel trying to poke its way… Continue reading Meet the Characters – Marc

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Mankind Limited – Fascinated

http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon

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My dark dystopian vision is starting to look like a brighter alternative!

Humanity reduced to a bottom line. Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution. Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark… Continue reading My dark dystopian vision is starting to look like a brighter alternative!

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Winter is coming and the ghosts

As the nights draw in, settle down in front of the fire, get comfy and enjoy some spooky tales! A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Other are not. Some scare, some are fun. Some play with the concept of… Continue reading Winter is coming and the ghosts

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Mankind Limited – The Future?

Want to know where we will end up when we have finished selling off society? Read on.. http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon

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The Jellyfish That Froze

By Scott Bailey © 2014 The jellyfish sighed, in a jellyfish way. It wobbled awake. Another day after another rough night. The little jellies were disturbed, heavy currents last night. They had needed lots of comfort. He had wrapped himself around them and rocked them to sleep against the waves. Mrs Jellyfish had bumped up… Continue reading The Jellyfish That Froze

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Get into the Halloween mood.

Thirteen Tales of Ghosts. Settle down in the dark and lose yourself in fear.... A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Other are not. Some scare, some are fun. Some play with the concept of a ghost. There are ghosts… Continue reading Get into the Halloween mood.

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Mankind Limited – Fascinated

  http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon or CreateSpace http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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News

By Scott Bailey © 2013 What’s behind the storyWhat is the reason for that newsWho gets the benefit, the prizeThe envelope with the breadThe law successfully passedThe company tracked greasedSomebody’s life made easierAt the cost of somebody else  www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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FINISH THE STORY — THE CIRCUS PART 3

Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, has started another one of her intriguing stories where she gets things started, tags another blogger to pick up where she left off, and then that blogger picked someone else to keep it going. Fandago was second, and he tagged me as the third. So here goes. To get us started,… Continue reading FINISH THE STORY — THE CIRCUS PART 3

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Pedigree

By Scott Bailey © 2018 The list is out The top dogs preen While those who put on the show Count their gains And the mongrels Sniff out the scraps On the ground In response to the daily prompt Pedigree #DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Slight

By Scott Bailey © 2018 The slight light Of the dawn Brings dread Worry When it should bring hope What happened? When did the light Seep In response to the daily prompt Slight #DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Fire and Green

By Scott Bailey © 2018 Earth’s ire arises Fire from the pulsating core Fertilizing land In response to the daily prompt Core #DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Amazon Marketing Services – Worth it?

Anyone in this corner of the blogosphere had any experience or success with Amazon Marketing Services? Wondering about dallying with it to boost the ailing sales of my books?

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Top Hat

By Scott Bailey © 2016 With top hat askew Dancing lightly through the throng Predatory smile In response to the daily prompt Skewed #DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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A Ripple of Reviews

I don't know if that is the correct collective noun but it should be 🙂 Here are a few reviews I have accrued over time. Thirteen Tales (of Ghosts)  Excellently Eerie! AAA+++!! 30 January 2018  Witty, scary, creepy, delicious, and not without a deft touch of wit! Well-crafted visions of the dark side! So refreshing to… Continue reading A Ripple of Reviews

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Last Minute Presents

If you are stuck for ideas - here are a few. They are original and different - plus being ebooks they have the advantage of not being hindered by delivery issues 🙂 Mankind Limited Marc trudged on with life, marching in line with his fellow workers. Weighed down by the everyday burdens of life, the… Continue reading Last Minute Presents

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Next Year

I am in a quandary - what to do with this blog next year. This year I set up prescheduled posts - three a day for a whole year! Then I posted each day as and when I could. This has resulted in two things. A lot of repetition, the same posts being seen over… Continue reading Next Year

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Guest Poem – Mankind Limited

I was surprised to get a message from a friend and colleague - a rap poem - inspired by my novel Mankind Limited. I thought I would share it here; Also, check out their music on their own site https://urbanhippies.bandcamp.com/. Here is the poem.   Mankind Ltd By J McKay Where the kindness of man… Continue reading Guest Poem – Mankind Limited

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Some Feedback Requested

I wonder if I could ask my blogosphere friends a quick favour? Or anyone who reads this in fact? I am in the process of trying to update my website in order to improve my lagging sales! I am trying out some new text to describe each work - see below. What do you think… Continue reading Some Feedback Requested

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Thanet Writers Feature – Me!

The folks over at Thanet Writer's interviewed me a while ago and it's now up and available on their website. I am deeply honoured and appreciative. Check it out here!

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Author Interview

So it's official - my author interview will be appearing on Thanet Writers this Saturday - 04/03/2017. Rest assured I'll be blogging about it when it happens 🙂