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Out now on Kindle: Matthew R Cash’s 12Days horror anthology

Cover for 12Days anthology

Cover for 12Days anthology

I mention this because I have a short story in it, Avenging Angel. The anthology consists of 12 “countdown stories” based on the  song The Twelve Days of Christmas, plus a further cycle of stories with horror themes, again loosely based on various Christmas songs. My story is included in the wider anthology. All proceeds go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which runs a helpline for sufferers and their families, conducts research into the disease and has campaigned for the indtroduction of a new drug which slows the progress of the disease if given to young children with this devastating genetic disorder.

The countdown stories are available on Kindle separately at £0.99 each; the wider anthology is available on Kindle at £1.99 (this excludes the countdown stories); and the paperback version includes both the countdown stories and the wider anthology, and is currently priced at £12.49.

Here’s the video of me reading a short scene from the story:

And here’s the link to the Amazon page for the 12Days anthology: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1539056201/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482144396&sr=1-1&keywords=12days+anthology



Now on Kindle – Helen Claire Gould’s FLOODTIDE


Jordas blinked awake. The luminescent fungi’s glow split the lava tube’s darkness, and metres away a skylight filtered in grey rays from the surface. Chill air raised the hairs on his arm. He tucked it back under the sleeping bag, then noticed a scatter of rubble beneath the skylight. Surface water dripped on it.   

Rockfall. That’s what woke me. But I was dreaming –

Fragments replayed. In the dream, he was two people at once. Jordas’s hand scraped against lava as he, Yado and Soolkah crept forwards. He rubbed the rawness to ease it, and was surprised to see Yado frown and massage his own hand. And when Yado and Soolkah lay together nearby, it was the most passion Jordas had ever felt.

His turn.

Soolkah allowed him to pull her closer.

He opened his mouth to speak.

But she laid her finger against his lips and said, “Sshh, Jordas. It’s because you and Yado are mindlinked that we’re here together now…”

That’s why I had that dream, he realised. To tell me that.

Kindle edition £3.49 

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Release date: 13/10/14

Floodtide cover

Floodtide new cover for paperback edition

ON ICY NAXADA, the Shiranu farm in lava tubes under a dormant volcano, avoiding hunter tribe the Sargussi. But the mutually-hostile tribes’ world will soon be torn apart by natural forces.

Planetary geologist and astronomer Jordas Krata, part of a team observing an incoming asteroid, becomes telepathically linked with Yado, a Sargussi man, as he cements a relationship with the lovely Shiranu female runaway Soolkah. Jordas enters this precarious balance of nature to rescue both tribes from the destruction about to rain down on them and help resettle them on a safer planet.

But as a consequence of the brothers in each family group being telepathically linked, and a shortage of females, the social structure of both tribes forces them into polyandry. How can Jordas avoid emotional involvement when he and Yado also share the physical senses – including both painful and pleasurable sensations?

 Click here to read chapters 1 – 3 of Floodtide

Paperback edition £9.99 from these stockists in your area:


  • Waterstones, Bridge St., Peterborough;
  • Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, Bridge St., Peterborough;
  • Close Encounters comics shop, 59 Midland Rd, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1PW.
  • Waterstones, 22, Sidney Street, Cambridge;
  • Bookmark Spalding, 20, the Crescent, Spalding;
  • Red Lion Books Ltd., 125, High St., Colchester, CO1 1SZ;
  • Beccles Books, 1, Exchange Ho., Exchange Sq., Beccles, NR34 9HH.

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And look out for Helen’s next novel: The Zarduth Imperative


Book One

Cast List

In approximate order of appearance

 (JSEP: Joint Space Exploration Programme, a body run on military lines, dedicated to the exploration of space for the colonisation and exploitation of resources, which draws its staff from all over Earth.)

List of characters in Book One of The Zarduth Imperative

Characters in Book One