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From Dark Places

A collection of short stories

From Dark Places

Available for sale now!
Order a signed copy here (I will post to anywhere in the world) or get a Kindle version here:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

From Dark Places is in the Kindle Select program, so you can choose to borrow it (like a library book) if you’re an Amazon Prime customer. Sample the first two stories here

There is also an audio book version available here: http://iambik.com/books/from-dark-places-by-emma-newman/

Abby finds a creative solution to her father’s problems. Ben makes a pact with the Devil for a new Mum. Katie is pursued by unrelenting voices. John just found his colleague’s hand in a strange girl’s lap. Jarvis is falling apart on his wedding day. Rosalind comes face-to-face with her number one fan. And that is just the beginning.

Read the full review by Alan Baxter

Download the press pack for background information on the anthology, the publisher and me!

Every tale in this collection is delightful, spooky, creepy. Emma Newman is a master at saying just enough to make your own imagination give you goosebumps, and her characters are clear and well-defined.

Gracie Motley

This is the back cover blurb:

E.J. Newman’s debut anthology is a dark and twisting journey across the urban landscape, mining the rich seam of human frailties with insight and humour. The stories traverse the magical and the mundane, where supernatural beings are indistinguishable from their mortal counterparts in their complexity and complicity.

“Newman is unafraid to explore the darker side of fiction and, by extension, life. The stories are by turns touching and funny and heartwarming. And dark. In places very, very dark. Leave the light on.”

DAN POWELL, 2010 Yeovil Literary Prize winner

( Short Story)

“Gods, demons and angels inhabit these pages, as much at home as the cheating spouses, spurned lovers and ugly, foul-mouthed orphans. Newman is a powerful emerging voice in dark fiction. I’ll be watching out for more of her stuff. You should too.”

ALAN BAXTER , Author of ‘RealmShift’ and ‘MageSign’

I self-published this as an e-book last year, it has since been picked up by a publisher so this shiny new edition has been lovingly edited with 14 more stories (a total of 25) than the original e-book!

This anthology of short stories includes links to a secret area here on the website containing notes on the origin and development of each story, for you story geeks out there :)

From Dark Places (first edition) has received several 5/5 reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Smashwords. Here are some comments from the readers themselves:

“The author doesn’t resort to slash and gore to bring out the fear. Instead, she leads the reader on a journey of dread down the dark paths that we’ve visited before in our nightmares, the what-ifs in the dark recess of our imaginations.

An excellent read that I would recommend to everyone.”

Laura Eno

“With these short stories Emma Newman proved to me that she is indeed the master of the dark twist. Spooky mixed with a touch of humour that makes it all the more entertaining, this collection is a great sampler of her work, showing her many skills when it comes to creating (and abusing!) memorable characters in not many words. Great collection, Emma– I can’t wait to read what you produce next!”

Jen Brubacher

You can read about its original creation here.

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  1. […] No wonder I write such dark short stories… […]

  2. […] But I really enjoyed it once it got going. People came and asked me questions, I told them about From Dark Places and 20 Years Later. I read them the prologue and happily, it was all with a nice cup of tea in hand […]

  3. […] people up, and all of the other hundred things I should be doing to prepare for the launch of From Dark Places seem insurmountably difficult. I’m shaky, I’ve lost three pounds in the last week and […]

  4. […] for the day; getting in touch with the lovely people who have posts who are happy to be part of the From Dark Places blog tour I am putting […]

  5. […] don’t kill me first) I’ll be having my first ever book launch. It’s for From Dark Places and here are the […]

  6. […] Tonight I’m off to a book launch, reading and signing by Emma Newman for her anthology of short stories, From Dark Places. […]

  7. […] a story Nana” I said to her. Thirty years later, she came to my first book launch for From Dark Places, held in Manchester last week. And it meant the world to both of us. It was a good day to have it […]

  8. M A Rasheed says:

    Your book is wonderful and you are a brillient writer and I am getting
    inspiration. I want to email you but I don’t have your email address.

    With kind regards.


  9. Emma says:

    Hi Rasheed, thank you for your kind words. You can email me more privately by using the contact page here: http://www.enewman.co.uk/contact-me

  10. Upcoming4.me says:

    Jumped here from Angry Robot, and to be honest we can’t wait for the eArc to surface, sounds rather good and the stories available here are great. Thanks for sharing, we’ll gladly do a review!

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