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Dark Steps (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Pond

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A collection of short stories, a series of twist endings, and one author's dark steps back into writing...

A teenage boy waits to take a sinister test he may or may not pass; a new father hears a strange voice on his daughter's baby monitor; a poisoner's best-laid plans go terribly astray; an enigmatic man gets as close to death as he can; a young boy wonders why Christmas just doesn't feel right this year; after the year from hell, a man is driven to extreme measures; a dying man reveals a black secret to his son; and, after four years in limbo, a man's life starts to unravel...

These dark tales of the unexpected are for fans of the short fiction of Stephen King, David Morrell and Dean Koontz. Step outside of the every day and take dark steps into a shadowy place...


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005GQ84CE
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Spine Chilling Collection 7. Januar 2012
Von The Kindle Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf
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Martin Pond's short story collection, "Dark Steps", will give you chills up and down your spine and keep you in suspense. Not only are they well paced with a build up of suspense but they also twist in the end to something you weren't expecting.

From a young man who is waiting in a barren white room of the future for an unknown test in Waiting Room, to a young boy who can't understand why there are no Christmas presents for him under the tree in A Bit Christmassy you will be intrigued. A deathbed revelation disturbs in The Inheritance. Unexplained voices in Dream Feed. That's just a sampling of the dark treats in this collection.

It is a great read for anyone who enjoys a suspenseful thought provoking tale.

4 stars - Kate Farrell, The Kindle Book Review
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4.0 von 5 Sternen slick shorts 18. August 2011
Von David Arere - Veröffentlicht auf
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An excellent collection of short fiction. The author takes you skillfully but entertainingly to where he wants you to be. A twist in every tale, some spottable but a few suprises. All adeptly written. An excellent effort all round didn't want to put it down. My only complaint, not enough of it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen delightfully ugly frankness 8. März 2013
Von Momma Says Read - Veröffentlicht auf
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By Pappa on March 6, 2013
Dark Steps Martin Pond

I tend to look at short stories as a crucible where good writers can really shine, and in his collection; Dark Steps, Martin Pond does so more than a few times. This collection of 8 shows a lot of growth from some of his earliest efforts in at least roughly chronological order to an excerpt of his continued writing project at

The only lack that I might describe overall is that he carries beginnings and middles well, but in ‘Waiting Room’, ‘Dream Feed’ and ‘A Bit Christmassy’ the endings let me down a bit.

What Pond consistently nails is those aspects of the macabre that intrude into daily lives: worries, stresses, negligence and the darker thoughts that we all have but thankfully never act upon. I appreciate when I can be made to understand internal rationales that I don’t necessarily share or see things sympathetically from an alien point of view. The stories that most typify these aspects to me were ‘The Inheritance’, ‘Egg’ and ‘Near-Death Experience’. The later of these was a real gem, leaving me with a lot of loose ends to trouble at in a very satisfying way.

All in all a good read, and I shall be following his experiment with Drawn To The Deep End where with weekly first drafts I can look forward to a dose of his delightfully ugly frankness.
What Does Pappa Think?Author Martin Pond

Pappa rates this 3 cookies and a glass of milk
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5.0 von 5 Sternen These tales are sharply written and wickedly enjoyable 6. August 2012
Von Masquerade Crew - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'd like to thank Martin Pond for making this book available to me free of charge for review.

Let me start off this review by saying that I'm not really a fan of either short stories, flash fiction or horror. It's always been hard for me to care about the characters when there isn't a lot of exposition. However, this collection might just have changed my mind.

These tales are sharply written and wickedly enjoyable. These are not stories with happy endings, and the horror in them is, for the most part, very subtle. For example, the first story, WAITING ROOM, is a bit hard to understand - until you think about it, that is, and then it's a nasty cautionary tale about expectations. Without revealing its twist, DREAM FEED is very scary - and it's every parent's worst nightmare come true. EGG is pure horror, and so is A BIT CHRSTMASSY. I wasn't too fond of RESOLUTION; it dragged a bit in places, and the resolution was, I thought, a bit weak. Of all the tales, INHERITANCE is my favourite. The story is slowly paced, marvelously scary, and the ending is completely unexpected.

Mr. Pond is a Brit, and it shows in his writing. Most of the stories are not transplantable - and after all, why should they be? He does have a unique voice and perception. I got fully invested in all of his characters in all of the stories, because they are interesting and multi-dimensional. The writing is crisp, the dialogue believeable, and the editing is very good.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of horror stories and short stories as well. They are the hardest venue to master because they demand the same concentration and devotion that a longer novel needs. I'd say that, judging from this collection, that Mr. Pond is a master at this particular form of writing, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his work.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling and Delightfully Disturbing 26. Juni 2012
Von K. Kiehm - Veröffentlicht auf
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(Actually a 4.5 star rating)

All seven of these short stories are rather disturbing as implied by the title and description, but they're all well written. I particularly liked the story "Near-Death Experience". It's about a man who chooses to get as close to death as he can. I also liked the story "The Inheritance", which was about a death-bed confession.

The stories were all very compelling and they drew me in so that I nearly read the book in one sitting. I would have read the book in one, but life got in the way. It's not a very long book. It's only 54 pages, but it's very intense. There's a lot to take in in such a short time frame.

At the end of the book there's an excerpt from the author's upcoming novel, "Drawn to the Deep End". I have to admit I enjoyed this the least of all. Maybe I'd enjoy more of the book if there were more to read.

A lot of the resolutions of the stories were a little too predictable, but that didn't stop me from enjoying them. I'm not normally a short story person, but this collection of short stories were a great read.

*I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
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