Jonathan Broughton

Biography

Jonathan lives on the south coast of England. Many of his short stories are inspired by the people who choose to live beside the sea. Mixed into this are elements of fantasy, occasionally horror.
The Russian White, his Victorian thriller, was written when he lived in London. On cold clear mornings, as the fog rises from the River Thames and seeps into the narrow alleys and shadowy by-ways, the city of over one hundred and fifty years ago can be glimpsed and the atmosphere evoked.
Running Before The Midnight Bell is an urban crime thriller. Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea on the south coast of England are the backdrop to a series of murders targeted against vulnerable members of a particular community. Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Nemo struggles with the case as long-held secrets are slowly revealed: unaware that he too is being stalked by the killer.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a slow starter at reading. The teacher at my primary school, a spinster with a very large bosom, scared the life out of me. A nice old lady who lived opposite helped me learn and the first books I remember reading and enjoying were the Narnia books by CS Lewis. I loved that fantasy world and the adventures that fired my imagination. I didn't understand the religious symbolism until much later. For me, it didn't add or detract anything from the excitement of the stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been an avid reader who wanted to write. Over the last few years the changes in the publishing world have been extraordinary, in particular the control writers have in how and where they want their work to be seen. I think the ability to publish and market a book of your own is a liberation. A lot more work is needed from the indie author, learning how to market your book for example, but the thrill of seeing one of my books published online, available to the whole world, is pretty amazing.
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Where to find Jonathan Broughton online


Books

Running Before The Midnight Bell
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,720. Language: British English. Published: May 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00)
A man walks his dog at midnight: they never return home. The hunt for a killer begins. Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Nemo struggles with the case. For this is just the first murder. The community the killer targets are discreet, reluctant to reveal their secrets, fearful of publicity. They are easy victims and Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Nemo is next on the list.
Dark Reunion: Twenty Short Stories
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,860. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00)
Dark Reunion contains twenty short stories that range from the paranormal to the poignant. Humour, horror, cunning, malice and forgiveness weave their various strands through these original plots. Individuals are faced with a variety of dilemmas, the outcomes of which reveals their true characters. There is compassion and there is revenge: paranoia and reconciliation.
Fey: Four Fantastic Stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,010. Language: British English. Published: January 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A colony of forgotten zombies, a young werewolf, Victorian Steampunk and the end of an old lady's life. Four stories in which extraordinary events occur in everyday settings. Mystery, fear, cunning and dark humour each reveal a different surprise.
Quirks: Four Humorous Stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,420. Language: British English. Published: May 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Quirky characters are pitted against corporate and social institutions: two old ladies take to piracy on the high seas: a young lady in Victorian London falls in love with a vampire: an old man worries about educating his baby dragon, and a contemporary farce unfolds around that very English tradition, afternoon tea.
Twisted: Four Paranormal Stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,690. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
In these stories, the dark wings that flap at the edges of our mind glide into focus. There is horror here, ghostly revenge and malice aforethought. They are meant to frighten.
The Russian White
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,450. Language: British English. Published: February 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
London 1853. War looms with Russia. The Russian White, the biggest diamond ever known, is in danger. The Brotherhood meets in secret. Russian spies are everywhere, and Isobel Hunt, a young lady, fights for a life of independence. Events, over which she has no control, but which she cannot ignore, force decisions upon her that affect her family, the fate of the Russian White, and even her country.
Gifts: Four Poignant Stories
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Price: Free! Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Four short stories set on the south coast of England. An old man knits and wonders; a teenage boy overcomes his fear of fireworks; a young girl finds a very special purse, and a homeless man receives an unexpected gift.
Roadkill: Four Nasty Stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,210. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
(5.00)
Four nasty short stories set on the south coast of England. An old prostitute gets her revenge, an elderly vampire goes hunting in daylight, a dodgy psychic fleeces his client and a gay lover's ghost haunts his murderer.

Smashwords book reviews by Jonathan Broughton

  • It's Dark Inside (collection of short stories) on Aug. 08, 2013

    Six excellent dark stories that set my nerves tingling with dread. Out Of Order leaves the reader and the story's protagonist uncertain as to events unfolding beyond a closed door in a railway carriage. That something terrible is going on is implied rather than explained and the terror ratchets up with one twist after another. The Lighthouse and Inside exposes the building trauma that can occur when characters are left in isolation. I enjoyed all six stories, the three I've highlighted, I loved.