The 500

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THE 500 : Gemma wants revenge on her cheating boyfriend. She thinks she has found a perfect way. But revenge tends to be a two-edged sword.

A contemporary short story about guilt and redemption with a chilling finale. More
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About J.D. Hughes

I'm a writer living in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England. In a past life I was a commercial scriptwriter and film-maker. I'm still fond of film, but love writing.

I hope that readers will download my short ebooks and get a taste of how I write, and if it's to your liking let me know. If it isn't then you can also tell me - all feedback is good feedback. Subscribe to my blog and get advance notification of new short stories or novels. I will also be posting stuff that I find interesting or quirky.

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***** LATEST: My new novel, AND SOON THE SONG, is out now at
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The Hall came into sight; not a light showed. It stood black and massive against the sky, blacker than the night, a mouth of darkness waiting to suck in the innocent.

Charlie Chelford, hotshot New York photojournalist, is tasked with an unwelcome assignment to photograph billionaire businessman, Sir Marcus Tilling, in England. She has no inkling of the ancient terrors that are rushing to meet her and will change her life, forever.

Fresh from London’s Wormwood Scrubs prison, penniless ex paratrooper Tom Buchanan struggles against the odds to keep on the straight and narrow. He finds a job as a security guard. But there is no security for Tom as he uncovers the mystery of his lost childhood and faces the ultimate test against a supernatural entity that seems to have limitless power.

In an East Harlem cell, gang member and killer Angel Diaz feels the desperate need to escape. He needs a miracle, but then he does have divine help.

Ex-fashion model Elyssia Jordan, locked in an Ashbourne mental asylum, finds an unconventional way to get out… and get home.

And, eyes full of the moon, a huge, black dog dreams of the song, dreams of death.

Deep in the wilds of Derbyshire, England, mediaeval manor house Hearthstone Hall draws them to its cold stones - the boy, the girl, the dark man and the others. They will have no choice, for they will all hear the song and the hunger will be assuaged.

Lost to the gaze of God, Hearthstone waits.

Waits for the guests.

Waits for the children.


NORTHMAN, my supernatural, mystery thriller is out now on Amazon.

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It's quite a fat book. With lots of pages. Think Dan Brown meets Stephen King in a Celtic village with several fly-by-wire Tornado aircraft and a dead Viking berserker, coupled with a timeless romance and unspeakable evil...then forget the bit about Dan Brown and Stephen King and buy the book, which I hope you will find well worth it.
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Brandon Luffman reviewed on Nov. 21, 2012

This was an intense and difficult story. There was a temptation to not finish, not because it was bad (it's very well done) but because it was simply very disturbing.

Regardless of your stance on the topic within, this story will affect you. It isn't for the faint of heart, but it IS a well done piece of work.
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Terry Tyler reviewed on Aug. 24, 2012

Amazing story for a man to have written - congratulations, JD! As another reviewer said, quite horrific in parts, but I found it more sad than anything else - because the decision had been made, and it was too late. I found myself wanting to know more about Gemma's relationship with Gareth before and after, though I realise this is not what the story is about! Very well written; interesting and thought-provoking - read it!
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TheBigBookworm reviewed on April 24, 2012

This was a very surprising short story. It was horrific in some parts but a very human story about an impossible dilemma. At first I thought the main character heartless, but as the story progressed I understood what the writer was trying to convey. A great little book and amazing for free!
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RW Bausch reviewed on Jan. 1, 2012

The 500 was a really emotional experience for me. In one way I'm sorry that I ever read it, but in another I am happy that it puts so many things into perspective. Thankyou Mr Hughes for a candid look at this. Puts me in mind of a film that upset me last year but also taught me about forgiving myself.
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Mark Gandolfi reviewed on Dec. 31, 2011

I read another of this writers books yesterday during lunch and liked it. This one is excellent. As Lisa says it's a modern theme dealt with in a balanced way, and like the main character I had no idea about this subject. A revelation and superb writing. Thanks. Looking forward to the next one.
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Lisa Tobin reviewed on Dec. 29, 2011

A great short story! Well written and with a creepy ending that had me shivering. It reminded me of one of Stephen King's short stories. It deals with a very modern dilemma and without giving anything away it treads the line between both camps with this subject matter, and seems very honest.
I will definitely read more of this author. Recommended.
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