It Lives In Dark Places

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It was supposed to go smooth. A cushy number. A dead cert. Robert Ashford should’ve known that there was no such thing; not when the Fratellis were involved. The Fratellis – the underworld equivalent of the Chuckle Brothers. Now Ashford's in the sewer hiding out from the cops with nothing but an illegal package for company.

Nothing, that is, until something stirs in the dark waters ….
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About David Jeffery

Dave Jeffery is 46 and lives with his family in rural Worcestershire. He was born in The Black Country and spent most of his youth dreaming of writing and drawing comic strips for DC Thompson, creators of The Beano and The Dandy.

Dave completed his first novel, Badlands, at the age of ten and admits that it was 'pretty awful'. He still has it hidden somewhere in his loft. At school he used to write and illustrate comics for his school friends, selling them for a few pennies. At 15 years of age, he was invited to Dundee to see DC Thompson’s offices after sending his portfolio to them. Nothing may have come of the visit but the dream of getting work published continued.

He is perhaps best known for his Beatrice Beecham series originally with Chipmunka Publications, London. This adventurous, super-sleuth teenager is currently on her second adventure with a third, Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt, due out in 2011. The eBook Housefull of Horrors is released through Smashwords on October 31st and contains all seven Beatrice Beecham chapbooks.

Writing as David Jeffery, this author also publishes adult and young adult horror and supernatural fiction. His zombie novel Necroloplis Rising will be released on September 11th through Smashwords. The prelude chapbook Splatoon is available now by following the book cover link on the home page. His Beatrice Beecham Presents: Campside Chillers collection will also be available early next year. In the interim Dave's short stories can be found in the Creature Feature anthology and his story Masquerade has been accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming WATCH anthology from Imprint Phoenix Publications.

When he is not writing novels Dave works as a mental health practitioner. He has published an academic book with John Wiley & Sons and articles in his field of mental health whilst presenting on the international stage. He is in the process of editing another book for Speechamrk Publishing Ltd, for release in 2011.

He is also author of Finding Jericho, a novel for young adults released through Chipmunka Publications, London exploring the relationship between a 15 year old boy and an uncle who has been diagnosed with manic depression. This book has been endorsed by the mental health charity MIND.

Dave enjoys music, playing guitar and was once in a band called The Lion Farm who took their name from the council estate where he was dragged up.

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vivascarlett reviewed on on Aug. 16, 2015

More fun than a visit to your local sewer ;) this story is fast-paced entertainment. I'm now a major fan of this author.
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chucklesthescot reviewed on on March 25, 2014

Robert agrees to do a simple courier drop for two hapless criminals which leads to him being chased by every cop in the country. He finds an open sewer where men are working and climbs down with the police in hot pursuit. But there is something else lurking down there in the dark, something that wants to kill everyone down there...

Yes I liked this one. I do enjoy a story where people are being shredded by the monster in the dark! I never get tired of reading that kind of thing. Being a very short story, the author gets straight to the point-the chase and the mayhem in the dark. It did have an intriguing ending so I wonder if we are going to hear a bit more about the company and where the creature came from in later works. It is surprisingly well developed for its length and the story is nicely presented.

This is the second story that I have read by the author and I find his work to be enjoyable. The stories may all be short but they are snappy and fun for the horror fan to get their teeth into. I certainly plan to read more of his work.
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Manoa888 reviewed on on Aug. 1, 2013

If you enjoy horror stories, you MUST read this. Considering it's a short story, I was amazed at the intensity. It's a gripping story that is reminiscent of 'Relic' by Robert Preston and Lincoln Child.
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Ernest Winchester reviewed on on May 17, 2011

A far cry from the erotica I normally read, but a grisly change of pace to be sure. Intriguing story, intensely told.
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Ian Woodhead reviewed on on Oct. 9, 2010

ery enjoyable sir. Good pacing and tight prose. More please.
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Stuart Neild reviewed on on Sep. 23, 2010

The ever dependable Dave Jeffery never fails when it comes to weaving a quality tale. It lives in dark places, is another example of his perfect, short story, horror fiction.
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