Gargoyle Grotesque

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Two tales - one theme: hideous creatures set in stone but destined not to stay that way ...
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Published: Oct. 13, 2010
Words: 4,930
Language: English
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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Review by: chucklesthescot on March 25, 2014 : star star star star
Gargoyle Grotesque:
Toby has no friends and finds himself trying to join The Hellhounds, a gang of criminal losers who are happy to have a new member. For his initiation, they break into a church but when they are confronted by the vicar, one of the boys lashes out and injures him. That's when they hear the sound of the stone gargoyle coming for them.

Toby is a decent kid who is so desperate for friends that he is willing to have out with the town crud. He doesn't want to be a criminal but he doesn't want to lose his new friends. You can see his panic as things start to spiral out of control and he soon regrets his choices. I like the idea of a rampaging gargoyle taking revenge on evil little gits like this so the story was very satisfying. You learn a lot about Toby in this story which is unusual in these shortened versions. The author has a real knack of pulling you along for the ride and engaging you in the plot. Nice work!

To the Devil his Due:
Victor hates his weak wife and lures her out into the forest for a romantic date so he can stab her to death. He gets a surprise when the crime is witnessed by the stone gargoyle watching him. The creature is trapped and will promise Victor the world if he releases him...

Heh! I enjoy this kind of tale where the criminal is an evil git who needs a good lesson taught to him. Again, I liked the gargoyle and the way that he uses Victor's ego to secure his own release. I liked the ending and it was another satisfying short story from this author.
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Review by: Bridget Squires on Dec. 04, 2010 : star star star star star
Blood soaked excitement! Loved it!
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Review by: Stuart Neild on Oct. 16, 2010 : star star star star star
A must read. Dave Jeffery strikes again.
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Review by: Ian Woodhead on Oct. 13, 2010 : star star star star star
Two full on bloody, gory shockers from a true word master. Keep em coming.
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