Stingers

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Thirteen year old James Clarke is always being picked on in school. He hates sports, and he particularly hates Stingers, a schoolyard game in which children throw tennis balls at each other. The other kids always seem to throw the ball harder, when it's at him.

One day, James' mom phones the school to try and put a stop to the bullying, but it only gets worse. More

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Words: 10,350
Language: English (South African dialect)
ISBN: 9781310610851
About Graham Downs

Graham Downs is a South African author. He was born in Alberton, in Gauteng, South Africa, where he now lives with his wife. Aside from being an independent author, he is a computer programmer in Rivonia.

Since publishing his first book (A Petition to Magic) in 2012, he has published four more, including his latest, Heaven and Earth: Paranormal Flash Fiction. This is a collection of six flash fiction stories, ranging from straight-up horror to downright weird.

Although he has always had a passion for writing, it wasn't until December 2012, at the age of 32, that Downs finally decided to unleash his imagination onto the world at large. The result was A Petition to Magic, a short fantasy story about a wizard who cannot perform magic, and a queen who demands his help.

Following on the success of A Petition to Magic, Downs was asked by fellow author Darren Worrow in 2013, to contribute a story to a charity anthology called I am not Frazzle, benefiting the Devizes Community Centre for Children, in the United Kingdom. He eagerly accepted, and penned Stingers, which was included. The anthology was released in December of 2013. (Stingers was released as a stand-alone story on 16 June 2014.)

While I am not Frazzle was being prepared for release, Downs released his second story, Heritage of Deceit, on 1 December 2013. It's a modern day thriller, and tells the story of a man working in an office, who stumbles across what he believes is a relic from an old genocide.

In October 2014, in time for Halloween, Billy's Zombie was released. It is a very short horror story, about a high school boy whom everyone thinks is a freak. In an effort to exact his revenge on his tormentors, he borrows a book on necromancy from the library, which he successfully uses to raise a zombie from the dead.

Wanting to continue his foray into the horror/paranormal genre, he went on to publish Heaven and Earth: Paranormal Flash Fiction in April 2015. This is a collection of six flash fiction stories in the horror/weird fiction genre.

His newest work was released on 1 June 2016. It's called Tales From Virdura, and it continues the Flash Fiction format. However, he decided to revisit his roots, so to speak, as this collection expands upon the world and characters introduced in his first published story, A Petition to Magic

In addition to his published works, Downs has written many free flash fiction stories and essays, in a wide variety of genres. They're all available for free on his blog. You can also find a monthly crossword puzzle there, sometimes with prizes for solving it correctly. Find both his free writing, and the monthly crossword puzzle, by visiting his Blog.

Graham Downs is always working on new stories, in a variety of different genres, and he hopes to go from strength to strength as he releases better and better writing, and his popularity continues to grow.

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Review by: Csnookes on Sep. 17, 2014 :
Loved the book Stingers. The emotions of the characters came across effortlessly. Very talented writer!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: ianmcalister on Aug. 17, 2014 :
An absorbing read - easily done on a sitting. Very topical in SA at the moment. Well done Graham!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Vicky Leigh on June 17, 2014 : (no rating)
An exceptional read once again. Found myself completely absorbed and captivated. Look forward to downloading many more... Well Done Mr Downs !!!!!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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