The Dark and Shadowy Places

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This book is a collection of short stories or ‘flash fiction’, inspired mostly by author Chuck Wendig's weekly writing challenges on his Terrible Minds blog. Most of the stories are based on these challenges and can be found on my short story blog, Under A Starlit Sky, with a few unpublished ones thrown in. Now, please, won't you journey into the dark and shadowy places? More
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About Caitlin McColl

Since childhood, Caitlin has written many short stories, mainy fantasy - with dragons, wizards and other fantastical monsters. But now she writes Steampunk, fantasy with a Victorian twist, that makes our world just a little bit more interesting, with the ability to mask the humdrum days we all have - those cold, grey, rainy, depressing days. The days you accidentally sleep in, lock yourself out of the house, battle morning rush hour and realize your still wearing your slippers. Caitlin lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada with her husband and her dog.

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2015 - She has released a FREE ebook compilation of stories from her short story blog, Under A Starlit Sky, collectively called The Dark And Shadowy Places.

She has a short story, Heart of Steel, in the 'Forged in Flame' anthology by Xchyler Publishing

She has also released the follow up books to Under a Starlit Sky, The Clockwork Universe and The Stained Glass Heart, as well as 2 Steampunk short story collections through Smashwords, and also available on Amazon.

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Barbara J. Waldern reviewed on July 5, 2015

I just read through a few of the short stories in the collection entitled, "Dark and Shadowy Places." Sorry to say, it did not work for me. Whereas I thought the poetry book, "Of Concrete and Glass" was successful, these flash fiction stories did not. I read a few and was not interested in reading any more because there is no plot to the first few. The author chooses to set it up but take us nowhere. She shows us great imagination in coming up with all these diverse scenarios, but fails to serve us the entree so leaves us starving. We have to go to another buffet, I'm afraid. Character portrayal is lacking, though the setting and circumstances are adequate. However, we are left dangling at the beginning of a story, which we would have to finish for ourselves. I appreciate the art of leaving some pages open, and breaking off unexpectedly so that readers must guess an aspect to the ending, but that does not mean that plot is neglected and no solution to a dilemma or problem arrived at.
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