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Thirteen Stories was the brainchild of Melissa, an online copywriter and general transcriptionist. Together, with editor Cathy MacKenzie, they recruited another nine writers to create an ebook. They ended up with thirteen stories; twelve mystery/suspense/horror and one beautiful fantasy love story.

All the writers in this ebook gave their time and stories for no pay.They are all professionals; and some have published works of fiction, and participated in other anthologies. The goal of the book was to raise funds for two other writers (friends) who have, through no fault of their own, fallen on hard times.

All stories are unique. Some may leave you wondering...some may raise the hair on the back of your neck, and some may have you checking that your front door really is locked before going to bed.

Smashwords Interview

How did the idea for Thirteen Stories come about?
It actually came about after a few very bad days for creator Melissa. A terrible argument with a former friend had sent me reeling, and hiding in writing short fiction. During this time, I noticed that two friends were having a very very difficult time of their own. While one situation was known, the other wasn't, and through a conversation with Lyn Lomasi, the idea of a book of short stories was created, as a fundraiser.
How did we get our thirteen stories?
Well, I didn't want to write them all, so I threw the question out to my writer friends on Facebook. Everyone was invited to submit a scary story - a thriler with suspense and horror elements. Over several weeks, we received them, along with one beautiful fantasy love story to round out the thirteen.
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Thirteen Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,780. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Thirteen Stories is comprised of twelve thriller/suspense stories, with a little horror thrown in. There is also a bonus of one beautiful, fantasy love story, to soften the ouch and horror moments. Our eleven writers take you on a psychological journey; making you wonder what lurks in your neigborhood, around the corner and on the next road trip you take.