Be afraid. Be very afraid! #AfraidOfTheLight #CrimeFiction #Anthology @adamsouthward @NolanDom @elle_croft @SRMastersAuthor @Phoebe_A_Morgan @NikiMackayBooks @VictoriaSelman @MsRachaelBlok @h_critchlow @Jo_Furniss @robert_scragg @ClareEmpson2 @JDelargyAuthor @katesboat

Sometimes, when you’re deep in a book slump, someone comes along with an opportunity to read a book that you just know that you will love. In this case, Dominic Nolan reached out to me and invited me to be a part of the blog tour for Afraid Of The Light, an chilling crime fiction anthology, as well as providing me with a copy in preparation for the tour (thank-you!). This collection of short stories is something special, 14 incredible crime writers have inspiringly come together to create not only a read for our entertainment but also with an aim to raise money for the Samaritans, in which all proceeds will be given. Afraid of the Light was published on the 28th of April, you can purchase in e-book and / or paperback format. I’ve already bought 3 e-copies, gifting two – it’s such a fantastic collection!

All author royalties from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the Samaritans.
Samaritans is a charity working across the UK and Ireland to reduce the number of people who take their own lives and help people who are struggling to cope with how they’re feeling or with life’s challenges.
When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year.
You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at, or visit to find your nearest branch.

Some people are scared of the dark. But it’s the light that exposes the secrets.

A young boy with nightmares faces up to his demons. A deathbed confession turns the world on its axis. A five-year-old watches his parents bury a body in the garden. A soldier returns from the war to find the horror isn’t yet over.

Afraid Of The Light brings the imagination of fourteen bestselling crime writers together in a collection that will keep you up all night. From a deadly campfire game to a holiday gone wrong, to an AI assistant with a motive and a love affair that can only end in murder, this is a gripping, twisty set of stories to send a shiver down your spine.

“The stories are wildly entertaining in their own right, but they also address the concerns and fears we all feel: isolation and loneliness; guilt and grief; justice and punishment. And perhaps most importantly of all: redemption and hope.” — Alex North

As I’ve already said, the contributors of short stories are some of the most cracking crime fiction writers, with a foreword from Alex North and a collection filled with chilling themes, dark humour and suspense, you’re set to be hooked! These are the stories included:

Are you Listening? – Adam Southward
Daddy Dearest – Dominic Nolan
Deathbed, Beth Dead – Elle Croft
Loveable Alan Atcliffe – S R Masters
Sleep Time – Phoebe Morgan
Coming Home – N J Mackay
Sausage Fingers – Victoria Selman
Just a Game – Rachael Blok
Drowning in Debt – Heather Critchlow
To Evil or Not to Evil – Jo Furniss
Sheep’s Clothing – Robert Scragg
Frantic – Clare Empson
Planting Nan – James Delargy
Shadow – Kate Simants

Okay, so imagine this, I set up the kindle and I’m about to dive into the first story of this anthology in the dark – a bit of soothing country playing on the Alexa in the background. From the first story written by Adam Southward I was hooked and knew that my promise of just one short was going to be broken. The intoxicating darkness of the stories that came were all chilling, yet completely distinctive of one another, with each tale possessing its own warpness written from the brilliant twisted minds of the crime writers involved. I loved every single contribution towards this exceptional anthology, with it’s delving into the dark side of humanity, playing on fears and in some cases subtly creeping underneath your skin leaving you with that deliciously stygian feeling.

Afraid of the Light is a gripping an collection that played on a lot of my fears, in the sinisterly psychological way that superbly written tales do. Although the contents is chilling, the penmanship of each story was both individual and beautifully executed with each author unravelling events that are punchy and satisfying! I found myself chewing my nails (I know ewww right) and holding my breath while reading – I’m an animated reader, so you can imagine the *gasp* moments! I enjoyed the flecks of dark humour that were sprinkled into some of the shorts, but you’re always left with stuffed with chilling goodness. I made notes on the kindle throughout, here are some of my notes:

“Sinister and psychological. Gives you the shivers as it plays on that people aren’t always who they seem. The impeccable way the stories are written look into the true nature of individuals who wear a mask in society. An absolute must read for every thriller / crime fiction reader.”

“I love the writing. Beautifully executed, with warped unravelling that leaves you shook. The author’s writing blows me away ever single time.”

“Filled with stories that could be ‘Goosebumps for adults’ territory. Ones that captivate you, holding you within the world of thrill and chill.”

“Uncomfortable, nail-biting and fearsome”

“F***ing creepy”

“Atmospheric, clever!”

“Excellent, brilliant and definitely the medicine we all need right now. Every single short stories was perfectly crafted for the most thrilling of punches. Each one is psychologically reeling and quite spine-chilling.”

So there you have it, the book love bus – why you should absolutely, positively grab yourself a copy! It’s a win-win situation, you get a brilliant read while also donating to a fantastic and much needed charity. Crime fiction not your thing? Why not gift a copy to that favourite bookworm in your life?
Have you already bought a copy? Read it? What did you think? What short story was your favourite? Sorry, that’s a difficult question because they are all flipping awesome!

Make sure to check out the reviews of the bloggers involved in this blog tour by searching #AfraidOfTheLight on Twitter!

Until next time,
Happy reading!

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  1. Yes yes yes, to everything! This anthology is gold, isn’t it?? Fab post, darling! xxx


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