Got some time to spare in the evenings now that everyone’s started back at work? Or looking for something to do on your commute? Candy Jar Books has announced two downloadable stories you can enjoy completely free.
Sweaty Flow is written by Iain Mclaughlin, who has recently contributed a story to the upcoming UNIT anthology Operation Wildcat (due to be released very soon). Combining comedy, hijinks and adventure, this short story finds Lethbridge-Stewart and Doris staying in a Brighton hotel run by Mr Sinclair, probably the worst hotelier in the world.
And then there’s the free Lucy Wilson ghost story, The Gray Lady of Martyr’s House by Chris Lynch. Chris previously penned last year’s free story, A Little Lucy Christmas, as well as the Lucy Wilson books, Curse of the Mirror Clowns and Attack of the Quarks. On top of this he was author of critically acclaimed Lethbridge-Stewart novel, The George Kostinen Mystery.
Lucy Wilson, of course, is the granddaughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and has appeared in numerous books including Avatars of the Intelligence, The Midnight People, and The Keeper of Fang Rock.
After the Brigadier’s death, Lucy Wilson assumes the mantle of her grandfather with the help of her best friend Hobo.
The Gray Lady of Martyr’s House is a ghoulish short story that finds Lucy and Hobo trapped in a haunted house during the Christmas holidays. Chris says:
“Who doesn’t love a ghost story at Christmas? I certainly do. My story has a spooky old house, a creepy housekeeper, a library with a very unusual selection of books, and at least one talking animal. So, on the day I put the Christmas tree up, I started writing this eerie tale. If you like classic ‘70s cartoons, M.R. James, or Hammer Horror, I hope this creepy concoction hits the right tone.”
Head of Publishing at Candy Jar, Shaun Russell, says:
“We always try to give something back at Christmas time. Our readers are incredibly supportive and I hope everyone enjoys these stories as we head into 2022.”