Afraid Of The Light

From a group of bestselling authors comes a crime thriller anthology that will keep you up all night. 

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.

All proceeds from Afraid of the Light are being donated to the mental health charity, Samaritans.  


About the author

Afraid of the Light is brought to you by fourteen bestselling crime and thriller writers who between them have topped the Sunday Times and Amazon book charts, won the Bath Novel Award and been shortlisted for Crime Writers Association Daggers

Phoebe Morgan, Victoria Selman, Adam Southward, Dominic Nolan, Elle Croft, SR Masters, NJ Mackay, Rachael Blok, Heather Critchlow, Jo Furniss, Robert Scragg, Clare Empson, James Delargy and Kate Simants.

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Why We Like It

  • “These stories are all so different and so good-creepy, haunting and funny too with some brilliant twists. Excellent work!” — Harriet Tyce (author of Blood Orange)
  • ‘The stories are wildly entertaining in their own right, but they also address the concerns and fears we all feel."- Alex North (author of The Whisper Man)
  • ‘Delicious bite-sized crime served up by fourteen of the hottest British authors’- TE Kinsey (author of A Quiet Life In The Country)
  • ‘A fantastic short story collection by an amazing bunch of writers’- Roz Watkins (author of The Devil's Dice)

Adam Southward is the Amazon bestselling author of Trance, Pain and Mirror (coming September 2020). He is a philosophy graduate with a professional background in IT, working in both publishing and the public sector. He lives on the south coast of England with his young family.

Dominic Nolan lives in London, where he wrote Past Life and After Dark.

Elle Croft is the author of top 10 Kindle Bestseller, The Guilty Wife, as well as two other psychological thrillers, The Other Sister and Like Mother, Like Daughter. When she's not writing, she works as a freelance social media specialist and blogs about travel, food and life in London. Elle co-hosts the true-crime podcast Crime Girl Gang, along with Niki Mackay and Victoria Selman.

S.R. Masters is an internationally published short story writer and novelist. His short fiction has appeared in venues such as Shock Totem, Lamplight, The Fiction Desk, and the Press Start to Play anthology. His debut novel, The Killer You Know, a coming-of-age murder mystery set in the village next door to Alan Atcliffe's, was published in the UK by Sphere/Little, Brown, and in the US by Redhook/Hachette.

Phoebe Morgan is the author of The Dolls House, The Girl Next Door and The Babysitter, all published by HQ. Her books have been translated into 8 languages and sold over 75,000 copies, with The Doll House becoming a #1 digital bestseller. She works for a publishing house during the day, and lives in London.

NJ Mackay studied Performing Arts at the BRIT School, and it turned out she wasn't very good at acting but quite liked writing scripts. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama, and won a full scholarship for her MA in Journalism. She also writes under Niki Mackay.

Victoria Selman is the international bestselling author of the Ziba MacKenzie crime series. Her first novel, Blood For Blood, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award and has sold over half a million copies.

Rachael Blok studied English Literature at Warwick University and then taught English at a London comprehensive. She is now a full-time writer. Her crime series is set in the cathedral city of St Albans. Here, DCI Maarten Jansen struggles against his plain-speaking Dutch upbringing when faced with the seemingly polite world of the picturesque city. Under The Ice and The Scorched Earth are out now. Into The Fire is out November 2020.

Heather Critchlow studied history and social science at Cambridge University, has written and edited B2B magazines, and worked as a freelance writer and media consultant. She is currently working on two literary crime novels.

Jo Furniss spent a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC before giving up the glamour of night shifts to become a writer and expatriate. Originally from England, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon. She is the author of the Amazon Charts bestseller All The Little Children, and the forthcoming psychological suspense The Last To Know.

Robert Scragg had a random mix of jobs before taking the dive into crime writing; he's been a bookseller, pizza deliverer, Karate instructor, HR Manager and Football coach. He lives in Tyne & Wear, and is part of the Northern Crime Syndicate crime writers group.

Clare Empson is the author of Him, a dark love story, and Mine, a psychological thriller about a catastrophic reunion between a birth mother and her long-lost son.  She spent the first half of her career working on national newspapers and still freelances for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail amongst others.

James Delargy was born and raised in Ireland but lived in South Africa, Australia and Scotland, before ending up in semi-rural England where he now lives. He incorporates this diverse knowledge of towns, cities, landscape and culture picked up on his travels into his writing. He would like to complete a round-the-world series of novels (if only for the chance to indulge in more on-the-ground research).His debut thriller, 55was published in April 2019 by Simon & Schuster and has been sold to 21 territories to date.

Kate Simants spent several years as an investigative TV journalist, for both Channel 4 and the BBC. She specialised in police undercover work, contributing to various investigations and exposés from fraudulent witchdoctors to abuse in children’s homes. Since leaving the media, Kate has focused on fiction. Her debut novel Lock Me In was shortlisted for a CWA Debut Dagger, and she won the UEA Literary Festival scholarship to study for an MA in Crime Fiction. Under its previous title of The Knocks, A Ruined Girl won the 2019 Bath Novel Award, published by Viper in August 2020. Kate lives near Bristol with her family.

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