Free download of Beautiful Dangerous by Paul Speller

Paul has produced a free-to-download version of his story Beautiful Dangerous, first published in the USA in 2018.

Download now:  Beautiful Dangerous2 by Paul Speller

You can download a PDF version by clicking the link above and then either read straight away or save for later.

Why finishing a story is sometimes just the start

Paul Speller is celebrating, after finishing work on his latest piece of short fiction.

But, as he explains here, sometimes finishing the story is just the start of a long journey that, hopefully, ends in publication.

He also confesses to forgetting to warn his brothers that their names were set to appear in a previous short story!

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New story Beautiful Dangerous is published

Paul Speller’s latest work of fiction, Beautiful Dangerous, has been published in the latest Bloodbond collection.

The print version of Bloodbond, published by Alban Lake Publishing, is available now from www.infiniterealmsbookstore.com

Beautiful Dangerous tells the story of what happens when two work colleagues end up in a seedy nightclub and the alluring dancers are not all they might seem.

Paul’s previously published stories have received literary recognition.

Baby Blue Eyes won a national writing award, while The Curious Child featured in a compilation that was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award in Australia.

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New fiction from Paul Speller

A new piece of fiction by Paul Speller is set to be published later this year.

Bloodbond, a horror periodical belonging to the Alban Lake Publishing stable in the United States, will include Beautiful Dangerous, a new story by Paul, in its next edition, due out in November.

This latest work follows the publication of Paul’s previous stories, the award-winning Baby Blue Eyes, and The Curious Child, which featured in Dimension6, an anthology that was shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards in Australia.

More details about Beautiful Dangerous will be released as the publication date approaches.

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Unanimous verdict from judges in Short Story Slam final

The panel of judges in the final of the Manx Litfest Short Story Slam chose Endurance by Benjamin Hickey as the winner on Sunday.

It was a unanimous vote for the humorous short story of a supermarket worker with a hangover.

The team of four judges featured writer and journalist Paul Speller, author Angela Roberts, retiring head of the Isle of Man’s Mobile Family Library Sandra Henderson and Zeba Clarke, author and head of English at King William’s College.

Entrants were required to read their short stories within a six-minute time limit.

The final took place at Noa Bakehouse in the Isle of Man, after Paul and Angela judged the heats a week earlier.

Read more of Paul’s thoughts on the Short Story Slam here.

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New short story published this Friday

The new edition of Dimension6 magazine, which features Paul’s latest story, The Curious Child, is due to publish on Friday.

Dimension6 publishes the ‘best new stories from established authors and fresh voices’ in speculative fiction. It features work from international authors.

The Curious Child is the haunting tale of how a family’s move to a new home turns sour, with horrifying consequences

The new edition of Dimension6, including The Curious Child, is free to download and can be found  at https://coeurdelion.com.au/dimension6/

In addition, an omnibus of all this year’s Dimension6 stories will be released by the end of the year and available through Amazon and other sites.

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Paul Speller agrees deal to publish short story

Paul Speller has reached a deal with an Australian publisher to use a short story he has written.

The piece will appear in the October edition of Dimension6, a free digital magazine that comes out three times a year. It will also be included in an e-book anthology of all the Dimension6 stories at the end of 2017, which will be available for £1.20.

Launched in 2014, Dimension6 is from the coeur de lion publishing stable and features the ‘best new stories from established authors and fresh voices from Australia and overseas’.

coeur de lion is a multi-award winning speculative fiction publisher based in Australia. Its published works have won three Aurealis Awards, two Ditmars, a Sir Julius Vogel Award and a World Fantasy Award.

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Dimension6 is edited by Keith Stevenson, coeur de lion’s publisher and editor and a past editor of Aurealis Magazine.

Dimension6 is available to download instantly on publication from www.coeurdelion.com.au and many other internet sites, in a variety of online formats, including Kindle.

The annual collection, in Kindle format, can also be bought on Amazon.

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Prize-winning story is back online

Paul Speller’s prize-winning short story Baby Blue Eyes is back online.

Writing Magazine’s website writers-online.co.uk underwent an upgrade earlier this year, but technical problems meant the section showcasing the work of competition winners was not available.

That has now been corrected.

Baby Blue Eyes was published in the print version of Writing Magazine in January, after judges chose the ‘chilling’ story as the winner of the magazine’s 1,o00 word competition.

You can read the Baby Blue Eyes by clicking here.

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Paul Speller wins fiction contest with ‘chilling’ short story

Paul 1Paul Speller has won a fiction competition in the UK’s best-selling magazine for writers after penning a story with what the judges described as a ‘chilling last-minute twist’.

Baby Blue Eyes is the tale of a young mother and her infant child and what happens one bedtime.

It won an open competition, for short stories of a maximum of 1,000, words in Writing Magazine.

The story has been published online here and will feature in the January edition of Writing Magazine.

The judges commented: ‘Winner Paul Speller presents us with a single scene of tenderness between mother and child, letting the back-story emerge slowly through the reflections of our close third-person viewpoint character.

‘Zooming in like this allows Paul the luxury of revelling in the details that colour the character of our unnamed mother so effectively, but also masking the clues, peppered throughout, to the chilling last-minute twist.’

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