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March 14th 2016 by The Flaming Horror Review

The Tales from Thorny Ridge are a collection of short stories based on the shocking appeal of the Victorian Penny Dreadfuls. The stories are set around the supernatural and strange events that befall a small town in the US called Thorny Ridge. Thorny Ridge is beset by troubles, unsolved murders, strange creatures and even stranger inhabitants. These short stories bear witness to the horrific events at Thorny Ridge and ask the reader to become detective and piece together the mystery of Thorny Ridge. The story of Arthur is the second visit to Thorny Ridge, where the reader meets a variety of sinister and strange characters, featuring, Chef Banks the cook at the mystery meat diner, Arthur the self-confessed psychopath, the notorious Butcher of Thorny Ridge and the mysterious man in grey. This short story is a stand alone story weaving together a fascinating blend of uniquely dark characters and multilayered storylines. ‘Welcome to Thorny Ridge, population 2,473 and decreasing.’ An Extract: Mary-Lou smoothed down her pink apron, grabbed her order pad from the top of the counter, licked the top of her pencil and approached the stranger. City folk meant money, something Thorny Ridge rarely saw. 'What'll it be, sugar, our specials are grilled chicken sandwiches, bacon cheesy fries, and double cheesy burgers.' Arthur looked at the sweaty waitress and revulsion welled up inside him. He swallowed his disgust, smiled and replied, 'Health food, huh? Sounds good, I could eat a horse,' Mary-Lou smiled and said nothing. She was never sure of what she actually served the guests. It was cheap and brought in late at night and that's all she wanted to know. Mary-Lou disappeared swallowed by the empty mass of red checker tablecloths. Arthur took the crumbled local paper from the magazine rack. Its headline screamed 'Halloween horror residents butchered, local family missing.'