Mullins Collection of Best New Fiction
Edited by Aaron Mullins
Copyright 2012 Aaron Mullins
The publishing of this compilation of stories as Mullins Collection of Best New Fiction is the copyright of Aaron Mullins 2012. All rights reserved. All individual stories contained within this collection remain the copyright of their respective authors and are used in this collection with their kind permission.
Story Reflection written by Alan Peabody. Copyright Alan Peabody 2011. All rights reserved.
Story Dreamworld written by Stephen Terry. Copyright Stephen Terry 2011. All rights reserved.
Story The Path I Set Upon written by Sophie Jonas-Hill. Copyright Sophie Jonas-Hill 2011. All rights reserved.
Story The Orphaned City written by Kate Robinson. Copyright Kate Robinson 2011. All rights reserved.
Story The Hassam Legacy written by A G Lyttle. Copyright A G Lyttle 2011. All rights reserved.
Story Knowing Jack written by Angela Kelman. Copyright Angela Kelman 2011. All rights reserved.
Story Coming of Age written by Maren Schroeder. Copyright Maren Schroeder 2012. All rights reserved.
Story Inferiority Complex written by Chris Harris. Copyright Chris Harris 2011. All rights reserved.
Story Scared to Death written by Aaron Mullins. Copyright Aaron Mullins 2012. All rights reserved.
Cover Photograph by Tracey Barrow, used with kind permission. Copyright Tracey Barrow 2012. All Rights Reserved.
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There is nothing quite like losing yourself in a good story, whatever your choice of genre. You never know where a good tale is going to lead you, but imagine for a moment that the beginning was also unknown. Like a book without a cover. Experience the mystery and excitement of exploring a world populated with creatures unlike any you have ever seen, ghouls that feed in the darkness of the London underground in The Orphaned City and the strange patient who stalks the halls of a mental asylum in Inferiority Complex. Then discover worlds where humans themselves are the most curious species of all, the charming smile of the mysterious Jack in Knowing Jack and the devious mind of Red in The Path I Set Upon.
Travel between distinctive worlds bound together by one all encompassing weave of storytelling. Fiction has the ability to create these new worlds, which still reflect our lives in the real world. Each story in this collection offers a different perspective on human experience, a glimpse of who we really are, who we might have been, or who we wish to become. Will the next story scare you, or make you think differently about the world? Will it spark into life a new idea, the kind that Jake develops from an overheard conversation in Dreamworld. Or question our very existence, like the revelations of Professor Westerham in Reflection. It might even lead to a dangerous hunt for untold riches, which Ryan experiences in The Hassam Legacy.
Whatever your tastes, this book holds a story for everyone. Your new favourite tale just waiting to be found. You may even discover a love for stories you would not have considered before. Fiction does that to you. It draws you into its welcoming embrace. Sometimes the welcome is warm, like the strength of Helen after dealing with death in Coming of Age. Other times you feel an icy chill as the story grips you, like the terror that claws at Meg when she hears her parrot speak in Scared to Death. Either way, you will always remember how you felt when you took your first step.
So take that step now. Discover a collection of stories linked, not by genre, but by their ability to make you think and feel. Nine different worlds are waiting to be explored. Each hides a secret, a twist that awaits discovery by an adventurous reader.
Welcome to our worlds.