Afraid of the Light: An Anthology of Crime Fiction


About The Book:

Some people are scared of the dark. But it’s the light that exposes the secrets.

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 author royalties from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the Samaritans.

Samaritans is a charity working across the UK and Ireland to reduce the number of people who take their own lives and help people who are struggling to cope with how they’re feeling or with life’s challenges. When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year.

You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at, or visit to find your nearest branch.


Are you Listening? – Adam Southward

Daddy Dearest – Dominic Nolan

Deathbed, Beth Dead – Elle Croft

Loveable Alan Atcliffe – S R Masters

Sleep Time – Phoebe Morgan

Coming Home – N J Mackay

Sausage Fingers – Victoria Selman

Just a Game – Rachael Blok

Drowning in Debt – Heather Critchlow

To Evil or Not to Evil – Jo Furniss

Sheep’s Clothing – Robert Scragg

Frantic – Clare Empson

Planting Nan – James Delargy

Shadow – Kate Simants

Book Blurbs: 

“The stories are wildly entertaining in their own right, but they also address the concerns and fears we all feel: isolation and loneliness; guilt and grief; justice and punishment. And perhaps most importantly of all: redemption and hope.” — Alex North


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