Ghosts and Other Aberrations is written by a former paranormal investigator. Although these stories are fiction, they are based on theories and ideas that I have developed over many years of study in this field. They not only set out to entertain and be downright spooky,they also highlight the emotional side of these occurrences. A few of my stories definitely tug at the heartstrings. Aberration is such a good word. The dictionary definition says it is 'a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically an unwelcome one'. Most of my stories contain such things. These tales are fictional, and for entertainment purposes only (as all the paranormal TV programmes state), but that doesn't mean that they COULDN'T actually happen, does it? Some are meant as cautionary tales against using the paranormal and occult as a plaything. This book is a follow-on from my previous book 'Mysteria - An anthology of spooky and mysterious tales'. It is meant to be enjoyed in a quiet room when you are all alone. A room where the light throws certain corners into darkness. It is in those corners that the demons and anomalies in my book dwell - there.....and in your nightmares
Echoes From a Cobbled Street - Sept 2018
This book is a continuation of my previous book 'What Has He Done Now? It has stories from the early sixties right up to the present day. It isn't a biography as such, but more a collection of random thoughts and feelings about life in and around the area of my birth. It is a catalogue of sentiments, both sad and funny. The fact that I was born and raised in Leigh, Lancashire is incidental. My childhood was like millions of other children's lives in Britain. Some of the words we used may differ, but the story of the streets remains the same. It was about making do with what we had. I have tried not to eulogise about life back then. Very often the good old days weren't particularly good at all! The book is not in praise of days gone by, but neither is it in condemnation of it. I have tried to make it an honest reflection of how things were - for me anyway. The book contains several reflections from my childhood, but thoughts from the present day. As the title suggests, all these tales are echoes from a cobbled street; for it was on such a street I was born.
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It was brilliant, so many stories that had you riveted. Couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.
By Mrs Marie Lloyd-Crooks on 28th June 2017
A Book That Makes You Think
A very good read full of interesting stories
By Sandra Wordsworth on 18th July 2017
What Has He Done Now?: Tales from a North West Childhood in the 60s and Early 70s - By David Hayes
This book is a selection of stories from my childhood in the 60s and early 70s in a small, Northwest, mining and weaving town. This is incidental as it is about neither of those industries in particular. It is about the magic and wonderment of those days as seen through the eyes of a child – my eyes! It is about the days when imagination was the biggest plaything that we possessed. The days when a plastic football provided a whole summer's play. It is about the scrapes that I found myself in and the things that I observed around me, and how they made me feel.
What has he done now? Written a brilliant book, that's what!
This is a charming, enchanting and rambunctious story of a little boy growing up in the sort of close-knit community that we all wish existed today. The author takes us through his childhood exploits and adventures – not necessarily in chronological order. There is none of this, 'When I was five I went here, and when I was six I did that.' He mixes it up, and this just adds to the pleasure of reading it. We hear a lot about his wonderful mother, who would slap him round the back of the head one minute, and the next would fight like a lioness to defend her cub, especially when this involved his teachers! Dave Hayes tells us about all the stages little boys go through, and his loyal friends, his beloved granddad, and a neighbour who was thought to be a witch. The prose is occasionally interspersed with poetry, which is just as wonderful to read.
By R. Baxter on 28 September 2016
A Brilliant Read!
A brilliant read and a thoroughly entertaining book that tells the story of the author's own childhood and early teenage life in a way I could identify with so very much - even though I grew up in a completely different part of Britain. Beautifully written, with stories and occasional poetry that moved me to tears on at least one occasion. This man is a very talented writer!
By Mr Steven J. Parkes on 6th February 2017
A Tonic For the Winter Months Ahead!
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read, contrasting the lighter and darker sides of growing up in a Northern mining town. Dave is a true wordsmith, painting vivid pictures on the page with his descriptions and humorous turn of phrase. I laughed aloud at many of the tales, nodding my head in recognition of the kinds of antics we kids got up to back in those days! Curl up by the fire with this book and enjoy the nostalgia.
By Lesley H on 21st September 2016
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