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July 27 , 2009

Twists in the Tale

Collected Ghost Stories and Psychological Suspense


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A Musical Calling - Schizophrenic Sam Baldock is given a day out - his last - at the Beethoven Museum in Vienna where he believes he is called by the spirit of Beethoven. What will his little daughter witness at the top of those winding steps to the Pasqualati House on the Molkerbastie, which once led to the rooms of the composer in 1810?

Father’s Helping Hand - Octogenarians Hubbald & Bros, piano tuners at their Old Chapel workshops, seem almost too kind when they choose to make a gift of a Steinway to their ‘favourite’ customer.

Voices of a Hypnotist - She had paid two weeks of her hard-earned salary to ease a phobia of spiders which she thought embarrassing for a nurse to have and now there was something she couldn’t quite trust in that voice; a hint of something nearer to Cockney than to Harley Street.

Nanny’s Friends - ‘She calls them her little friends,’ Suzy slurred. ‘Miss Harlow says that when it’s time for a doll to “stay” with her, she “prepares” eyes, really beauuuutiful eyes for it.’

The Parchment Recipes - Emily clung for life to the bric-a-brac which made a Mausoleum of her home; for sure, in everything Bernue had touched, he still lived and somehow she would - she would reach out to him.

The Rum Barber’s Baby - Harry the barber was vast; a Sumo wrestler without the wrestle but it was only after two vandals had sprayed his shop window in boot-high capitals with I’M TOO FAT TO - - - - that he’d finally come to hate himself.


A Face in a Corridor - Can a paranoid stop himself from destroying she alone who might have shown him what love could be?

At night-time her teacher enters the closed and dimly lit college buildings and, in the empty classrooms and the silent corridors, he tries to come to terms with what seem the appearances of the students and their culture.

They have so reduced him and, in turn, made him suspicious of the girl he wants to trust as his passport to their acceptance.

Meet the Author



'Beautifully observed characters, atmospheric, intriguing.'

Barbara Erskine - best selling author of Lady of Hay.


'A real page turner, worthy of the early John Fowles.

Might easily become something of a cult.'

Reay Tannahill - historian, novelist and author of The Seventh Son.


'Raymond Nickford's worlds are so claustrophobic they are almost unbearable to read - yet read we must. The first paragraph of this novel says more than many say in five chapters.....after a few chapters I am engrossed.'

Jane Alexander - author of Samael.


'There is so much to like here - the characters, the settings, the story; emotional, intriguing and full of human interest. Another winning combination.'

Andrew Wright - author of Sanctuary's Loss.


"The author gives great voice to his characters, describing well their idiosyncrasies. A good story must either go deep or wide, and with Nickford's background in psychology he goes deep within the human condition."

Stephen Valentine - author of Nobody Rides for Free

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