An anthology of adult short stories dealing with personal relationships, biblical background tales, fantasy situations, and life and death struggles. In Running Scared, the protagonist, Shane Curtain, finds himself in an unfamiliar mansion with a devastatingly lovely stranger. But his amorous intentions soon transmute into a horrific fight for survival. l. The Other chronicles the experiences of a care worker trapped in a position of trust which quickly descends into a nightmare. Damien Bridge, in Such Men Are Dangerous, finds that despite his almost limitless resources, there is one piece of real estate he just cannot buy. Merlin, a man steeped in voodoo, and a marvelous story-teller, delights four children with his tales. But Fields of Dreams is not a story that is all happy listening, as the youngsters find out. Dark Minds is a mini-novel, the last of the thirteen stories in this book. Bungled neurosurgery transforms a mental patient into a major threat to society. Michael Kent, the surgeon responsible for the blunder sets out in pursuit of the madman, intent on reversing the damage he has caused.
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