Short stories and poems to make you think, laugh and shiver.
From modern-day fables to a Christmas comeuppance for an arrogant US President, from
gothic horror to a crusade to save the world from itself, this collection will intrigue and
delight. Seven short stories, some inspired by Christmas and Halloween.  The poems range from the silly to the moving.

Includes adult themes.



  • A Christmas Fable 
  • Cornwall
  • The Letter 
  • Tinseltown 
  • All Souls’ Eve 
  • Pantomime 
  • Early Winter (2015)
  • Nine hundred and ninety-nine words 
  • Willy 
  • The Girl who bought the Moon 
  • Somme 
  • Falling 


Light Reading and Dark Tales is a collection of seven short stories and six poems by local author Philip  Holden. A Mr Books publication

Light Reading and Dark Tales

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