Behind the Fire

Behind the Fire Emily and Bobbie Jessup stand accused of first degree arson Their small coal mining community of Karlgarin has branded them criminals and sociopaths some even call them insane monsters But something l

  • Title: Behind the Fire
  • Author: Susan May
  • ISBN: 9781301498826
  • Page: 448
  • Format: ebook
  • Emily and Bobbie Jessup stand accused of first degree arson Their small coal mining community of Karlgarin has branded them criminals and sociopaths some even call them insane monsters But something led Bobbie and Emily to leave their two young children with a sitter while they embarked on a fire bug spree spanning many months That something was a secret they d promiseEmily and Bobbie Jessup stand accused of first degree arson Their small coal mining community of Karlgarin has branded them criminals and sociopaths some even call them insane monsters But something led Bobbie and Emily to leave their two young children with a sitter while they embarked on a fire bug spree spanning many months That something was a secret they d promised to protect even if it meant lying under oath When Emily impulsively breaks that promise while under cross examination, a bizarre tale begins to unfold of the night she followed Bobbie and discovered his secret Behind the Fire is an extraordinary story of the random appearance of strange, shimmering black holes, frightening black things , and one couple s battle to protect their town from these desperate and dangerous creatures Is this a tale of insanity or great heroism You won t know until you reach the very last page.Behind the Fire is a 28,000 word novella based on a true life newspaper story The book has been edited by the award winning NY Book Editors, New York It also includes the short story Do Us Part from Susan May s upcoming anthology of dark thriller short stories Behind Dark Doors which is released in September 2013.

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    About "Susan May"

    1. Susan May

      To enjoy a Susan May starter library of two free books, join her reader s club at susanmaywriter free booksI was four when I decided I would be a writer, packed a bag, and marched down the road looking for a school But for forty six years, I suffered from life gets in the way osis Setting a goal to write just one page a day cured me in 2010 This discipline grew into an addictive habit that has since borne several novels, and dozens of short stories and novellas many of which are published award winners in Australia, the US and the UK My childhood reading diet consisted of Edgar Allen Poe, O Henry, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, plus horror comics like Tales From the Crypt Anything out of this world like The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits had me glued to the television Inspired by these classics, I attempt to pen tales that are simply about the story and the characters and not about fancy words or beautiful descriptions At the end of my stories I hope, wonderful reader, that you will feel you ve enjoyed a journey into the fantastic with a neat twist at the end.Every day I pinch myself that I am able to do what I love and be in control of every facet of it And I can wear my track suit pants and slippers while doing it Bliss Most days I m just an average mother and wife living in Perth, Western Australia, but this darn imagination of mine keeps constantly venturing into the crevices of dark worlds, whether I want to go there or not.


    1. I did not realise until I was reading this that it was a novella and it seemed to finish almost as soon as it started! It was a rather unusual story too, described as a thriller, but tending also towards science fiction. There were certainly aliens in there as well as a court scene with a delightful conclusion. Remembering it still makes me smile - I love it when a smarmy lawyer gets his comeuppance:) In the manner of a short story, a lot was packed into a few pages and a lot was also left up to [...]

    2. this was my Susan May's second book started the same day I finished The troubles keeper. what is there to say? I loved this one tool though it was shorter, the story was again very interesting and well writtenar the end, when I realised I was almost finished, I got scared because I thought there wasn't enough time for a gran finalebut guess what? there was

    3. Another solid short story that captured me from the first sentence to the last.Perfectly creepy and ghoulish, just in time for Halloween!**There is a bonus shortie included if you haven't already had the pleasure of experiencing 'Gone'**I have loved everything this author has pennedep 'em coming please!!!

    4. A solid 4.5 stars.Emily Jessup has always believed she has the perfect marriage. A mother of two young children, she acts as chief carer while Bobby, the husband she considers her soulmate, works hard covering variable hours at a rental depot on the outskirts of their hometown of Kalgarin - a red dust mining community in Western Australia.However, over the course of these last several weeks, something has seemed 'off' with Bobby. Late night sojourns away from home, and not being at the places he [...]

    5. I just passed what I thought was the halfway mark, when the title story ended. Oh, well, not the first and probably not the last time I jumped into a book without much checking beforehand. And actually, I did like the story better for it. Even in the short format I did have a few too many questions for comfort nagging in the back of my head. The actions and ludicrous theories of the main protagonist did not help in this respect. But it is a neat idea and one that - thanks to the exemplary built [...]

    6. When my Kindle is off, there’s always an ad on the screen advertising some inanity or other. Seriously, most of the time there are some terrible looking romances or random crap no one should be reading. And one of the names that pops up most often is Susan May, who is apparently an best selling author. So when a freebie of hers ended up on my Kindle, I figured I’d check it out, if only to confirm a bias. Mind you, May is being compared to some first rate authors, albeit by readers reviews s [...]

    7. I am not normally a huge fan of horror. BUT this author's short stories are so well-written that I get deeply involved in the reading before I realize it. And one of my big enjoyments of her writing is that she also writes a story on how she came up with this particular idea.In Behind The Fire, she took a story out of a newspaper headline and turned it into a fascinating story. It starts with Emily and Bobby on trial for serial arson. As Emily testifies, she decides to tell the complete truth, [...]

    8. Another great book I am really enjoying reading more of this author as I find her books. Each book is like opening up a box of chocolates you never know what you will get but each one is just as good as the one before and after

    9. I discovered this first novella by Susan May by chance, stumbling around 's kindle store. (Though I must confess I do interact with Susan through social media, she was not the one to even tell me she published her first book. I don't think she's told many readers or friends that she even published a book, and I hope more and more readers discover Behind the Fire.) It's a wonderful debut in the supernatural/horror genre. It has parts of Machen, Lovecraft, and even Koontz, but updated to a current [...]

    10. I would like to thank Susan May for giving me a free copy of this short story in exchange of an honest review.3.5 Stars.This short story was quite interesting and intriguing. Bobby and Emily, a very ordinary couple, face trial for serial arson. They both had a terrifying secret behind all these actions, a secret that may have terrible consequences. I enjoyed following Bobby and Em, and it was very hard not to like them. It would be really great if this short story would be turned into a novel. I [...]

    11. Great short storie. Everyone is a little odd right? Define little. This woman figured it out when she was running around in the dark rainy streets looking for her husband. She was sorry she didn't pay more attention to what he would drone on about. Maybe she would be with him. He said it happens when the weather changes. But what is it?

    12. I received this book when the author offered it for free on .I usually don't care much for novellas and short stories as they always leave so many unanswered questions. This story left me with fun questions to speculate. Even though I had questions, I still enjoyed it and although I hope the author might use this a prequel it was still a satisfying read.Bobby and his wife are on trial for being "serial arsonists". Bobby found a list of places and times and curious he discovered that at that plac [...]

    13. I can honestly say I’ve never read a book like this before and how refreshing it is to be able to say that! Susan May has managed to invent creatures/beings of a whole new kind which must be incredibly hard seeing as so many people are writing fantasy books nowadays. They didn’t have a name but they struck fear into Bobbie Jessup and his wife Emily. Where these things came from they didn’t know but they knew that it was vitally important they didn’t get out into our world and there seeme [...]

    14. This is one of Susan May's short stories. Long or short Susan's stories are always a fabulous reading experience. In Behind the Fire you get suspense, supernatural elements, and wonderful easy to relate to characters. A thrilling read with an ending that is creepy perfect!

    15. *** I Received this book via a LibraryThing Giveaway***An engaging short story filled with intense scenes and imminent danger. Good book for a road trip or just a quick read.

    16. A great short story. The plot is great and I enjoyed the characters.I can not wait to read another of her stories.

    17. I win this story in a competition, and I'm really happy I did, as it gave me the chance to check this book. Intriguing and well-paced, this short story hooked me from the beginning. Darkness and mystery are all present, creating a compelling atmosphere.If you're not bothered by stories which won't give you all the answers and left intriguing points open, you'll enjoy this.

    18. An enjoyable read, if "B-movie" like in that check your brain/logic at the door. A story that evolved from a real event, it could stand with a little more development and hold-filling. Tho more "King"-ish than Deadly Messengers.

    19. This was a great story. It reminded me of a Lovecraft horror. Ms. May's writing grabs you from the first page and carries you through to the end. It is a very enjoyable ride. Just one warning don't start reading until you have time to finish the story, you will not want to put it down.

    20. Awesome, white-knuckle page-turning horror story. I loved it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The ending was a huge surprise! Susan May is an incredible story creator. Than you again Kindle Unlimited 😘

    21. When reviewing some other books by Susan May, I've commented on how much I like that she provides the inspiration for her stories. This is no exception but, in this case I was reminded of a comment Jimmy Buffet made. He's not just an "Island" Singer-Songwriter, he's also the author of three Caribbean based novels. Having sailed and flown extensively in the Island's, he said about his books, "I didn't have to make a lot of this shit up".When you read Susan's inspiration for Beyond the Fire, you'l [...]

    22. 4.0 out of 5 starsBehind the Fire, another gem from Susan MayBy BaBoo on July 5, 2016Format: Kindle EditionOnce again I find myself bowled over from the talent that is Susan May. I have been a fan of her work since I literary literally stumbled upon her work a couple of years ago. I have written reviews for her three volume work Back Again (three sets of six short stories each) and her wonderful novel Deadly Messengers.She has been favorably compared to Gillian Flynn and called the new female St [...]

    23. This is the story of Emily and Bobby Jessup, accused of arson. They have been branded arsonists by their small coal mining town. However, are they really arsonists or was there something else that prompted them to abandon their small children and begin a streak of fire-settings? Both have promised to keep their secret, but Emily breaks her promise during their trial, setting off a bizarre chain of events from when she discovered Bobby’s secret until the fires. This is a strange tale of the hor [...]

    24. Behind the Fire by Susan MayThis book starts out with the trial of Bobbie and Emily Jessup. It alternates back in time to when the black things were discovered by Em.I wanted to read this book because of the talk of coal mines. I love hearing how the brave men work down below the surface and the new technology that some have in place to aid the miners and keep them safe.The book goes back to when Bobbie first discovered the paper by a man who had rented a truck and he started putting things toge [...]

    25. hmmm. very short read that seemed to end abruptly. I was able to relate to a small coal town - having grown up in one. Still like her writing style, but looking forward to the next book in the box set.

    26. I first discovered Susan May's gift for storytelling through the anthology "From the Indie Side" with her piece "The War Veteran". In both "The War Veteran" and "Behind the Fire", Ms. May makes short order of bringing the reader inside her characters' heads in a wholly believable and sympathetic way such a way indeed that you can taste their fear, feel the quake in their skin and know that you would not want to be their shoes. If someone told me this was an original "Night Gallery" tale, I would [...]

    27. Susan May's novel, Behind the Fire, is a fast paced horror story that grabbed my attention in the first few lines and took me on a wild ride to the very end. Her characters, Emily and Bobbie Jessup, are well developed and endearing. The author revealed that the plot was inspired by a news article about husband and wife arsonists. What if there was a reason behind the fires that was so far-fetched they thought no one would believe them? I found her imaginative answer to that question thrillingly [...]

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