An East Northants author has hit the Halloween horror heights after his short story won an international competition to be part of a best-selling anthology.
The anthology, called Twisted, is the brainchild of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Chris Jones.
The book of 50 short horror stories is currently near the top of Amazon’s bestseller charts, behind only Stephen King.
Nick Yates, 38, who lives in Kings Cliffe, near Oundle, said: “It is mind-blowing to be included in such a prestigious publication.
“Many of the contributors are professional screenwriters working in film and television, so to be recognised alongside them is incredible.”
The competition was open for over a year to writers from all around the world and the final 50 stories were chosen from more than 500 entries.
Nick’s story, entitled What’s Yours Is Mine, tells the tale of a psychotic wife who hatches a plan to kill off her wealthy husband’s two children from his first marriage, after he is diagnosed with dementia.
Nick was inspired to enter the competition after attending the London Screenwriters Festival last year, which is also run by Chris Jones.
He said: “I attended the festival and was immediately taken with the enthusiasm Chris and his team had for the horror genre.
“My focus is on full-length novels, but I decided to try my hand at short stories.”
Chris, who wrote and directed multi-award-winning Oscar-nominated film Gone Fishing in 2008, said: “The Twisted anthology is a mix of modern macabre that, in places, is darker than most things I have read.
“I have already sent a copy to Stephen King!”
To learn more about the Twisted anthology, meet the contributing authors or to buy the book, go to www.twisted50.com.