Curiously Twisted Tales: A Smattering of P.S. Gifford

BRP Publishing Group
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Curiously Twisted Tales is a masterful collection of short stories from the devious imagination of horror writer P.S. Gifford. If you are not familiar with Gifford’s previously published works, this book will serve as a deliciously wicked sampler of some of his most fiendish tales—both old and new.

From cutthroat garden competitions to honeymoons from hell to wanna-be writers who are willing to do almost anything to get published, each story delves into the dark side of humanity with wit, charm, and a delectable dose of depravity. Creepy stories, twisted endings, unearthly beasties lurking in the corners—these nerve-rattling narratives will keep you turning pages as you turn on more lights!

“The stories of P.S. Gifford are smart, inventive, and scary as hell. This is horror writing at its very best.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling Author, Rot & Ruin and The King of Plagues

“P.S. Gifford is a writer of great wit and talent. He remembers that most treasured of all storytelling purposes: entertainment! Keep an eye on this writer, because he’s going places and he’s delivering a lot of joy along the way.” —Scott Nicholson, Author, The Red Church and Liquid Fear

“P.S. Gifford’s stories are like being on the last seat of an out-of-control roller coaster—and the first carriage has just jumped the tracks.” —Paul Mannering, BrokenSea Audio Productions

“P.S. Gifford’s combination of horror and wit make his stories the ‘potato chips’ of the genre: betcha can’t read just one!” —Billy Tackett, Dark Artist, Resurrection Studios

“Gifford returns with a vengeance! One of the best collections of horror fiction at any level I’ve seen in ages.” —Lawrence Dagstine, Author, Allegiance to Arms

“Indulge in Gifford’s tawdry tales of deliciously wicked woe and let them ply your subconscious with evil twists. You’ll dream dark the whole night through.” —John Everson, Author, Covenant and V Wars

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About the author

Paul S. Gifford was born in Birmingham, England and relocated to Southern California in the 1980s. He is the author of the horror novels The Curious Accounts of the Imaginary Friend, The Further Accounts of the Imaginary Friend, and Dr. Offig’s Lessons from the Dark Side. Mr. Gifford’s short stories, poems and articles have been published in various anthologies, magazines and books. He currently resides in California with his two beloved dogs—Sir Winston and Chester O’Reilly, who are a constant source of joy, support and inspiration. Find out more at the author’s website,, his Facebook page, or his ­Twitter feed.

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BRP Publishing Group
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Sep 6, 2011
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Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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-The Dune
-Bad Little Kid
-A Death
-The Bone Church
-Herman Wouk Is Still Alive
-Under the Weather
-Blockade Billy
-Mister Yummy
-The Little Green God of Agony
-Cookie Jar
-That Bus Is Another World
-Drunken Fireworks
-Summer Thunder
Some people are optimists and some people are pessimists, but Dr. Offig is a “gruesome-ist!” Visit him in his cluttered and curious office and he will surely tell you one of the wonderfully creepy stories he is famous for—the kind that makes your eyes bug out in disbelief, your skin shiver and crawl, and once in a while they might—just might I say—even make you laugh out loud.

But be forewarned that these stories can also become very, very addictive. Once you finish with one of Dr. Offig’s stories, you will most certainly want to read another, then another, and then another still. Which sometimes makes it hard to go to sleep with the lights out…

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“P.S. Gifford is a writer of great wit and talent. He remembers that most treasured of all storytelling purposes: entertainment! Keep an eye on this writer, because he’s going places and he’s delivering a lot of joy along the way.” —Scott Nicholson, Author, The Red Church and Liquid Fear

“P.S. Gifford’s stories are like being on the last seat of an out-of-control roller coaster—and the first carriage has just jumped the tracks.” —Paul Mannering, BrokenSea Audio Productions

“P.S. Gifford’s combination of horror and wit make his stories the ‘potato chips’ of the genre: betcha can’t read just one!” —Billy Tackett, Dark Artist

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