13 Strange Short Tales – Book Review

This is a great little anthology of stories I discovered via a retweet on Twitter. The author, Charles E Wells, is a prolific writer and author, having written some twelve books. As well as creative writing, Charles Wells has in the past enjoyed a varied career that has included both print and online journalism. Although not a blogger, he does have a very impressive website and portfolio of his writings and background at:



13 Strange Short Tales, by Charles E. Wells

(Available in both eBook and print formats from Amazon)


13 strange talesThis anthology of strange tales is one that effortless blends the genres of science fiction and the paranormal. In many of the stories the author cleverly settles the reader into a world of complete normality, often just before plunging them into another dimension, the afterlife, or some other place in-between. There is good use of authentic dialogue and detail to both drive the stories forward, and to convey character. I would also say that many of the stories here are among some of the cleverest and most original I’ve read in these genres, covering such topics as inter-dimensional travel, heroism, destiny and fate. Some of the stories employ the tried and tested ‘twist in the tale’ style, whilst in others the author allows the conclusion to simply speak for itself, and to set the reader thinking. Although there was a running theme of Sci-Fi and mystery, there was a great variety of settings and scenarios, and no two stories were alike, thus ensuring the reader was kept entertained throughout every tale.

For anyone who remembers watching and enjoying the ‘Twilight Zone’ or ‘Outer Limits,’ these stories will definitely appeal to those fans, as well as to all those who enjoy a sense or originality and mystery in their Sci-Fi. Extremely well written, and for an eBook, well presented and formatted too. Will certainly be reading and reviewing other books by this author in the future. Highly recommended!

 Further links to other books by Charles E. Wells: 

The Whispering Pines series –


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HearinglossSee also:   https://twitter.com/Charles_E_Wells


About RuddersWriting

Middle-aged man, aspiring writer, book blogger/reviewer, and author, one grown-up son and young grandson, now retired from the rail industry, actively working to develop a writing career.

Posted on May 25, 2014, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Twilight Zone and Outer Limits used to freak me out like hell. My kind of book, this one. I must buy it. Thanks, Paul.


  2. I love the sound of these stories, Paul.

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  3. Again, these sound interesting!

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  4. Excellent review as always, Paul. And well done, Charles, from someone who also writes twist in the tale stories. I will be following your work with interest.

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    • Thank for stopping by John, always good to hear from you. Hope things worked out well with your Russian publisher?



      • Paul, how nice to hear from you! I have 2 books of my short stories translated and now available as Russian paperbacks, and two more in the pipeline! Such a morale boost. As always, anything I can do, let me know. BTW my dad was called up while he was studying theology at Oxford and landed in Burma, fighting the Japanese during the war. He was one of three brothers who all made it back home afterwards. I always read your posts with interest.

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        • That’s great news John! I would imagine your dad would have had some fascinating stories of his time, and am glad he made it back of course! Thanks again for your continuing support; as soon as time allows I’ll be taking another look at some of your other anthologies too..

          ps, one of the flash fiction pieces in my up-coming anthology was partly inspired from reading your own stories stories…

          Take care, and well done again on your continuing success…



  5. Another review to whet the appetite and one I shall bookmark for future reference.

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  6. Definitely my kind of read. Thanks! I loved Twilight Zone.


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