• Behind Dark Doors: The Complete Collection

  • By: Susan May
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Eighteen suspenseful short stories with a twist for lovers of Twilight Zone, Stranger Things, and Black Mirror. 

Brought to life by the incredible narration performance of Hollis McCarthy, AudioFile contest winner. 

These stories will delight fans of Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Ray Bradbury, and genius twists tinged with wicked irony. Brought to you by the international best-selling author audiences have likened to Stephen King and early Dean Koontz. 

Journey into strange worlds and meet their unusual and sometimes terrifying residents in these stories spanning suspense, horror, paranormal, science fiction, and supernatural from the dark mind of short story award-winning author Susan May. 

Join a sweet, octogenarian couple celebrating 70 years of marriage, where something darker lies behind the smiles. Meet a desperate Alexander Graham Bell the day of his historic patent filing for the telephone who has made a call to the future. The Intelervate Chip repairs brain-damaged babies, but as the children mature the world soon forgets the lessons of the past. Travel with a family taking a scenic route which delivers them to an overnight stay that will change their lives forever. 

When a bully is assigned the class’s weird new kid to baby-sit, she may find she’s picked the wrong victim. A World War II veteran has endured vivid flashbacks for decades, but tonight a 70-year-old secret will come for him. A talented chef must survive the elimination round of an intense cooking competition where stakes are higher than you can imagine. Plus many more unique and original, entertaining tales. 

From an international award-winning short story writer and novelist comes these bite-sized tales that will have you listening to "just one more" as you are captivated by the clever twists and fascinating characters. Enjoy each story’s Imagination Vault, with insights into its inspiration, as revealed by Susan May.

©2019 Susan May (P)2019 Susan May

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definitely behind dark doors

my favorite story was with a cell phone and a boy and a man don't want to give away any spoilers but all of the stories were extremely interesting and Susan May has a way of explaining her stories and where they came from or what inspired her. Following the rules is an important rule that children need to learn. Hollis McCarthy did a great job of narrating also, and the way Susan gives credit to her also is refreshing. This is a book you should definitely read, it will make you think!

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fresh new experience

I decided to purchase this book on audible because of the narrator Hollis McCarthy, who did a fabulous job BTW. Because of Hollis I've decided this author is someone that I would like to explore more, Susan May's style of writing I think can resonate with anyone, it's so cool and fresh. I really enjoyed her style of writing, I think it can resonate with anyone, it's so cool and fresh. I have never listened to a book full of short stories before, it's such a variety, some murder mystery, sci fi, time travel, just awesome content. Bravo ladies, excellent job, highly recommended to everyone!

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Short Stories

Behind Dark Doors is a wonderful collection of short stories. I rarely read short stories. But, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. Hollis McCarthy did a wonderful job as narrator. I enjoyed Susan May taking the time to tell us what inspired each story.

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Checking under my bed for monsters

What an imagination Ms. May has. Every book that I have read of hers is unique. The stories in Behind Dark Doors brought me back a few years when my kids were in their Goose Bumps phase. Like R. L. Stine May has a way of making the things that go bump in the night seem plausible. They really do make you feel like Rod Serling is going to announce that you are entering The Twilite Zone. I love the way the narrator, Hollis McCarthy read these stories. The children sounded like children. Each character and there were many had their own voice. That is a true talent. I think what I enjoyed the most was the personal anecdotes that May told about how a story came to be written.

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Behind Dark Doors

Susan May has quickly become one of my favorite authors when I want to read something slightly creepy or otherworldly with a Twilight Zone feel.

This collection of short tales explores those things that are hidden behind dark doors: ghosts, aliens, time travel (and its consequences), and just plain creepiness. Most of the stories have a twisted sense of irony about them, as in, be careful what you hope for. They also touch on timely themes, such as bullying. the implications of messing with Mother Nature, and PTSD.

I especially enjoy the fact that Ms. May has what she calls the Imagination Vault at the end of each of her stories. I always enjoying hearing where she gets her ideas. Some of these tales would make wonderful longer length books and I hope that Ms. May revisits some of these works.

Hollis McCarthy does a wonderful job (as usual) with her narration and her pacing and voices adds a lot to the listener's enjoyment.

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Great Book of Short Stories

Susan May is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. These stories were great, some of them need to become longer stories! I also love her input as to "why" after each story. You won't regret this choice.

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Behind Dark Doors

There were a lot of stories in this book!Some I liked,some not so much.My favorite had to do with an old mans PTSD becoming real.What an idea!I enjoy Ms Mays telling us after each story how she got the idea. Hollis McCarthy was the perfect narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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Thrilling Masterpiece!

Who doesn’t love a great short story? Susan May has written on of the best thrillers! It’s short stories that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Any age group can read that loves a thriller!

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So good, it's hard to stop listening!

This book is worth every credit! It's thrilling and fast paced to keep you wanting more. It's hard to pick which tale is my favorite because they were all that AMAZING!! Don't let the length of it scare you away from it because it goes faster than you think. I loved the story introduction summaries and the ending remarks from the Author's Imagination Vault!

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Creepy and clever!

For me, one of the hallmarks of a good writer is how they handle a short story. Susan May excels at this! Each story has its roots in typical human emotion, but has excellent dark twists. As a life long lover of thrillers, shes a new favorite author for me.‬

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  • Dawn Hinton
  • 03-22-20

EXCELLENT

This collection of short stories were not only excellent but truly unique

Completely page turning

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  • Cynthia Fraser-Tait
  • 01-23-20

Wow!

If you want to sleep don’t listen to this book. The stories are amazing. Susan’s ‘ imagination vault’ just blew me away. Such intrigue leaving you wanting more and more. Excellent

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  • Blue
  • 01-15-20

Very entertaining

A great selection of short stories by this author. I couldn't believe it when I got to the end, I was waiting for more and didn't realise I'd listened to them all, the time passed so quickly! I love the explanation of how Susan came up with ideas for each one, this made the stories even more interesting. I have another book of Susan's, "Best Seller" which I'm really looking forward to starting now after this imaginative taster of her very descriptive writing style. I'd definitely recommend this book and really enjoyed Holly McCarthy's excellent narration too.

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  • S. McEwan
  • 01-05-20

Great if you’re a story-dipper

I often think that short stories are so under-rated and often overlooked. Whereas in reality they’re a difficult thing to get right. They need to able to stand on their own feet, and not just exist as that under-height cousin in the family photo.
This collection more than fills its stature. It’s a decent sized collection of stories with a supernatural twist, as defined by Susan May’s writing. And she does it well. They’re great for listening to in the car - just right for a journey to work.
I especially like this author’s work as she lets the story tell itself without gratuitous violence or sex, something that often find it’s way into this genre. I’d even suggest she could appeal to the upper aged young adult bracket - not an easy age group.
I also liked the explanation of each story and how they were conceived. It’s always fascinating to hear an author explain how a story or character takes over when being written.
First-class narration too.

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