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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Audible #1 bestsellers In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You, The Physics of the Dead, and The Stone Man - shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year award 2015 - comes this special omnibus edition collecting three of Luke Smitherd's weirdest, darkest tales: “Hold On Until Your Fingers Break”, “The Man On Table Ten”, and “My Name Is Mister Grief”, plus exclusive bonus story "The Crash", unavailable anywhere else!

“My Name Is Mister Grief”. What if you could get rid of your pain immediately? What price would you be prepared to pay?

“Hold On Until Your Fingers Break”. A hangover, a forgotten night out, old men screaming in the street, and a mystery with a terrible, terrible answer...

“The Man On Table Ten”. He has a story to tell you. One that he has kept secret for decades. But now, the man on table ten can take no more, and the knowledge - as well as the burden - is now yours.

Exclusive story, “The Crash”. If you put a dent in someone's car, the consequences can be far greater - and more strange - than you expect.

©2015 Luke Smitherd (P)2015 Luke Smitherd

Critic Reviews

"...a novel that intrigues, enthralls, horrifies, thrills, and hits the reader with an emotional resonance as only the best stories can." (Ain'tItCoolNews.com)
"...strong characterization, moral quandaries, mystery, and a whole lot of tense moments. Reading the final sentence was truly a bittersweet moment." (SFsignal.com)
"For me there is no greater joy than seeing an artist excel at his craft. WEIRD and DARK, yes, but more importantly...exciting and imaginative. Whether you've read his novels and are already a fan or these stories are your first introduction to Smitherd's work, you'll be blown away by the abundance of ideas." – (Ain't It Cool News.com)

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Four Strange Stories = One Great Book

This is a collection of three short stories. Each of them makes you ask yourself what you would do if you were in these situations. The answers aren't easy. The decisions made can be questionable, but that is what makes these stories so relatable. The characters are just like us. They are human, with all the good and bad that brings. We try to do the right things, but sometimes things don't turn out how we expected.

1. Hold on Until Your Fingers Break asks the question: How far would you go to avoid certain death? The consequences of that decision determines the fate of the characters.

2. The Man on Table Ten - I immediately thought of this as a Twilight Zone episode as I read it. The question asked here: Is the old man in the pub crazy or does he really know how the world will end? Or both? Do we want to know the answer?

3. My Name is Mister Grief - This is the most emotional of the three stories. It will haunt you after you read it. The question asked here: Would you do anything, regardless of the consequences, to end your grief? If you could eliminate that pain and emptiness, would it matter if others were hurt or if you lost yourself in the process? You will be asking yourself those questions long after you've finished this story. There is also a story-within-a-story that tells the tale of two boys with special "gifts" and the different ways their gifts are used. That story could be expanded into a book itself and would be fascinating.

I highly recommend this book. These stories will stay with you long after you've finished them.

The narrator is British, but I had no problem with the accent or those strange words that we use differently even though we're both speaking English. I also think the emotions of the stories are intensified if, as you listen to the stories, you close your eyes and see the scenes unfold in front of you. See yourself in these situations and immerse yourself in the words.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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You're traveling through another dimension....

I gave that title to my review because this set of stories reminds me so much of sitting and binge watching episodes of the Twilight Zone. There is a uniqueness and otherworldly quality to these stories that truly makes you think and wonder "What If?" Absolutely loved this collection!

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  • Barbra
  • Katy, TX, United States
  • 11-01-15

Great to hear in the author's voice

I think you will be pleased with this assortment of stories that will eerily invade your brain and take you to fantastic places that really make you think, "Wow! What would I do/feel in this odd situation? " Smitherd has an exceptional gift for presenting one with situations and giving the reader pause to consider new ideas and explore emotions they may keep under tight wraps. Who knew that you could possibly experience personal growth through reading a highly suspenseful collection of stories?! I'm so glad I read them, as I glimpsed much about my own character after reading about these characters!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Weird and Dark

Okay so the title of this review isn't original, but it perfectly describes the contents of Weird. Dark. It's not often I enjoy a book read by the author, but Smitherd has a clear voice and the production quality was superb. He does read quite fast, which I enjoyed, but the fast pace may be hard for some to follow.

The stories in this collection mess with your head and do so without the gore many stories contain. This makes them perfect for all kinds of horror fans.

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Three great tales... Love this man's voice too!

Love these three tales - Stand-Alones on their own, always hoping some talented movie producer will pick up on this author!
If you have a friend that's going through a break-up, this might be a great gift for them. Get one for you, and one for them!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Strange and Wonderful!

Would you consider the audio edition of WEIRD. DARK. to be better than the print version?

What a great buy! Just an outstanding showcase of the gifted Luke Smitherd. This extraordinary type of weird darkness is definitely speaking my language! Each story is unique and each one is still stuck in my head! After listening this box set, LS is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. More like these please!

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FAST AND FURIOUS!!!!

Luke Smithered is an original thinker who wont bore you with a re-hashing of "the same old story" dressed in a new book cover! I enjoy his enthusiastic readings!!!

I really liked the stories....the only catch is that Luke, in his excitement, reads VERY FAST.
If I could talk to Luke, I'd say: "SLOW DOWN and let us enjoy the stories! They are too good to fly by!"

There was a time when I could not place the characters in a story. They seemed to have changed completely. There was a reason. A new story had started and I failed to catch the "breath" taken between. I'd personally like it if Mr. Smithered would intro each story with some neat little token of how he came to write the book, or some "teaser" about what is to come!

In all, a really great read....just don't multi-task while listening!

Kudos to Luke Smithered...Please keep 'em coming!

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Love his imagination!

I've listened to all Luke's books on Audible and can't wait to listen to more. I always remember his stories because they are so different and so well, haunting. He's also one of the few authors who can do a great job of narration. Well done!!!!!

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Great stories. Great narration.

A diverse set of stories that do a great job mashing up horror and sci-fi...in a Twilight Zone kind of way, if that makes sense. They were executed perfectly and I am incredibly impressed with the author's narration. I can already see future Audible credits going into Luke Smitherd's coffers.

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  • Anjelique
  • Desoto, TX, United States
  • 10-29-16

Loved it!

I love this man. His stories are chilling, eye-opening, mind bending and terribly wonderful. Buy it with no regrets.

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  • Chris Goulter
  • 02-14-16

More brilliance from Luke Smitherd!

Discovering the work of Luke Smitherd is without doubt one of my highlights over the last 12 months. This book brings me up to date having listened to everything he currently has produced.

Firstly if you've not read any of his previous work then don't hesitate in buying all of it, you won't be disappointed.

Weird. Dark. like all of Luke's previous books does an amazing job of exploring the world of science fiction, but in a way thats so close to "normality" you lose any doubts in your mind that the subject matter isn't real!

My only criticism is that all 3 stories were worthy of being full novels and i'm left with real hunger for Luke's next book.

My advice to anyone who has not read any of Luke's work is to start with "The Stoneman" and go from there. A real talent and an author who has big things ahead!

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  • Lmiller
  • 02-25-16

Get this right now!

Working my way through the authors back catalogue in a frenzy as I can't get enough.
An intriguing collection of stories which are well paced, well read and will stay with you once you have finished.
My new favourite author!!

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  • D. Menashy
  • 11-03-15

Luke; The Force is strong in this one...

Another ace offering from Luke Smitherd. This was my third consecutive audiobook by him and each one has been excellent. This is a collection of short stories and each of the four proved to be a unique and moving journey. The man seems to spew out these great ideas & plot-lines. Like Stephen King, he populates his stories with believable and recognisable characters so that you actually care about what happens to them. The tales are therefore more than just generic horror stories.
Luke reads them himself in a brisk but nuanced manner. He tends to leave an afterword at the end and charmingly solicits reviews - I'm very happy to comply.
On to the next one....

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  • Revey
  • 07-06-16

It's dark it's weird it's great!

simply a thought provoking collection of stories that every reader could relate to. We've all seen, read and thought about what if, I wonder why and even for the superspicious amongst us who bargain with their subconscious ( I'll do this if this happens) the author is being compared with King and Herbert, don't!
Luke Smitherd has brought people's ids, subconscious, daydreams and fantasies to print (or spoken word) and given them reality!
Scary analytical stuff
RA

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  • Mr Chris Morgan
  • 02-09-16

Classic Science Fiction

This is science fiction from my youth, mysterious and wonderful. Echoes of Ray Bradbury, but bang up to date and fizzing with energy. Luke narrates beautifully and I certainly want more. If you like your Science Fiction short, pithy, dark, intelligent, then don't go any further, buy this book.

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  • Stephen
  • 01-04-16

Weird and wonderful

Weird dark is a collection of 4 fantastic short stories. Another great read from the brilliant mind of Luke Smitherd. On to the next one.

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  • Steve
  • 06-11-17

Fast moving and exciting

As always with Luke Smitherd the characters are people that you relate to immediately. Really fascinating stories that really do play with/on your mind. Highly recommended!

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  • Adrian Rasburn
  • 03-08-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of WEIRD. DARK. to be better than the print version?

Purely for ease, yes

What did you like best about this story?

Series of stories, I think Mr Grief was my favourite - left me wanting to know more, which to me is a mark of a good story

Have you listened to any of Luke Smitherd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Stone Man. Compares well. Matt Addis reads SM really well (including Sean Bean style Sheffield voice). I was worried about listening to a book read by the narrator but the worry was unfounded - Luke narrates these stories perfectly

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The 'hungover' overlays people interacting with their mum

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  • rory
  • 02-09-16

Great!

Really enjoyable little collection of stories. I also recommend the stone man by the same author

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  • Becky
  • 11-02-17

Super duper short stories!

Four short stories, such fascinating ideas. All of them will have you hooked, especially the first!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful