I have been writing ghost stories since the early 1970’s. As I get older (66 now – 2019) and family life is busy, and health issues arise, I have sadly found the desire to write has diminished. These two ghost stories may well be my last ones. But who really knows. I wanted to share them with people who have been part of my ghost story adventure over the past forty years. So if you are reading this, the chances are we have interacted over the years as fellow writers and readers. Thanks for being part of the journey.
Monsters come in many shapes and sizes, and hide in many guises. Here we meet a monster in the leafy tranquillity of the Hertfordshire countryside and another in the dense humidity of the Peruvian Amazon rain forest. These two new and unpublished horror stories are from the co-author of numerous titles under Maynard Sims (and L H Maynard & M P N Sims)
Because I have written several new ghost stories recently, that spurred me to re-visit a few old favourites that seemed to work well with the new ones, sharing certain themes, locations and moods.
So, in preparation for the new stories, here are several revised ones that are matched by mood and in some cases settings, Here is also some insight into what inspired each ghost story in the new collection, and the history behind it. FREE GHOST STORIES.
A reading from story one – scroll down to hear more readings.
“These thirteen tales are not just your average ghost stories but a masterful blend of thought-provoking, chill-producing paranormal fiction. All in all, the thirteen tales in Death’s Sweet Echo are sure to have a little something to make everyone cringe in horror and will leave you well satisfied.” Hellnotes
Tickety Boo Press have published our tenth collection. Thirteen ghost stories and strange tales – only three previously published, so ten brand new – and all are our most recent stories.
A scratching at the door, but surely no-one is there. The house is empty, so the footsteps on the stairs must be in my imagination. The way that shadow just moved, like breathing, must be a trick of the light.
“13 creepy ghostly stories that kept me thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. In this memorable collection, Maynard and Sims have created vivid atmospheres that reminded me, on more than one occasion, of the great M.R. James.” REVIEW
“When the writing duo that comprises Maynard Sims sets out to terrorize, they bring their best game…and their best is as good as it gets. These stories will amaze, confound, and terribly frighten you. I am still trying to recover my peace of mind.” Mallory Heart
Published by William Kimber 1979 – Hardback book. This was our very first collection of stories, after we had been writing for about six years
“In this masterly collection of tales, the authors take us into that unquiet land, in the witching time of night, where malign presences seek to entwine the unwary in their web of evil. Their ghosts, or evil spirits, or gruesome influences – no one expression sums them all up – remain lingering in their chosen abodes, be it wardrobe, cradle or tomb, to threaten the existence of the innocent. But not all the spirits are terrifying. Some, like the laughing children of Border End, seek to enthral by cajolery, though their threat remains as great. The authors do not delve too far into explanations for their phantoms. Indeed how could they? For who can explain the midnight land?” William Kimber & Co, London
In April 1999 SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT was reprinted, with the addition of two uncollected stories in a limited edition hardback book by Sarob Press. Original art by Douglas Waters
“The two authors have been writing together for more than twenty-five years, and produce some of the finest examples of supernatural fiction seen today. These stories can be described as coming from the same mould as the masters of the genre, James, Wakefield, and Benson. They are a fine collection of traditional ghost stories.” Sarob Press
Limited edition hardback by Sarob Press in 2000 with cover art by Iain Maynard
“The stories in the book possess that rare, but essential, gift that every reader searches for in a good ghost or horror story: namely, the ability to leave behind a persistent feeling (an echo, as the title says) of uneasiness.” Mario Guslandi, All Hallows, Canada
Paperback large format published June 2002 by prime books USA with cover by Simon Duric
Here is a new collection of diverse and intriguing supernatural stories that reveals the various arenas where good and evil do battle. Here is a new collection of stories that show the strength, depth and vision now emanating from this dual authorship. Enter a world of witches and demons, creatures and beasts, but most horrifyingly of all are the people; real people with emotions, problems, and torments. The authors give us a book of supernatural horrors that linger long in the mind, that brings the shadowed terrors into the light.
Trade Paperback from Cosmos Books USA – This is the complete Maynard-Sims back catalogue to 2000. Features work never before published in USA. Cover by Geoffrey A Priest. Introduction by Hugh Lamb This unique compilation – One of a pair with the companion volume THE SECRET GEOGRAPHY OF NIGHTMARE
“Maynard & Sims write with a voice that is both uniquely entertaining and profoundly disturbing. Their fiction reflects classic old-school style themes told with a decidedly modern perspective. Creepy and wonderful stuff!” Brian Keene, USA
‘Maynard & Sims write with a fluid graceful style and know how to involve the reader in their story.’ Masters Of Terror, UK
Trade Paperback from Cosmos Books USA – This is the complete Maynard-Sims back catalogue to 2000. Features work never before published in USA. Cover by Geoffrey A Priest. This unique compilation – One of a pair with the companion volume SELLING DARK MIRACLES Introduction by Stephen Jones
“Maynard & Sims have mastered not only the traditional ghost story, but have grown into accomplished authors of the modern horror story. The release of two massive collections of their work is surely a cause for celebration among all aficionados of tales of terror.” John Pelan, USA
Published by Sarob Press in 2004 in limited edition hardback.
Cover art by Gerald Gaubert “Their best collection yet, with some subtly unnerving ghost stories.” Ellen Datlow
7 stories from Falling Into Heaven gained Honourable Mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror annual collection, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Published by Enigmatic Press. First published 2011 – Cover by Emily Rose Sims
This collection contains stories that may be about the odd ghost or two. There are weird tales, strange stories, and stories of unease
Published by SAROB PRESS 2012 limited edition
hardback Illustrations by Paul Lowe
“A new volume of elegantly written, subtly unnerving stories. To meet again the original Maynard & Sims product is a reason for rejoicing, especially because of the top quality of the tales included. An excellent, ghostly collection, beautifully produced by Sarob Press.” Mario Guslandi
A small collection of ghost stories Published by ENIGMATIC PRESS 2012 hardback book with photographs
“As with any Maynard Sims work, the prose is delicately crafted and beautifully delivered.” British Fantasy Society
“the whole book is a little treasure of pleasurable shivers and intriguing darkness… a real delight for the readers fond of elegant, subtly unsettling dark fiction.” Mario Guslandi
Until 2014 most of our ghost stories and stories of quiet fear were available only in limited edition hardcover. In 2014 Enigmatic Press brought out all the Maynard Sims stories and novellas as ebook for Kindle and as paperbacks, all available on Amazon. These are in uniform format so that the books can grow into a collection any fan of the supernatural can be proud to own. Covers are all designed by Iain Maynard: MAD Maynard Art & Design
SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT the first collection, revised
ECHOES OF DARKNESS the celebrated second collection
INCANTATIONS a collection of ghosts and horrors
A WEAVING OF ANCIENT EVIL being the uncollected novellas The Seminar & His Other Son & The Hidden Language Of Demons
WEIRD CRIES FROM THE SOUL being uncollected stories and some new ones
FALLING INTO HEAVEN a much-praised collection
GHOSTS & HAUNTINGS being the two collections The Odd Ghosts & A Haunting Of Ghosts,
FLAME AND OTHER ENIGMATIC TALES a collection of ghost stories
“Maynard and Sims write much the kind of classic ghost tale and weird fiction they once chose to publish, stories positioned squarely along the Aickman-James axis. These nine well crafted shockers traverse the globe for various venues of horror, from tropical islands to suburban Britain. I was much taken with ‘An Office In The Grays Inn Road’ where a husband’s death brings ghostly revelations.”