Curly from Shirley
Curly from Shirley, the daft dog from Christchurch, is snooping for snacks...
Join him as his rumbly tum gets him into all sorts of trouble!
From author, Emma Pullar, and award-winning illustrator, Victoria M Azaro.
All proceeds from sales of Curly from Shirley, the Christchurch Dog, will go to The Red Cross.
Praise For Curly
"Just finished reading Curly -- I loved it! I think it's charming. The illustrations are gorgeous, too." ~ Samantha Shannon. Author of The Bone Season.
I just read Curly from Shirley The Christchurch Dog by Emma Pullar. What a delightful little read, and the illustrations are fantastic. Very innovative to see a children's book in black and white with sharp injections of red. Great style, and some killer rhymes. Well done! ~ Jody Medland of Pen Works Media
You can read my story for free using the 'Look Inside' option on Amazon. Click the book cover below to be taken to Amazon.
My story, LONDON'S CRAWLING, was selected for the DARK MINDS charity short story collection. Out Dec 13th 2016 and available in ebook. paperback and audiobook.
Praise for LONDON'S CRAWLING
"Far too scary for me and I’d hate to be inside your head but I wanted to say what a fabulous way with words you have! Very engaging and some beautiful phrasing. You write VERY well. I won’t be able to sleep tonight though." – Louise Jensen
"The one I’m going to mention is London’s Crawling by Emma Pullar, oh my, oh my this was one dark and creepy story, the authors descriptive writing allowed me to image the fear, the setting and much more, so much so it gave me the heebie jeebies. The author takes the reader on a terrifying trip through London, Jody is alone, with no signal on her phone, and someone appears to be following her, what happens next is blood curdling.
Don’t think for one minute that just because they are short stories they are going to lack depth. London’s Crawling only took me five minutes to read, but it felt like much longer as the plot was so detailed. Emma Pullar certainly doesn’t lack imagination as each page of this short story was filled with horror and dread". – Lorraine of The Book Review Café
"I really loved London's Crawling. I kinda wish it could be made into a full-length novel or I could even see it as a film! Totally creepy!!" – Shel Howes
"I've just read (again) your London's Crawling in the Dark Minds anthology and it deserves all the praise that's being heaped upon it. As disappointed as I was too when your original story didn't make the final Twisted selection, I do believe the additional words have taken it to a whole new level, so it's worked out in the end." – Nick Jackson
"A sinister fog rolls into London bringing with it an even greater threat. The streets are empty. The Capital eerily silent - except for the scuttling! Wonderfully atmospheric, this eight-legged nightmare will have you on the edge of your seat. – Babs Morton
"I read London's Crawling. Yikes! Fantastically scary short with brilliant imagery and creepy tone. Will there be a LC2? It's a world that should be explored more... Your film poster should be the Silhouette in the dress - with tons of spider eyes shining in the dark shadows. I love the image you conjured." – Tace Dorris
"Dark Minds may not be to everyone’s taste – it’s crime fiction, horror, fantasy, creepy and quite disturbing. All 40 stories have been selected for the authors’ ability to pen a short story with readability. Some are a little tongue in cheek; all are long enough to allow a story to be told and yet brief to enable a satisfied read.
I’ve chosen just one, London’s Crawling by Emma Pullar, to review. Hers is not yet a name to be emblazoned across the headlines, but Dark Minds could well be the catalyst.
Poor Jody Winters. She should have realised when the spider gets a creepy mention on the first page that her journey home in a thick London fog is not going to be a barrel of laughs. Then her mobile packs up, and then she meets the really horrible creatures.
Fantasy and horror is not my genre, but this is a beautifully scripted story. The pace is frenetic, then allows the reader to breathe. A sudden development stops breathing entirely with a frightened gasp, and off the plot goes again at a gallop. There's a delightful ending, almost poetically relaxed in its denouement, until the reader fully understands just what ultimate horrors the writer has penned. A collective shudder is more final than a full stop." – Richard Cox
"I thoroughly enjoyed the creepy, scary, London's Crawling - not ordinarily my genre as I scare easily, but this was captivating... " - Pete Adams
"My skin crawled while I read this. Just what a horror story should do." -Racheal Howard
"Disturbing, but a cracking read; like all good horror should be!" – Mark Walker
"G'day, Emma. From one author to another, good job on "London's Crawling," in the compilation entitled "Dark Minds." Your story kept me engrossed, without being too gross. Your turn of a phrase heartened me to know there are writers who still see/feel/touch/smell/taste the flavor of their stories. The premise was compelling, with a wee bit of suspension of disbelief, and carried me through to the inevitable conclusion." - Thomas Weeks.
"OMG!! Em, horror is definitely your thing!!!" ~ Leah Porter
Curly is now sold out.
NA DYSTOPIAN THRILLER
"People think there are choices. They think they have life and a reason to breathe. I don’t. My choices are black and white; remain inside the darkness or walk into the light. Live and be dead or die and be dead. That’s it." ~ Megan Skyla
SIGNED A TWO-BOOK DEAL FOR THIS DYSTOPIAN THRILLER!
This story is a duology and book one will be published by Bloodhound Books in autumn 2017!
Praise From Beta Readers
"What a great story! May I say I just love Ms Skyla!" ~ Elionr Perry-Smith
"This would seem to be a very dark and allegorical story. The prose itself is poetic and almost Beckett-esque in its nihilism. It is a page turner." ~ John F McDonald
"I'm only on page six and already I want this turned into a movie!" ~ Heather Alexander
"Wow! Ok I've finished it. I'm in shock, I think. I am completely in love with the book." ~ Shel Howes
"I love this book! As soon as you start writing the sequel I will be more than happy to beta read that for you! I can't wait to see where you take the characters!"~ Leah Porter
"Loved this book! Very surprising end. Can't wait to see what you've got planned for Skyla next!" ~ Nick Jackson
YA PARANORMAL ROMANACE
"Sometimes your strongest moments are born out of despair." ~ Becky Roberts
Praise From Beta Readers
"DAMN YOU EMMA. YOU BROKE MY FEELS. Oh my feels 😭😭😭😭 I love it. I love it. I lovvvveeee iiitttt!" ~ Sandy McPeck
"Loved the characters. So many wonderful descriptions and subtle take on mental health. I love books that teach kids that it's okay to be different, okay not to be perfect and okay to screw up. Your voice rings true too. Becky's dad is great, with his presents and attempts at being cool, he cares so much." ~ Carmen Radtke
"Your teenage voice is authentic." Elinor Perry-Smith
"Awesome! Totally engaging. Really descriptive and Funny (love the sarcasm). Really relatable - so clearly a teenager, I am totally in awe at how much you sound 16!!"~ Shel Howes
"Rebecca Roberts, sixteen, gets struck by lightening and should have died but when she wakes up things are very different. She hears voices. Her parents, traumatised that their precious daughter is suffering from delusions, take her on holiday to Cornwall, to a creepy castle hotel where things get worse, not better . . . A fabulous fast-paced novel for young teens and adults alike, an intriguing mystery romance that grips its readers from the very first page." ~ Heather Alexander
"I just love it!" Cliona Kilroy
"There's a Captain Leah! I love this book!!! Seriously though, I like it. The structure is really good. The characters are interesting. Good amount of action, enough to keep the reader engaged. " ~ Leah Porter