|About the Book|
Hypnotic Tales 2013 is an anthology of short stories intended to act as a travelling companion for the 21st century commuter and to provide an interesting distraction away from the frequent frustrations and delays that bedevil that daily trip toMoreHypnotic Tales 2013 is an anthology of short stories intended to act as a travelling companion for the 21st century commuter and to provide an interesting distraction away from the frequent frustrations and delays that bedevil that daily trip to work.Some of tales are light-hearted- others delve into the rather darker side of human nature and existence. All are written to entertain, inform and provoke thought.There many varied themes- the difficulties of family relationships are explored, as are the mysteries of paranormal and hypnotic phenomena. And, for those with a liking for Philosophy, there is also a lengthy argument about the very nature of consciousness itself … Is reality quite as it appears?The collection includes Attack of the Apache which was short-listed and highly commended in the 2013 Yeovil Literary Prize short story category.Further Notes:The anthology is divided into two sections: The Light and the Dark.The first story in The Light is “The Last Dive” which introduces Jack Gillespie as he makes the most crucial decision of his life … whether or not to end it. He undergoes a spiritual epiphany, chooses to live and heads towards the surface. As he does so, it sets in motion a chain of events that result in marriage and his setting up a practice as a Hypnotherapist in the Clifton area of Bristol.Jack appears in other stories throughout the collection, most especially: “I Never Saw Emma Again”, “The Bridge across Time” and “Attack of the Apache”. These chronicle some of his most intriguing cases.The last story in The Dark is “The Simulation Argument” which links back to “The Last Dive” and pulls together the many themes of the anthology. Jack reflects on his spiritual experience underwater as he struggles to save the life of Gerald Finnegan, a client convinced that we are all entrapped by the technology of a post human super intelligence. There is considerable philosophical content to this closing tale as the two men question whether the world of our everyday experience is really as it appears. The story draws on the work of Nick Bostrom, the leading historian of transhumanism–a term for the convergence between machines and people–and a man whose speculations about the future have provoked much debate.Other Characters:In “Freedom of the Famous”, self-styled master hypnotist Anthony Enigma attempts to become a celebrity … with disastrous results. Can he escape imprisonment as a result of his ill-conceived attempt to help others escape the mediocrity of their existence?In “Jammy”, Pete Sullivan and his wife Anne struggle to keep their financial heads above water in Recession hit Britain. Will their luck hold out?In “Master Leonard”, Detective Inspector John Philips investigates a baffling series of homicides in the Bristol Area. Is there a supernatural explanation?In “The Priest and the Psychopath”, Father Pat McCarthy comes face to face with a dangerous madman- but who is the most at risk?In “The Fateful Card”, Hypnotherapist Tim Trevelyan faces a crisis of conscience- is he prepared to orchestrate a murder in order to win the woman he loves?In “Sleep not and Keep the Watch”, Hypnotherapist Maggie Devereux is requested to perform a past life regression by a female client desperate to overcome insomnia. What will this reveal?In “Drop a Cog”- Welshman Gwen Jenkins encounters extraordinary happenings in the Biker community in his native county of Pembrokeshire.