Firefighters, serial killers, ghosts, and the mentally ill. It’s all here in this short-story collection.
The title story - a modern-day reimagining of Charles Dickens’ wonderful A Christmas Carol - finds Elliot’s PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) from working the front lines of a large urban fire department replacing Scrooge’s greed as our protagonist’s main struggle. Elliot has seen plenty of horrors in his career and is at a dangerous breaking point. Can ghostly, late-night visitors to the firehouse one Christmas Eve pull him from the brink of suicide? Written from the heart of a firefighter/paramedic who has seen his own struggles, "A Firefighter Christmas Carol" is an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end.
Joining the title novella are five additional short stories. In "Janitor", a nightshift worker quickly realizes he’s not alone. Who is the man in black? And will Jeb keep his sanity long enough to find out?
"Death Alarm" uses real-life firefighting knowledge to explore otherworldly consequences when pure evil battles the noblest of professions.
In "CatchTime", a nasty comment on a fictional social media platform is all it takes to really get under a guy’s skin.
"Skelwaller Lane" is a brutal tale exploring how even the most horrible behavior can sometimes be justified only if the entire story is told.
Closing out the collection is "D.O.A.", a spooky little story about a paramedic with an unwanted skill that really comes back to haunt her.
So, buy now, and be ready to delve into the psychological with the occasional assist from the supernatural.