I sucked in as much air as my lungs would take and dived into the underwater world. My eyes swiftly grew accustomed to the strange perspective and I was able to see Mark struggling vainly to reach the surface. He was in an upright position, kicking wildly with his left leg. The other leg was stiff, pointing straight down, and before I could reach him he bent low and was bashing at his right ankle with both fists as if trying to free it from the grip of some unseen vice. A mass of bubbles escaped from his mouth, making their way to the surface. As I drew nearer, I could see his eyes bulging in their sockets, his blond hair streaming upwards as if vainly directing him in the direction he needed to take. He continued beating at his right ankle and started rubbing his left foot up and down his calf. What was he trying to kick away? I arrived within a few inches of his writhing body, and, taking hold of his arm, tried to steer him upwards. It appeared he was doing his best to go with me but it was like pulling a ten-ton weight. I yanked for all I was worth until I was afraid I would tear his arm from its shoulder, but he remained rooted to the spot. As I released him, he grabbed my wrist and pointed to his leg. I nodded, indicating I understood he wanted me to haul him up by his legs, and I dropped down to the seabed. His right leg was utterly and completely immobile. No amount of pulling or pushing could move it, but nothing was holding it there. Nothing that I could see, anyway.
Title: In Shadows Waiting
Author: Stewart Bint
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
Young Simon Reynolds lives a bucolic life at his family home, White Pastures, surrounded by a loving family and a charming community. Simon finishes his A levels and looks forward to unwinding while his sisters work on their tans.
Meanwhile the tiny community of Meriton has been plagued by a spate of burglaries, and White Pastures seems to be next. A shadowy figure stalks the house, but the police can find no signs of an intruder.
Inspired by the author’s real-life experience with the supernatural, In Shadows Waiting recounts a summer that changes the Reynolds’ lives forever. As the summer progresses, the shadows take on an altogether more sinister implication, and White Pastures begins to reveal a terrifying secret.
The epicenter of an event that has scarred an entire community, White Pastures grows more and more dark, possessed by a shadow that yearns, a shadow that will not be denied. At White Pastures, someone will die — but love never will.
Stewart Bint is a novelist, magazine columnist and PR writer. He lives with his wife Sue in Leicestershire in the UK, and has two children, Christopher and Charlotte. As a member of a local barefoot hiking group, when not writing he can often be found hiking barefoot on woodland trails.
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