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03/03/21

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for a new Friends of the Bay exclusive! This week we’ve got a creepy short story from Virtual Noir at the Bar favourite Suzy Aspley. Just click on the image to read Suzy’s chiller (and for those who still have memories of Suzy’s Halloween performance, we promise there isn’t a crab in sight!)

Tony Hutchinson Tile

24/02/21

This week in our Friends of the Bay exclusive update we have Tony Hutchinson – retired Detective Superintendent and author of the Dark Tides series who reveals via 3 short videos some common mistakes fiction writers and TV series make in police procedures. Fascinating for writers and readers alike! Watch the videos here.

21/02/21

We’ve now transferred and updated all recordings we have of Bay Tales Live and our back catalogue of Virtual Noir at the Bar events. Over 50 hours of crime fiction streaming video. That’s more than 200 authors – ranging from up-and-coming to the biggest writing names in the publishing world. And if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, it’s all part of your membership deal! Just another reason to join up today. Click on the image opposite or go to Friends of the Bay and Recordings in the main menu.

17/02/21

We’re thrilled to have an exclusive fiction piece from Helen Fields today. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can read The Ghost of the Girl on the Train here. It’s a quiet, disturbing piece that’ll make you think and perhaps reflect a little bit…We’ve also got, available for everyone, the launch video of Helen’s new book The Shadow Man, where she answers questions from fellow authors and audience members about how she created her chilling new book. You can find that here.

11/02/21

What a show we had last night! If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can view the whole show by clicking on the link opposite.

10/02/21

It’s that time of the week! This week we have a piece of non-fiction from Paul Waters, author of Blackwatertown, that considers who really ‘owns’ a story. To find out more you can, if you’re a Friends of the Bay member, read the article here. Not a member yet? Find out why you should join here.

03/02/21

It’s Wednesday, which means we’ve got another exclusive Friends of the Bay piece up. The Heart of Maisie-Ray, by award winning short story writer Gavin Dimmock. If you’re a member you can read Gavin’s chiller now.

28/01/21

Have you checked out our new Reviews section? You don’t need to be a member of Friends of the Bay to see what Bay Tales followers have been reading. And you can submit your own review to us via our contact page. We’ll feature as many as we can, and all reviewers will go into our lucky hat to win a mystery book prize each month!

27/01/21

We are thrilled to feature an exclusive essay written for us by Martin Edwards – published in the week he has been nominated for an Edgar for Howdunnit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can read Martin’s personal perspective on the short story here.

24/01/21

Yesterday saw our first Bay Tales Live show – and what a high bar we’ve set ourselves for future efforts thanks to Peter James and his in-depth interview. Thanks also to Roxie Key for her book review and Eve Smith for her reading. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can see the full show recording by clicking on the link

20/01/21

It’s Wednesday so that means it’s new publication day! This week we’ve got a short story from Dave Sivers – ‘One Last Job‘ – a tale of contract killer who has lost everything.

13/01/21

It’s new fiction day here at Bay Tales – if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can read ‘Resistance‘ from Eve Smith – a piece of flash fiction that might ring some bells for those who have read her debut novel of 2020 The Waiting Rooms.

06/01/21

Our first Bay Tales Live event is open for registration. Join us on 23rd January for an in-depth interview with Peter James and a full show of readings, reviews, competitions and much more. Click on the link to register

06/01/21

Have you joined Friends of the Bay yet? If so, you’re in for a treat with this exclusive short story from Ian Skewis. The Uninvited Guest is available now.

01/01/21

Happy New Year! Start the New Year with Friends of the Bay membership! We’ve put a Friends of the Bay Video together to give you some idea of what you get for just £35 for a full year’s membership. Don’t miss out!

30/12/20

And that was 2020… We asked some of the authors who spoke this year at our partner project Virtual Noir at the Bar what their favourite reads of the year were. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay (membership only £25 a year until 31st December) you can find out what they chose here AND get a 10% discount on all titles purchased from Forum Books with your member’s discount code.

22/12/20

We had some great entries to our first Bay Tales Christmas Short Story Competition. So, in the festive spirit and with thanks to the authors for their permission to share, here you can find the entries from DC Smith, Angi Plant, Jon Park and Rose Cullen….as long as you’re a member of Friends of the Bay Just click here for four festive shorts.

21/12/20

And…the winner of our first Bay Tales Christmas Short Story Competition is…Louise Mangos. If you were at our Virtual Noir at the Bar Christmas Special last week, you’ll know how good the story is. If you weren’t, and you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can read it right here

17/12/20



It’s not long until Father Christmas arrives but here at Bay Tales we’re sharing the festive cheer early by providing members of Friends of the Bay not one but two new pieces of fiction from Louise Mumford. Visit our Hall of Fame to find out about Louise.

09/12/20

Happy Hump Day! Today we have an exclusive short story from the lovely Chris McDonald for your delight and delectation. Visit our Hall of Fame for some more information on Chris. If you haven’t already, sign up to Friends of the Bay to access his new short story.

And don’t forget – it’s only one week until our Christmas Virtual Noir at the Bar!

02/12/20

Hooray! It’s Wednesday! Margaret Kirk has kindly taken the time to read and review Craig Russell’s “Hyde” for us. Visit our Hall of Fame for more information on Margaret. Sign up to Friends of the Bay to read her review as well as more non-fiction and fiction from some of the best in the biz.

29/11/20

The weekend might be almost over but we have yet another fantastic offer for members of Friends of the Bay! The lovely folks at Writing Magazine are offering all of our members 3 issues for just £3. Sign up today to find out how to claim your three issues for just a pound each!

25/11/20

Wednesday again already?! Yikes! It must be time for another piece of exclusive fiction! It’s our pleasure to welcome Susi Holliday, author of the Banktoun trilogy. Non-members can learn more about Susi via our Hall of Fame where you’ll find a link to her author profile. Sign up today to Friends of the Bay to read Susi’s story, as well as plenty more fiction and non-fiction from some of our favourite authors.

24/11/20

A big thank you to Writing Magazine for their shout out to us on their site! We’re big fans so it’s great to get a mention from them. If you’d like to know more about Writing Magazine and what it can do to help you as a writer, take a look here.

18/11/20

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for a new piece of exclusive fiction! This week it’s the turn of Olga Wojtas, author of the Miss Blaine’s Prefect series. Non-members can learn more about Olga via our Hall of Fame where you’ll find a link to her author profile. Sign up today to Friends of the Bay to read Olga’s article, and find lots more from some of our favourite authors.

16/11/20

We’re so excited to announce our Christmas Crime Short Story Competition. Open to all Friends of the Bay members, it’s the chance to read at the Virtual Noir at the Bar Christmas Special on 16th December, be featured on the site and win a bunch of books! AND, win or lose, you’ll get feedback from our panel of published authors…full details here!

Ann Cleeves

13/11/20

If all the fiction, non-fiction, special offers and community forum (+ introductory offer of just £25 a year!) weren’t enough, here’s another reason to join Friends of the Bay. Join before December 31st and one member will be picked at random for a free lunch with the wonderful Ann Cleeves!

11/11/20

Our first weekly FoTB upload. Every Wednesday we’ll be adding a new piece of fiction or non-fiction for members. This week, it’s Neil Broadfoot, author of the McGregor and Drummond series. Non-members can learn more about Neil via our Hall of Fame where you’ll find a link to his author profile. Sign up today to Friends of the Bay to read his article, and find lots more from some of our favourite authors.

10/11/20

And we’re live! Thanks to all of you who have visited the site so far. We hope you like what you see and keep coming back – there’ll be a new piece of fiction or non-fiction every Wednesday…so make sure you don’t miss out.

03/11/20

We’re thrilled to say the Bay Tales team, Simon and Vic, have been announced as finalists in Futurebook’s 2020 Publishing Awards for ‘Best Event’ for Virtual Noir at the Bar. We’ll let you know how we get on!

01/11/20

Noir from the Bar still available, still raising money for NHS Charities! Available for just £3.99 on Kindle, and £10 in Paperback. Featuring short stories from 30 authors who have appeared at Virtual Noir at the Bar, all profits go to NHS Charities.