It’s four in the morning and Emily is heading home on a London Underground train. But the Night Tube is running slow tonight – delays caused by a signal failure, as usual.

The train stops again, stuck in a tunnel between Tube stations. And then the lights go off. The motors cut out. Silence from the driver.

All the doors slide open at the same time, exposing the passengers to the tunnel.

To let them out?

Or to let something in?


Signal Failure is a 12,000-word short story available as a Kindle eBook on Amazon, and also on iTunes, Kobo and Nook.

This is a standalone horror/mystery story set on the London Underground. It serves as a prelude to the novel Under.

Signal Failure is also the world’s first Night Tube fiction!

The eBook of Signal Failure is permanently free to download from all platforms.

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Cover image: copyright © tubesnaps 2016. Reproduced with kind permission from the tubesnaps Flickr page.

Review extracts

“This is everything a horror short should be – tense, atmospheric and spooky. There’s a whole world underneath London, and on the tracks of the night tube there’s something speeding along you dont want to run into.”

“Using the tube every day, I really appreciate the detail and little points in this, plus it’s a great setting for a thriller/horror! Creepy and atmospheric – really looking forwards to the novel.”

“This tale is a damn fine example of a horror short story, and one I’d recommend to all fans of the genre. It takes a seemingly mundane event (albeit one that comes with its own fears) of travelling home on the underground and fills it with terror. The pacing is spot on and it gets going almost immediately. The scene is set deftly and as events unfurl it builds menace, and doesn’t rely on cheap tricks to get its scares.”

“Brilliant, terrifying. I am so glad I no longer live in London, I don’t think I could get on a tube train right now.”

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