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Four Corners Dark: A Collection of Short Stories [Kindle Edition]

William McNally
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People Fear the Dark for a Reason

A compendium of four grim, terror-inducing tales. Get your copy today

Out in the darkness, the demons and horrors of our imagination become all too real. Of those brave enough to leave the light and plunge into the world’s dark corners, none come back unchanged. Some don’t come back at all. Four Corners Dark offers up four very different tales of places where the darkness lingers, tempting you to step into the unknown.

In these tales by storyteller William McNally, a group of Mexican immigrants place their trust in the wrong coyote, or human smuggler, only to find their very souls at risk. A huckster with the ability to escape trouble by jumping realities discovers he may have made one jump too many. Two proud new homeowners find out too late they share their property with the ghost of a vengeful witch, and one man’s love for his son leads to a decision that changes both their destinies.

It’s easy to be brave in the light, protected by our warm, comforting electric light bulbs or the warmth of the sun. Only in the darkness do we discover the limits of our courage. Step out of the light, and into the stories of Four Corners Dark.

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Editorial Reviews


'Four Corners Dark is a good and eerie read.' - GameVortex

From the Author

After a career as an executive, I now live with my wife in the mountains surrounding Dahlonega, Georgia. I've always been drawn to dark and thought-provoking stories, an interest which led to my first two books, Four Corners Dark and Beneath the Veil.
A visit to an eerie motorcycle shop in the middle of nowhere inspired The Knights of Moonshine. I found myself surrounded by a veritable museum of odd pieces of motorized history, leaving me wondering about the shop's customers and any secrets they might hide.
For updates on my plans and upcoming events, visit my website at

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  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463561857
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LMM Publishing; First Edition edition (July 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Named Collection of Four Dark Tales! November 5, 2012
By Grampy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Four Corners Dark" by William McNally is a collection of short stories that could not be better named. There are four stories in the book, and each is dark, somewhat depressing, and certainly melancholy. At the same time, they are extremely well-crafted stories. They are so good individually that I feel compelled to say something about each one.

First up is "Engine 18", a gripping narrative about a "coyote" helping smuggle desperate people across the border into the U.S. The story has demonic overtones that are deliberately revealed as the tale unfolds.

Next is "Return to Nowhere" about a man who inadvertently discovered that he cannot die - or at least he cannot STAY dead. Each time he gets himself in a bind, he jumps off a bridge and comes back to an entirely different life. Sometimes his new life is better than the one he just left, but fate finally catches up with him in the end.

The third tale is a novella called "The Raven Mocker". It delves into paranormal consequences set in motion over a century earlier, when the local Native American tribe agreed to let miners and loggers onto their land, if they would first kill a witch known as The Raven Mocker. But witches don't always stay dead. This one was really, really good at holding a grudge, and could assume just about any form to further her deeds of revenge. I don't believe there were any winners in this tale.

Finally, the book closes with "The Spinning Wheel" which is at once sad and uplifting. A widower ponders who will care for his 44 year old Down's syndrome son, after his own doctor tells him he has Alzheimer's. His remaining family and friends are all too old to assume such responsibility, and he wiped out his life savings as his wife unsuccessfully fought cancer a few years prior.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Quick Read That Could Have Been Better! October 5, 2012
This is a fairly fast read which you can easily finish in one sitting. There are three very short stories and one expanded story. Here are my thoughts on each:

Engine Eighteen starts out like many films about smuggling people into the US from Mexico (Think Paraiso Travel and El Norte) and starts to turn supernatural. The supernatural parts are a little bit confusing and it is if the people are being seduced by the Devil.

Return to Nowhere was my favorite tale and it involves a man who can commit suicide if he is unhappy with his life and then start a new life with elements of the prior existance changed.

The Raven Mocker is the longest story and had a feel like the film Horror Hotel and some of it seemed like a Stephen King short story. A couple (Terry and Abby) moves to a country lodge from where Terry's uncle had just died. The townsfolk all seem to be afraid of the woods around the lodge and Joseph the caretaker, seems to be the only one who knows what is going on. Weird things happen to the couple immediately and they get into trouble ignoring the advice of Joseph (hint: when you are in a haunted house and someone in the know warns you; heed the warning). I really didn't care for this tale as there was nothing new about it.

Spinning Wheel is about a widower caring for an adult son with Down Syndrome. The son starts building remarkable things and saying he was helped by an unseen friend. This story is my second favorite but it also is fairly easy to figure out.

Overall this book could have been a lot better. There are hints of a very talented writer that needs just a tad more seasoning to write some really good supernatural tales.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many Good Things Here - Gentler Pace Would Help November 6, 2012
Four Corners Dark is a well named collection of four short stories. Three of these are quite short and one, The Raven Mocker is a novella and covers about three quarters of the book. This is a relatively quick read which many will go through in one sitting.

I thought the best aspect of this book is that the author's imagination has come up with four quite different and really good ideas as the basis of these stories. In a world where so much is published, it is a challenge to create even one original plot and it is very much to Mr McNally's credit that none of his stories strongly reminded me of anything else I have read.

I thought that Return to Nowhere and The Spinning Wheel were excellent little tales. The first concerns a man who has realised that he cannot actually die. When the going gets tough he can commit suicide and is catapulted into some sort of parallel existence. The Spinning Wheel is about an elderly man who lives with his 44 year old son who has Downs Syndrome. The son starts exhibiting strange abilities to create with his building blocks. Now these two stories were quite different, but had one thing in common. They were relatively simple concepts, uncomplicated, which were well told stories each of which proceeded at a relatively gentle pace and to my mind were Five Star material.

I also liked the whole concept of The Raven Mocker. Its a great story line. However, the masters of horror stories really know how to deliver a story at a very measured pace. Tension gradually builds without a great deal necessarily happening, but menace is definitely there lurking in the background. When something does happen the reader metaphorically jumps! To my mind that is where this story did not achieve its potential.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good writing but many of the story twists are total non sequitur and implausible.
Published 2 months ago by K. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing stories.
I enjoy unusual stories and the ones here certainly qualify as that. I look forward to more from this author.
Published 3 months ago by D. J. Stockstill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
No complaints
Published 5 months ago by Texan fan
3.0 out of 5 stars A little choppy and rushed In places
There was a couple of good short stories in here, but they could have been better. I found one ending in particular hard, it left me with the question, what happened, and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gwynneth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Shorts
All written by the same man, but different ideas and written differently. So you geta good variety of story. Well written.
Published 6 months ago by Madison Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightful Read!
I love to read horror stories an this one did not fail me. I decided to go for this "Four Corners Dark" as it is made up of a series of short stories written by William... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jan Wuzeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghastly---Purchased a Night Light!
As an adult, one wouldn't think that I'd require one, but just in case I hear a
bump in the night, a creak or a stir, I'll be prepared. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laurenreads1
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Fascinating characters, scary and tender moments. Had me in the edge of my seat..couldn't put it down. I reccomend it for a good read
Published 11 months ago by Tina
3.0 out of 5 stars ok if you have nothing else to read
It was ok. Nothing noteworthy. I finished it out of habit, but it wasn't really that interesting...fairly mild reading for this genre
Published 12 months ago by debora aragon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stories,
The first one I didn't really care for, the second one was ok, the third one was really good and the last story was great. It reminded me of something from the twilight zone. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Linda Gibson
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More About the Author

William McNally has always felt drawn to dark and thought-provoking stories, an interest which heavily influenced his first two books, Four Corners Dark and Beneath the Veil. A visit to an eerie motorcycle shop in the middle of nowhere inspired The Knights of Moonshine. Surrounded by a veritable museum of odd pieces of motorized history, William wondered about the shop's customers and the secrets they might hide.

A former executive, William is a husband and animal advocate who lives in the mountains surrounding Dahlonega, Georgia. For updates on William's plans and upcoming events, visit his website at

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