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Obsidian: A Tale of Suspense [Kindle Edition]

J. Alexander Greenwood
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Book Description

Catch a disturbing glimpse of the night with this multiple award-winning short story in the tradition of 'The Twilight Zone.' A man awakens in a secluded cabin to find he's being watched by a shape with obsidian eyes. Who or what is watching him, and why?

This story is the winner of the Shelf Unbound/Wattpad 2011 Short Fiction Award and the April 2010 WritingRoom Award. Read other short stories by J. Alexander Greenwood, including "A Debt of Fire" exclusively on Amazon. Read his acclaimed John Pilate Mystery Series: Pilate's Cross, Pilate's Key, Pilates Ghost and Pilate's Blood--available in ebook, paperback and audiobook.

Editorial Reviews


Winner of the 2011 Shelf Unbound/Wattpad Short Story Contest!
"This story impressed us with its originality, evocation of eeriness, and overall suspense. It stood out as a well-crafted piece of short fiction. The story will run in the December issue of Shelf Unbound." - Margaret Brown, Publisher Shelf Unbound

From the Author

This story is slated for production as a graphic novel in the near future.

Product Details

  • File Size: 185 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caroline Street Press (May 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051ZTNAM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars starts one way, twist brings something else July 1, 2012
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This is a very short piece that I started and figured was going to be a horror story after the first two pages.

I am thinking: guy alone, no phone, no where to hide and he is being spooked by aliens or an axe murderer or something outside his window.

The few short locations built suspense and pulled me in a direction I was certain was going to lend to a predictible ending. Not so. It ended totally different than I expected with the "creatures." Very nice twist.

Recommend getting this one free if you can (I always say...shorts are just not a good investment money wise) and save the dollar to invest in a longer work by this author. He can spin a tale.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining February 15, 2013
By Ponette
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I bough this because I went to high school with the author. But I have to say it was a good read. I look forward to seeing what else this author put out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drips with mood... October 24, 2012
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Obsidian by J. Alexander Greenwood is the perfect one-sitting read for a dark evening in front of a flickering fire. All you can hear is the crackle of the flames and the ticks of your own house. And all you can think is, was that merely a tree branch waving at me through the black window? It's a short but effectively creepy literary suspense that brings to mind the best episodes of the original Twilight Zone series -- those unsettling tales of man versus the unknown. The characters here are like Rod Serling's: true to life as they deal with the darkness in the world and in themselves. The setting drips with mood and the payoff in the end is highly satisfying. Get it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read! December 26, 2013
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I read from start to finish and enjoyed the journey. I'm inspired to keep writing and sharing stories. Great read.
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More About the Author

J. Alexander Greenwood is author of the award-nominated John Pilate Mystery Series; including "Pilate's Cross," "Pilate's Key," "Pilate's Ghost" and "Pilate's Blood."

Nominated for a 2011 Global Ebook Award, "Pilate's Cross" follows newly transplanted college instructor John Pilate, his sardonic imaginary pal Simon and new friend Kate as they investigate the unsolved mystery of a murdered president of Cross College. In too deep to wash his hands of the mystery, he risks his life to get to the truth of what really happened in 1963 and why it's just as deadly more than 40 years later.

The sequel, "Pilate's Key," was published January 2012. The book garnered positive reviews and was named a Kindle Book Award Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller.

"Pilate's Key" follows John Pilate to the sands of Key West, Florida. On the mend from a near-death experience in the snowy Midwest, John Pilate is taking it easy on the sun-soaked beaches of Key West. Umbrella drink in hand, Pilate is writing a book and getting some much-needed therapy to deal with his imaginary friend Simon. He's also pondering the future with his new love, Kate. Life is looking up for John Pilate...until he is drawn into a world of murder, pirates, conch fritters and smart aleck remarks from invisible men.

One reviewer stated that "The book has an even better cast of characters than Greenwood's last book, 'Pilate's Cross.' Besides all the women mentioned above, Pilate befriends a quirky, local character, Taters, who joins up on his exploits. Taters adds humor and a nice balance to Pilate's neurotic charm. Of course, Simon (the voice in Pilate's head) continues to have a starring role in this book."

A third book in the series, "Pilate's Ghost," was released on Halloween 2012. It was named a 2013 Kindle Book Award Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller.

From the book jacket:

When a shadowy enemy seemingly rises from the dead, and the heavy hand of a guilty past begins weighing on his marriage, John Pilate must master his own fear and marshal all his resources to defend his family and his life. But he discovers that he isn't the only one fighting a desperate battle, and that not all of the ghosts from his past are hostile...

Book four, "Pilate's Blood" rejoins John Pilate as he reluctantly returns to tiny Cross Township...a place resembling a mutated Mayberry packed with guns, a serious lack of anti-depression meds, a rampaging crime boss and an imaginary friend who won't shut the hell up.

Once a hero, now Pilate is broke, bored and forced to take a job imbued with more authority than the dogcatcher but far less respect. What's worse is there's criminality afoot and nobody to deal with it but Pilate. Sure, things could work out just fine...then again, it may come down to spilling Pilate's Blood...Thicker Than Water, Twice As Deadly.

Greenwood won the 2011 Shelf Unbound Short Story competition for my short story "Obsidian" (available exclusively on and released the horror short story "A Debt of Fire" in 2013.

"Greenwood offers a fresh take on the mystery thriller with his John Pilate Series. His novels are populated with flawed and neurotic--yet instantly-likable--characters who find themselves thrown into maddeningly entertaining situations. Greenwood writes fun, accessible fiction that leaves readers asking for more."

- Jason McIntyre, author of On The Gathering Storm and Thalo Blue

He also wrote the nonfiction bestseller, "Kickstarter Success Secrets."

For more information and for book club discounts and appearances, visit or email Greenwood at Alex(at)

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