Helen J Beal is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories all published by Carapace.

Thirty Seconds Before Midnight – A contemporary retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in a menagerie in the imaginary English country estate, Bestwood. War breaks out between the new inhabitants, rock-legend Dave Palmer and his twin boys (who plan to transform Bestwood into a bohemian retreat –  and the zookeeper, Bob Trimble and his daughter, Stella. Who’ll come out on top?)


Rich in Small Things – When Melissa Lavender loses her high-powered, high-earning job as a funds trader, she initially turns to the arms of her best friend, online poker. With too much time on her hands and a highly honed instinct for gambling she soon finds herself in a whole heap of trouble in the East End of London, and with a massive debt to pay. Will driving to Mongolia be her salvation?


Riding a Tiger – Superyacht Talisman is on her way home to Cyprus when she’s intercepted just off the coast of the Seychelles. Rachel Lassetter, a stewardess in the ten strong crew aboard still thinks she’ll be back in Cornwall for Christmas but will Talisman’s owner, German billionaire Herr Liebe, safely in Paris with his new, third wife, pay the ransom and buy them their freedom?


Half a Dozen Star Jumps – A collection of short stories including a woodpecker who creates sculptures for the opera singer he adores, a sculpture that collects the thoughts of the people who touch him, ghosts of owls that portent death in the castle, a secret night-time visitor finding his own way to say goodbye, mobile phones that metamorphosize into fruit on the strike of midnight and help stitch a marriage back together and the last survivors on earth – on the moon.

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