Emirates LitFest authors string together twitter novel

Take a look at this twitter novel created by authors attending the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016

Given the theme of Time, authors attending the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature this year were asked to contribute a chapter to a twitter story. Twenty-three authors have so far lent their voice to the novel, which evolved into a supernatural thriller and is scheduled to finish March 12. Here are the chapters compiled from #TwitterStory16, with each chapter following from the one before. 

1. Suzanne Husseini

The table was set but he was too late. As she blew out the last candle, the kitchen window swung wide open. #TwitterStory16 @suzannehusseini

2. Ian Rankin

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Closing it, her wrist tingled. Looking at her watch - her father's - she saw that the second hand had frozen. @beathhigh #TwitterStory16

3. Rachel Hamilton

She watched the hour hand. Would that continue to move alone? No. Who to call? Watchmaker or exorcist? #TwitterStory16 @RachelLHamilton

4. Diana Darke

Or neither? She knew she could not resist time, but she could give herself the illusion of control over it #TwitterStory16 @dianadarke

5. Freya North

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Her heart was cold but she could taste revenge. No time like the present to finish what he'd started. #twitterstory16 @freya_north 

6. Kate Lord Brown

The long case clock chimed twelve. She raised her father's service revolver, moonlight glinting on the barrel @katelordbrown #TwitterStory16

7. Annabel Kantaria

and moved quietly across the shadows of the hallway. Outside, she heard the crunch of gravel: at last. #TwitterStory16 @BellaKay

8. Ann Cleeves

She would face the person who had changed her life forever. The time had come. #twitterstory16 @anncleeves

9. Garth Nix

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But it was her father's face she saw, pale as the moon above. Her father, dead these dozen years or more! #TwitterStory16 @garthnix

10. Sean Fay Wolfe

As she stood in the doorway, paralyzed with terror, a spectral voice escaped from his mouth. "Give in to it." #TwitterStory16 @sfaywolfe 

11. Victoria Hislop

She tried to speak, but no words came. Her lips froze. Time itself froze. #TwitterStory16 @VicHislop 

12. Maitha Al Khayat

Tiny red eyes peered at her. It was time. She aimed! Missed! Bolted after him & slipped into the rabbit hole #TwitterStory16 @MaithaALkhayat

13. David Melling

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Pitch black, she groped for her gun. She felt the breath before the voice, inches from her face ‘Time to die’ #TwitterStory16 @DavidMelling1

14. Justin Marozzi

After a fleeting silence came a terrific blow. A flash of lights, pain, then darkness. Time stood still. #TwitterStory16 @justinmarozzi 

15. Jonathan Meres

But time can't stand still. No matter how much you want it to. When she eventually woke, she wished it had #TwitterStory16 @JonathanMeres 

16. Katie Hickman

All around her were bones, thousands upon thousands. And then came the sound of little teeth crunching #TwitterStory16 @PindarDiamond 

17. Curtis Jobling

Relentlessly grinding the dead into dust, turning broken bones into the sands of time itself. #TwitterStory16 @CurtisJobling

18. Gill Lewis

A thin wind swirled around her, lifting the sand, raising the dead. A forewarning of the approaching storm. #TwitterStory16 @gill_lewis

19. Susan Abulhawa

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From this terror appeared a light. A new day illuminating a way out. She rose, aching to escape a misshapen fate #TwitterStory16 @sjabulhawa 

20. Gill Hornby

Staggering, stumbling, willing herself towards the breaking morning. She had to be there before the sun was high #TwitterStory16 @gillhornby

21. Liz Fenwick

The sand rose, forming a giant hourglass encasing her. Grains fell faster. Time raced. She reached for her gun #TwitterStory16 @liz_fenwick

22. Jenny Colgan

And waved it up high. "ANYONE WANT TO TRY WAKING MY BABY FROM ITS NAP AGAIN?" she shouted furiously. #TwitterStory16 @jennycolgan 

23. Zeina Hashem Beck

She picked up her baby girl, went into the kitchen. Here's the water, here's the kettle. Coffee, for God's sake! #TwitterStory16 @zeinabeck