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David Owain Hughes is a horror freak! He grew up on ninja, pirate and horror movies from the age of five, which helped rapidly install in him a vivid imagination. When he grows up, he wishes to be a serial killer with a part-time job in women’s lingerie…He’s had several short stories published in various online magazines and anthologies, along with articles, reviews and interviews. He’s written for This Is Horror, Blood Magazine and Horror Geeks Magazine. He’s the author of the popular novel “Walled In” (2014) & "Wind-Up Toy" (2016), along with his short story collections “White Walls and Straitjackets” (2015) and "Choice Cuts" (2015).




White Walls and Straitjackets

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Meet Crystal and Harry – lovers who work in the entertainment business: after murdering three critics for poor reviews, they decide to skip town and head for the coastline. Once there, they know things will be fine – it’ll be a chance to start fresh. A new beginning. But, before they head to the seaside, Crystal must first visit her sister at a mental hospital – after all, it’s Crystal’s fault her sibling is there…

As they start their journey, Harry discovers a book in the van’s glove compartment – White Walls & Straitjackets. The author is unknown, but whoever he is, he seems to know a lot about the deadly duo and other nutjobs who inhabit the Rhondda Valleys, south Wales.

As lives and stories collide, Crystal and Harry soon discover escaping the Valleys won’t be as easy as they think. Especially with another serial killer hot on their heels…




What people are saying...

"White Walls and Straitjackets is the name of the book Harry and Crystal read together as they plan their escape. They've just murdered critics who gave them poor reviews and want to begin fresh with new lives. At first, they think the book is interesting and entertaining. But soon they start seeing too many similarities with things happening in their own lives. The two begin to question just exactly how the book came to be in their lives, who wrote it, and why.

I thought the way author David Owain Hughes used two stories to tell his overall story was very fresh and original. The story alternates between what is happening in real time with Harry and Crystal and what they are reading in the fictional version of White Walls and Straitjackets. I liked the back and forth action and also how, later on, the two stories started to merge together. They weren't completely separate or on their own at all. So that was a neat twist that I appreciated and didn't see coming.

This story is very dark, creepy and violent, all of the ingredients for a good horror story. I could totally see this as a movie with Jack Nicholson running around as a crazy psycho. It was a little unnerving, actually, and I would recommend reading it during the day, unless you love horror stories. Then you will absolutely love the darkness within these two tales."

- Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite


  • Title: White Walls and Straitjackets
  • Author: David Owain Hughes
  • Genre: Dark Horror/Dark Horror Humour
  • Length: 214 pages
  • Release Date: May 30, 2015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1511575935
  • Imprint: Dark Serpent

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