Shady:- offering shade, situated in shade, overspread with shadow, shadowy, shunning light, disreputable, of dubious honesty, probably dishonest by the authors of 'Dark Tales': Shady Tales are t so dark. 'Shady Tales are a selection of seventeen short stories that cover a spectrum from the macabre to the spiritual, from the fantastic to the mundane, and from the past to the future. In general the stories are much lighter than the previous volume from the same authors- DARK TALES. There is human endeavor, both criminal and honest, with a range of emotions from young love to the frustration of being unemployed and the lonliness of old age. The Tales tell human stories which are inventive, exciting, different and each in its own way just a little bit shady.
The authors met in the 1960s as engineering graduates. They embarked on careers which included technical research, scientific development and information technology. Both have travelled widely and their technical knowledge and wide experience are apparent in the subjects and locations they have chosen to write about. Their common interest in writing fiction did not emerge until the 1990s although both had been writing for several years before that, and both have had technical works published. As well as jointly writing two volumes of short stories, the authors have written novels individually, and have recently collaborated on a novel set in the late twenty first century. Tony Headman and James Hunter are pseudonyms.