The Devil’s Cube


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The Creative Mind of A Schizophrenic

By Mike Newlyn

ISBN: 978-1-78382-077-1
Published: 2014
Pages: 49
Key Themes: Mental Health, Short Stories, Schizophrenia


My third book the Devils Cube is a follow on to my first short stories book ‘The master of the cube’. The book consists of 4 stories and a very hard hitting diary entry from 1978 written by my late father telling the story of what happened when I was little and how we ended up living together. How my dad became a single parent. The four stories are fiction.

About the Author

Mike Newlyn is a Schizophrenic artist and musician and has suffered metal health issues for 23 years. Mike has had mental illness run in his family as his dad was also Schizophrenic. He has seen much of his family die form a heredity illness known as Huntington’s Disease which his dad and Gran had also. There is no cure to this devastating illness, and Mike was at a 50/50 risk of getting the illness but tested negative. Most of Mike’s Schizophrenia was caused by a traumatic childhood, due to abuse and bullying and also taking after his Schizophrenic Dad. Mike has been in the CMHT system for 23 years.

Book Extract


Doctor Jessop arrived at the house at about 7pm and rushed upstairs into Amber’s room. He hated doing this but after taking Amber’s pulse and feeling her cold body, she was pronounced dead. Doctor Jessop checked for marks on her neck, but there did not appear to be any of any kind and put the death down to natural causes. He did however notice that the windows were wide open. There were no signs of a struggle and no blood stains to speak of and the death treated as not suspicious.

Pam sobbed in her brothers arms, crying her eyes out after the news that Amber had passed away. John, Pam’s brother was also crying, trying to come to terms with her death. Amber’s body was taken to a local morgue, where a post mortem would be carried out, to find the cause of death.

The telephone rang at Amber’s house and Uncle John Answered…
“Hello” said John,
“Hello, sorry to disturb you at this painful time, it’s the hospital. Is Mrs. Smith there?” said the woman.
“No she’s not this is her brother, go on” said John.
“We have a problem, I don’t know how I am going to put this, but Amber Smith, well her body has disappeared” said the woman.
“Sorry!” exclaimed John in a puzzled tone.
“We are really sorry, but the body has gone from the morgue and we can’t explain it” said the woman.
“Well don’t you think you ought to find her?” said John upset.
“We are truly sorry, we have notified the police and they are working on it. If we get any news, we will contact you as soon as possible” said the woman. Sorry to have to tell you the news, can I ask your name please?” said the woman.
“John Parker” John replied, putting the receiver down in quite an upset manner…


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