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From Dark Places [Kindle Edition]

Emma Newman , Jodi Cleghorn
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Abby finds a creative solution to her father’s problems. Ben makes a pact with the Devil for a new Mum. Katie is pursued by unrelenting voices. John just found his colleague’s hand in a strange girl’s lap. Jarvis is falling apart on his wedding day. Rosalind comes face-to-face with her number one fan. And that is just the beginning.

E.J. Newman’s debut anthology is a dark and twisting journey across the urban landscape, mining the rich seam of human frailties with insight and humour. The stories traverse the magical and the mundane, where supernatural beings are indistinguishable from their mortal counterparts in their complexity and complicity.

“Newman is unafraid to explore the darker side of fiction and, by extension, life. The stories are by turns touching and funny and heart warming. And dark. In places very, very dark. Leave the light on.”
DAN POWELL, 2010 Yeovil Literary Prize winner
(Short Story)
“Gods, demons and angels inhabit these pages, as much at home as the cheating spouses, spurned lovers and ugly, foul-mouthed orphans. Newman is a powerful emerging voice in dark fiction. I’ll be watching out for more of her stuff. You should too.”
ALAN BAXTER , Author of ‘RealmShift’ and ‘MageSign’


Product Details

  • File Size: 227 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: eMergent Publishing; 2 edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V9KG0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read April 17, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book! Eleven tales woven in and around dark places, the things that go bump in the night, happenings just beyond our ability to witness.

The author doesn't resort to slash and gore to bring out the fear. Instead, she leads the reader on a journey of dread down the dark paths that we've visited before in our nightmares, the what-ifs in the dark recess of our imaginations.

An excellent read that I would recommend to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable read! July 11, 2011
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It would be easy to say that Newman's short stories deal with horror elements such as insanity, zombies, and monsters - but that would be the easy way out, and her book will really appeal to a wider range of readers than merely horror fans. If you look past the dark atmosphere that she developed over the larger part of the book, you will find that there's something in there for everyone: this anthology is not so much about monsters, but about relatable topics such as divorce, heartache, loneliness, and loss. The fantasy characters such as gods, fallen angels, souls, and zombies are often more of a distraction than actual plot points.

There are 25 stories in this anthology, and each of them brings something new to the table. Newman clearly enjoys studying different personalities and understanding what makes them tick; she helps us get in the head of an obsessive-compulsive murderer, an orphan looking for a mother, a girl abused by her father, to name but a few, and all of her characters are equally believable. Not every story included deals with a dark sci-fi/fantasy theme. The author also experiments with humor (Shedding, The Letter, The Supporting Statement), romance (The Handsome Dragon, Someone to Watch Over Her), drama (Burnt) and fast-paced thriller (And Then There Were None). Newman succeeds in all aspects, and these stories will haunt you even after you finish the book.

Better yet, most of these short stories are not particularly explicit. You are left to decide for yourself if the character really is insane or if they're simply in touch with an aspect of reality that the rest of us are not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great short fiction May 22, 2011
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From Dark Places is a collection of short fiction from E J Newman. The title is well placed, as the stories are all dark in a variety of ways. They explore subjects from the existential to the personal, from infidelity to murder, from the supernatural to the super normal and they're all bloody good.

A lot of these stories are really short, flash fiction pieces capturing a vibe or an event and searing a single scene onto the reader's brain with uncomfortable clarity. Some of the tales are longer, exploring all manner of things from Creation to madness.

Newman writes with a tight turn of phrase, many a well placed word and an eye for place and setting that makes all these tales of urban unease extremely convincing. She inhabits her characters, their distinctive personalities entrancing. Newman explores the speculative with ease; gods, demons and angels inhabit these pages as much at home as the cheating spouses, spurned lovers and ugly, foul-mouthed orphans.

Some of the stories have a bit of fun to them, some a touch of the absurd or the surreal, all an edge of darkness that plays nicely with our boundaries of comfort.

Emma Newman is a powerful emerging voice in dark fiction and From Dark Places is an excellent selection of her work. I'll be watching out for more of her stuff. You should too.

You can get a signed copy of the book directly from Emma at her website here. Or you can order from Amazon here. Follow Emma on Twitter at @EmApocalyptic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC TALES November 18, 2010
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These wonderful stories are very dark with endings that always surprise you but never really frighten you.This book is well worth the read and I highly recommend to everyone.
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Emma lives in Somerset, England and drinks far too much tea. She writes dark short stories, post-apocalyptic and urban fantasy novels and records audiobooks in all genres.

Her debut short-story collection From Dark Places was published in 2011 and her new urban fantasy series "The Split Worlds", described as "JK Rowling meets Georgette Heyer" by the Guardian, was recently published by Angry Robot Books. A year and a day of free short stories set in the Split Worlds are available at www.splitworlds.com/stories

Emma is represented by Jennifer Udden at DMLA. Her hobbies include dressmaking and playing RPGs. She blogs at www.enewman.co.uk, rarely gets enough sleep and refuses to eat mushrooms.

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