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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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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