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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Gray Friar Press (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906331367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906331368
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justin Steele on March 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Review first appeared on my blog, The Arkham Digest.

Simon Strantzas is a name that weird horror fans should be familiar with. To date he has had three excellent collections published: Beneath the Surface, Cold to the Touch, and Nightingale Songs. Shadows Edge marks Strantzas's first foray into the realm of anthology editing. According to the afterword, the idea for this book has long been fermenting in the dark depths of the Canadian author's mind. This month marks the end of the long wait, and Strantzas's dream project will be shipping within a few weeks.

Shadows Edge is an anthology dedicated to exploring the concept of thin places. These are spots where the barrier between our world and another world is thin enough to allow a parting of the veil. The place that just doesn't feel right, the place where a shadow is not just a shadow and things may or may not be hiding in the corner. Breaks in reality. These are the types of places that Strantzas is interested in. He has assembled fifteen authors, many of which should be known to regular readers of weird horror, for the purpose of taking readers on a tour of these shadowy, in-between places. I admit I was rather taken by the theme of the anthology, and was quite looking forward to digging into this one. With this in mind, it's safe to say that Strantzas and crew delivered the goods quite admirably.

The anthology opens with Prologue: The Nineteenth Step written by Strantzas himself. This short piece of fiction keeps the horror vague, and serves to set the stage nicely. A couple move into an old house with the intent to flip it for a nice return, but it isn't long before they notice something odd about the staircase. What is initially a curious observation quickly becomes a source of real terror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.M. Muller on July 19, 2013
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Simon Strantzas joins the ranks of such esteemed editors as Charles L. Grant ("Shadows") and Dennis Etchison ("Cutting Edge") with the newest Gray Friar offering, "Shadows Edge". Quite frankly, this is one of the best anthologies I've read in a long while. Whether it be Joel Lane's amazing "Echoland", Richard Gavin's "Tinder Row" (which features one of the finest opening lines I've ever read), W. H. Pugmire's cosmic masterwork "Within One Ruined Realm", Michael Kelly's exceptional doppelganger tale "Some Other You", or John Langan's brilliant "Bor Urus" which concludes the collection, we are presented with some of the finest fiction being written today in any field. Here's hoping Mr. Strantzas chooses to don his editorial cap on many a future occasion!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Anthrope on September 30, 2013
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Simon Strantzas is a master of understated, weird horror. In SHADOW'S EDGE, he has assembled a group of like-minded authors and compiled one of the best anthologies I've read in years. Some names may be familiar to you: Richard Gavin, John Langan, Joel Lane, and Livia Llewellyn have been on my Must Read list for a while, and all make exceptional showings. Other names may be new; I was unfamiliar with Gary McMahon, D. P. Watt, and Michael Kelly to name a few, but each and every story hits that sweet spot where various shades of wonder, uncertainty, and dread mingle in the back of the brain.

Here is the full list of contents:

"Prologue: The Nineteenth Step" by Simon Strantzas
"Echoland" by Joel Lane
"The Penury" by Michael Cisco
"Tinder Row" by Richard Gavin
"The Falling Dark" by Daniel Mills
"The Old Church" by Gary McMahon
"... he was water before he was fire..." by D. P. Watt
"False North" by Ian Rogers
"Morning Passages" by Lisa L. Hannett
"At the End of the World" by R. B. Russell
"Within One Ruined Realm" by W. H. Pugmire
"Stabilimentum" by Livia Llewellyn
"Some Other You" by Michael Kelly
"Lost in the Garden of Earthly Delights" by Steve Rasnic Tem
"The True Edge of the World" by Peter Bell
"Bor Urus" by John Langan

If you like extreme horror filled with transgressive sex and buckets of gore, look elsewhere. The tales between these covers work a more subtle - and ultimately more unsettling - notion of just what scares us, and is all the richer for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T.E. Grau on April 26, 2013
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Dark fiction writer Simon Strantzas has put together an evocative and beautiful anthology of subtle Horror that follows a texture championed and furthered by Strantzas throughout his acclaimed career as an author. Indeed, the tales here fully reflect the taste of the man at the selector switch, as each of the 16 assembled pieces (including a "short story as prologue" by Strantzas himself) represent works of patient, often quiet weirdness and restrained terror that get under ones skin to do damage rather than braining you with a cudgel. These stories fit into the category of what Strantzas himself personally creates as a writer, so it stands to reason he'd release an anthology of similarly styled works that resonate with him as editor. He states in his Afterward that the theme of the aptly titled anthology is exploring those "thin places," "soft spots," and "cracks in reality" that separate our world from those vistas and realities that lie beyond what we know to exist. The edge separating light from shadow. In their own varied way, each of these stories successfully lives up to (and thoroughly explores) this nuanced theme, and does so in spades.

Most anthologies these days have their hits and their misses, with the best books of the bunch having more of the former than the latter. But with Shadows Edge, no matter how hard I squinted, I had - and have - a very difficult time finding a broken crayon in the box. These are 16 solid-to-great tales, and reflect well on the talents of their individual creators, as well as Strantzas ability to wrangle excellent short fiction from some of the top names in spec fic today.
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