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Pray Lied Eve: Short Tales of the Untoward Paperback – March 5, 2013
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Those who liked 'Thicker Than' from the West Pigeon Press anthology, For When the Veil Drops, will enjoy these. Dark, quiet horror for dark, quiet people.
Sinister and brooding, these stories were written over the last two years while I was polishing Nightface and beginning the sequel.
About the Author
Lydia Peever is a journalist and horror author living in Ottawa. With articles in some newspapers and a few magazines, she is currently working on the sequel to her violent vampire novel, Nightface. With too many hobbies and diverse interests, you may find her researching genealogy in a dusty library, profiling artists for ottawahorror.com, or taking photos at a punk show. By day, she haunts trendy cafés, tends poison flowerbeds, and photographs roadkill. Get more at typicallydia.com
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Top Customer Reviews
In the incredible creepy-kids tale Everyday, fingerprints appear on the basement door and return each night no matter how hard Kaia cleans.
In Shrinking Dwell, poor Connor sees things that no one else will see, and he believes a conspiracy is the reason.
The collection ends with Bad Shepherd, which follows Laurel's relationship with animals from child to adult. Of course, the animals aren't just animals, and their relationship gets weirder the longer it goes on.
I loved this collection and wish I could give it 4 1/2 stars. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is I didn't love one of the three stories (I still really liked it, just didn't LOVE it).
This is a really solid collection that's short enough to read in one sitting but will last with you for much longer.
Big time in fact.
The author of NIGHTFACE returns with this short, yet totally satisfying small anthology with three of the creepiest stories I've read in a while. In the first story, 'Everyday,' a woman keeps finding fingerprints on her basement door. She cleans them, and they return. It evolves into this very deliciously creepy tale of "what's in the basement" that's been done to death, but Peever breathes new life into it with a great little twist.
In "Shrinking Dwell" Peever gives us a man obsessed with balls of ice crashing out of the sky in a pattern. This story has all the chill evocative of Stephen King's "N" from JUST PAST SUNSET (one of my personal favorites.) How far should an obsession take you and at what cost? The story escalates at a nice pace for it's very satisfying conclusion.
My pick of the litter is "Bad Shepherd" and with good reason! What begins as an innocuous story about a little girl who can talk to animals rapidly turns into a tale of a young woman who becomes the Bad Shepherd for demons. To tell too much about it, would give away a lot, but I will say that the story goes from insanely cute to brutal and violent at the end. To pull that off is a small miracle and Peever has proven again, that she is more than capable of doing miracles with words to terrify.
Grab this one-well worth it!!
Peever has a real gift for description, a flare at bringing the supernatural and macabre to life with tight and telling prose. Her stories are engaging, personal, and of course, disturbing. You won't be sorry to own these.