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- Print Length: 268 pages
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- Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (December 7, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H6JHD5I
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If I have any major complaints about this collection, it is that I felt the endings of most of the stories were too abrupt. Perhaps the author wants the reader to use his or her imagination, but I would have liked a bit more closure. There is quite a bit of variety in the themes of the stories, so one of my three stars can be attributed to that.
Basically this is an interesting read but it could stand more scares and better endings.
Not only do these stories contain descriptions of hauntings, nightmarish apparitions and violently insane individuals, it also takes an in-depth look at the darkness in the minds of people. Most of these tales explore the extent to which the human mind can be warped by despair, disillusionment, depression and truly negative circumstances.
I liked the fact that most of the main characters were thoroughly, and often disgustingly flawed, thus making them scarily realistic. In some of the stories I had to wonder what was really happening to the character and what was simply horrors conjured up by the person's own fearful, desperate or vengeful psyche.
"I had nothing else to give, nothing left to offer up as a sacrifice. The best of me had withered long ago; all that remained was dust and shadows."
The author is a master at creating atmosphere; from sleazy to menacing to the suspense created by severe hatred and revenge; while the message remains:
"Beware the darkness. It is watching. It knows where you live..."
As the whole book is set in England, these stories are all so totally and uniquely British that it felt as though I was walking the streets and lanes of English towns and cities with the characters. The vivid descriptions of rainy weather and seedy circumstances added to the depressed tone of the book. Fortunately this collection contains one story with a happy ending. Which one? Read and find out.
Although sensitive readers and the faint-hearted may balk at some of the tales in this anthology, it is perfectly suitable for avid horror and dark fantasy fans. (Ellen Fritz)
Usually when readers praise a writer's imagination they're impressed by the number of whimsical places and creatures he can describe. But it requires a powerful imagination to explore our dread of mortality within the common spaces of modern life--between the office and home, or on a weekend drive in the country--and to make the exploration compelling. McMahon has imagination to spare. He visits seemingly ordinary people just before they encounter or admit something terrible. More often than not, the horror they face corresponds to inner turmoil. Husbands and wives all but wreck one another with love. Fathers are so afraid of failure and vulnerability, they become the monsters their children dream about.
If the settings and characters seem, at first glance, mundane, remember that these are only starting points. The explicit dangers of the actual world, where everyone must die, are woven together with the mysterious and the numinous, often in magnificent patterns.
McMahon clearly aims to get us "where we live," offering familiar guides with nametags askew, to lead us into something horrific. And maybe home again.
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The stories offered up here are never less than engrossing and a significant number extremely strong with a couple, 'You Haven't Seen Me' and 'Alice, Hanging Out in the Skate Park', that are still permeating my mind several days after I finished with the collection. Both of those stories are from the new material and as such were newer to me having read the original collection previously.
It's nice to see a great number of the original collection becoming more widely available, although one of my favourites from that version 'Hope is a Small Thing Dying in a Bin Behind an Abandoned Kebab Shop' hasn't made the cut, and this would be a perfect collection to give as a gift to introduce a new reader to the exceptional short fiction of Gary McMahon which reflects and exaggerates the grim reality of Britain's crumbling urban societies. Short horror fiction doesn't get more essential than this.
Die Stories selbst sind gut, aber Sammler und Liebhaber werden selbstverständlich dem signierten Hardcover "It knows where you live" den Vorrang beim Kauf geben.