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REVIEW: MUSIC IN THE BONE AND OTHER STORIES BY MARION PITMAN

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Leinster Gardens review

An in depth review of Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties  on  SFCrowsnest site.25128404

“In this volume of fourteen ghost stories Jan Edwards explores the nature of the ghostly event and finds ways of reinterpreting it. Many of these stories have their roots in folklore and urban myth and many reportings of ghostly sightings have already entered into the mythology of the haunted place … can be read simply as a collection of ghost stories, but on another level it explore(s) the variety of ghostly phenomena – asking the reader to wonder why(they) are so fascinated by them.”

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BOOK REVIEW: LEINSTER GARDENS AND OTHER SUBTLETIES BY JAN EDWARDS

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Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards
The Alchemy Press (ebook), 2015
144 Pages

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I was given a free copy by the publisher in exchange for a review.

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Fourteen short stories by Jan Edwards, including the BFS award short-listed ‘Otterburn’, plus a previously unpublished tale.

“All adeptly told, often with a sense of locale and time neatly placed within the narratives. Her family history informs and inspires some of her stories. Folklore figures as a focus in more than one story, whether urban myth or historical lore. But ghostly they are and deceptively disturbing.”

OPENING SENTENCE
The paving under his feet rumbled, setting shivers up through the soles of his boots (CONCERNING THE EVENTS IN LEINSTER GARDENS)

REVIEW
Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties is very enjoyable collection of dark, chilling supernatural tales. Edwards writes the sort of dark fiction I enjoy the best…

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Book review: Evocations by James Brogden

Evocations review!

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Evocations by James Brogden
The Alchemy Press (ebook), 2015
266 Pages

Author Website

Amazon (UK)

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I was given a free copy by the publisher in exchange for a review.

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It can be boring waiting to become a ghost. New York has alligators in the sewers, but did you know that Birmingham has man-eating octopuses in its canals. What sacrifices were they prepared to offer to build the railway? What was it that crashed into the Land Rover’s front bumper? How can she escape from captivity, from a room high in a tower block? What is it that his the non-existent hand touches? Discover these chilling horrors and more.

OPENING SENTENCE
The doctors who amputated Alex’s left arm below the elbow told him he would suffer phantom pains as the nerve endings in the stump tried to keep telling his brain that something was very wrong down there (THE…

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Book Review: Monsters by Paul Kane

Monsters review

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Monsters by Paul Kane
The Alchemy Press (ebook), 2015
318 Pages

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Amazon (UK)

I was given a free copy by the publisher in exchange for a review.

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Be afraid. Be incredibly afraid…because the Monsters are here! One man starts to suffer from a strange affliction, as another seeks knowledge of the future – with dire consequences. A young boy gets more than he bargained for when he receives a unique Christmas present, while a lonely man battles creatures that live in the darkness. And as a rescue expedition finds strange animals in the jungle, one man’s wife returns from the grave to be with him once more… Vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, this collection from the imagination of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane has them all! Including the first reprint of ‘Dracula in Love’ in over a decade, the original short story the movie Weeping Woman was…

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Book review: Superfluous Women: Daisy Dalrymple

Superfluous Women: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery –Carola Dunn
Published by Constable, £16.99 h/b.
Release date 9th July

downloadAfter an illness the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple-Fletcher uses her convalescent trip as an opportunity to visit her old school friend, Wilhelmina ‘Willie’ Chandler (one of those superfluous women of the title) in her new home. When the Great War took the lives of 700,000 British men, a generation of women were left without prospect of marriage or a family of their own. These women were often referred to as superfluous women; the forgotten victims of war adrift in a society that denigrated them for their spinsterhood yet in the same breath rebuked these women’s attempts to earn their keep in an era that had yet to acknowledge women’s freshly emergent emancipation. Continue reading

Urban Mythic 2 reviewed

Urban Mythic 2 reviewed!

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Urban Mythic 2

Ian Hunter has reviewed The Alchemy Press Book of urban Mythic 2  for the latest issue of Interzone(# 258). It’s a fantastic, complimentary review, one that ends with his asking for volume three. Can’t be bad.

Of Tanith Lee’s story: “…beautifully written and quite, quite shudderingly horrible.”

Of K T Davies’ story: “…opens with some of the best writing I’ve read in a long time.”

Of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s tale: “What is really enjoyable about this story is the voice…”

And of Sarah Ash’s story: “…so well written you hope both of them will get together…”

And more…

Urban Mythic 2, along with the first volume, is available via Amazon and other good online stores.

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