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Friday Favourites: Fables and Fabrications by Jan Edwards

Misha Herwin

Fables and Fabrications

I love spooky stories, the shiver that slides up my back at any hint of the supernatural, the feeling of unease that lingers long after the film is over, or the book has been closed. Given the popularity of the genre, I know I am not alone, but it sometimes hard to find a good anthology of ghost/weird tales, which is why “Fables and Fabrications” by Jan Edwards, is one my favourite collections.

Jan is a subtle writer. No sudden shock horror in her books, just a gradual built up of tension that leads, inevitably, to an ending that might surprise, but which always feels right. Her stories often have an undertone of myth or legend that add depth to the narrative. Norse, in the case of “Grey Magic for Cat Lovers,” Classical, for “Mayday Come Askew,” and Celtic in “Winter Eve.”

My favourite story in the collection, however, references…

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Fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre. From the arctic wastes of Norway to a fun laden evening at the fair, Fables and Fabrications leads you through a world where nothing is as it seems. Shape changers and ancient spirits roam and cats play a crucial part in stories that unsettle and disturb the reader’s perception. Chosen from my back catalogue of horror and dark fantasy these stories leavened by a sprinkle of verse have been collected for the first time in one volume.

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Contents:
‘A Taste of Culture’, Mammoth Book of Dracula, Robinson Press 1997
‘City Canal’ (Villanelle), Whispers in the Wind, Anchor Press 2001
‘Corinna’s Reply’, Salvo 7, CHWG 2003
‘Damnation Seize My Soul’, Dark Currents, Newcon Press 2012
‘Drawing Down the Moon’, Grimorium Verum, Western Leg. 2015
‘Gallery Green’, Terror Scribes, Dog Horn Publishing 2012
‘Green Tea’, Salvo 8, CHWG 2015
‘Grey Magic for Cat Lovers’, New Horizons, BFS 2011
‘Jack Jumps Out of the Box’, Father Grimm’s Story Book, 2012
‘Mayday Springs Askew’, Tales from the Greenmantle 2011
‘Midnight Twilight’, Alt-Zombie, Hersham Horror 2012
‘Old Hat’, Salvo 6 CHWG, 2000
‘Pet Therapy’, Demonologia Biblica, Western Legends 2013
‘Princess Born’, Grimm and Grimmer 1, Fringe Works 2013
‘Thirteenth Day’, Estronomicon, Screaming Dreams 2011
‘Time’s Excuses’, Through Clouds of Despair. Triumph House 2001
‘Wind Blows the Oaks’ Salvo 7, CHWG 2003
‘Winter Eve’, Ethereal Tales 9, Ethereal Tales 2010
‘You And Me Pop’, public performance, Dysprosium, April 2015

Plus seven haiku verses – all new to this volume