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Giants dwell the world over. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some with enormous bodies and some, occasionally, without. You may find them striding across the Salisbury Plain, wading through the oceans, or residing in the forests of a distant planet. The one thing they all have in common is that their size matters. The Gogamagog Circus is the latest collection from master raconteur Gary Kilworth. Here are thirteen gigantic short stories of our Brobdingnagian cousins, presented for your delectation, including eight brand new tales specially written for this collection. His characters and the sense of place he creates is immediate and strong (Sunday Times) Arguably the finest writer of short fiction today, in any genre (New Scientist) A British writer who shows great versatility and invention . . . Kilworth has a fertile, wide-ranging imagination (Library Journal)¿¿Kilworth is a master of his trade. (Punch Magazine) A convincing display of fine talent. (The Times)
The sleep of reason breeds monsters in this collection of terror tales. Some of the most frightening monsters are those that come in human form:The ex-undercover cop haunted by the dead child whose identity he stole... The abused ex-convent girl who develops an affinity with Medusa... The severed hand that forges literary works... The budding psychopath whose doppelganger takes the rap for his misdeeds... The man in the black suit with boiled jelly eyes who haunts the corridors of a council flat...These and other horrors stalk the ages, from eighteenth century West Africa to nineteen-fifties Brighton ... from the killing fields of the English Civil War to the playing fields of an exclusive school ... from the Munster plantation in sixteenth century Ireland to a sugar plantation in nineteen-thirties Haiti..."This is Tom Johnstone at his best, the master of the slow reveal..." - Colleen Anderson
Monsters are many things. They come in all forms, shapes and sizes: from to the tiny to the titanic; from amorphous blobs to many limbed (or tentacled) monstrosities; from supernatural demons to man-made terrors. They come from any place and time: from under the bed to the woodshed; from the icy wastes to the darkest jungles; from the depths of the ocean to outer space; from the past, the future, the now! Many things. Any things. In this anthology we present a range of creatures, from the oceans, from the ground, from the air. Contributors include Garry Kilworth, Steve Rasnic Tem, Sarah Ash, Adrian Cole, Marion Pitman, Ralph Robert Moore and others.
The Alchemy Press Book of the Dead 2020 celebrates the careers more than 450 individuals who made significant contributions to the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres during their lifetimes. Compiled by award-winning writer and editor Stephen Jones, this first volume in a new annual series includes tributes to a trio of Hollywood legends . . . possibly the last star of silent pictures . . . the screen's best James Bond . . . a pair of British actresses who were both "Bond girls" and Avengers . . . two British actors who played-but did not voice-iconic Star Wars characters . . . an author who did for crustaceans what James Herbert did for rodents . . . and a forgotten pioneer of "sword and soul" fantasy . . . all illustrated with numerous photographs and associated images. This is not only a welcome reference volume, but also an informative and entertaining tribute to those we lost in 2020 and who left their mark on books, movies and popular culture in unusual and often fascinating ways.