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“Welcome to the beautiful magic, restless passion and exquisite horror of Angela Slatter’s impeccably imagined tales.
In the cathedral-city of Lodellan and its uneasy hinterland, babies are fashioned from bread, dolls are given souls and wishes granted may be soon regretted. There are ghosts who dream, men whose wings have been clipped and trolls who long for something other. Love, loss and life are elegantly dissected in Slatter’s earthy yet poetic prose.
As Rob Shearman says in his Introduction: ‘Sourdough and Other Stories manages to be grand and ambitious and worldbuilding-but also as intimate and focused as all good short fiction should be . . . The joy of Angela Slatter’s book is that she’s given us a set of fairy tales that are at once both new and fresh, and yet feel as old as storytelling itself.’
Contains: ‘Introduction’ by Robert Shearman, ‘The Shadow Tree’, ‘Gallowberries’, ‘Little Radish’, ‘Dibblespin’, ‘The Navigator’, ‘The Angel Wood’, ‘Ash’, ‘The Story of Ink’, ‘Lost Things’, ‘A Good Husband’, ‘A Porcelain Soul’, ‘The Bones Remember Everything’, ‘Sourdough’, ‘Sister, Sister’, ‘Lavender and Lychgates’, ‘Under the Mountain, ‘Afterword’ by Jeff VanderMeer.”
“Oliver Onions is unique in the realms of ghost story writers in that his tales are so far ranging in their background and substance that they are not easily categorised. His stories are powerfully charged explorations of psychical violence, their effects heightened by detailed character studies graced with a powerful poetic elegance. In simple terms Oliver Onions goes for the cerebral rather than the jugular. However, make no mistake, his ghost stories achieve the desired effect. They draw you in, enmeshing you in their unnerving and disturbing narratives. This collection contains such masterpieces as The Rosewood Door, The Ascending Dream, The Painted Face and The Beckoning Fair One, a story which both Algernon Blackwood and H. P. Lovecraft regarded as one of the most effective and subtle ghost stories in all literature.
Long out of print, these classic tales are a treasure trove of nightmarish gems.”
“Kalix, a morose, laudanum-addicted, unschooled, slightly anorexic werewolf is still on the run. The youngest daughter of the thane of the MacRinnalch Clan of werewolves, held responsible unfairly for the death of the thane, and justifiably responsible for the deaths of a great many other werewolves, remains prohibited from returning to Scotland in order to maintain the uneasy peace that temporarily prevails in court, despite the endemic debauchery and degeneracy always threatening to again spiral out of control.
Frankly, things aren’t much better for her in London than in Scotland, and her enemies increase in number by the day. For despite her emotional state, when she’s in full werewolf effect her ferocity and utter lack of self-preservation instinct make her the most powerful of the werewolves, and consequently the one everyone is bent on destroying.
Strong as she is when enraged, it’s becoming ever more dangerous to be her—rival clans are out for revenge, various paranormal beings see killing her as advancing their large underworld agenda, and the human wolf-hunters grow stronger with the assistance of ever more sophisticated surveillance software. Daniel and Moonglow, her two human friends, do what they can to keep her hidden in plain sight (who would look for a werewolf in a remedial program for high school dropouts?) and keep her fed.
Millar’s a true world-creator—while Kalix is the hero, Millar populates The Curse of the Wolf Girl with a universe of characters: fashion-designing werewolves, cross-dressing werewolves, neurotic, psychotic, erotic werewolves, not to mind fairies, Fire Elementals and good ole humans—but he never lets his world slow down, instead whipping it in faster and faster revolutions with his thrilling, vertiginous rollercoaster narrative.”
“When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope’s Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again. The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. But just because it has never been done does not mean it cannot be done.
And there are certainly those who will give anything to find a way in.
Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits. At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse.”
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