This is a collection of short fiction that wanders the spectrum between fantasy and horror. Many of these are fully invested in their UK home, which is shown with an unvarnished but loving gaze. I'll cover the five I liked best. The first three are solid five-star stories, with the next two a bit behind as good but not great.
"Unforgotten" About as solid a Jamseian tale as I've read with a modern voice. There is a deep antiquarian love of architecture here, but it's modern instead of coinciding with M. R. James's aesthetic. It also has something of the feel of "The Rats in the Walls" without unfortunately named pets. It end with just enough of a hint of the supernatural to make it a question mark instead of an exclamation point.
"The Cages" This darkly fantastic satire piece is short and brutal.
"Midas Touch" This reminded me of a modern take on the themes of Machen's "The Great God Pan". Wonderful characters in this one. What can you do when your stalker is a representative of the gods?
"Permanent Fixture" Reminded me a bit of Bradbury's "The Crowd" with the fans of the local "football" club going from an object of confusion and fear to welcoming and belonging.
"Learning to Let Go" is a fun meta-story that ties together everything in the anthology while still providing a new direction and perspective. It's a great way to close an anthology.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Serpents Tail (1 April 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852427272
- ISBN-13: 978-1852427276
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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