Chilling Tales Two: In Words, Alas, Drown I

Chilling Tales Two: In Words, Alas, Drown I

by Michael Kelly

20 New Spine Tingling Tales...
Canada's maestro of the macabre, Michael Kelly, bring you Chilling Tales: In Words, Alas, Drown I, an all new collection of nightmares that will perturb and torment you. Tales that will leave a frisson of fear and raise a quiver of goose-flesh. A chill is in the air.
This tome includes selections by iconic Canadian

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20 New Spine Tingling Tales...
Canada's maestro of the macabre, Michael Kelly, bring you Chilling Tales: In Words, Alas, Drown I, an all new collection of nightmares that will perturb and torment you. Tales that will leave a frisson of fear and raise a quiver of goose-flesh. A chill is in the air.
This tome includes selections by iconic Canadian dark fantasy and horror writers Camille Alexa, Colleen Anderson, Kevin Cockle, Gemma Files, Lisa L. Hannett, Derek Kunsken, Claude Lalumiere, Daniel LeMoal, Catherine MacLeod, Michael Matheson, Susie Moloney, David Nickle, Ian Rogers, Douglas Smith, Simon Strantzas, Edo van Belkom, Halli Villegas, Bev Vincent, Robert J Wiersema and Rio Youers, with an introduction by Michael Kelly.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Taking up where Don Hutchison's Northern Frights left off, 20 Canadian authors—12 men and eight women—offer artfully crafted tales of horror, alienation and death. Found herein are unsavory accounts of dark desires, love and murder entwined, and satanic contracts. As one would expect from horror's glorious history of enthusiastic xenophobia, one that reaches back to Lovecraft and beyond, some of the authors present other cultures in alarming ways calculated to pander to readers' fears, from the hungry revenant unleashed by the outraged Six Nations in "Dwelling on the Past" to a diplomat's embrace of honor killings and public stoning in "The Dog's Paw." Creepy neighbors are used to good effect in "In Libitina's House," while "Day Pass" recalls elements of Alan Moore's classic tale of menacing womanhood "The Curse." While some of the themes in the work may be regrettable, the prose itself is of a solidly consistent level, the work of professionals experienced at their chosen genre. Collectively, the authors prove expert at reinterpreting anxieties old and modern in ways carefully designed to entertain and horrify. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Chilling Tales, the first book in the new anthology series:
"Chilling is exactly the word one would want to use when describing the vast majority of these stories in this fantastic collection...features a number of storie with that highly prized, elusive quality of memorability. These are haunting stories containing strange images which cling to the mind." (Horror Bound Magazine)
VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Jewel Davis
Kelly presents a collection of dark Canadian horror that ranges from carefully crafted original themes to underwhelming typical horror tropes. Helen Marshall’s “The Slipway Grey” is a refreshing lyrical story about the secrets and beauty of meeting death. Gemma Files’s honest, dark take on homelessness in “Homebody” presents an unsettling perspective on what defines a home. Camille Alexa’s “In Libitina’s House” provides a rich commentary on gentrification when the girl next door is discovered to be a different variety of other. Other skilled authors take on serious themes, such as honor killings in Derek Künsken’s “The Dog’s Paw,” infanticide in Lisa L. Hannett’s “Snowglobes,” and child abuse in Michael Matheson’s “Weary, Bone Deep.” These stories provide an uncommon take on what constitutes horror while giving readers a glimpse into real social issues. Stories containing a deal with the devil, a devious organ transplant, and a regurgitation of the getting-what-you-pay-for trope contribute to the weakness of the collection, while Simon Strantzas’s “Dwelling on the Past,” Sandra Kasturi’s “The Hair Dress,” and Kevin Cockle’s “Meteor Lake” lack cohesion, provide mediocre ambiguous endings, and are rushed. Kelly’s uneven yet thought-provoking collection may appeal to mature teens with a strong interest in exploring nontraditional horror, but caution should be taken in recommending the collection to young readers due to references to sex and the nature of the socially disturbing topics addressed. Reviewer: Jewel Davis; Ages 17 to Adult.

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Chilling Tales Two

In words, alas, drown I
By Michael Kelly

Hades Publications

Copyright © 2013 Michael Kelly
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781770530249

Welcome to the second iteration of Chilling Tales, the all-Canadian horror anthology. This volume is subtitled In Words, Alas, Drown I. It’s apt, I think, because as an editor with an open reading period, it sometimes felt like I was drowning in words. It’s worth it, though. As you’ll see.The first volume in this series, Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live, was, by all accounts, a great success. Two stories from that first volume — Leah Bobet’s “Stay” and David Nickle’s “Looker” — were reprinted in The Best Horror of the Year Volume 4. A further 11 stories received Honourable Mention. Sales, as well, have been steady. Therefore, I thank you, dear reader, for making this possible. In addition, if you haven’t read the first volume yet, I urge you to do so. You won’t be disappointed. The hope is that there will be a third volume, and a fourth, and a fifth, and so on. For that to manifest, we need you.In my introduction to Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live, I postulated that not only was Canadian horror fiction as good as any dark fiction being written, but that it was, for lack of a better term, distinctly Canadian. A type of fiction writing that held a certain disquieting solitude. And I believe that to be true. Indeed, some of the subtleties and nuances may be lost on the less sophisticated reader — not you, of course! — but they are there just the same. You just have to peer a bit deeper into the abyss. That’s why I believe we need volumes like this. Books that showcase Canadian talent, and books that take chances.You see, this isn’t your standard horror anthology. If you read the first volume, you’ll note that there was a distinct absence of the familiar genre trappings, which, invariably, lead to musings from some quarters about what constitutes horror. How dare we try something different? Where are the zombies? Indeed, the habitual tropes — werewolves, vampires, zombies — are a very hard sell with me. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a couple recognizable horror tropes present in this volume. There are. However, they are written with such care and craft that they are fresh takes on the familiar. Contrary to what some may believe, I have no problem with anyone who wants to read about zombies and vampires. Read whatever makes you happy. But I’m mostly interested in new fears, the new monsters: bigotry, religious intolerance, racism, xenophobia, jealousy, secrets, despair, madness, and revenge. Perhaps some of those aren’t exactly new ideas, but they are fertile ground for new approaches from Canada’s dark scribes.There are tens of thousands of books out there with zombies, vampires, etc. Some, like EDGE’s eVolve series, are entertaining and do a good job with their subject matter precisely because of their conceit: they are looking at the trope with fresh eyes, free of jaundice, and taking a different tact. It isn’t the same-old, same-old. Yet for the few books that do take a different approach, that do take chances and rise above the pedestrian, the mediocre, and the banal, there are also a number of books that just regurgitate the same tired clichés. So, to borrow another cliché: it’s time to breathe fresh life into the monster. Behold the new monsters. Look around. You may recognize some of them.


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Meet the Author

Michael Kelly is the author of two short story collections, Scratching the Surface, and Undertow and Other Laments, as well as co-author of the novel Ouroboros. His fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including All Hallows, Be Very Afraid!, Dark Arts, Darkside 5, Flesh & Blood, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21, The Literary Journal, Murmurations, PostScripts, Space & Time, Supernatural Tales, Tesseracts Thirteen and Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live.

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