Fearful Symmetries

Fearful Symmetries

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by Ellen Datlow
     
 

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So what can you look forward to in Fearful Symmetries? There are monsters—human and non-human. There are children—those who victimize, and those who are victims. There are supernatural horrors, psychological terrors, nourish dark fantasies, and downright weird fictions.
 
Featuring Nathan Ballingrud, Laird Barron, Pat Cadigan, Siobhan

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So what can you look forward to in Fearful Symmetries? There are monsters—human and non-human. There are children—those who victimize, and those who are victims. There are supernatural horrors, psychological terrors, nourish dark fantasies, and downright weird fictions.
 
Featuring Nathan Ballingrud, Laird Barron, Pat Cadigan, Siobhan Carroll, Terry Dowling, Brian Evenson, Gemma Files, Jeffrey Ford, Carole Johnstone, Stephen Graham Jones, Caitlín R Kiernan, John Langan, Catherine MacLeod, Helen Marshall, Bruce McAllister, Gary McMahon, Garth Nix, Robert Shearman, Michael Marshall Smith, and Kaaron Warren.
 
Come on in, and make yourself a cozy little nook in the dark, and enjoy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
Datlow’s “experimental” crowdfunded horror anthology is nicely unthemed, avoiding vampires, werewolves, and zombies while including ghosts, witches, and newly trendy wendigos. The last merges quite nicely with an Arctic setting in Siobhan Carroll’s “Wendigo Nights,” one of the standouts. Other highlights include always reliable, always evolving authors like Pat Cadigan, Caitlín Kiernan, and Michael Marshall Smith, whose “Power” is a rare science-fiction horror tale. Gemma Files’s “A Wish from a Bone” launches the volume with an elegant update to the classic “wrath of ancient gods” plot, and Helen Marshall’s “In the Year of Omens” is perfectly creepy. There are a few misses—Gary McMahon’s “Kaiju” feels incomplete, while Terry Dowling and John Langan both turn in surprisingly subpar tales—but on balance, this is an excellent anthology for horror fans, with a nice range of tones and styles and some intriguing new voices. (May)
Library Journal
06/15/2014
Twenty previously unpublished tales of horror have been collected here by master anthologist Datlow (currently editor of Night Shade Books' "Best Horror of the Year" series). The contributors range from well-known horror and dark fantasy authors such as Caitlín R. Kiernan, Brian Evenson, Laird Barron, and Garth Nix, but there are also four newcomers selected from a submissions pile of over 1,000 hopeful, unsolicited writers. One of the best stories is Nathan Ballingrud's "The Atlas of Hell," about a wise guy who goes to collect from a thief and runs into an occult artifact. Another is the creepy governess gothic "Suffer Little Children" by Robert Shearman. VERDICT This is a satisfying collection for horror fans, including a wide range of styles and themes. On a side note, Datlow encountered resistance when she wished to put together an unthemed horror anthology, so she and ChiZine turned to Kickstarter for crowd-sourced funding to publish the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781771481939
Publisher:
ChiZine Publications
Publication date:
06/25/2014
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
786,932
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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