Ghosts In A Desert World

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A writer is disturbed from his daily grind by blood dripping from the ceiling, which gets steadily worse. Soon, the blood becomes his own personal metaphor in a battle of denial.

When a compulsive gambler is forced to seek out a loan shark rooted in myth, he discovers the dark savior teaches a lot more to his pupils than mere deliverance from debt.

Trapped within a room of sinister dolls, an average man is forced to confront his very worst ...

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Overview

A writer is disturbed from his daily grind by blood dripping from the ceiling, which gets steadily worse. Soon, the blood becomes his own personal metaphor in a battle of denial.

When a compulsive gambler is forced to seek out a loan shark rooted in myth, he discovers the dark savior teaches a lot more to his pupils than mere deliverance from debt.

Trapped within a room of sinister dolls, an average man is forced to confront his very worst fears ... and quickly learns that sometimes staring into the abyss does not grant you a reprieve from them.

Interweaving darkness into socially relevant spiritual and philosophical themes, GHOSTS IN A DESERT WORLD is the debut collection from Australian author Matthew Tait.

Revised and expanded throughout, this new edition also features the previously unpublished novelette MUTABILITY OF THE FLESH.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615911557
  • Publisher: HodgePodge Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

From 2005 until its closure in 2011, Australian Matthew Tait was an assistant editor for the award-winning Australian news and literary criticism zine, HORRORSCOPE. He is now a writer/critic for HELLNOTES.

The first story in his collection GHOSTS IN A DESERT WORLD was awarded a commendation from the Australian Horror Writers Association.

June 2013 saw the publication of DARK MERIDIAN, the first novel in an epic trilogy of dark fantasy.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

    Short horror stories. Some were really good, & some fell fla

    Short horror stories. Some were really good, & some fell flat. The stories were your typical short horror stories. A couple of them had potential to be great but Mr. Tait didn't follow them up. Example would be the Broken Highway, this story while not original had some interesting developements. Here you have a woman captured by a killer & she survives, but the story doesnt answer a lof of questions. The story Chronicles of Trent Randell was gruesome, but nothing that hasn't been done before. The story Doll Steak made no sense. Mr Tait has potential to make some of these stories really stand out, he needs to go back & answer some of the "whys"

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Blood-crusted edge of fear

    Gruesome and horrific yet dripping in realism. Holding the reader captive at the blood-crusted edge of fear. Knowing maniacal killers lurk in the dark recesses of every corner, each short story forces the reader to ponder how he/she would respond when held in fear's choking grip while dangling perilously over the edge of reality. From tribal rituals to serial killings...incest to suicide...vengeance to cannibalism...paranormal to religion, Matthew Tait dives headfirst into all possible realms of our worst nightmares without hesitation. He does an outstanding job perching the innocent on the ledge while watching it teeter back and forth before sending it over the edge and into the darkness where it will forever remain a ghost in the desert.

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