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Remember Why You Fear Me: The Best Dark Fiction of Robert Shearman
     

Remember Why You Fear Me: The Best Dark Fiction of Robert Shearman

by Robert Shearman
 

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A woman rejects her husband’s heart—and gives it back to him, still beating, in a plastic box. A little boy betrays his father to the harsh mercies of Santa Claus. A widower suspects his dead wife’s face is growing over his own. A man goes to Hell, and finds he’s roommate to the ghost of Hitler’s pet dog. Giant spiders, killer angels,

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A woman rejects her husband’s heart—and gives it back to him, still beating, in a plastic box. A little boy betrays his father to the harsh mercies of Santa Claus. A widower suspects his dead wife’s face is growing over his own. A man goes to Hell, and finds he’s roommate to the ghost of Hitler’s pet dog. Giant spiders, killer angels, ghost cat photography, and the haunted house right at the centre of the Garden of Eden.

Deliciously frightening, darkly satirical, and always unexpected, Robert Shearman has won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader’s Prize. Remember Why You Fear Me gathers together his best dark fiction, the most celebrated stories from his acclaimed books, and ten new tales that have never been collected before.

This ebook contains four bonus novelettes drawn from throughout Shearman’s impressive career: “Tiny Deaths,” “Jolly Roger,” “The Big Boy’s Big Book of Tricks,” and the previously unpublished “The Girl from Ipanema.”

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the 21 offbeat fantasies gathered for Shearman’s third collection (after Tiny Deaths and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical), characters endure a variety of bizarre experiences that nevertheless crystallize the emotions at the core of each story. In “Pang,” lovers physically give their hearts to one another. Trysting lovers in “Roadkill” injure a mutant creature with their car and soon feel unusually strong emotions about it: nurturing it when their extramarital affair is going well, and grasping for ownership of it when they fall out. In “So Proud,” a selfish husband is angered by his wife’s pregnancy until she begins giving birth to home accessories that he sells to augment their income. No matter how preposterous their premises, these tales abound with credibly drawn interpersonal relationships, rendered with humor and poignancy. (Nov.)
Library Journal
A man goes to Hell and finds that his roommate is Hitler's dog in "Damned If You Don't," a darkly funny story that exemplifies Shearman's innovative style. The 20 stories (ten previously uncollected) in this volume also include a tale of a dying couple and the distinctly unangelic cherubs they encounter ("Featherweight") as well as a twisted take on zombie fiction ("Granny's Grinning"). VERDICT Shearman is extremely talented, and his literary style is both elegant and direct, but his stories are not for the faint of heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927469224
Publisher:
ChiZine Publications
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Sold by:
Trajectory
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
425
Sales rank:
308,364
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Shearman has written four previous collections of short stories, and they have collectively won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and three British Fantasy Awards. He is probably best known as a writer on the BBC TV series Doctor Who, and his work on the show gave him a Hugo Award nomination. His last book, Remember Why You Fear Me, is also published by ChiZine Publications.

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