Tesseracts Thirteen: Chilling Tales of the Great White North

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Tesseracts Thirteen invites you to delve into literature's shadowy side!

This, the newest and most unusual of the popular and award-winning Tesseracts anthologies, utilizes the mysterious and bewitching number 'thirteen' to explore a new realm of innovative, thought-provoking and disturbing fiction. Award-winning authors and editors Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell have unearthed twenty-three stories of horror and dark fantasy that reflect a mA(c)lange of Canada's most ...

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Overview

Tesseracts Thirteen invites you to delve into literature's shadowy side!

This, the newest and most unusual of the popular and award-winning Tesseracts anthologies, utilizes the mysterious and bewitching number 'thirteen' to explore a new realm of innovative, thought-provoking and disturbing fiction. Award-winning authors and editors Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell have unearthed twenty-three stories of horror and dark fantasy that reflect a mA(c)lange of Canada's most exciting known and about-to-be known writers. These eerie-genre tales range from the unsettling to the sinister. Inside you will find stories featuring:

The young, but not always innocent - ghosts; multiple births; comic book characters come to life

Romance gone terribly wrong - curses; mournful spirits; bringing back the dead

Creepy and twisted realities - mummies; windigos; post apocalyptic Canada

The authors in "Tesseracts 13" span the country, from east to west coast, applying a particularly Canadian stamp to a classic and revered genre. Contributors include: Kelley Armstrong; Alison Baird; Rebecca Bradley; Mary E. Choo; Suzanne Church; Kevin Cockle; Ivan Dorin; Katie Harse; Kevin Kvas; Michael Kelly; Jill Snider Lum; Catherine MacLeod; Matthew Moore; Silvia Moreno-Garcia; David Nickle; Jason Ridler; Gord Rollo; Andrea Schlecht; Daniel Sernine; Stephanie Short; Jean-Louis Trudel; Edo van Belkom; Bev Vincent

Expert-in-the-field Robert Knowlton provides a fascinating and detailed overview of the history of horror and dark fantasy writing and publishing in Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Canadian horror writers shine in these twenty-three chilly, subtle and hard-hitting tales from the Great White North. Award-winning authors turned editors Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell have assembled a diverse feast of stories exploring the particular-and peculiar-psychology of Canada. Including everything from the icy tundra and the wendigo who populate it in Michael Kelly's quietly terrifying "The Woods," to the terror of ice with a mind of its own in Alison Baird's haunting "End in Ice." The strongest story of the collection uniquely diverges from the dominant culture; in Jill Snider Lum's "A Patch of Bamboo," a foreigner encounter with a Japanese ghost. Jen-Louis Trudel in "The Night Before the Storm" similarly zeros in on a haunted Syrian town on the night before it falls in a Christian invasion. While the stories sometimes feel a little thematically and stylistically similar and some suffer from vague endings, this installment of the Tesseracts series is overall strong, and essential reading for anyone interested in the status of Canadian genre writing. The book also includes an informative-at times tedious-essay by Robert Knowlton on the history of Canadian horror and dark fantasy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894063258
  • Publisher: Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/30/2009
  • Series: Tesseracts Series
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Nancy Kilpatrick has published 14 novels, over 125 short stories, and has edited 8 anthologies. Her series include "The Darker Passions," the "Power of the Blood" and "As One Dead," Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery story, her work of horror has also been a Bram Stoker Aurora Award finalist many times. For over 25 years, Nancy has been involved with the goth scene. She and her black cat Bella make their home in Montreal.

David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-founder of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. To learn more, go to www.davidmorrell.net.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    Weird and spooky without going overboard

    Here is another group of imaginative tales from the Great White North. Because of the number of this volume, 13, this book focuses on horror and dark fantasy stories.

    The world has been ravaged by a very contagious disease that destroys undeveloped frontal lobes of the brain, thereby turning all children, whose brains are not yet fully developed, into brainless automatons. In one family, the father is ready to commit suicide out of despair; at this point, the parents are expected to take their affected children with them. The wife refuses to give up hope that someone, somewhere is working on a cure.

    A former stockbroker suffers from a debilitating disease which looks like ALS on the outside, but it isn't. It is as if his body is slowing down, almost to the point of stopping, and he is always cold, even in the middle of summer. A group of children are held prisoner by a man who, by playing his flute, can make them do anything, even throw themselves off a cliff. A woman has to deal with her dead ex-husband living in her house, eating pizza and using the shower. An elderly man, living alone in the woods, is asked about the disappearance of a member of another family also living in the woods.

    A woman is in the process of giving birth to quintuplets, at home. The doctor is old enough to remember the Dionne quintuplets, who grew up as media darlings and were not allowed to live regular lives. He has a very difficult decision to make when two of the babies develop severe breathing problems. Having just returned from her husband's funeral, a woman does battle with a bluejay that got into her house, and will not leave her alone.

    These are all first-rate stories. They are weird and spooky without going overboard. They will keep the reader entertained, and they are well worth reading.

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