Your guidebook to the shadows and monsters of modern fairy tales.
In the title story, 'Checkmate', a devilish game of chess goes apocalyptically wrong. Elsewhere, 'Bleed Them Dry' puts a new spin on the contemporary corporate vampire, an aristocratic corpse tells his side of the story in 'The Dead Do Listen', and a little girl is fascinated with an antique that hides a dark world in 'The Mirror Phase'.
Described as “a wonderful collection of tales of subtle urban fantasy with a delicious gothic flavour", Checkmate wants to thrill you, comfort you, and creep you out, all in one go.
If you enjoy the dark fairytales of Neil Gaiman, then you'll love the weird tales of Checkmate!
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About the Author
Icy Sedgwick was born in the North East of England, and lives and works in Newcastle, where she teaches graphic design and illustration.
She spends her non-writing time working on a PhD in Film Studies, considering the use of set design in contemporary horror.
Icy is also a secret evil genius who enjoys good chocolate cake.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A devilish game of chess goes wrong in Checkmate... Five stars. Icy is versatile and can write well in many genres. In fact, her Western novel, "The Guns of Retribution," was recently released in paperback and eBook by Pulp Press. As a lover of short stories I was intrigued by this book that a friend had recommended to me. Each story is well written and draws you into its fictional word - even if it is just a short piece of flash fiction. There were two stand out pieces for me. The Mirror Phase actually brought the hairs on my arms up in a chill with a single sentence. Icy certainly hit one of my personal fears with that piece. The other that has left a real impression was My Bleeding Heart - one that everyone can empathise with in some way. Dirt cheap and a series of excellent reads. Give it a go!