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Seven Strange Stories
In this new collection of seven stories, Rebecca Lloyd explores the power of the Gothic, superstition and the strange.
‘The Monster Orgorp’, set in the eighteenth century, questions who might be the real monster. ‘Little Black Eyes and Tiny Hands’ examines the repercussions on generations of Sicilians of the arrival in their village of an infamous Englishman. In ‘Christy’, the line between madness and the supernatural is blurred. ‘The Pantun Burden’ looks at whether ghosts are ‘real’, given that they exist in our own imaginations. ‘Again’ investigates the psychological effects on a man who commits an unusual murder. In ‘Where’s the Harm’, two brothers are in conflict over the all-female inhabitants of a house hidden in a wood. ‘Jack Werrett, the Flood Man’ follows a woman who visits the wilds of Norfolk and comes to understand the fears of her landladies.
Seven Strange Stories confirms Rebecca Lloyd in her position as one of the most talented contemporary British writers of literary horror and supernatural fiction. Her previous Tartarus Press collection, Mercy and Other Stories, was nominated in the World Fantasy Awards.
Contents: ‘The Monster Orgorp’, ‘Jack Werrett, the Flood Man’, ‘Christy’, ‘The Pantun Burden’, ‘Again’, ‘Little Black Eyes and Tiny Hands’, ‘Where’s the Harm?’
Rebecca Lloyd is an author from the south of England. Her most recent published work includes her novel Oothangbart, (Pillar International Publishing), and three short story collections, Mercy, (Tartarus Press), The View from Endless Street, (WiDo Publishing), and Ragman and Other Family Curses, (Egaeus Press). Her stories have been reprinted in Best British Horror (Salt Publishing), Best New Horror (PS Publishing) and Best Horror of the Year, volume nine with Ellen Datlow. She has also written two novellas, Jack Werrett, the Flood Man, (Dunhams Manor Press) and Woolfy and Scrapo, (The Fantasist Magazine). Since 2014, literary awards in which she has been short-listed include The World Fantasy Award and the Aestas Short Story Prize. Her story collection Whelp was a finalist in the Paul Bowles Short Fiction Award. She is presently working on a Gothic horror novel set in 1850.
Reviews for Mercy and Other Stories:
'The stories collected in 'Mercy' are excitingly, invitingly, engagingly human. With each tale, Lloyd offers us the premise that our hearts are a mystery.' Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column
'Lloyd is a new writer to me, but one I am delighted to have made the acquaintance of, and in publishing this collection Tartarus provide yet further proof that the strange tale is in a robust state of health.' Peter Tennant, Black Static
'Rebecca Lloyd is a name to look out for.' British Fantasy Society
'Her control of the form is obvious, and it’s a joy to read the work of such a talented short story writer. Or maybe joy is the wrong word, since it seems to be Lloyd’s mission to craft tales loaded with creepy and uncanny details that will stick with you long after the close of any single story.' Neon: A Literary Magazine
'These are wonderfully written tales, dealing with life, love, relationships and the loss thereof in a thoroughly believable way, and with a depth not present in many works of short fiction. The way Lloyd interweaves the past with the present is hugely impressive, and adds an extra dimension to her impressive body of work. This has been one of my books of the year so far.' M.R. Cosby
'At times I found it hard to differentiate between this collection and Angela Carter's...' A Universe in Words
'I consider this collection to be an outstanding achievement in contemporary strange fiction' Risingshadow