There is a cold that cannot be imagined, a chill so deep it turns blood to ice, cracks flesh, tears meat from bone. It is the horror of our own reality, the terrifying curse of our own survival. Can you feel it creeping down your spine? Simon Strantzas, author of the mesmerizing Beneath the Surface and brilliant Nightingale Songs, brings his critically-acclaimed and long out-of-print collection back to find a whole new audience. In these thirteen strange and dark tales, you will find vacationers on the edge of forever, lonely pilgrims searching for answers, the dying reminded of all they have lost and all they have yet to lose. Strantzas's fiction is a haunting echo across the barren Arctic tundra, and once you hear its howl you will never forget the sound.
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Simon Strantzas is the author of the critically-acclaimed Cold to the Touch and Nightingale Songs. His first collection, Beneath the Surface, has been called "one of the most important debut short story collections in the genre". Strantzas's stories have appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Cemetery Dance, and Postscripts. In 2009, his work was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and an unyielding hunger for the flesh of the living. For more information, please visit http://www.strantzas.com/From Publishers Weekly:
Outcasts and disaffected loners find their alienated states of mind mirrored in eerie and inexplicable experiences in this noteworthy collection of 13 weird tales, six of which are original to the book. In "Under the Overpass," the adult narrator revisits the scene of an unspeakably cruel childhood crime and finds dormant compulsions reawakened by what he finds. In "The Other Village," the growing estrangement between two traveling companions is reflected in the sinister, vacant landscape of a remote island. In the outstanding title tale, a devoutly religious meteorologist finds both his religious faith and scientific reasoning challenged during an Arctic expedition, when the discovery of a strange configuration of alien monoliths suggests the existence of otherworldly forces and phenomena. In each of the stories, Strantzas (Beneath the Surface) deftly establishes ordinary and seemingly innocuous situations that spin out of the characters' control and always end with an uneasy sense of menace, even when their resolution is ambiguous or cryptic. Readers who prefer subtlety to shocks and suggestion over explicitness in horror fiction will find much to enjoy.
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