Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical

by Robert Shearman
Release date: 2009
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, short stories
Tags: british fantasy award

British Fantasy Award 2010 for Best Collection.

The first love song in the world, as composed by a pig in the Garden of Eden...

The Devil, alarmed when his hobby of writing romantic fiction begins to upstage his day job...

A man finding love with someone who has an allergy to his happiness, another losing love altogether when his wife gives him back his heart in a Tupperware box...

By turns macabre and moving, horrific and laugh-out-loud funny, Robert Shearman's short stories come from a place just to the left of the corner of your eye.

Following his World Fantasy Award-winning 'Tiny Deaths', this new collection puts a bizarre twist on the love story. What is love, why does it hurt so much, and how is it we keep coming back for more?

Sometimes poignant, sometimes cruel – but always as startling and fresh as Shearman's fans have come to expect.


  • Love Among the Lobelias
  • Roadkill
  • Sweet Nothings
  • Pang
  • This Creeping Thing
  • 14.2
  • Your Long, Loving Arms
  • At the Crease
  • Luxembourg
  • Sharp
  • Be of Good Cheer
  • Jolly Roger
  • Crumble
  • George Clooney's Moustache
  • Love in a Time of Sharing
  • Not About Love
  • One Last Love Song
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