Burnt Black SunsSimon Strantzas
horror > weird fiction, short stories
Shirley Jackson Award nominee 2014.
A collection of weird tales. Foreword by Laird Barron. Cover artwork by Santiago Caruso.
“With Burnt Black Suns, Strantzas continues a trajectory into deeper darkness... and in some respects the odyssey has brought him closer to the primal core of the tradition and its rawest, purest essentials.” — From Laird Barron’s foreword
“The stories of Simon Strantzas exemplify a style of horror that might be compared to the novellas of T. E. D. Klein.” — Thomas Ligotti
“Burnt Black Suns demonstrates Strantzas’s remarkable narrative skills, his unerring, feverish sense of pace, and his absolute willingness to hurl himself into the darkest ranges of his excellent imagination.” — Peter Straub
“In Burnt Black Suns Strantzas casts far into time and space to find the alien, and what comes back wriggling inside his net is ghastly.” — Adam Nevill
In this fourth collection of stories, Simon Strantzas establishes himself as one of the most dynamic figures in contemporary weird fiction. The nine stories in this volume exhibit Strantzas’s wide range in theme and subject matter, from the Lovecraftian “Thistle’s Find” to the Robert W. Chambers homage “Beyond the Banks of the River Seine.” But Strantzas’s imagination, while drawing upon the best weird fiction of the past, ventures into new territory in such works as “On Ice,” a grim novella of arctic horror; “One Last Bloom,” a grisly account of a scientific experiment gone hideously awry; and the title story, an emotionally wrenching account of terror and loss in the baked Mexican desert. With this volume, Strantzas lays claim to be discussed in the company of Caitlín R. Kiernan and Laird Barron as one of the premier weird fictionists of our time.
- Foreword: Dig My Grave (by Laird Barron)
- On Ice
- Dwelling on the Past
- Strong as a Rock
- By Invisible Hands
- One Last Bloom
- Thistle’s Find
- Beyond the Banks of the River Seine
- Emotional Dues
- Burnt Black Suns
Simon Strantzas is the author of the story collections Beneath the Surface (2008), Cold to the Touch (2009), Nightingale Songs (2011), and Burnt Black Suns (2014). His stories have appeared in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, the Black Wings series, and elsewhere. He resides in Toronto, Canada.