Edited by Rosalie Parker.
This fourth volume of strange tales from Tartarus presents fifteen new stories in the fields of fantasy, horror, decadence and the supernatural.
Christopher Harman’s ‘By Leaf and Thorn’ mines the not-to-be underestimated magick of the English countryside, while John Howard’s uneasy timeslip piece ‘You Promised You Would Walk’ is set in modern Berlin. Rebecca Lloyd’s ‘Gone to the Deep’ explores the Celtic sea-myths of the Scottish isles, while Rhys Hughes’ ‘The Secret Passage’ follows the architectural obsession of a would-be good son.
Matt Leyshon has his ne’er-do-well anti-hero escape to a Greek island in ‘The Amber Komboloi’, while Angela Slatter’s ‘The Badger Bride’ follows the adventures of her shape-shifting, grown-up fairy-tale characters. H.V. Chao’s ‘The Recovery’ details a writer’s decadent working holiday in the South of France, while in ‘Drowning in Air’, Andrew Hook’s protagonist visits an anxiety filled, post-war Japan.
More stories of the highest quality — by John Gaskin, Jason A. Wyckoff, Richard Hill, Alan McIntosh, V.H. Leslie, Mark Francis and Andrew Apter — contribute to a fascinating, rewarding, and sometimes bracing trip through the highways and byways of contemporary strange fiction.
Strange Tales IV is a sewn hardback book of 252 pages with silk ribbon marker, decorated boards, head and tailbands, and d/w. Limited to 350 copies.
Cover artwork by Stephen J Clark of The Singing Garden.
Publication 20th January 2014.
Rosalie Parker is an author, scriptwriter and editor who runs the Tartarus Press with R.B. Russell.
Parker jointly won the World Fantasy Award "Special Award: Non-Professional" for publishing in 2002, 2004 and 2012. The Horror Writers Association gave Parker and Russell the "Excellence in Speciality Press Publishing" award for 2009.
Her anthology, Strange Tales, won the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.
Parker is an author whose collection of short stories, The Old Knowledge, was first published in 2010. Her short story "In the Garden" was selected by Stephen Jones for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21 (Robinson Publishing, 2010).
Parker is also co-scriptwriter of the feature film The Dark Return of Time, which is in pre-production, and co-director/producer of Robert Aickman: Author of Strange Tales, due for release May 2015.