"There are many ways to tell a story... It is a question of choosing the right one." – Sparks from the Fire
The stories in Sparks from the Fire explore a wide variety of familiar characters and settings, yet there is always something else — a shadow world that haunts, disturbs, and threatens. Sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, recluses and lovers — all find themselves shifting between realities: the prosaic and the mystical, even between life and death. The horrors and wonders of these parallel existences are often glimpsed, sometimes revealed, and occasionally overwhelm. These nineteen tales inhabit a terrain in which the uncanny may at any time intrude into everyday life.
"The Bronze Statuette"
"The Fell Race"
"View from a Window"
"Sparks from the Fire"
"Breath of Life"
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.