One man’s ability to travel in the astral realm leads to a terrifying discovery: powerful beings who manipulate lives and events for their own mysterious ends. It’s his, and our, first encounter with The Controllers, but far from the last. After reading this collection of six tales – two of them brand new – which take you from the past, through the present and into the far future, you’ll understand just how little influence you have over your own destiny.
With an introduction from the bestselling author of Dystopia and Created By, and Hollywood scriptwriter (the double Emmy Award-winning episode of Nightmares and Dreamscapes, ‘Battleground’) Richard Christian Matheson, cover art by Ben Baldwin (Gwendy’s Button Box, Paradise Sky), and an extras section which includes scans of original handwritten drafts and a gallery of Controllers artwork, this is a truly unique new collection.
Take control... if you can!
‘Paul Kane is a first-rate storyteller, never failing to marry his insights into the world and its anguish with the pleasures of phrases eloquently turned.’ (Clive Barker – Bestselling author of The Hellbound Heart, Abarat, Mr B. Gone & The Scarlet Gospels)
‘Paul Kane’s lean, stripped-back prose is a tool that’s very much fit for purpose. He knows how to make you want to avoid the shadows and the cracks in the pavement.’ (Mike Carey – Bestselling author of the Felix Castor series of novels and The Girl With All the Gifts, Fellside and The Boy on the Bridge as M.R. Carey)
Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over fifty books – including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts and The Mammoth Book of Body Horror. His non-fiction books include The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark, and his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, Rue Morgue and DeathRay. He has been a Guest at Alt.Fiction five times, was a Guest at the first SFX Weekender, at Thought Bubble in 2011, Derbyshire Literary Festival and Off the Shelf in 2012, Monster Mash and Event Horizon in 2013, and Edge-Lit in 2014, ... (more)