The debut anthology from E.J Newman is a dark and twisting journey across the urban landscape, mining the rich seam of human frailties with insight and humour. The stories traverse the magical and the mundane, where supernatural beings are indistinguishable from their mortal counterparts in their complexity and complicity.

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When the author and I connected on twitter, she told me she had written some great horror short stories. After reading the first one, I knew she wouldn’t dissapoint. There is no in your face horror, this book revolves more around our own dark fears. All the ones we had as children and continue to have as adults. The feeling you get when you move into a new house and are still trying to figure out all the noises…these stories feed off that fear and uncertainty.

Know when your parents tell you nothing is living under the bed? Know how you tend to forget about the boogyman? Maybe you should revisit this idea! Just when you get the end of a story and you think you have it tied up in a little bow, EJ Newman not only takes off the bow, but cuts it up with scissors and then throws it down the trash compacter. This is a great collection of tales that would be a great addition to anyones library.

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