Author Archives: Steve Bacon

WHEN THINGS GET DARK edited by Ellen Datlow

A themed anthology can sometimes be a tricky thing, often the curate’s egg of the literary world. On one hand you might get stories that act almost as a pastiche of the source theme, either tonally or in prose style … Continue reading

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APRIL IN SPAIN by John Banville

John Banville is an award winning author of literary fiction, one with an impeccable writing career spanning more than half a century. Since 2006, under the pen-name Benjamin Black, he has published a series of crime novels featuring the forensic … Continue reading

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BEST NEW HORROR edited by Stephen Jones

For as long as I can remember, at any given time in my life, I’ve been reading a book. I first discovered a love of reading when I was around ten years old, with the Three Investigators book series from … Continue reading

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Murmured in Dreams reviewed by the BFS

The British Fantasy Society has posted a review by Pauline Morgan of my short story collection, Murmured in Dreams. You can read the review at https://www.britishfantasysociety.org/reviews/murmured-in-dreams-by-stephen-bacon-review/?s=09 As ever, I’m always very grateful to readers and reviewers who take their time … Continue reading

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MIRRORLAND by Carole Johnstone

Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full … Continue reading

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BLACK STATIC issue 78/79

Just a quick update to let you know that the details of the next issue of BLACK STATIC have been posted by the editor, Andy Cox. You can see the contents here, including information on how to order the magazine … Continue reading

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BLACK WATER – THE BOOK OF FANTASTIC LITERATURE edited by Alberto Manguel

Published in 1983, Black Water, edited by Argentine-born Canadian writer Alberto Manguel, is a mammoth short-story anthology, collecting together 72 fantastic tales from around the world (many of them translated from their original language). Contained within are disquieting stories, fragments … Continue reading

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THE FOURTH PROTOCOL by Frederick Forsyth

First published in 1984, and set several years in the future, Frederick Forsyth’s ninth novel, The Fourth Protocol, is a complex but superbly written espionage story, set during the Cold War, involving Russia’s interference in the UK’s 1987 general election. … Continue reading

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THE TRUANTS by Kate Weinberg

Jess Walker is in her first year at a university in East Anglia, studying an aspect of the works of Agatha Christie. There she falls under the spell of her tutor, Lorna Clay, who happens to be a successful novelist … Continue reading

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THE SUNKEN LAND BEGINS TO RISE AGAIN by M John Harrison

I first came across the fiction of M John Harrison in the late 80s and early 90s, in the anthologies edited by Stephen Jones – the annual Best New Horror and his original Dark Terrors series. His writing, on the … Continue reading

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