Author Archives: Steve Bacon

OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA by Julia Armfield

When Leah’s submarine vanishes without trace during her latest deep sea mission, her wife Miri accepts that she has lost her forever. She struggles emotionally, receiving very little information from Leah’s employers at the Centre, until one day – unexpectedly … Continue reading

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MIRACULOUS MYSTERIES edited by Martin Edwards

I’ve been a fan of the British Library Crime Classics series for many years. Since 2012 they have been reprinting a decent selection of ‘golden-age’ mysteries (although not exclusively from this period) and the occasional short story anthology. As a … Continue reading

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BODY SHOCKS – EXTREME TALES OF BODY HORROR edited by Ellen Datlow

Editor Ellen Datlow presents 29 tales of body horror from the very best of today’s writers, incorporating a diverse range of voices and styles, originally published over the last 40 years. This was an anthology that I didn’t think would … Continue reading

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MADHOUSE AT THE END OF THE EARTH: THE BELGICA’S JOURNEY INTO THE DARK ANTARCTIC NIGHT by Julian Sancton

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton is a wonderful non-fiction account of the ill-fated 1897 expedition – the first ever to winter in the Antarctic region – which … Continue reading

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CHRISTINE FALLS by Benjamin Black

Following a work’s office party, Quirke – the irascible Irish pathologist, and central character in the Dublin-set crime novels by Benjamin Black – one night stumbles across his brother-in-law amending a report in his office in the bowels of the … Continue reading

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BEST NEW HORROR 31 edited by Stephen Jones

November sees the trade paperback release of Best New Horror 31, the latest and, I’m very sorry to say, final edition of Stephen Jones’s long-running annual best of anthologies, featuring the editor’s favourite stories, this one from 2019, which I’m … Continue reading

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RESISTANCE by Tori Amos

I’ve been a fan of Tori Amos for a fair few years. She writes songs and creates music that no one else on Earth would make. Her work is sometimes challenging, often experimental, frequently complex, and yet always devastatingly brilliant. … Continue reading

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MADAM by Phoebe Wynne

When classics teacher Rose Christie lands the role of Department Head at prestigious Caldonbrae Hall, the private boarding school for girls on the coast of Scotland, she thinks all her dreams have come true. For over 150 years the education … Continue reading

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WHITE SPINES : CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK COLLECTOR by Nicholas Royle

It is often said of the writer Stephen King that if he published his shopping list, people would rush out to buy it. This isn’t really a derogative observation – at least I don’t think it is – merely a … Continue reading

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HIGHWAY BLUE by Ailsa McFarlane

That Highway Blue is a debut novel is remarkable. The writing is superb, incredibly controlled and restrained. It tells the story of Anne Marie, a young woman who has been living in a shared house in San Padua since her … Continue reading

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