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Cold Mirrors collects the short stories of acclaimed author CJ Lines for the first time. From the beauty regime of a Victorian drag queen to the dangers of conducting ritual magic on Twitter, these tales traverse the centuries and take a dark, slanted look at hidden realities that lurk beneath the surface of the mundane. Alternately horrifying, heartbreaking and hilarious, ...more
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Published June 21st 2011 by Adramelech Books
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Clayton Littlewood
Jun 17, 2012 Clayton Littlewood rated it it was amazing
When I was young I was fascinated by horror; Tales of the Unexpected and the Hammer House of Horror television series, Tales From the Crypt - they all made a big impact. They were full of sadistic shopkeepers with hidden pasts, murderous revenge, ghostly apparitions, witches, satanic rites, featuring plot twists and the intermingling of horror with the commonplace. Even the music appealed to me (so much so, that the first record I ever bought was the Hammer theme tune). Thus I learnt that ...more
G.R. Yeates
Aug 25, 2011 G.R. Yeates rated it it was amazing
A collection of speculative fiction with more than a touch of darkness to it.

In Cold Mirrors, C.J. Lines explores the theme of outsiders; how they are able to function, dysfunction and be created. The variety of stories used to explore this theme is impressive for a single author as black comedy rubs shoulders with pennydreadful drama, gore-soaked horror, reflective vignettes and old folktales translated into modern settings. To pick personal favourites from the collection, I will plump for two
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Ollie
Nov 08, 2011 Ollie rated it it was amazing
This is the first collection of short stories by British author C.J. Lines, bringing together pieces he has published in the past ten years in a variety of places, from magazines to anthologies. These stories vary between short vignettes to long horror tales, mixing the modern macabre with creepy Victoriana.

C.J. Lines is better known for his first novel, Filth Kiss, which was a sort of horror roller coaster ride set in a middle England town. The qualities in that novel that I loved so much - the
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Holly
Oct 02, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
These stories are absorbing and unsettling. I read them in two sittings (only stopping because it was time to get off the train!), and was left with the very satisfied yet uneasy feeling I get every year with the New Year's Twilight Zone marathon on TV. That's just about the best compliment I can give any anthology :).
Leah
Jan 08, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it
Well written, and with some great twists. (I only figured out the ending in one of the stories!) I wish there were more books by this author - I've read the two he has published so far, and enjoyed them both very much.
Diane
Dec 14, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing
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This is a book of short stories that can be gruesome, creepy, funny, tragic or horrifying or any of the above. Well written, definitely worth a read.
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Bloody brilliant. A great writer and truly scary.
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CJ Lines lives in London. Throughout the 2000s, he wrote music and film reviews for many UK-based publications.

His first novel, Filth Kiss, was published in 2007, followed by Cold Mirrors - a collection of short stories - in 2011.

His publication credits also include stories in several publications, such as the award-winning Duplicity in Guy N. Smith’s Graveyard Rendezvous magazine. his story Emmel
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