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The Respectable Face Of Tyranny

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“What the monsters used to achieve with claws, they now manage with pens…

Three years ago, Josh lost a lot of money on the unforgiving stock market. Now he’s divorced and living with his teenage daughter in a seaside caravan. Sally wants a tattoo; Josh just needs work.
For solace, he explores Saltwick Bay, a secluded stretch of beach whose cliff-side rock runs back to the r
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Paperback, First, 80 pages
Published April 2012 by Spectral Press (first published 2012)
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T.I.M. James
Apr 25, 2015 T.I.M. James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when you read a short book that is made up of two stories you start to worry, because if you really like the first one what happens if you hate the second. How do you even rate the book. Give a midway rating and it is unfair to the reader, give a high rating is not an accurate review for the bad story; a low does not do the first justice.

So, when I realised that Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny was two stories I began to have all those strange worries. I should not have done
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Riju Ganguly
May 12, 2012 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first hardcover offering from the BFS award-nominee Spectral Press. It is a slim volume, with a hauntingly beautiful cover. The contents of this book are: -
1. The titular novella deals with the efforts and experiences of Josh, as he tries to come to terms with his recent misfortunes, increasing age, uncertainty about his relationship with his teenage daughter, fear about her mother’s dementia turning out to be hereditary, and apprehension about age-old evil returning to haunt hi
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Gef
May 18, 2012 Gef rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, literary
Quiet horror is something of a real treat to read, especially after reading something blatantly shocking or terrifying. It was after a particular graphic novel that I turned to Gary Fry's Respectable Face of Tyranny as a kind of decompression. The thing about quiet horror though, is how it can claw at the back of your mind a tad more insidiously than the knife-wielding maniacs.

In this novella, Josh, a divorcee dad, has moved to a quiet coastal town in the wake of a financial drubbing in his port
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Graeme Reynolds
Sep 20, 2012 Graeme Reynolds rated it really liked it
Spectral Press are fast becoming major players in the world of horror fiction. Their limited edition chapbooks are beautifully presented collectors editions, containing stories that disturb and challenge the readers perceptions in equal measure. It was with a fair amount of excitement that I started reading their first novella length work – The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry.
Josh is struggling to cope with his life. The economic downturn led to him losing his high paying job, his expens
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Mark
May 17, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Josh has suffered in the credit crunch, the drop in his investments being wiped out leading to divorce from his wife Denise and a forced move to a small caravan above Saltwick Bay, which he shares with his daughter Sally. Then he sees strange luminous creatures on the beach. The first in the Spectral Visions line, this is a typically well-written novella from Gary Fry, artfully mixing the run-down glamour of an English seaside resort (and one which I enjoyed visiting a few years ago), the gradua ...more
Paul
May 22, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
What monsters used to achieve with claws, they now manage with pens…

Three years ago, Josh lost a lot of money on the unforgiving stock market. Now he’s divorced and living with his teenage daughter in a seaside caravan. Sally wants a tattoo; Josh just needs work.

For solace, he explores Saltwick Bay, a secluded stretch of beach whose cliff-side rock runs back to the ruthless Jurassic periods. There’s also a rotting boat there, leftover from the violent Second World War.

But when eerie creatures a
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Danny Rhodes
Oct 02, 2012 Danny Rhodes rated it really liked it
Some thought provoking themes, an engaging father/daughter relationship and a well captured East Coast bleakness. A satisfying novella.
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