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The Worm in Every Heart

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IN THE SHADOWS OF WAR AND HISTORY, THE MIRROR BETWEEN MAN AND MONSTER BREAKS . . . From the haunted hills of Roman Britain to the sewers of occupied Warsaw... in the bloodied streets of Revolutionary Paris, and the anarchy World War II Shanghai... out of the wilds of America, India, Africa and Europe... down the long savage darkness of the centuries, monsters have fed upon ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Prime Books
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Gemma Files wields her language like a scalpel. This collection of horror stories is immaculately constructed. The horror most often comes from very human characters who populate her stories, and not from the terrors that surround them.
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Reminiscent of Poppy Z Brite, Koja and Kiernan. A multi-sensory, lyrical writer of the grotesque and erotic and the terrible across many periods of history. Impressed.
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A lot if this wasn't to my interests, but when Files scores she really knocks it out of the park.
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GORGEOUS. If you can ever find it, buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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Previously best-known as a film critic for Toronto's eye Weekly, teacher and screenwriter, Gemma Files first broke onto the international horror scene when her story "The Emperor's Old Bones" won the 1999 International Horror Guild award for Best Short Fiction. She is the author of two collections of short work (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart) and two chapbooks of poetry (Bent Under N ...more
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The only reason anybody unrelated is ever nice to anyone else, meanwhile, is as a sort of pre-emptive emotional strike - to prevent themselves from being treated as badly, potentially, as they might have treated other people. Which makes love only the lie two brains on spines tell each other, the lie that says: "You exist, because I love you. You exist, because you can see yourself in my eyes."
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