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The first thought that struck me when Gary McMahon’s new novella slid through the letterbox was how pretty it looks. I know the old adage says don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but with Ben Baldwin’s cover art it’s extremely hard not to. And the size of it seems perfect for a bit of light reading (even though it’s immediately apparent that the subject matter will be anything but light). At 64 pages, it’s perfect for a quick dip into McMahon’s disturbing imagination, and as a fan of the novella,...more
The best species of horror story-writing is that which preys on primal fears, especially if it’s something which could happen only too easily in real-life. Gary McMahon’s novelette, the first entry in a projected series of ‘longer’ short stories issued in a mini-book format by TTA Press (the publishers of Black Static and Interzone magazines), does just that: it touches on one of THE darkest and most appalling of horrors, a true blight that appears to form an increasingly grim narrative of daily...more
A novelette in four parts, this deals with the much-later aftermath of an atrocity that befalls three eight year old boys. We only get snatches of what happens to them but it’s more than enough and sets up perfectly the far reach that these events (the harm of the title) have on not only the lives of the victims but also those around them. Each of the boys, as mid-thirties men, has their own section - Tyler is subjected to random violence, Roarke is haunted by mouthless zombies and Potter sees t...more
Gary McMahon lives, works and writes in West Yorkshire but posseses a New York state of mind. He shares his life with a wife, a son, and the nagging stories that won’t give him any peace until he writes them.More about Gary McMahon...