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Deceptively amiable, but creepy as hell—Unsworth's horror stories are all the more powerful because they're told about characters like you and me, and the evils that are hidden just out of sight of everyday. There's a humanity to this work that makes its macabre twists all the crueler. (Rob Shearman, 2008 World Fantasy Award Winner)

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Paperback, World Horror Convention 2010, 194 pages
Published 2010 by Ash-Tree Press
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World Fantasy Award nominee Simon Kurt Unsworth releases Lost Places, his first collection of wide ranging, supernatural and fantastic tales.

Unsworth is a competent and confident writer who comfortably manages to immerse and captivate the reader in highly articulate prose and in a series of stories that maintain an unsettling and macabre charm throughout. This collection is a veritable mixed bag of themes and tales exploring the darker side of the human and, perhaps, not-so-human psyche.

Horror, at its best, takes the mundane and every-day, and then corrupts it through a distorting lens beyond what it’s built to withstand. The safety of the normal world is left behind, replaced by a tangential, edgy unfamiliarity. Allied, of course, to a heightened sense of skin-crawling fear (but not necessarily gore, although it has its place, but only in the right measure). Each of the eighteen stories in Lost Places, Simon Kurt Unsworth’s first collection (from the excellent Ash-Tree Press o...more
Riju Ganguly
A simply awesome book, published again by the good folks at Ash Tree Press, which deserves to be hailed as the best debut collection in the field of supernatural horror in quite some time. His next collection from PS publishing is eagerly awaited by me because of his own fault, i.e. since he wrote such high-quality stories in the very first collection.
I think readers who enjoy supernatural fiction would enjoy this book.

Besides the horror stories in this book, the book has an introduction by the editor Barbara Roden, and story notes by Simon Kurt Unsworth. The story notes section is about how he came up with the ideas for these stories. Some of these stories were inspired by incidents in real life, for example something that his son said or did.

All these stories are well worth reading; these are the ones I thought highly of:

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This collection of short stories gave me the creeps, simple as that. Simon Kurt Unsworth has an ability to take the mundane and twist it into something unreal, but hauntingly familiar. He's an excellent storyteller with an eye for the macabre.
Stuart Neild
A near perfect parcel of short story telling.
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