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Ghosts In A Desert World

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A writer is disturbed from his daily grind by blood dripping from the ceiling, which gets steadily worse. Soon, the blood becomes his own personal metaphor in a battle of denial.

When a compulsive gambler is forced to seek out a loan shark rooted in myth, he discovers the dark savior teaches a lot more to his pupils than mere deliverance from debt.

Trapped within a room of s
ebook, 212 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by HodgePodge Press (first published July 22nd 2011)
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Daniel Russell
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the attractions of a themed anthology is discovering the many faceted takes on a given topic or idea, and how each author, in their own style and voice, approach that idea. Then again, the reader may become stoic should approaches reveal to be similar, plots becoming stagnant when read in close proximity. What of single author collections? While siblings in voice, stories tend to have a more stand alone feel, with perhaps a single story being the titular piece of the collection.

With Ghost
I was actually looking for stories by Kealan Patrick Burke, and Amazon had this one listed as being by him, why, I have no idea. (Edit: I see now he's listed as illustrator. Ok, I got it) So I downloaded it since it was free. Obviously it's not by that author, but it sounds interesting, and I have it on the Kindle, so I'm going to read it anyways.
Karl Drinkwater
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Matthew certainly has imagination - this collection includes many surprising elements and setups, whilst still often staying true to the genres they inhabit. Many of the stories are also subtly tied into the 'Ghosts in a Desert World' theme which is a satisfying way of creating a cohesive feel to the sometimes surreal collection.

On the downside, the collection needs a bit more editing/proofreading to catch typos such as:
"On the forth blow it finally gave..."
"He steels the flesh of humanity"
"He s
Barry Simiana
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great job by an emerging writer in the hotly contested horror vein. Matthew gives us chills, some frights and a few slashes of gore in his collection that embraces paranormal, sci if and out and out horror. Couple could go with an expansive rework and become novels of their own, most exceptionally Blood of the Kith. And Eternal Sea Ruler. If you like your horror a little Barker-ish, then this is the book for you. Another Australian writer on the way up. Looking forward to more.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an iinteresting anthology ranging from the weird to the bizarre. Its quite good and I recommend it as a good read!
Tracie McBride
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Few of the stories in Ghosts In A Desert World contain speculative fiction elements, which is neither praise nor criticism, but merely an observation. Who needs made-up monsters, Matt seems to say, when human beings are more than sufficiently monstrous on their own? And don’t look within these pages for much in the way of quiet horror; although seldom gratuitous, gore and bloodshed features prominently (I physically winced reading The Rink, and I don’t even have testicles). Matt is clearly highl ...more
Shannon Gambino
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Gruesome and horrific yet dripping in realism. Holding the reader captive at the blood-crusted edge of fear. Knowing maniacal killers lurk in the dark recesses of every corner, each short story forces the reader to ponder how he/she would respond when held in fear's choking grip while dangling perilously over the edge of reality. From tribal rituals to serial killings...incest to suicide...cannibalism to vengeance...paranormal to religion, Matthew Tait dives headfirst into all possible realms of ...more
Cameron Trost
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Matthew Tait's collection of short stories kidnaps the reader and abandons him in a disturbing world of lunacy and paranoia. Tait's horror is at the same time in-your-face and darkly atmospheric. There are some recurring themes that give this collection a sense of haunting continuity. Stand-out tales like "The Devil's Plaything" and "Dark Crib" introduce the reader to the town of Cyclone Cove, where it's not always easy to tell just who the maniacs really are while "Car Crash Weather" and "Terri ...more
Oct 07, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Own on Nook.

FS: "When the first drop fell, Michael Richards was sitting by himself in front of his word processor and dictating a letter to one of his fans."

LS: "What you know as a creator is an abomination."
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A vociferous horror columnist since 2005, Matthew Tait published his first collection of dark fiction in 2011. Since then he has been nominated for the prestigious Shadows Award in the category of novel and gone on to publish an illustrated book of non-fiction. Described as writing ‘the sort of horror Clive Barker must read on his days off’ Matthew’s fiction often treads the line between the famil
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