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In this first published collection of short stories from one of Canada's most talented rising stars of horror, Gemma Files takes us into a world of black magic and bleak desire. A world where obsession is stronger than death. Where body, soul, time and space itself, are all fluid and treacherous. Where living houses dream longingly of oblivion, and vampires ache for more t ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Prime Books
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Jessica
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovely Sickos
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Amazing, visually stunning and horrifyingly perverse. Pretty much perfect.
Kate O'Hanlon
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another interesting mix of stories that did nothing for me and stories I absolutely adored.
Extra star for the title story which is the first thing in ages to have genuinely disturbed me to the point that I was reading it through fingers splayed over my face in horror.
Isidore
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of "erotic horror", but Files' writing is so unfailingly beautiful that I was swept along by her stories in spite of myself. "Job 37", a mysterious Fortean tale, was my favourite.
Jeff Raymond
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've noted before that I'm relatively new to horror at this point, and I've been delving into a lot of short stories as of late. While I didn't love Experimental Film, I was interested in the short stories of Gemma Files anyway, and this collection came highly regarded.

Like any collection, there are hits and misses, but there are a lot of solid, creepy stories here. The highlights of the title story, of the story with literal meat puppets, they don't take away from anything else, and even the st
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Jesse
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have incredibly mixed feelings about this one. Gemma Files' first short story collection has some good ideas, interesting characters, and great writing, but most of the stories were simply missing that special spark, that little oomph that would help it leave an impact. It didn't help that a lot of the stories felt like sketches rather than fully fleshed out stories, and some were incredibly difficult to grasp. I can forgive a lot of this, especially since this is her early work, and there are ...more
Kyle Muntz
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I read a decent chunk of stories from this collection. I liked how brutal, strange, and dark they were, but I wasn't so into a lot of the basic storytelling elements. Not bad, but like most of the horror short story writers I've read recently, particularly very successful ones like Thomas Ligotti and John Langan, I kept getting the sense these just weren't for me. I'll still probably check out her Hexslinger series though, since I love the idea of a western with these strange, surreal elements.
Rachel
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
A somewhat misleading collection of stories. The first tale, which shares the name of the collection, is beautifully written and profounding. Every story that follows is a disappointing husk.
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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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