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4.54  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The Unheimlich Manoeuvre is a collection of short stories based around ideas of the domestic uncanny – the Unheimlich. The stories in this collection don’t fall into the conventional ‘haunted house’ bracket, but explore the psychological horror that occurs when home is subverted as a place of safety, when it becomes surreal, changes, and even disappears…

In these stories, a
Hardcover, First, 142 pages
Published July 16th 2016 by Boo Books
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John McNee
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are some wonderful stories here.

Single author collections -especially first ones - can be erratic affairs, a wildly mixed bag, the result of a new author experimenting, trying to find their won voice through different styles. Tracy Fahey doesn't have that issue. Her voice is her own and her obsessions plainly evident. There are themes linking these tales - quiet desperation, domestic disharmony, the troubling nature of the uncanny - but no repetition. Each well-crafted story throws a diff
Oliver Clarke
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on I received a free copy of the book to review.

‘The Unheimlich Manoeuvre’ is a beguiling, unsettling collection of short stories that’s well worth your time if you have a taste for subtle, creepy horror. The 13 tales it contains are well written and varied enough to keep things interesting. Despite that variety, there are common themes running throughout the book that makes this feel like a well thought out, deliberate collection rather than the ran
D.K. Hundt
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Review Posted On Kendall Reviews - March 21, 2019

Tracy Fahey, an Irish writer of Gothic fiction, is published in more than twenty US and UK anthologies. The Girl In The Fort, her first novel, was published by Fox Spirit Press in 2017, and Black Shuck Books released her second collection, New Music For Old Rituals in 2018. Two of her short stories, ‘Walking The Borderlines’ and ‘Under The Whitethorn’ were longlisted for Honourable Mentions in The Best Horror of the Year Volume 8. In 2017, her deb
Priya Sharma
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very assured first collection. It's been described as domestic horror but it's anything but mundane. Even where the stories are set abroad they have a very claustrophobic quality. Large events that affect whole communities are focused through the microscope of personal interactions, which are beautifully observed. Although there are twists, Tracy Fahey never plays for cheap shocks.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short stories are definitely uncanny, a few disturbing, a few horrific! They are very subtle, they aren’t gory, bloody but by the end you get that knowledge of wrongness! A good read! Creepy-Long Shadows! Disturbing-Ghost Estate, Phase II, The Woman Next Door, Walking The Borderlines! I could go on & on, just pick this one up and see for yourself!! ...more
Yvonne Davies
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What attracted me to this book was the title. Like everyone else I had heard of the Heimlich manoeuvre but not the unheimlich manoeuvre and thanks to an informative introduction by Cate Gardner, I now know that it is a German word meaning uncanny or weird and these 14 short stories were spot on with this definition.
The stories that stood out for me were:
Coming Back is a story about a girl coming out of a coma and the after effects of her recovery. With the help of a mysterious visitor, she make
Christopher Teague
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I hadn't read any of Tracy Fahey's fiction, despite her writing being well within my favourite genre of horror, I picked up a copy of this at a recent-ish convention and can honestly say it is one of the best collections I've read in a long-time.

I won't name a favourite story, and although one or two weren't my cup of tea, the quality of writing is superb throughout.

Read this, especially if you like your horror fiction urban and modern with a nod to J G Ballard.
Tom Johnstone
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book a few years ago in its original incarnation as a limited edition hardback from Boo Books, but it's since reappeared in various formats courtesy of the Sinister Horror Company. I'm so glad I decided to re-read it, especially now it's gained a wider readership!

One of the first thing I noticed when I read the acknowledgments page was the unusually high ratio of original stories to reprints, which made a refreshing change from the tendency of authors to pack their collections
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can find my full review of The Unheimlich Manoeuvre on my speculative fiction book blog.

Summary: if you can get your hands on this book, do. It is superb.
Andrew Garvey
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Full review of this exceptional collection of horror short stories is here: ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first experience of Tracy Fahey’s work and it’s a very good place to start. Boasting 17 stories, this collection is a great way to try out the author’s writing style and range.

The book starts with a very informative introduction by Ms Fahey about the meaning behind the title and the reasons she wanted to write the book. For me, personally, I didn’t really see the requirement for this until I had read the stories that followed. The way my brain works, I always want to jump straight in,
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Tracy Fahey’s The Unheimlich Manoeuvre in a review by Jim Mcleod, the head of the Ginger Nuts of Horror site (I'm a fellow reviewer on the site).  Tracy’s book was in his list of top horror books read in 2018. I am a HUGE fan of short story collections, and the review alluded that this book contained the type of darkness I like most.

I’m so glad I picked this one up.  The book is a perfect mix of ghost stories, revenge stories and stories about loss.  Subject matter aside, I love
Ross Jeffery
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading the deluxe edition of this collection - I’m not sure what is new or added to this collection, but either way it is a sumptuous, horrific gem of a book!

There is a strange heart beating within its pages and the uncanny seems to fester and hang over this book like a vengeful veil - fabulous prose, haunting brilliance, horror in its varying shades - this is a book that needs to be discovered!

Also to top it off the story ‘I Look Like You. I Speak Like You. I Walk Like
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can see my full review (and all of my other complete reviews) at

Rounded up from 3.5-4 stars for GoodReads.

Overall, this was a great collection of stories. I wish I could rate it higher, because what I liked (which was most of it), I liked a lot, but Two Faced really tanked it for me. If you have some insight into that one, I’d really love to hear it because it really just missed for me in a big way.

That being said, I still think that everyone should g
Thomas Joyce
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fahey clearly has a style all of her own. It feels very gothic, but the stories mostly have modern settings. Perhaps this is not new, but it felt very fresh to this reader. Stories set in present day housing estates and family situations, but with a classic sense of dread. Brilliant characters, captivating writing and plenty of dread. I'm so glad I picked up this book!
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Tracy Fahey is an Irish writer of Gothic fiction. In 2017, her debut collection The Unheimlich Manoeuvre was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. In 2020, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre Deluxe Edition is released with an accompanying chapbook, Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark, both by the Sinister Horror Company. Seven of her short stories have been longlisted by Ellen Datlow in ...more

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