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Tales From the Shadow Booth, Vol. 1

(The Shadow Booth #1)

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When Eliot first spies the booth at the end of the pier, he wonders what it is. The canvas is faded, the striped pattern barely visible beneath years of dirt. The wooden boards are stained and scratched. It’s the crude, handwritten sign that draws him closer, makes him reach out to pull the curtain aside. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same agai ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 2017 by The Shadow Booth
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Tales from the Shadow Booth Vol. 1 is the first volume of a new journal dedicated to weird and eerie horror – the best kind. I might be biased (I was a Kickstarter backer for the publication of this book), but this really is a high-quality collection, with a much higher hit rate than the vast majority of horror anthologies. As a result, my list of favourites is, well, half the book: 'Where No Shadows Fall' by Gary Budden, 'What the Bones Told Hecate Shrike' by Timothy J. Jarvis, 'Moths' by Malco ...more
Dee Arr
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
On the first day of a college class for creative writing I was in a conversation with other students. One turned to me and asked, “What sort of things do you write about?” I gave a quick answer that included words like “science fiction” and fantasy.” She peered over her nose at me and gave me her short verdict: “Oh, a genre writer” before dismissively turning away.

Reading “The Shadow Booth” reminded me of that moment. The actual writing here is full and rich, and the individuals who submitted th
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Christopher Stanley
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first volume of The Shadow Booth is superb from start to finish. The lineup of contributors is enviable and each one delivers. I’m glad I’ve already ordered volume 2 - can’t wait!
Runalong
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fine selection of tales of the weird and strange with a slice of horror

Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
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Jonathan Natusch
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the back cover says, this is a collection of stories that "explores that dark, murky hinterland between mainstream horror and literary fiction". For the most part, it hits the spot. There are some excellent pieces here: 'Moths', 'That Which Never Comes', 'City of the Nightwatchers', and 'What the Bones Told Hecate Shrike' were the standouts for me.

There were a few pieces which failed to grab me, for things occasionally became more literary fiction than horror. 'The Upstairs Room' left me some
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Mark Renshaw
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
It was OK, nothing wrong with it and worth a read. This was more creative writing than meets my tastes. Sometimes the writing overshadowed the story and the psychological horror elements were lessened because of it. There as the odd exception, Moths being my favourite, where there was both an excellent story with great descriptive, creative writing.
Daniel Carpenter
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Short disclaimer: I'm in this.

Brilliant debut anthology of weird fiction. Standouts for me were Gary Budden's sinister London set tale, Sarah Read's bizarre Duel-esque winnebago horror, and Paul Tremblay's excellent border patrol tooth story. Elsewhere, I also loved David Hartley, Joseph Sale, and Tim Jarvis' contributions. Overall, a fantastic collection. Cannot wait for vol 2.
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Dan Coxon is a short story writer and editor. He recently edited This Dreaming Isle for Unsung Stories (Best Independent Press - British Fantasy Awards 2018), and Being Dad (Best Anthology - Saboteur Awards 2016) for Tangent Books. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Salon, The Lonely Crowd, Neon, Gutter, Unthology, The Nervous Breakdown and Open Pen, as well as several anthologies. He also ...more

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