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‘Nothing is Everything’ is the masterful new collection from acclaimed Canadian author Simon Strantzas. With elegant craftsmanship Strantzas delicately weaves a disquieting narrative through eerie and unexpected landscapes, charting an uncanny course through territories both bleak and buoyant, while further cementing his reputation as one of the finest practitioners of str ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Undertow Publications
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Karl
Nov 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
Contents:

009 - "In This Twilight" (new)
029 - "Our Town’s Talent" (new)
047 - "These Last Embers"
059 - "The Flower Unfolds"
077 - "Ghost Dogs" (new)
109 - "In the Tall Grass"
127 = "The Fifth Stone"
141 - "The Terrific Mr. Toucan" (new)
169 - "Alexandra Lost"
189 - "All Reality Blossoms in Flames" (new)
171 - Acknowledgements
273 - About the Author
Jon Hilty
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic collection this was! I'm still new to Simon Strantzas, having only previously read Burnt Black Suns, but his imagination seems to be kaleidoscopic. Each story I've read has been interesting in often different ways. In some, there's a certain quality that reminds me of what Aickman I've read, others more Lovecraftian, etc. But none feel reliant on these influences, instead taking them and forging something new. Truly a fantastic talent.
Spencer
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simon’s previous collection Burnt Black Suns was a masterfully written collection of weird fiction, Nothing is Everything is much the same but this time the horror is subtler and the stories weirder and more varied. This collection is just as good as the previous, it manages to illicit unease and awe in equal measures while also maintaining a high standard as each and every story in this collection is absolutely fantastic. I’d highly recommend this, it’s undoubtedly one of the best collections o ...more
Joshua
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely fantastic collection from Strantzas. His fifth collection of original material and the third that I've read. I'm confidant stating that the evolution of his work and the maturation of his style have certainly secured this as my favorite.

Ten remarkable tales all bound by a handful of similar themes: alienation, communication breakdown, anxiety, a sense of fatalism and, ultimately, surrender of self. The protagonists of these stories, all female by the way, share a characteristic br
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Nicholas Kaufmann
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simon Strantzas's fifth collection brings together ten prime examples of why he's considered one of the best authors of "strange stories" working today. He's a master at building a sense of unease and keeping his readers off-balance. You won't find explanations for supernatural occurrences in a Simon Strantzas story, but you will find yourself thinking about them long after you've read them. Among the strongest pieces in this collection, in my opinion, are the novella "All Reality Blossoms in Fl ...more
Nathan Ripley
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection.
Dan
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good collection of stories. Some resonated with me more than others. My ratings are below. I never give 10s on first reading so 9 is top tier. Also the stories fit well together and form a collection that feels like a cohesive whole rather than random stories just thrown in there.

In This Twilight and Terrific Mr Toucan are stratospherically good and the rest are definitely worth the read as well.

These Last Embers (7/10)
Alexandra Lost (4/10)
The Flower Unfolds (3/10)
In the Tall Grass (8/1
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Steve Tem
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May be his best collection yet. This is essential reading for fans of weird fiction, horror, dark fantasy (or whatever you wish to call it). I was mesmerized from beginning to end.
KnNaRfF
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book proves that Simon Strantzas has become a modern master of the slow burn horror story. His writing is hipnotic with an undercurrent of dread which kept my interest in every story.
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Simon Strantzas is the author of Nothing is Everything, Burnt Black Suns, Nightingale Songs, Cold to the Touch and Beneath the Surface and has been nominated for the British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Awards. His work has been appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (ed. Stephen Jones), The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (ed. by Paula Guran), Best Horror of the Year (ed. by Ellen D ...more