There is a cold that cannot be imagined, a chill so deep it turns blood to ice, cracks flesh, tears meat from bone. It is the horror of our own reality, the terrifying curse of our own survival. Can you feel it creeping down your spine?
Simon Strantzas, author of the mesmerizing Beneath the Surface and brilliant Nightingale Songs, brings his critically-acclaimed and long out-of-print collection back to find a whole new audience. In these thirteen strange and dark tales, you will find vacationers on the edge of forever, lonely pilgrims searching for answers, the dying reminded of all they have lost and all they have yet to lose. Strantzas's fiction is a haunting echo across the barren Arctic tundra, and once you hear its howl you will never forget the sound.
Table of Contents: Foreword by Reggie Oliver • Under the Overpass • The Other Village • The Uninvited Guest • A Seed on Barren Ground • Writing on the Wall • A Chorus of Yesterdays • The Sweetest Song • Pinholes in the Black Muslin • Fading Light • Poor Stephanie • Like Falling Snow • Here’s to the Good Life • Cold to the Touch • Afterword by Simon Strantzas
Contains six interior illustrations from artist J.D. Busch.
"In his stories, Simon Strantzas skillfully marries ordinary social anxieties with the inexplicable weirdness that may lie in the darkness beyond. The "strange story" may be one of the most difficult to define — and write well — in the whole horror/dark fantasy field, but with Cold to the Touch Simon Strantzas displays a gift for evoking disturbing atmospheres and creating odd, frightening encounters with the uncanny that puts him right into the arena with Robert Aickman, Joel Lane, and Ramsey Campbell. An impressive collection.."
— Lisa Tuttle
"Simon Strantzas is an important new writer of weird fiction, a position solidified by the release of his new collection, Cold to the Touch, from Tartarus Press. What I admire most about this collection, besides the fine writing, is how these stories defy a simply summarization. This fiction goes far beyond the simple scares of most horror. A mystery defying the usual explication of plot lies at the heart of each one, giving us much to chew on long after the story has ended. Cold to the Touch is a great reading experience."
— Steve Rasnic Tem
"Here you have a collection of thirteen tales of unease and the inexplicable. . . They are akin to other collections of what we call horror or the supernatural but no ghosts or monsters, in the normal sense, slither or lope through Strantzas' stories, and the orthodox trappings of Gothic fiction are almost totally absent from his pages. Set as they are, solidly in a recognizable world of every day reality, they at some point slide or take a leap into the fantastical and the downright odd."
— Terry Lamsley
"[T]he second collection by the author, with thirteen stories, six of them new, all of them quite powerful and dark."
— Ellen Datlow
"Cold to the Touch is a delightfully chilling gallery of the ghoulish, the nightmarish, and the weird. With this follow-up to the excellent Beneath the Surface, Strantzas continues to impress."
— Laird Barron
Leather-bound Deluxe Lettered Hardcover w/slipcase: lettered A-Z, 6''x9'', bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon with a full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and dust jacket. Only twenty-six copies are ever produced and lettered worldwide.
Trade Paperback: first 100 copies are signed by the author, 6"x9", 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock.
About the author
Simon Strantzas is the author of the critically-acclaimed Cold to the Touch and Nightingale Songs. His first collection, Beneath the Surface, has been called "one of the most important debut short story collections in the genre". Strantzas's stories have appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Cemetery Dance, and Postscripts. In 2009, his work was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and an unyielding hunger for the flesh of the living. For more information, please visit http://www.strantzas.com/
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