In the dead of night, there are footsteps in the hall . . .
In the dead of night, your past mistakes will haunt you . . .
In the dead of night, you hear a discordant tune . . .
In the dead of night, the nightingale sings . . .
Simon Strantzas, master of the subtle and the bizarre, returns with a dozen strange tales and eerie mysteries. From the shores of a remote oil-stained sound to deep within the familiar heart of suburbia, these are the songs of broken people who cannot find a way to fix themselves, who must search the dark for salvation. Like a siren, the nightingale sings them onward to face their end. But it sings for you too. A requiem in your honor. Because, for you, it is already too late.
Table of Contents
In the Nightingale, Waiting for the Curtain to Rise, an Introduction by John Langan
Out of Touch
Her Father’s Daughter
The Deafening Sound of Slumber
Tend Your Own Garden
Pale Light in the Jungle
An Indelible Stain upon the Sky
When Sorrows Come
"Nightingale Songs is a dark gem. Strantzas demonstrates once again why he is so highly regarded amongst connoisseurs of the macabre and the fantastic."
- Laird Barron
"Simon Strantzas displays a gift for evoking disturbing atmospheres and creating odd, frightening encounters with the uncanny . . . "
- Lisa Tuttle
"He does not show you the gate to this new Golden Age of weird fiction that is upon us, but leads you through it."
- Joseph S. Pulver
"Strantzas deftly establishes ordinary and seemingly innocuous situations that spin out of the characters' control and always end with an uneasy sense of menace, even when their resolution is ambiguous or cryptic."
- Publishers Weekly
"Like the subtly disquieting locations in which they take place—a suburban house obscured by weeds and dark butterflies, the basement of a former home grown suddenly unfamiliar, a sleep clinic where the patients never meet—Simon Strantzas’ elegant stories worry at the reader’s sense of certainty. The songs they sing won’t comfort you. But you will remember them." - Glen Hirshberg
Leather-bound Deluxe Lettered Hardcover w/slipcase (SOLD OUT!): 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.
100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover (SOLD OUT!): numbered 1-100, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, signed by the author, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock and a dust jacket.
Trade Paperback: first 100 copies are signed by the author, 6 x 9, 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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Posted by Ann Giardina Magee on 19th Apr 2012
Nightingale Songs by Simon Strantzas is an excellent collection of horror short stories. Strantzas has a subtly to his writing that I really found enjoyable; these were stories of everyday life that were sometimes mixed with the supernatural. Every story in this collection was a fun read that also made me think; for me, that is the best kind of horror fiction. Strantzas touches on several themes that are universal. The fear of abandonment, the worry that every new parent has that maybe the new baby is too much to handle, jealousy, being judged by others, are some of the things his stories focus on. Several of these stories will be staying with me for a long time. I believe it is the subtly in them, the feeling that they could happen; these are stories that will have you questioning the noises you hear in the night, or that uneasy feeling you get when you walk into a room. This is horror fiction, but I would recommend it to anyone who reads any genre.
I also want to make a note of the quality of the publication itself. As far as I am aware, this is not available as an ebook. I have the trade paperback version, and it is of very high quality. The paper itself is very nice, as is the feel of the cover. There is also a pen and ink drawing (or possibly a print made from a wood cut) of a nightingale in a robe in a surreal setting on the third page. It is an excellent drawing, and something I consider to be a bit of lagniappe.