In any other city in the world, the discovery of Mary-Jane Palmer's body floating in the river would have been sad, and disquieting, that was all. A four-line filler on the inside pages of the daily newspapers. A minor tragedy passed over like a dead bird in the road. But this was Paris, the river was the Seine, and because of that the proceedings were tinted with a vague gothic suggestion of romance. A small crowd gathered - middle-aged businessmen in their sleek, well-filled suits; art students and booksellers; a few tourists; a few old women with faces wrinkled like contour maps. The gendarmerie arrived and kept their siren going long after it was necessary, as though to add to the occasion. They walked around the body and gazed at it through squinted eyes.
L'amour, they muttered.
Until they turned her over.
And saw her face...
What is a ghost? Merely a disembodied spirit? You'll find plenty of those here, but there are other kinds as well. An entity created by a child's imagination. A mysterious pale figure on a bleak, deserted moor. A madman who is not dead yet but...
Tony Richards has been hailed as "one of today's masters of dark fiction," and has been penning supernatural tales for more than thirty years. Come with him as he voyages the world in search of the dark arcane. The jungled slopes of Penang, and Malaysia. The night-bound alleyways of Tokyo and New York. Everywhere that holds a shadow also holds a deadly secret and this book reveals them all, in a collection that includes the critically acclaimed novella Postcards from Terri and four brand-new stories, never seen in print before.
Our Lady of the Shadows is the third entry in our ongoing Ghost House imprint!
"Man, this guy can write. He has the power to introduce you all over again to the pleasure of reading good prose."
- Ed Gorman
"Tony Richards always turns in a first-class story."
- Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes
"A hell of a writer."
- Mario Guslandi, Horror World
"A terrific author. A unique and eloquent voice."
- John Pelan
"A terrific storyteller."
- Graham Joyce
"An amazing voice."
- James A. Moore
Table of Contents
Our Lady of the Shadows
The Tappleworth Angel
Hanako From Miyazaki
The Winter People
Streets of the City
After the Storm
Postcards from Terri
About the Author
Tony Richards is the author of five novels, six novellas and almost a hundred stories, and is the creator of two fictional towns -- Raine's Landing, Massachusetts, and Birchiam-on-Sea on the southern English coastline. His work has appeared in most major outlets of the supernatural and fantasy genres, and has been nominated for the Bram Stoker and British Fantasy awards. Widely traveled, he often sets his fiction in locations he has visited, and non-fiction of his has been featured recently in Cinema Futura and Horror: Another Best 100 Books. He is currently a full-time freelance writer, with more novels in the offing, and lives in London, England, with his wife.
Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover:Numbered 1-13, 6''x9'', bound in leather, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes artsy end papers, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, colored book ribbon with nice full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a beautiful slipcase and dust jacket.
100 Signed and Limited Hardcovers: Numbered 1-100, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, signed by the author, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, and has a beautiful dust jacket.
Trade Paperback: 6 x 9, has a beautiful 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock, and the first 100 copies are signed by the author.