The sound of shuffling footsteps across the old cell floor…
A soft voice like a strange tune echoing along the empty corridors…
Dim lights in the windows of the abandoned asylum…
Discarded case files that flip open to reveal the dreams of broken minds…
Welcome to a place where the boundaries of fact and fiction meet.
Acclaimed author Gary McMahon raids the archives of a notorious derelict mental asylum called the Daleside Institute to bring you stories of madness, horror and emotional trauma. In locations as diverse as suburban Germany, the London Underground, an Italian seaside resort and the inhospitable polar icecap, you will meet damaged people with broken lives. Here are terrifying accounts of love, hate, death and madness…
These are the Tales of the Weak and the Wounded
"If you love short stories, this is a must book for your collection. If you haven’t read anything by Mr. McMahon this is a great place to start. One of the better collections of short stories I’ve read and I give it my highest recommendation, I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for more from Gary McMahon." - Famous Monsters of Filmland
"This is a great collection of stories and an excellent showcase for the highly talented Gary McMahon. There are enough images in here to haunt your dreams for months to come but there's also depth here, strong ideas and commentary. The best horror holds up a mirror to society, is grounded in reality and Tales of The Weak and The Wounded is an exemplar of this." - Dark Musings
Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase + discounted trade paperback (sold out): numbered 1-13, 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. Includes the trade paperback edition at a very discounted price of just $5 (note: trade paperback edition will be shipped at a later date).
Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase (sold out): numbered 1-13, 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 + discounted trade paperback: 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.
100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover: 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"x9", 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock.
E-book: coming soon.
About the author
Gary McMahon’s short fiction has been reprinted in both THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR and THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY & HORROR. He is the British-Fantasy-Award-nominated author of the novels Hungry Hearts from Abaddon Books, Pretty Little Dead Things and Dead Bad Things from Angry Robot/Osprey and The Concrete Grove trilogy from Solaris.
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Posted by Ann Giardina Magee on 28th Apr 2012
Tales of the Weak and the Wounded by Gary McMahon is a fantastic collection. McMahon is one of my favorite writers, and he certainly lived up to all of my expectations with these stories. A few in here have stuck with me for weeks afterward. One in particular, The Leaner, has stayed with me. I think it's one of those tales that speaks to our irrational fear of things that in real life can't hurt us, but we find them creepy nonetheless. There are also a few in here that have Lovecraftian monsters and that great sense of surprise at the end; I won't name which ones since the there is so much fun in seeing the complete turn things take. Diving Deep, Teen Spirit, and Gone Away Girl all had a more contemplative feel to them; they were stories that had me thinking about them long after and musing on things like loss and the way we relate to others and the world around us. This collection shows off the range McMahon has within his story telling; they are tales that will evoke a full range of emotions from the reader and bring you back for more.
I have this book in hardcover, and I wanted to also mention that it is a well made, nice looking book. For those of you who enjoy collecting things, this one is well worth having in hardcover. It has a nice dust jacket, and the spine is stamped with the author and title in gold lettering underneath that. There is also a ribbon marker to keep your place. The hardcover edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, and it is something I am proud to have on my bookshelf.