Revenge. Best served cold. Here are ten stories involving most of the deadly sins: greed, lust, envy, wrath, and pride. Strange stories woven in time and place from Ancient Greece to 1929 Odessa, Italy to the modern United States...stories that mix reality, mythology, legend, half-humans and the inhuman...
With the skill of the Borgia, Allyson doles out vengeance in the strangest of places and circumstances.
Bull Running for Girls, Allyson Bird's debut collection, won the prestigious British Fantasy Society Award for Best Collection in 2009. Wine and Rank Poison consolidates her place in the weird fiction genre.
"Allyson Bird is a rare bird indeed. An original voice in a world of plain vanilla. She rides some dark waves with grace and heart full of light and shadow. If there's any justice, she on her way to real recognition." - Joe R. Lansdale.
"Allyson Bird already has a prominent award under her belt; the British Fantasy Society award for her first collection, which I can also recommend, titled Bull Running For Girls. Still, you may not know her name. You should know her name. You should know her stories, her writing. Her work is as fresh as a spring wind; especially if that wind is carrying nasty spores from outer space, or bringing them from some place split sideways and shadowy, from a universe where the familiar is not as familiar as it might seem.
"The Twelfth Chair" and "Atalanta" will show you right off what I mean. And then there’s the odd and wonderful "For You, Faustine."
I envy you the reading of this book. And I am honored to introduce it. But enough of that. The important thing is this: read the stories, and be impressed." - Joe R. Lansdale.
"Ally Bird's writing is as clean and crisp as a scalpel blade. Her stories have a firm sense of place and verisimilitude; it's as if we can see the locations she writes about through the eyes of a resident. It is also both refreshing and essential to see a female author embrace the dark side with such empathy and unflinching bravery." - Gary McMahon
"Allyson Bird's Wine and Rank Poison is a potent brew indeed. It's a choice bottle aged with old gods and ghosts in a cellar long forgotten, and it's chilled by the expert hand of a writer who understands horror, and magic, and the dark tunnels that wait between. Watch out for this one. Savor it... and drain it dry at your own risk." - Norm Partridge. His compact, thrill-a-minute style has been praised by Stephen King and Peter Straub, and his fiction has received three Bram Stokers and two IHG awards. Amongst his many projects Norm Partridge is author of a series novel (The Crow: Wicked Prayer) which was adapted for the screen. His award-winning collections include Mr. Fox and Other Feral Tales and The Man with the Barbed-Wire Fists. Partridge’s novel Dark Harvest was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2006.
"Wine and Rank Poison shows Allyson Bird continuing to develop as a writer of dark fantasy and supernatural horror. The stories shift between realism, mythology, noir, the erotic and the weird. They are rooted in human feeling – passion, grief, jealousy and fear – but reach back to mythic archetypes and folk beliefs in order to clothe the violent emotions in strange flesh. In 'The Legacy', the ingrained violence of a culture triggers a brief and bleak apocalypse. In 'For You, Faustine', the mutual desire of mermaids and humans takes a deadly twist. Bird’s writing is idiosyncratic, offbeat and troubling, a personal take on the complex legacy of pulp fiction." - Joel Lane. British Fantasy Society award winner for The Earth Wire and My Stone Desire.
"The stories in Allyson Bird's Wine and Rank Poison draw us into a world of dark magic, infinite possibility and abiding terror; and she does it with a style reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Robert Bloch. Highly recommended." - NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of Rot & Ruin and The Dragon Factory.
"If you haven't read any Allyson Bird yet, catch her now, before she gets too big and boast to your friends that you were there at the start. Because Ally deserves a wider audience, in fact a huge fat publishing contract on both sides of the Atlantic if you ask me. She writes like no one else, clever and intriguing, and does not just waft words around to look big and clever, every sentence has purpose and drive. Atalanta is my personal favourite in this collection, only because I'm a sucker for Jason and the Argonauts and Greek myths. Ally writes not fantasy nor horror, she write good, so check her out." - Peter Mark May, author of Demon, and Kumiho.
Leather-bound Deluxe Lettered Hardcover w/slipcase: lettered A-Z, 6"x9", bound in leather, signature page which is signed by author Allyson Bird, artist Daniele Serra and Joe R. Lansdale, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon, full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and 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" x 9", 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock.
About the Author
Allyson Bird's debut collection, Bull Running for Girls, won best collection, in the British Fantasy Society awards, 2009. Dark Regions Press published her second collection of stories, Wine and Rank Poison, in October of 2010. She is co-editor, with Joel Lane, of the anthology, Never Again, from Gray Friar Press in September 2010. Isis Unbound is her first novel. Allyson Bird lives in the Wairarapa, New Zealand, with her husband and daughter. Occasionally she is drawn to strange places and people, and occasionally they are drawn to her. Her favourite playground, both as an adult and child, is the village graveyard. Once she wondered what would happen if she took one of the green stones from a grave. She has been looking over her shoulder ever since but has never given it back. www.birdsnest.me.uk
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