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Old 10-12-2009   #31
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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

Well, having got my Dragon's Den joke off my chest, I thought I should calmly reply to JK's points;

(i) If there is a point to be made about my marketing (I feel JK's point as expressed is unjustified), but even it were justified - then I did not think this the thread to trigger that debate...
(ii) My possible reviewing on JK's book will be done on my strict 'textual' criteria that I've explained here and elsewhere. I have said on another thread, that I feel it is likely to be a good book, based on evidence I've seen before.
(iii) I honestly can't see my comments on this thread as evidence of JK's more general complaints about the Horror genre (some of which I agree with, others I strongly disagree).

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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

Chris, you are greatly overexaggerating des' mention of CERN Zoo here at TLO. Philip K. Dick's Ubik is everywhere, however.

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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

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Chris, you are greatly overexaggerating des' mention of CERN Zoo here at TLO. Philip K. Dick's Ubik is everywhere, however.
You're probably right, GSC. I am probably thinking of similar posts made elsewhere in forums like Shocklines.

I've just spent an hour plucking and dismembering a pheasant. It had been hanging for three days so the innards smelt very gamey (a pleasantish aroma in moderation in a casserole but rather overpowering when butchering). Yet I approached that task with greater relish than opening this thread, which is probably a pretty good indicator that it's time to bale out.



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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

I have finished reading Cold to the Touch two weeks ago and enjoyed it greatly. I don't know what it is about this decade but imho it should be considered the first true revival of sophisticated weird fiction and Simon's new collection serves as yet another proof of this. One of the things I liked most about the book is how thematically diverse these stories are. Cold to the Touch is like a travel through a multiverse of disturbing truths.

I'm not sure if it was mentioned here before, but Stephen Jones described Beneath the Surface as "...possibly the most important debut short story collection in the genre since Mark Samuels' 'The White Hands'." and after Cold to the Touch, even though I missed Beneath the Surface, I can only say that this is absolutely no surprise.

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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

Thank you very much, Mr Haze. I'm very pleased you enjoyed the book.

To your point about this being a good time for weird, if it's true, my suspicion is because of the wealth of reprint material made available over the past decade. Ghost Story Press and the like started bringing the forgotten and unavailable back, allowing many writers to experience them during the formative years of their craft. Raise a writer on unique voices and don't be surprised if he or she generates something different than the King-pastiches that dominated the market.

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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

Another great review for Cold to the Touch can be found at Tales from the Black Abyss....

"His writing reminds me of Thomas Ligotti but with frequent glimpses of the kind of insecurities and isolation seen in much of Lovecraft's work. Yet all this is achieved with only the lightest supernatural touch."
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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

For those unaware and who might have missed the Tartarus edition, I wanted to let everyone here know that Dark Regions Press will be reprinting this collection next month. You may pre-order the book now in either the leatherbound edition (to match my previous two collections) or in an inexpensive paperback. I must say, I'm excited to have this volume back in the world, and to have all three of my books in print at once.

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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

Simon, are the contents exactly the same as in the Tartarus collection?

It's a brilliant collection by the way, and I think that everyone should buy it.
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Re: "Cold to the Touch" by Simon Strantzas

The stories are the same, Mads (save for a few niggling corrections) but the Afterword is new, as is the introduction by Reggie Oliver and the wonderful interior illustrations from JD Busch.

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