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The White Hands and Other Weird Tales

ç The White Hands and Other Weird Tales ↠ Mark Samuels - The White Hands and Other Weird Tales, The White Hands and Other Weird Tales This is the first collection of strange stories by contemporary writer Mark Samuels The themes that thread through these nine accomplished stories are drawn from the great tradition of the twentieth c

  • Title: The White Hands and Other Weird Tales
  • Author: Mark Samuels
  • ISBN: 9781872621890
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback

ç The White Hands and Other Weird Tales ↠ Mark Samuels, The White Hands and Other Weird Tales, Mark Samuels, The White Hands and Other Weird Tales This is the first collection of strange stories by contemporary writer Mark Samuels The themes that thread through these nine accomplished stories are drawn from the great tradition of the twentieth century weird tale and they are suffused with a distinctly cosmopolitan European feel Mark Samuels writes about the fundamental fears of modern life especially ç The White Hands and Other Weird Tales ↠ Mark Samuels - The White Hands and Other Weird Tales, The White Hands and Other Weird Tales This is the first collection of strange stories by contemporary writer Mark Samuels The themes that thread through these nine accomplished stories are drawn from the great tradition of the twentieth c

  • ç The White Hands and Other Weird Tales ↠ Mark Samuels
    244 Mark Samuels
The White Hands and Other Weird Tales

About "Mark Samuels"

  1. Mark Samuels

    Mark Samuels is a British writer of weird and fantastic fiction in the tradition of Arthur Machen and H P Lovecraft Born in deepest Clapham, South London, he was first published in 1988, and his short stories often focus on detailing a shadowy world in which his protagonists gradually discover terrifying and rapturous vistas lurking behind modernity His work has been highly praised by the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Ramsey Campbell and has appeared in prestigious anthologies of horror and weird fiction on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  1. a collection of short stories by cult favorite Mark Samuels the author writes in the Weird Fiction vein, so there is a wonderfully old fashioned feel to the writing, an emphasis on unknowable and often vaguely cosmic horror, and an admirable preference for subtlety and ambiguity over palpable, visceral horror.I found it to be disappointing competently and efficiently written, but it just didn t resonate with me much still, Samuels clearly has talent he can really set a stage and his imagery is w [...]


  2. If you re longing for Ligotti or pining for Poe, you should add Mark Samuels to your list of Most Desirable Authors The works in this volume are dark surrealism at its brooding best These are stories I wish I had written Though one of them is of a mood piece than a story, the remainder have enough plot to interest the most demanding page turner, while the rich prose will please the most discerning reader All of them are thick with atmosphere gray, lonely, and sinister These stories are full of [...]


  3. Well after much debate about whether or not I should buy the paperback or really hard to find hardback edition of WHITE HANDS AND OTHER WEIRD TALES WHoWT , I decided to really indulge and buy the limited edition costly hardback version It was worth every penny I had heard many outstanding things about Mark Samuels, and in terms of my weird fiction reading of contemporary authors, Samuels represented one of the few authors I had not yet read but really should have by now Well, I have now finished [...]


  4. Another one of these modern weird horror writers apparently very highly regarded so I had been on the look out for some of his work for a while now Then I spotted this Tartarus reprint of his first collection and I jumped at the chance to see what he was like I was not disappointed.I breezed through this collection very quickly, not only because it is quite short, but because it was an absolute pleasure to read This guy really has pinned down the essential essence of the classic weird tale, payi [...]


  5. I first encountered this writer in the Vandermeer s anthology _The Weird_.The print copies of _The White Hands and Other Weird Tales_ on sale from are pricey but the ebook price is quite reasonable Later, I found out that one can buy a print version directly from the publisher at a reasonable price too.All these stories move at a brisk pace, are written in one of the _clearest_ prose styles I have ever read, and are influenced by the greats in the field such as Machen, Borges, Ligotti I got a ki [...]


  6. A great new classic in the weird tale Well written and filled with terrifying imagery Minus a point since its obvious that Samuels is working through his influences especially Thomas Ligotti, but also Borges,Machen,Ballard, M.P Shiel, and Lovecraft , but these stories or tales are so well written they seem like well crafted tributes rather than pale imitations and he has good chance of being regarded with those names at this rate.


  7. So, so good and worthy of classic status I had flashbacks to Poe, Ballard and Borges while drifting through these eminently readable dark nightmares Add these to your queue for next year s October or for dipping into your Kindle whenever you re in the mood for some expertly and beautifully crafted macabre.


  8. I first stumbled upon Mark Samuels when I read his story A Gentleman From Mexico in the Book of Cthulhu II I found the story showcased an easy, confident writing style and it really made an imprint on me Afterwards I ordered copies of his two in print collections The White Hands and Other Weird Tales and The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales I also recently ordered a copy of Glyphotech, a short collection from PS Publishing that is now out of print.It took me a couple months before [...]


  9. Thanks to the Kindle app on my phone, I finally managed to read a copy of this book I think I still prefer The Man Who Collected Machen, as the scope of those stories seemed somehow larger, but this was an almost equally fantastic volume of modern weird fiction, and was as enthralling as I d come to expect High points include the title story which I d already read in The Weird , Mannequins in Aspects of Terror, and Black as Darkness.


  10. If you like weird horror stories, you should give this book a try Maybe not all the stories are memorable, but all of the were well written, original and scary enough to send a little shiver down my spine A short collection highly readable and enjoyable.


  11. I really enjoyed this book But, I ll be honest, it only really worked if I gave it a sprinkling of magic camp dust Every story seems to be narrated by the same character In my head I read it in the nasal, middle class voice of Richmond Avenal from the IT Crowd They speak in this despairing, but slightly self aggrandising tone that can only be tolerated if it s a bit camp It s Huysmans than Beckett They seem to be the only ones who truly understand the dark, meaningless, abject despair at the he [...]


  12. The White Hands The Grandmaster s Final Game Mannequins in Aspects of Terror Apartment 205 The Impasse Colony Vrolyck The Search for Kruptos Black As Darkness All stories published 2003.



  13. Entretenida colecci n de relatos de lo extra o, escrita con gusto pero sin rastros de genio, ni de la maestr a estil stica que muchos le atribuyen El libro es variado, aunque detecto dos leit motivs.El primero es la transformaci n La mayor a de las historias derivan en procesos de metamorfosis, en los que algo un personaje, un lugar es absorbido por otro algo y m s o menos, se convierten en lo mismo El tema se repite tanto que termina haciendo previsibles cuentos muy diferentes Adem s, el recurs [...]


  14. This is a fairly short book, coming in at a mere 137 pages But it s also consistently good throughout Coming from Tartarus Press I expected no less.The biggest indicator of a good story collection is my urge to continue on with it, and that was quite strong here All of these stories were fun reads, even that weren t up to the standard of the best A few did disappoint me slightly as being a bit predictable, hence the reason I can t quite give this book a perfect rating.The White Hands This was a [...]



  15. Good stuff This is the first Mark Samuels collection I read in its entirety I have a couple of others waiting in the wings The Man Who Collected Machen and Glyphotech A few of the stories struck me as pastiches, albeit excellent ones My favorites in the book Mannequins in Aspects of Terror, Apartment 205 and The Search for Kruptos.


  16. A consistently exceptional book of supernatural horror fiction No concessions for those unsympathetic Just a talented writer of structure and atmosphere telling some lovingly crafted scary stories of character A consistent and charming collection.



  17. One of the masters of the weird tale, Every story here delivers Samuels falls squarely in the heavyweight ranks of weird urban fiction with Ligotti, Aickman, and Gavin.


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