Dark fantasy and horror stories by Alan Baxter.
Published by Ticonderoga Publications. Limited Edition Hardback, Hardback, Trade Paperback, and Ebook out in November 2016.
This is my first volume of collected short fiction. It contains nineteen stories, three of which are previously unpublished and original to this collection, including the titular Crow Shine. It will be available in hardback, trade paperback and ebook, and there will be a very special Limited Edition Hardback, restricted to just 100 signed and numbered copies.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Joanne Anderton
Crow Shine – Original
The Beat Of A Pale Wing
Roll The Bones
Old Promise, New Blood
All the Wealth in the World
In The Name Of The Father
Fear Is The Sin
The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner
The Darkest Shade Of Grey
A Strong Urge To Fly – Original
Reaching For Ruins
Shadows of the Lonely Dead
Punishment Of The Sun
The Fathomed Wreck To See
Not The Worst Of Sins
The Old Magic – Original
The Darkness in Clara
Afterword by Alan Baxter
978–1–925212–39–6 (limited hardcover)
978–1–925212–40–2 (trade hardcover)
978–1–925212–41–9 (trade paperback)
Praise for Crow Shine
“Alan Baxter is an accomplished storyteller who ably evokes magic and menace. Whether it’s stories of ghost-liquor and soul-draining blues, night club magicians, sinister western pastoral landscapes, or a suburban suicide–Crow Shine has a mean bite.”—Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase.
“Crow Shine, by Alan Baxter, is a sweeping collection of horror and dark fantasy stories, packed with misfits and devils, repentant fathers and clockwork miracles. Throughout it all, Baxter keeps his focus on the universal problems of the human experience: the search for understanding, for justice, and for love. It’s an outstanding book.”—Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters.
“This is a strong short fiction debut from a real writer, and one well worth your time.”—This Is Horror.
“Alan Baxter’s fiction is dark, disturbing, hard-hitting and heart-breakingly honest. He reflects on worlds known and unknown with compassion, and demonstrates an almost second-sight into human behaviour.”—Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award-winner and author of The Grief Hole.
“I couldn’t find one weak story in this collection… Baxter is a masterful storyteller whose ability to pull apart the membrane of reality and explore the voids in-between marks him as one of the best dark fiction writers in the world today… Crow Shine is raw, and it is incredibly emotional. It is dark, and at times it is even darker still. There is, more often than not, very little light at the end of the tunnel. And it is, most of all, truthful and honest about our existence… Hands down one of the best collections I’ve ever read… Formidable storytelling.”—Smash Dragons
“Buy your tickets, step up, and enter the world of Alan Baxter’s debut collection, Crow Shine. Here fates are brutal, justice is swift and merciless, yet even the most ruthless characters are sometimes – just sometimes – strangely touching. Crow Shine will terrify, surprise, and stun you.”—Angela Slatter, World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award winning author.
“Alan Baxter’s short fiction is gritty, dark, and yet poignant. Full of sinister magics, blood debts, and twisted characters, Crow Shine will satisfy any fan of horror and dark fantasy.”—Joanne Anderton, Award-winning author of The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories.
“An emotional, and occasionally violent rollercoaster well suited to any fan of horror and dark fiction…”—SQ Mag.