CROW SHINE

Dark fantasy and horror stories by Alan Baxter

“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.

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 It contains nineteen stories, three of which are previously unpublished and original to this collection, including the titular Crow Shine.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 is available in hardback, trade paperback and ebook, and there’s a very special Limited Edition Hardback, restricted to just 100 signed and numbered copies (there are still a few left as far as I know).

I’m so honoured that this book was the winner of the 2017 Australian Shadows Award for Best Collected Work, a Finalist for the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Collection, and a Finalist for the 2017 Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work.

Published by Ticonderoga Publications, September 2016.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Joanne Anderton
Crow Shine – Original
The Beat Of A Pale Wing
Tiny Lives
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
Mephisto
The Darkness in Clara
Afterword by Alan Baxter

ISBNs
978–1–925212–39–6 (limited hardcover)
978–1–925212–40–2 (trade hardcover)
978–1–925212–41–9 (trade paperback)
978–1–925212–42–6 (ebook)

2017 Australian Shadows Awards
WINNER Best Collected Works

2017 Aurealis Awards
FINALIST Best Collection

2017 Ditmar Awards
FINALIST Best Collected Work

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.

“All of the stories contained in this body of work are inventive, original, and above all entertaining. Each tale has it’s own unique voice. If I didn’t know they were all written by Alan Baxter I would think this was an anthology instead of a collection. Totally recommended.” – Cemetery Dance Online.

“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

“Baxter’s ability to bring forth shadowy doubt and immerse what would be scenes from normal life with a deeply unsettling sense of supernatural presence draws similarities to Stephen King… It is a broad and at times violent church… A flickering globe in the basement tat makes you question what is shadow and what is something, Crow Shine is a collection sure to appeal to anyone who enjoys thinking there’s more to this world than meets the eye.”—Aurealis Magazine

Crow Shine is a massive collection of Baxter’s dark tales which will pleasantly surprise the reader not yet acquainted with this excellent author. The large majority of the stories included therein are original, well crafted pieces of disturbing fiction.”—SF Book Reviews

“[an] excellent book that I highly recommend this to all our readers! All the stories are strong and the variety is amazing but stays on target. This will be a pleasure that you will read for years to come. Remember, things move fast these days, so grab a copy or buy an e-book of Crow Shine while it’s available.”—The Horror Review.

“I would strongly recommend Crow Shine by Alan Baxter. It’s a good, solid collection with not a story to be ashamed of.”—Sci Fi & Scary.

“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.