Nightingale Songs #2020

Nightingale Songs By Simon Strantzas JohnLangan Nightingale Songs In the dead of night there are footsteps in the hall In the dead of night your past mistakes will haunt you In the dead of night you hear a discordant tune In the dead of night the nightingale
  • Title: Nightingale Songs
  • Author: Simon Strantzas JohnLangan
  • ISBN: 9781937128227
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nightingale Songs By Simon Strantzas JohnLangan In the dead of night, there are footsteps in the hall .In the dead of night, your past mistakes will haunt you .In the dead of night, you hear a discordant tune .In the dead of night, the nightingale sings .Simon Strantzas, master of the subtle and the bizarre, returns with a dozen strange tales and eerie mysteries From the shores of a remote oil stained sIn the dead of night, there are footsteps in the hall .In the dead of night, your past mistakes will haunt you .In the dead of night, you hear a discordant tune .In the dead of night, the nightingale sings .Simon Strantzas, master of the subtle and the bizarre, returns with a dozen strange tales and eerie mysteries From the shores of a remote oil stained sound to deep within the familiar heart of suburbia, these are the songs of broken people who cannot find a way to fix themselves, who must search the dark for salvation Like a siren, the nightingale sings them onward to face their end But it sings for you too A requiem in your honor Because, for you, it is already too late.Table of ContentsIn the Nightingale, Waiting for the Curtain to Rise, an Introduction by John LanganOut of TouchHer Father s DaughterThe Deafening Sound of SlumberUnreasonable DoubtTend Your Own GardenThe NightingalePale Light in the JungleAn Indelible Stain upon the SkySomething NewMr KnealeEverything FloatsWhen Sorrows ComeAfterword
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    1. Simon Strantzas JohnLangan

      Simon Strantzas is the author of Nightingale Songs, Beneath the Surface and Cold to the Touch and has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award His work has been appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror ed Stephen Jones , The Year s Best Dark Fantasy Horror edited by Paula Guran , Cemetery Dance, and Postscripts A fourth collection, Burnt Black Suns, is due in 2014 from Hippocampus Press.


    1. Another fine collection of weird fiction from one of the most original voices in the field Strantzas has been carving his own niche in the world of horror and dark fantasy for several years now, and he just gets better and better Deeply influenced by Robert Aickman, Strantzas writes stories where the everyday is interrupted, often to devastating effect, by something beyond human understanding or explanation This could leave readers who are looking for narrative cohesion, or indeed any sort of ex [...]

    2. The genre of popular literature commonly known as Supernatural or Horror Fiction is going through somewhat of a Renaissance these days, and in doing so, its practitioners, consumers, and overall celebrants threaten to unknowingly abandon part of Horror Fiction s past in favor of a seemingly new incarnation that is really just the same creature dressed in a different set of clothing Smaller hats and longer sleeves, to hide the scars and the rad tattoos purchased back in classic yet looser time A [...]

    3. Well, this is now my second collection of short stories by Strantzas unfortunately I have not gotten my hands on his first collection BENEATH THE SURFACE Based on the afterward, I understand that this third collection is supposed to be an amalgam of the various influences that pressed upon collections one and two that of Lovecraft, Ligotti, and Aickman However those influences come to bare, clearly we have a highly original and innovative voice from this outstanding author who is really masterin [...]

    4. Everybody s talking about Simon Strantzas Okay, not everybody, but plenty of writers and editors are talking about Nightingale Songs, released this month After years of publication in fine magazines and anthologies earning that rare reputation among his peers as a writer s writer, an artist whose desire for popularity has not tainted his aesthetic principles Strantzas has suddenly hit the ground running with his third collection of short fiction.Delightfully somber and full of doomed characters [...]

    5. What follows is my opinion It will probably be different than your s and that s alright.Strantzas has improved vastly since his self described oily works in Beneath the Surface Characters are developed, themes and plotlines varied, and things generally just feel professional.Instead, Strantzas appears to have developed an inability to complete each story builds up with characters and oddities Then, just as it all comes to a crescendo of chaos, the story is over roll the credits Every time No [...]

    6. _Nightingale Songs_ is a collection of weird fiction stories by Simon Strantzas, an important figure in our current Golden Age of weird fiction This book, along with other books by Simon Strantzas, are now available as ebooks.Strantzas has an interesting approach These well written stories usually start with a normal situation, for instance a wedding reception, but the story progresses with uncanny events, with the climax being the direct encounter with the supernatural menace This is not splatt [...]

    7. Nightingale Songs is the third story collection from Canadian writer Simon Strantzas, following Beneath the Surface and Cold to the Touch While these earlier collections might be characterized by of a Ligotti or Lovecraft vibe, Nightingale Songs takes the reader into quieter, restrained territory The influences underlying these stories are acknowledged up front, in John Langan s introduction, which mentions Ramsay Campbell and Robert Aickman I perceive of an Aickman feel here Robert Aickman i [...]

    8. Sometimes I think it s a mistake to read everything in a short story collection back to back It tends to dilute the power of each individual story, especially if as in Nightingale Songs they are variations on a single theme One by one, the stories are, for the most part, well written and compelling In the afterward, the author states that he only writes stories about relationships I would add that they are stories of relationships gone disastrously wrong In several of these tales, the relationsh [...]

    9. Strantzas excels at using the weird as a vehicle to discuss everyday issues family, relationships, and the dissolution of both and it s a testament to his skill as a writer that neither element feels overshadowed by the other Horror is ever present at the margins of his narratives, slipping in slowly as the fabric of his characters relationships begin to come undone The Nightingale seems the most classic example of the weird in this collection, calling back to the frequent concept of loss of se [...]

    10. Beneath the Surface, Cold to the Touch and Nightingale Songs have solidified Simon Strantzas position as a modern master of the strange tale The stories in Beneath the Surface suggest a sense of hopelessness, an almost natural nihilism, hidden behind reality s thin veil The words are fiction, well crafted with unsettling intent but rife with possible truth In that sense, Strantzas reminds me of Thomas Ligotti With his recent collection, Nightingale Songs, Simon conveys that same sense of hopeles [...]

    11. It is impossible to read Simon Strantzas and not think of Franz Kafka There is always a desperate sense of not understanding the surroundings or the behavior of others that I find in Kafkas work as well My first book by Strantzas was Burnt Black Suns , and I have loved his work ever since The books before Burnt Black Suns are subtle and slow, yet gives you a terrifying sensation of alienation just the same.This collection is really good, even though I miss som of the action based stories in Bu [...]

    12. New weird quite popular term nowadays with Ligotti as the most recognizable undiscovered as much as it can be said for someone who got published by Penguin name I got introduced to Strantzas through recommendation and this collection is the first thing I read from him Though it had a promising start first two stories were quite atmospheric, though revisiting than familiar ground of car breaking in the middle of nowhere or the haunted house across the street, it soon got rather banal in getting [...]

    13. Free firstreads giveaway book Great set of short stories All are horror stories that start out quite normally, hiding the awfulness that s to come, and all are about very normal situations that we readers could easily find ourselves in However, a couple of the stories were full of telling readers the narrator s emotions, instead of having them feel it That certainly removed some of the horror.

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