(preorder—to be published in October)
Dust jacket art by Jeffrey Alan Love.
Appropriately enough, the signed limited edition of C. J. Tudor’s much-praised debut collection, A Sliver of Darkness, will be published this autumn.
About the Book
Time slips. Doomsday scenarios. Killer butterflies.
These eleven twisted tales of the macabre from the bestselling author of The Chalk Man and The Burning Girls are your perfect companions on a dark night…if you’re brave enough.
Join a group of survivors who wash up on a deserted island only to make a horrifying discovery.
Meet a cold-hearted killer who befriends a strange young girl at a motorway service station. But can a leopard ever change her spots?
Enter a block of flats with the most monstrous of occupants and accompany a ruthless estate agent on a house sale that goes apocalyptically wrong.
In “Final Course” the world has descended into darkness, but a group of old friends make time for one last dinner party.
“Runaway Blues” tells a tale of thwarted love, revenge, and something very nasty stowed in a hat box.
And “I’m Not Ted” sees a case of mistaken identity result in hellish consequences.
Welcome to A Sliver of Darkness, which Publishers Weekly says “provides plenty of subtle chills,” while Booklist, in a starred review, says “it’s what Tudor does with her material that makes the stories special. None of them go where we think they will go; there’s always some twist, some change in direction, that makes us sit up in surprise (or shock).”
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase
Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies
From Booklist (Starred Review):
“Several slivers of darkness, actually. After a handful of top-flight thrillers (beginning with 2018’s remarkable The Chalk Man), Tudor publishes her first short-story collection, and it’s a glorious book… The stories defy easy categorizations: there’s horror here, as well as sf and thrillers, but there are other elements, too, sometimes blending genres. The book is a showcase for Tudor, who demonstrates her imagination and narrative range spectacularly.”
From Publishers Weekly:
“Tudor (The Burning Girls) provides plenty of subtle chills in this superior collection of 11 stories. The highlight is ‘End of the Liner,’ a powerful postapocalyptic tale that only hints at what has devastated most of humanity… Tudor avoids clichés and facilitates suspending disbelief by making all her characters credible, no matter how fantastic the situation they find themselves in. Twilight Zone fans will hope for another collection from this gifted writer.”
Table of Contents:
- End of the Liner
- The Block
- Runaway Blues
- The Completion
- The Lion at the Gate
- I’m Not Ted
- Final Course
- The Copy Shop
- Butterfly Island
- Jeffrey Alan Love
- C. J. Tudor
- 296 pages
- United States