By Harry Shannon
"Everyone consists of a shadow," wrote analyst Carl Jung, "and the fewer it's embodied within the individual's unsleeping lifestyles, the blacker and denser it is."
Few folks see the shadow with any readability. flip round for a peek, it slips away. Our violent, sexually tinged fantasies are indulged usually in darkened theaters, savored in eerie prose, celebrated in music, occasionally reluctantly encountered in the depths of a reoccurring nightmare. once we do glance tough at one, lengthy adequate to acknowledge it as our personal, the event can problem truth. we will then decide to turn into wiser for that reason - or spin completely out of control...
what number fragments of a shattered replicate may perhaps you research and nonetheless survive?
during this assortment, his first in approximately ten years, award successful writer Harry Shannon provides us twenty 3 brief tales, a few released right here for the 1st time.
"Master craftsmanship." - CEMETERY DANCE
"Shannon is a author who's no longer afraid to stroll into the Shadows and drag the issues residing there kicking and screaming into the light." - Brian Keene
"Harry Shannon takes age-old topics and offers them a brand new and fearsome chunk. Vividly learned, his writing is managed, guaranteed, and choked with the type of spooky surroundings that used to make you disguise your head less than the mattress covers on wind-wracked nights." - Tom Piccirilli
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She began to undress to take a shower. “You can use the other bathroom to shower,” she said. “ ”It is, but Arthur never showers and dresses for dinner. " I chose a pretty pink princess-shaped dress to wear to my first dinner at the student house, laid it out on the bed, and then scooped up my bathrobe and went to take a shower. I had just gotten undressed and stepped into the stall when I heard the doorknob turning and saw the lock snap open. It was obviously faulty. It happened so fast, I had no time to do anything.
Under probation? ” “Nevertheless, it's a precaution I must take. You must not violate a single rule,” she warned me, shaking her long forefinger. M. on weekdays and no later than midnight on weekends, and only when I know where he or she is going. “Excessive noise is not permitted ever. And no one is ever to be messy or in any way damage or vandalize my home. ” “Yes, ma'am,” I said softly. ” Before she could reply, a plump, round-faced woman with blue-gray hair and friendly eyes, who stood no more than five feet tall, arrived carrying a tray with a sandwich and a cup of tea.
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A Host of Shadows by Harry Shannon