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Dark World is a paperback of 188 + vi pages.


ISBN 978-1-905784-53-0


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Dark World

Ghost Stories

edited by

Tim Parker Russell


Included are fourteen stories from around the world, most of which have been specially written for this collection. There is an intriguing story from Jayaprakash Satyamurthy set in Bangalore and Dubai, and a beautiful tale from Christopher Fowler about an Indian palace. In Reggie Oliver’s 'Come Into My Parlour', horrors are closer to home, while Stephen Holman locates his unsettling story in a Los Angeles arts academy. Anna Taborska mixes old legends and the present day in Eastern Europe, and Mark Valentine sets his well-woven mystery somewhere in Northamptonshire. Rosalie Parker’s 'Oracle' takes place in the Yorkshire Dales. It captures well the feel of the countryside—and how it can affect you.


‘I use the term “ghost story” loosely. You will find inside this book a varied selection of creepy tales, very few of which could be considered conventional. I hope you enjoy reading Dark World as much as I’ve enjoyed editing it.’ Timothy Parker Russell


With stories by:

Reggie Oliver, Christopher Fowler, Rhys Hughes, Mark Valentine, Anna Taborska, John Gaskin,

Corinna Underwood, Rosalie Parker, Jason A. Wyckoff, Mark J. Saxton, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, R.B. Russell, Stephen Holman, Steve Rasnic Tem.


'Eavesdropping' illustration courtesy of Stephen J Clark of the Singing Garden


Note: All profits from Dark World, this new collection of ghost stories, will be used to help the Amala Children’s Home, funding a three-week working trip in July 2013, and being donated directly to the cause. Located in the Tamil Nadu region of India, the home provides accommodation, food, safety and schooling for orphans and severely disadvantaged children. Without it, these children would be living on the streets of India, with all the immense hardships and dangers that brings.


Dark World has been featured by both The Independent and The Guardian.



'Whether they provide their ghosts with a rationale for appearing, or present them as frightening because they are inexplicable, all the authors exercise restraint in their storytelling that encourages readers to fit their own worst fears to the story's supernatural events. This anthology, whose proceeds will benefit the Amala Children's Home of India, is Russell's first, but it shows a seasoned editor's understanding of effective weird tale telling.' Publishers Weekly

'... you will find some splendid tales apt to satisfy your desire for entertaining, accomplished dark fiction.' Nudgemenow

'...a satisfying anthology ... if you are an aficionado of the strange and uncanny short story...' M.R.Cosby's blog

'This quality collection,' Rosemary Pardoe, Ghosts and Scholars, 23

'A thoroughly enjoyable compilation that will entertain, give some chills and also raises money for a good cause.' British Fantasy Society

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