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Black Box [Kindle Edition]

Pete Langman
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Dark, compelling and comedic in equal, if not unequivocal, measure, Black Box is a collection of short stories that insinuate their way into the unconscious, creating a literary itch that demands it be scratched. Death, impotence, storytelling and the legend of Robert Johnson are all highlighted by the author's unforgiving style. The final piece, 'a short, dark season', uses survivor narratives to draw a vivid picture of the brutal realities of the 1942 refugee crisis in Burma, when thousands died fleeing the advancing Japanese.

On Black Box:

'Langman is a fine writer. Dark yet witty, both light and profound. I found myself frequently both amused and disturbed. It’s a rare gift.' Anthony McGowan, award-winning author

'Pete Langman's stories invite you into a cold, unsettling world in which ugly things happen. His writing however is clean and perceptive; you are transported into strange minds and settings and you leave feeling like you know a bit more about the human condition.' Araminta Hall, author


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2414 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Marvelhouse Words (24 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I1KXX50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Pete is a writer who lives in Brighton with a recalcitrant ginger cat. His life has seen him work as a painter and decorator, professional guitarist, tour guide, theatre sound engineer and university lecturer, amongst other things. He holds a PhD in Renaissance Literature/History of Ideas, a ECB level 2 cricket coaching certificate, and a white fish swimming badge from prep school. He has published widely, with monthly columns in Guitar and Bass and All Out Cricket magazines, has written for The Independent, Prospect magazine and The Guardian's 'Mind your Language' series. Pete was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's in 2008, and in 2013 published the critically acclaimed Slender Threads: a young person's guide to parkinson's disease.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It is moving, thought provoking, captivating and disturbing at times. It does uncover the dark side and brings to light the ‘shadow’ of the human psyche. I felt the pain in some of the stories. It is vivid and brilliantly written. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the unexpected 26 Feb. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A fine writer, Pete Langman has a gift for writing stories which jolt the imagination, provoking questions within us. BB is a book of unexpected outcomes, compelling dark stories, from the very depths of the soul to the captivating moving accounts of evacuees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderland of Darkness 9 Mar. 2014
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Enter the world of Pete Langman's Black Box and be faced with a wonderland of dark delights - vivid imagery that haunts one's mind, with humour acting as a safety net for the 'horror' on the following page. Coming face to face with ones own sense of ourselves this is a beautifully crafted collection of the human psyche, which will send even the hardened reader into a spiraling mass of jelly! Black Box is harsh, cold warmth combined - a splendid feast and fits nicely into any pocket. Roald Dhal, The Brother's Grimm and a touch of Stephen King all rolled into one - enough! Just buy, escape and be haunted, NO REGRETS is most certainly a fav!
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