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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857661264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857661265
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary McMahon was born in Sunderland in 1969 and has a lifelong love of genre fiction. His critically acclaimed short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. His first mass market novel was "Hungry Hearts", which was then followed by the Thomas Usher books ("Pretty Little Dead Things" and "Dead Bad Things") and the "Concrete Grove" series of horror/urban fantasy novels.

His work has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award on seven seperate occassions. When reminded that he is still to win one of these, he gives a wry smile.

Website: www.garymcmahon.com

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'A story that sticks in the mind long after reading.' --Total Sci-Fi

Gary McMahon's vision is as bleak as a Yorkshire moor, but it glows with a wintry light that illuminates the dark we live in. His prose and his sense of place are precise and evocative, and his characters are as real as you and me. He's one of the darkest which is to say brightest new stars in the firmament of horror fiction. --Ramsey Campbell

Pretty Little Dead Things' is a very disturbing read. Gary McMahon seems intent on taking readers through the looking glass and tearing down the walls between the living and the dead. He creates dark, hallucinatory images that burn in your brain forever. One very creepy dude, and this is his creepiest to date. --Christopher Fowler

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin Leslie on 28 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Dead Bad Things takes us once again into the carefree and jolly world of Thomas Usher, where the hat is always on the side of the head and everyone has a cheery smile for each other...okay, maybe not. In my review of the previous novel Pretty Little Dead Things you will note how I enjoyed the "horrifically bleak" scenes, well I can tell you now compared with this book, that was a technicolour extravaganza. You want bleak, this is bleak!

Once again we meet Thomas Usher a man haunted by his ability to communicate with the dead, well actually it's not so much of an ability as an inevitability, the dead are everywhere and Thomas has to live out his life surrounded by them. Police Constable Sarah Doherty, however leads an even darker life. She is haunted by memories of her abusive father, a former policeman and by the horrific scenes she encounters in her daily job. Of course it's not long before these various strands come together and as Sarah investigates the depths of her father's depravity she finds some shocking truths about herself.

With both Pretty Little Dead Things and the even more impressive Concrete Grove, Gary McMahon has perfected the art of urban horror. He populates his books with a catalogue of grotesque, depraved characters all who are much too real for comfort. Here we have rentboys, child abusers, bent coppers and every other down at heel, grasping for survival, section of society you could think of. Throw in some powerful supernatural and demonic forces and these grim realities become horrendous, dark absurdities.

This is a book which holds no punches, yet involves very little gore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Feeney on 22 Jan. 2012
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Having read and loved 'Pretty Little Dead Things', I was looking forward to this sequel, and it doesn't disappoint. I will say though, that it's a bit of a different beast from the first book. First off, the story is more spread out than the first book, in that there are three or four different strands, all seeming to be separate at first. Although the characters featured were mentioned in the previous book, here they seem to be following their own story. Usher doesn't even feature as much as from before. Anyone expecting a carbon copy of book 1, will be surprised (but not disappointed).

I won't go over the plot details as it's covered elsewhere, but I will say that there is some great horror/supernatural imagery on display here. You read a McMahon story as much for the descriptiveness as for the story, and this is in abundance here. Haunted houses, weird supernatural beings, vengeful ghosts, it's all here and realised so well. I also love the throwaway lines that hint at bigger themes. In the first book, there were a number of references that alluded to Lovecraft and his Mythos. In this there is a sense of Poe, a touch of early Clive Barker (that's not to say McMahon doesn't have his own voice) and also allusions to government knowledge of the supernatural (something touched on elsewhere in an Usher short story). I love this sort of thing as it gives the impression of a wider world than simply the goings on in the story, yet never intrudes or feels jarring.

A word of warning, though. From reviews of 'Pretty Little Dead Things', I get the impression that a lot of people expected this series to be some sort of generic, 'psychic private eye/detective' story. It's not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Aug. 2011
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To be honest here, I'm a fan of Gary's writing as you never know what you're going to get except for one thing, there is always going to be some sort of curved ball thrown at you. What the second book to feature Thomas Usher contains is a story that is not only gripping but one that keeps you guessing from start to finish. Its wonderfully woven, the prose are sharp and all in it's a satisfactory read as mysteries are unveiled and the suspense kept up from start to finish. Add to this Gary's unique authorly voice that establishes this as his writing and it's a title that more than satisfied (even with the Goosebumps from some of the weirder aspects of the writers imagination) which made this a cracking title from start to finish.
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