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Stephen Bacon , Nicholas Royle
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11 Aug 2012
The shop mannequins that appear to have a life of their own . . .the monstrous insect that consumes men's thoughts . . . the shadowy organisation that wreaks terror to the public . . . the overgrown garden blighted by a centuries-old curse . . . These 21 tales map the darkest recesses of our minds. They document the madness and cruelty that exists in the places we do not wish to visit . . . PEEL BACK THE SKY, the powerful first collection by Stephen Bacon, Number 1 in Gray Friar Press's NEW BLOOD series . . . "As a writer - already a very good writer - he shows a huge amount of promise. If he's this good now, how much better is he going to get?" - NICHOLAS ROYLE

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Gray Friar Press (11 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906331294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906331290
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut collection 11 Sep 2012
In this, his debut collection, Steve Bacon presents twenty short stories - five original - and still leaves the reader wanting more. Embracing a wide variety of styles and time-periods, he appears equally at ease with bleak tales of familial dysfunction as he is with supernatural interventions. His prose is consistently elegant and deliberate, with each line perfectly constructed to tell the tale with a deceptive simplicity. Of all the stories, I could pull out several and suggest they be included in annual round-ups (especially "The Trauma Statement", the Twilight Zone-ish "Catch Me If I Fall" and "Daddy Giggles"), but my overall favourite has to be "Last Summer" (originally published in the "Where The Heart Is" anthology), an elegant, sad, nostalgic piece with a real kick. I would also highlight "Girl Afraid", an excerpt from the diary of a 9 year old girl, which is beautifully written with a strong sense of melancholy. This collection shows Bacon is clearly a writer to watch for the future and I look forward to seeing what he produces next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars well-written short stories 15 Dec 2012
By Joseph L. Kolb - Published on Amazon.com
"peel back the sky" is a series of horror short stories written by stephen bacon, from england. mr. bacon writing style is very descriptive and intelligent. his stories do not focus on gore or vulgarity. these stories are a compilation of shorts that have been published in various horror magazines. some stories deal with fear, some with time-slips, others with creepy things in gardens. whatever dark corridor of human nature mr. bacon travels, as a reader, you're pulled in head first. if you're looking for vampires and twilight sagas, this ain't for you. if you want well-written thought provoking stories that creep you out, check out this book. my only complaint is at the end of the book, mr. bacon talks about each story as where it was published before and the origins of it. it would have been nice to have each description either before or after the story itself rather at the end of the book. all in all, i look forward to reading more of mr. bacon's work.
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