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Songs From Spider Street [Kindle Edition]

Mark Howard Jones , Steve Upham
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Spider Street is a particular place in an abandoned future Paris where the secrets of tomorrow, yesterday and all the times lost in-between are revealed to those who are strong enough to listen. A collection of dark fiction.

About the Author

Mark Howard Jones lives in Cardiff, UK. He has had work published in magazines, books and on the web on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906652171
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Screaming Dreams (18 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VQOS4A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #746,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but beautiful 18 Mar 2013
By Mapman
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a collection of unusual and thoroughly original tales, the stand-out story being The Ice Horse. And it turns out Ray Bradbury was a fan - RAY BRADBURY, for Pete's sake! There's no higher praise, in my eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary, poetic and imaginative short fiction 30 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
The world of Mark Howard Jones is a bizarre place. This is a land inhabited by mechanical houses, giant ice sculpted horse prisons ...oh and singing spiders. It's also a world of dark despair, dreams and deep emotions. It's the world we all share but it's a slanted, tilted place slightly off balance, a terrible place to live but a wonderful place to visit.

These twenty-five tales transport us to various parts of that world and allow us share fragments of the life taking place there. Many of these stories are indeed fragments, small shavings from a much bigger carving which we will never get to see, we can only speculate on its form. As such they are often perplexing but that offers them a mystique which keeps them fresh.

Ranging from a few sentences to a few pages the stories here cover a wide variety of styles. We have the quasi- steam punk fantasy of Heart Is Where The Home Is, high fantasy of The Ice Horse, SF in Token Blonde and the emotional horror of Hunt/ed. Holding all the stories together, however, is a rich emotional thread. All the stories are driven by emotion whether it be tragedy such as Trackside, the eroticism of Lovebox or the deep despair of Window.

The stories are almost impossible to summarise in a traditional way as they become as much about the readers own emotions as the writers. This produces some stories which fail to meet the mark for me but also some which resound so deeply they will remain in the memory for a long time. For me, the less successful tales were those rooted in reality such as Backseat Ballet or Muse. The best tales are those which transcend reality to hint at much deeper and often darker places such as the poetic Shards From The House Of Glass or the eponymous Songs From Spider Street.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If J G Ballard was born in South Wales... 2 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I do not write critiques of individual stories within a single-author collection since I believe the collection should stand has a single piece of work much like a novel.

Colin Leslie's review very much echoes my own sentiments: an incredibly strong collection, with definite nods to Thomas Ligoti and Mark Samuels, but I'd also like to say that there is more than a passing reference to J G Ballard. Jones - like Ballard - takes the sf and horror tropes to produce stories that aren't quintessentially sf or horror. There's an otherworldly-ness to the tales but they feel quite "real".

Jones' writing ability is incredibly strong - especially when you consider this is his debut collection - all wrapped in a rather splendid package courtesy of Screaming Dreams and Steve Upham.

Even if you're not necessarily a horror or sf fan, but you do like short stories, then I urge you to give this book a go.

Recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary, poetic and imaginative short fiction: Chris Leslie's review 11 Feb 2013
By alice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The world of Mark Howard Jones is a bizarre place. This is a land inhabited by mechanical houses, giant ice sculpted horse prisons ...oh and singing spiders. It's also a world of dark despair, dreams and deep emotions. It's the world we all share but it's a slanted, tilted place slightly off balance, a terrible place to live but a wonderful place to visit.

These twenty-five tales transport us to various parts of that world and allow us share fragments of the life taking place there. Many of these stories are indeed fragments, small shavings from a much bigger carving which we will never get to see, we can only speculate on its form. As such they are often perplexing but that offers them a mystique which keeps them fresh.

Ranging from a few sentences to a few pages the stories here cover a wide variety of styles. We have the quasi- steam punk fantasy of Heart Is Where The Home Is, high fantasy of The Ice Horse, SF in Token Blonde and the emotional horror of Hunt/ed. Holding all the stories together, however, is a rich emotional thread. All the stories are driven by emotion whether it be tragedy such as Trackside, the eroticism of Lovebox or the deep despair of Window.

The stories are almost impossible to summarise in a traditional way as they become as much about the readers own emotions as the writers. This produces some stories which fail to meet the mark for me but also some which resound so deeply they will remain in the memory for a long time. For me, the less successful tales were those rooted in reality such as Backseat Ballet or Muse. The best tales are those which transcend reality to hint at much deeper and often darker places such as the poetic Shards From The House Of Glass or the eponymous Songs From Spider Street.

It should also be noted that the hits vastly outnumber the near misses. This is one of the strongest collections I have read for a while. It is original, intelligent and highly imaginative without being impenetrable or too obscure. It's not easy to draw neat comparisons with other writers, but there are hints of the nightmare worlds of Ligotti or Samuels without the weighty nihilism. The stories are probably closest in tone to early Ray Bradbury managing to retain a connection with normality whilst firing the imagination with intense fantasy.

A highly recommended book and an author to watch in the future. Songs From Spider Street is simply stunning.

- Colin Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars If J G Ballard had been Welsh ... 7 Oct 2012
By Mapman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I do not write critiques of individual stories within a single-author collection since I believe the collection should stand has a single piece of work much like a novel.

Colin Leslie's review very much echoes my own sentiments: an incredibly strong collection, with definite nods to Thomas Ligotti and Mark Samuels, but I'd also like to say that there is more than a passing reference to J G Ballard. Jones - like Ballard - takes the sf and horror tropes to produce stories that aren't quintessentially sf or horror. There's an otherworldliness to the tales but they feel quite "real".

Jones' writing ability is incredibly strong - especially when you consider this is his debut collection - all wrapped in a rather splendid package courtesy of Screaming Dreams and Steve Upham.

Even if you're not necessarily a horror or sf fan, but you do like short stories, then I urge you to give this book a go.

Recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK 24 Sep 2012
By AmberMay21 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this collection of horror stories to be OK. My favorite stories were "Interior Design" and "Token Blonde" and of course I love the cover art. However, even those two stories failed to really grab me hard, I just think they were the better stories in the lot. Short horror anthologies are some of my favorite books to read and sadly, this book just failed to either scare or excite me.
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