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The Other Room [Kindle Edition]

James Everington
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Other Room is a collection of weird horror fiction, containing twelve stories of the uncanny and the surreal.

A naive student finds that his crumbling bedsit can be as haunted as any Gothic mansion.

A man stumbles across another world which is the mirror image of his own.

A young woman who everyone thinks is beautiful wonders why, given what she sees in the mirror each morning.

Influenced by writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, and Robert Aickman these tales, like all good horror stories, are as much about the psychology of the protagonist as the fate that awaits them.

The Other Room contains both new and previously published stories that will challenge your conceptions of horror and literary fiction. It won a Red Adept Review 2011 indie award for short stories.

"The horror angle in the stories is almost always a metaphor for other things – loneliness, fear, isolation, regret. The word “haunting” really does double duty here... Beautifully written, evocative, masterful...what shines through these stories is the author’s love of language." (Red Adept Reviews)

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About the Author

I'm a writer from Nottingham, England and I mainly write short stories. Most of what I write is dark, supernatural fiction, although not necessarily 'horror' in the blood and guts sense. My main influences are writers like Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, and Robert Aickman. I've had stories published in magazines like Dark Moon Digest and Morpheus Tales, and the anthologies Pulp Ink 2 and Off The Record 2. I enjoy the unexplained, the psychological, and the ambiguous in my weird fiction, and this is the kind of story I try and write. I drink Guinness, if anyone's offering.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 284 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482608731
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1CUN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"It's a special moment when you read a new author and immediately get the feeling that you're onto something special and such was the case here. The stories in this collection are evidence of great talent at work, both emotionally and intellectually stimulating." Dark Musings

I'm a writer of horror and strange stories from Nottingham, England. I enjoy the unexplained, the psychological, and the ambiguous in my weird fiction, and this is the kind of story I try and write. My main influences are writers like Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, and Robert Aickman.

My latest collection of stories, 'Falling Over', is out now from Infinity Plus and Spectral Press are publishing my episodic novel 'The Quarantined City' in six parts during the first half of 2015.

I drink Guinness, if anyone's offering.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour of Haunted England 9 April 2012
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The difference between British and American horror can sometimes be one that is difficult to delineate but, in this collection, I believe that James Everington's astutely defines it in many ways. Here is subtlety drawn from Campbell and Aickman, a quiet, creeping sense of horror that grows, like a black mildew, amongst the most mundane of settings and situations - an unfinished housing project, a drive home on a lonely road, a student's underwhelming accomodation, a business trip to a dreary workaday hotel. There's a real sense communicated that these supernatural, or rather 'strange', events could happen in the grey everyday world we inhabit - the apocalypse here is subdued and personal rather than an en masse rampage of the living dead. The people here, you can imagine yourself brushing shoulders with them on a bus, jostling with them on a packed train, and they are complex beings, often the root of their unfortunate fate coming from an unseen seed of bitterness, disinterest or thoughtless malice. The Other Room is a great find as a collection and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird fiction at it's best 20 Jun. 2011
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Being a fan of weird fiction, I very much enjoyed this collection of short stories. They are extremely well written, thought provoking and have the perfect balance of creepiness. In my opinion, this work would be at home on a shelf next to Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I hope to see more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern literature at its finest 23 July 2011
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I am so glad I stumbled across this collection of short stories. It's original, well written, and one of the best collections I have ever read. Every story in this collection is good. There are some stand out ones because they are absolutely amazing, for example 'First Time Buyers'. I think my favourite of the whole collection has to be 'Red Route', the ending is just one of those that makes you go, "wow!".
It's a very diverse collection. There are horror stories, paranormal, thrillers.
This is an exciting new writer, the kind of writer that makes me proud to be a self-published author. In all his stories he takes you deep into the mind of the characters, so that you almost feel as though you are reliving their story. There are many memorable quotes... always a sign of a great writer in my opinion.
A couple of examples:
"Just the sense of the big machinery of the economy faltering and grinding somewhere... She thought of cog-wheels turning high above her, their aloof motion turning other wheels, and those wheels still others...'

" if the box of their room was just one box inside another, larger one...'

This is modern literature at its finest. Do not miss this collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Room 13 May 2013
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I've had this book sitting on my Kindle awhile, waiting for the wintery weather to come, because after a quick peek at the opening story I realised this kind of creepy fiction is best experienced with snow in the air and a raging fire. But I caved.

If you want gore this isn't the collection for you. It's chilling stuff, subtle and full of insidious imagery which will stay with you long after you put the book down. In many ways it's a collection of fairytales, distinctly modern but with the same themes you find in the Grimm Brothers or Hans Christian Anderson, and that same mittel-European darkness.

The Watchers could be an ancient Slavic folk story; a woman whose appearance is different to every person who sees her, shifting to become their ideal, so that she doesn't know what she looks like herself. Until she falls in love and stabilises, only to find that no one woman is good enough for any man. You could read it as a comment on the male gaze and the increasing pornofication of visual culture, but it also a completely timeless `curse of beauty' tale in the mould of Snow White or Daphne and Apollo.

The otherwordliness of The Watchers is present in most stories here and Everington puts just enough on it to unsettle the reader without losing credibility. He writes in a brisk, unfussy manner and his characters feel familiar in just the right way. The collection is very cohesive but a couple of stories really stuck out for me.

The Other Room takes on the classic doppelganger plot, transplanting it to a business hotel with Ballardian overtones, where Waits, our wageslave protagonist, walks into a room which is the mirror of his own, filled with his own belongings and registered to a man he has invented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 14 Jun. 2013
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Well written and well edited. All of the stories were 'weird'- some more than others. A couple of these felt as if they could have done with being a little bit longer. This is a minor criticism though. What I didn't like was the story explanation bit at the back. To me, this should have been left out and let the stories speak for themselves. It's the sort of thing they get you to do in a creative writing class - but I don't think this writer needs the training wheels on. Anyone wanting further info could just go onto his blog.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting collection 22 May 2011
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The best weird fiction (horror, dark fantasy, whatever) stays with you. The stories lurk in your mind, unsettling, disturbing, like a flicker of movement in the corner of your eye. It's tribute to the excellence of the stories collected in The Other Room that a number of them will do just that.

I'm not a fan of stories that focus on shock or gore to try and provoke an emotional response; the thoughtful, literate and disturbing stories in this collection take a subtler approach, creating an atmosphere of unsettling unease in the same way Robert Aickman's stories do, creating a world just like this one, but evoking a dawning realisation that in some way that world is profoundly, terribly, wrong.

The stories are rooted in the mundane horrors of contemporary society, which both makes them more unsettling and introduces a thoughtful element of commentary. Highlights are the title story, where a character who thinks that he has little in life finds out how much he has to lose, the excellent First Time Buyers, a disturbing story which has the feel of Ramsey Campbell's best stories without ever being pastiche, and The Watchers which starts with the notion of the male gaze and takes it somewhere else entirely. The pale and faceless creations of this collection are haunting, and haunted.

Highly recommended.
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