- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: A&C Black Childrens & Educational (26 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408193043
- ISBN-13: 978-1408193044
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,246,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Twisted Winter (Quicksilver) Paperback – 26 Sep 2013
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Draw the curtains and snuggle down for a chilling winter read with these seven new sinister stories from some masters of the genre. -- Sarah Brew * Parents in Touch * A haunting, well-written collection of spooky short stories...displays a constellation of children's writers. -- Amanda Craig * The Times, Saturday Review * A haunting, well-written collection of spook short stories * The Times * ...the seven sinister tales gathered together here...are genuinely outstanding examples of the horror genre. Low on graphic gore and high on extreme tension, this is finely honed writing that gets right to the bone of all our fears... * Teach Secondary * this anthology packs a powerful punch...these stories will seriously spook you. * TBK * spooky...poignant and thought-provoking... These are an eclectic mix of stories that will have a wide appeal * School Librarian * spooky...poignant and thought provoking * School Librarian *
About the Author
Catherine Butler was born in Hampshire, where she grew up in a small market town near the New Forest. As a child, she spent most of her time wandering woods, trying to learn musical instruments, and learning about myths. She also loved reading ghost stories (both fictional and real) and scaring herself silly.
For the last 23 years Catherine has lived in Bristol, where she teaches English at a local university. She has two teenage children, one cat, and is still trying to learn the piano. As well as writing books for children and young adults, Catherine writes books about children's books. Some people think her obsessed. She has many opinions, and is a regular contributor to the Awfully Big Blog Adventure (awfullybigblogadventure.blogspot.com).
Catherine's books (most of them published under the name Charles Butler) are fantasies, but they are fantasies set in our own world - or in worlds set at a slight, disconcerting angle to our own. They include Calypso Dreaming, The Fetch of Mardy Watt, Death of a Ghost and The Lurkers.
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'Dark' by Katherine Langrish was a great opening tale. I loved the way it mixed a contemporary setting with a good old-fashioned story of a threatening presence and menace - and the scary effect of street lights resonated and made me shudder.
'The Party' - I have always been a Susan Cooper fan. This story didn't disappoint. A Halloween party some would never forget...or would wish that they *could.*
'The Gates' by Liz Williams was a treat. I loved the weaving in of Egyptian mythology as well as the excellent characterisation of Hannah - and her longing to know her father.
'Flawless'by Frances Hardinge had me tense and alarmed. Loved the strong ending.
'Losers' by Frances Thomas was a wonderful tale of a witch's brat and the perils of bullying.
'A Dog is for Life' by Catherine Butler was unsettling and I loved the twist in the tale (or in this instance, tail).
'Home for the Holidays' by Rhiannon Lassiter blew me away. The lyrical descriptions and a reworking of the Demeter/Persephone myth left me wanting more. The exploration of Persephone's feelings and motivations was gripping - and the final line is still echoing in my head. Wonderful!
This is a book my family and I will read and return to many times. I recommend it unreservedly. Buy it!
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