A Dead Calmness
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'A Dead Calmness' plays host to an unusual and terrifying mixture of stories from one of today's newest horror writers. Bringing together fiendish tales of parental betrayal, evil beings and growing madness, it delves into the places of our minds we'd like to forget ... and brings the darkness to light. Featuring in some of the UK's best-selling anthologies in recent years, this is Steven Deighan's debut horror collection.
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Sep 17, 2009"Recommended" A Dead Calmness is, by no means, a perfect collection, but I particularly enjoyed the stories Father and Son, Ungodly Cause, The Violation, The Party, and Midnight's Fall. Feels Like Stephen King is easily the best of the bunch though, and definitely worth a read. Not too shabby!
Aug 18, 2009"You’ll Like What You’ll See…By God, You’ll like What Deighan Will Show You…" A Dead Calmness is a collection of short stories that are at times heartbreaking, at other times chilling, but all are extremely entertaining. At only 23 years old, Deighan is rapidly becoming one to watch in horror. Inspired early in life by the likes of Stephen King et al, Deighan has spent time developing his style and content, which is obvious in his debut book. The book consists of fourteen tales exploring a range of subgenres. Some are true to life and remind us of the fact that there are many monsters out there who are just as dark and otherworldly as anything that our imaginations could create. Others give us glimpses of creatures that dwell outside the realms of reality; these tales are especially frightening and atmospheric. My personal favourite would be “Feels Like Stephen King.” In this story, writer Eric Bain (great name for a horror writer!) has just received his first acceptance... More > letter from a publishing house. Like a King novel, writers who get good news from publishing houses are always doomed from the beginning. “Feels Like Stephen King” has a great build up and is paced to perfection. Readers will truly empathise with the main character and will be totally engrossed in the story from the very first line. It is a story that will chill you to the bone and leave you wanting to read more of Deighan’s work—much like King’s work. Other stories of note in the collection include “Bad Fuse,” a story of teenage angst and the repercussions an argument with parents can have; “Nightmare Man,” a story that will have parents staying up nights to watch their children sleep; and “The Mirror,” which proves a mirror image does not always show what you want to see. With such a diverse range of stories, from doppelgangers to nuclear holocausts, A Dead Calmness will provide every reader with a new favourite short story. If Spinetinglers has one criticism, it would be that some of the stories are too short and don’t give us enough time to immerse ourselves in the different worlds that Deighan creates. We can’t wait until he tries his hand at a novella-length story. As a debut book, A Dead Calmness is excellent and will leave you craving more from this fresh and exciting new talent. Steven Deighan’s new novel will be out this month, and we can’t wait to read it as it promises to be even better than the first.< Less
Dec 7, 2008"A Good Start" A DEAD CALMNESS (author: Steven Deighan) Reviewed by Rakie One thing I really liked about the stories was the way that almost all of them had this cool dreamlike feel about them, especially ‘The Swinging Ballad’, and I liked that a lot of them were open to the reader’s interpretation. I’ve always thought monsters and stuff were scarier if you didn’t know exactly what they were and where they came from. Having said that, I thought that ‘Feels Like Stephen King’ had a great flow to it – it worked well because it had all that extra information and background in it and let the reader know what was going on all the time. Some of the other stories felt a bit short, and (although I think they worked fine the way they were!) I would have been just as happy if they’d gone on for longer. I thought that the second last story was my favourite though I’m not sure if that’s strictly true, although it did stand out…probably because every writer who reads it will associate... More > with it! I also loved ‘The Mirror’; that was creepy as hell (it reminded me a little of the book by Graham Masterton of the same name), and ‘Crawlers’ was great. Again, I would love to see that as a longer story. I think the premise and the creatures were fantastic. The surrealness of ‘The Swinging Ballad’ was great; it really reminded me of some of my own dreams, and I loved the idea of the dream-cars. That was cool. I was also very intrigued by ‘The Last Drive’ – it was a great start, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes…especially with that hint of an ‘unseen force’ to come! Also you have great titles. ‘Bad Fuse’ was probably my favourite title; that one really caught my eye. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I’m very much looking forward to your next publication. A DEAD CALMNESS Steven Deighan Published by Lulu.com ISBN 1-4116-7040-X Trade Paperback 102 pages UK £4.99 US $8.99< Less
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- Steven Deighan
- October 22, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.42 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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