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Music for the Off-Key: Twelve Macabre Short Stories

Written by Niall Griffiths, author of Wreckage for n/a on no date provided

Dark, compelling, twisted and grim in all the best ways possible, these stories turn us into, in Forster’s phrase, ‘the shock-headed public gaping round the campfire’. With the texture of urban folktale, the monsters they feature crawl from sexual obsession, prejudice, and other forms of hate. ‘Sound of the Drums’ is a terrifying tale of jealousy and self-absorption set in a muddy field lit by strobe and bonfire. Ancient terrors re-appear amongst concrete, below underpasses, in raves, scratching at the tenth-floor windows of tower blocks. This is powerful, intense, and engaging writing.

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