Told at Dusk, Remembered at Dawn
A room with terrible secrets in its walls: a drug that will blow more than just your mind: an art installation to die for: a supermarket poltergeist with an eye for fashion. Sixteen short stories and one novella from a master of the strange, the unusual, the downright unsettling.
“Laurence Staig writes stories that creep up quietly... and sink needle teeth into your spine. He does in print what Hammer House of Horror did onscreen—shows very nasty, yet horribly credible haunted stretches of Britain. Highly recommended and not for the nervous” Kim Newman
“There’s a strong whiff of The Twilight Zone about some of these stories… no bad thing in my eyes. Inescapable nightmares.” Lucian Poll, Writer and critic
“Laurence Staig is one of the great unsung heroes of British horror and fantasy fiction.” Stephen Jones, World Fantasy Award-winning writer and editor
“A similar theme and atmosphere to ‘The Companion’, but one that succeeds in being more M R Jamesian. On route to the climax there are many good chilling scenes. As a character says early on, “That’s the problem with digging stuff up, you don’t know what you’ll find.” Rosemary Pardoe, Ghosts & Scholars (review of ‘The Darkness at Taskerlands.’)
“Laurence Staig's stories are satisfying many-layered triumphs, atmospheric, with real suspense, a sense of mystery and even horror, quirky gallows humour, always intriguing. Once you start, you'll feel very unwilling to put them down. It was, however, late at night.” Dennis Hamley, Author, The Second Person from Porlock
Laurence Staig has worked as an Arts Council of England Officer and in local government within the cultural sector. He served on the USA Spoleto Festival and for five years as founding Director of the Bath Literature Festival. His teaching posts in Film and Media have included Cambridge University, Warwick University, the Institute of Education London and The Open University. His books include the award winning collection of short stories Dark Toys and Consumer Goods, Technofear, The Glimpses, Digital Vampires, The Network, and Carnival of the Dead. He is the co-author of the first ever book published about the Italian Western and creator of the much used genre descriptor The Opera of Violence