It Knows Where You Live
As many of you know Gary McMahon is fast becomimg one of my favourite authors, his novel The Concrete Grove featured in my top 15 reads of last year, and his short story What They Hear in the Dark, also made it’s way into the chart as part of Spectral Press’s new chapbook series.
For those of you not familiar with Gary’s work then shame on you. Gary’s writing is a perfect mix of bleakness, pure raw emotion, tension beyond belief all held together by wonderful prose. You don’t read a McMahon story for a Koontz type happy ending knights in shinning armour type story. McMahon is the master of urban horror, a genre where the horrors of the real world, often outstrip the horrors of the supernatural. His works are populated by characters that are all too real, full of all the weaknesses, and vulgarities of mankind. Gary’s writing comes from his heart, some writers write, Gary tears his stories straight from his soul and pins them screaming to the page.
It Knows Where You Live, gathers 15 of Gary’s short stories together into one gritty and intense collection.I’m hard pushed to pick favourites in this collection, the quality is that good. Kicking of this collection, is the claustrophobic Just Another Horror Story. Where a book, an urban legend and a hidden camera, play havoc with the protagonists sanity. Taught, clever and above all very creepy, this story is no mere horror story.
Hope is a Small Thing Dying in a Bin Behind an Abandoned Kebab Shop, a brilliant title supplied by Greg James, where a man desperate for closure after his girlfriend leaves him, finally finds closure, among the contents of a rotting bin.