Wish Man's Wood 2019: The Second Eldritch Collection 2

Wish Man's Wood 2019: The Second Eldritch Collection 2 : The Second Eldritch Collection

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The stories in WISH MAN'S WOOD - 22 of them as in THE EVE OF ST ELIGIUS, range even more widely in space and time. Over their 72,000 words, the setting is between 4,000 BCE and a distant future. In the years between stories take place (or partly take place) in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Most though, are firmly up to date with action in the present day or near future. The geography is also very wide, The mise-en-scene varies from the UK and other European countries, to Asia and a planet millions light years away.

As in the first volume, the degree of darkness varies considerably. For example, Doom Way and Defilement and many of the other stories could only be described as dark, but there is far more hope and optimism in Fertile Ground and Safety First.
There are no Dracula castles here but you will find some unusual centrepieces for the stories, like a National Trust managed property in Strawberry Hill, the peaks forming the border between modern-day Poland and Slovakia in High Tatras and an exercise cycle in Jinty.

If you're looking for something different, this is the place to look.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 13.97mm | 263.08g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1916119891
  • 9781916119895

Table of contents

Orang Makan 9
Safety First 21
Piper 37
Strawberry Hill 47
Wish Man's Wood 55
Tinkinswood 63
Defilement 71
The Edinburgh Escapologist 83
Mat of the Iron Hand 95
Gangbang 103
The Serendipity Algorithm 111
Tolman the Dreamer 125
Bopa's Rope 139
Fighter 141
Lizard on the Wall 149
High Tatras 163
Fertile Ground 171
Mari Lwyd 211
Light 215
Doom Way 223
Silvermalkin 235
Jinty 251
Extracts from Reviews 260
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Review quote

Extracts from Reviews;from the first volume in the series, The Eve of St Eligius;...They say that electricity in our houses destroyed the ghost story which belonged to an age of guttering candles and gas light. This collection confirms this as a platitude and, more importantly, as a falsehood. The ghost story - if that is what these are - is alive and kicking, decidedly kicking...;Phil Carradice, historian and author of over 50 books.;...Although the stories are described as 'dark'-and many are-not every one ends badly for the protagonist. Take 'Before the Kettle Boils', for example: I found this to be a nostalgic look at the differences between big city and rural living, an uplifting tale despite the appearance of a ghost...;Sam Kates, author of the Earth Haven and Elevator trilogies.;...His knowledge of so many obscure historical facts, particularly those pertaining to Wales, its culture and geography was very impressive. But most enjoyable for me was the story telling talent that kept me turning the pages...;James W...Perhaps the sheer range of the stories is the most impressive feature. My favourite is 'Before the Kettle Boils'. A 300-year old legend may be important to the storyline but in every respect the action and characters are right up-to-date..;JE;...Tom East's collection of stories is far from simply frightening its readers. The author's skill in building a credible plot around an incredible event goes deeper, giving the readers the intellectual satisfaction provided by a well-balanced narrative, the care for detail, the variety of stylistic devices, and the round, dynamic protagonists involved in suspenseful situations that are often open-ended, inviting the readers to fill in the blanks...;Petru Iamandi, translator of over 100 books.
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About Tom East

The latest from Tom East is the non-fiction LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE, an unsparing account of life after two brain haemorrhages. This is told from first-hand experience but with a lightness of tone that belies the sunject-matter. Prior to this was another work of non-fiction, A FIFTIES' CHILDHOOD. This examines in careful and unsentimental detail the post war decade through the eyes of one who grew up in it. Before this was the second ELDRITCH collection, WISH MAN'S WOOD. This appeared soon after a second edition of the first, THE EVE OF ST ELIGIUS.

Other recent books include three very different novels. The most recent was THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST JUDAS. Little is known about Judas Iscariot - he is a symbol of all things bad rather than a person - but what if his influence on the early church was altogether more significant? What if he was nothing less than the writer of the first gospel, upon which the four canonical gospels are based? And what if manuscript fragments of the writings of Judas were found in Iraq on the eve of the Western invasion in 2003?

The other two novels were the 100,000-word TOMMY'S WAR: JULY 1914, an unusual take on the month before WWI and THE GREENLAND PARTY (79,000 words). The latter is a 'whodunit', although with an out-of-the-ordinary setting and a strange motive for the original murder.

All of the above are available as ebooks or paperbacks in a number of places across the world.

See www.benybont.org/ for more details.

Earlier Tom was the writer of many works of fiction, commercial features, essays, reviews, 'other prose' and poetry. He was also the author of six (print) books.

He was born in London, although of Welsh family and has lived in Wales for many years.

Still available as paperback and ebook:
TOMMY'S WAR: July, 1914
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