Winner of the British Fantasy Award "Best Novella" 2006!
Some people hide behind masks.
Craig Warner thought things were bad when he found out
he suffered from a brain disease. But when the visions start his world
really goes to hell.
Accompanying the title novella are three dark short stories, two of which were previously published to acclaim in the UK horror magazine Nasty Piece of Work, the third is new to this collection.
cover illustration and design by Ben Baldwin
"No one can accuse Stuart Young of avoiding the big issues - with insight and verve, he tackles head on the existence of God, the mystery of human consciousness and the transformative effects of psychedelic drugs. Recommended." Mark Chadbourn, author of Queen of Sinister
deftly weaves a chilling, atmospheric tale, packed with sharp, biting
prose, haunting imagery, and healthy doses of paranoia and wry humor.
Don't make any plans for the weekend, because you'll read this in
one sitting. Emotional, brilliant and
scary as hell."
"... an undisputed
talent... a very promising writer endowed with a chameleon-like
splendid novella skilfully rendered by Young
This is horror
fiction as it should be: real, confrontational, yet simple, honest
youd be a fool not to buy this.
and well told..."
"... [explores] human vulnerability and corruption in a new and extremely disturbing way... A stunning collection." Lesley Mazey, The Eternal Night
“[Mask] is an engaging and well written story, brimful of believable characters, intriguing concepts and a satisfying ambivalence about matters metaphysical … a very strong collection from a writer who shows real promise.” Peter Tennant, The Third Alternative #42
"It's wonderful. A great page-flipper and yet so much more: truly terrifying in its denouement, and that final line is a monster! Like William Hope Hodgson dragged into the latter-day: one of the best I've read in a long while." Gary Fry, Author of The Impelled & Other Head Trips
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