Saturday, August 8, 2020

Check It Out: And Cannot Come Again

And Cannot Come Again: Tales of Childhood, Regret, and Innocence Lost
by Simon Bestwick
Horror Anthology

Funny, frightening and moving, the stories in Simon Bestwick's new collection explore how our childhoods mark us, our regrets haunt us, and how our innocence is sometimes lost--and sometimes taken away.

A young policewoman is drawn into a dreadful bargain. Murdered girls walk the streets of Manchester beside their still-living friends. Tormented children call on an urban legend for help, and the events of a long-ago summer and first love return with lethal consequences for four childhood friends. All this and more besides, in these seventeen short stories and novelettes from the author of The Faceless and The Feast of All Souls.

5 out of 5 fairies

And Cannot Come Again is not a light read. It's brilliant, but definitely not light. It's kind of a punch to the gut emotionally. I love Bestwick's style, and the emotions evoked in such a short amount of space for each story is mind-blowing. If you're looking for a truly horrifying, well-written read, then this is the book for you.

Where to buy: Amazon, Amazon UK

Add to your TBR list: Goodreads

About the Author: Described as ‘among the most important writers of contemporary British horror’ by Ramsey Campbell, Simon Bestwick is the author of the novels Tide Of Souls, The Faceless, the serial novel Black Mountain, and the story collections A Hazy Shade Of Winter, Pictures of the Dark, Let’s Drink To The Dead and The Condemned. His short fiction has appeared in Black Static and a host of anthologies including End of the Line and Game Over, and has been reprinted in The Best Horror of the Year. Having spent most of his life in Manchester, he now lives on the Wirral with a long-suffering girlfriend. This is taking some getting used to, but he’s starting to enjoy it. When not writing, he goes for walks, watches movies, listens to music and does all he can to avoid having to get a proper job again. All contributions towards this worthy cause will be gratefully received. 


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