A Host of Shadows by Harry Shannon

By Harry Shannon

"Everyone contains a shadow," wrote analyst Carl Jung, "and the fewer it really is embodied within the individual's awake existence, the blacker and denser it is."

Few folks see the shadow with any readability. flip round for a peek, it slips away. Our violent, sexually tinged fantasies are indulged frequently in darkened theaters, savored in eerie prose, celebrated in music, occasionally reluctantly encountered in the depths of a reoccurring nightmare. after we do glance not easy at one, lengthy sufficient to acknowledge it as our personal, the adventure can problem truth. we will then decide to turn into wiser hence - or spin absolutely out of control...

what number fragments of a shattered replicate may well you study and nonetheless survive?

during this assortment, his first in approximately ten years, award successful writer Harry Shannon provides us twenty 3 brief tales, a few released the following for the 1st time.

"Master craftsmanship." - CEMETERY DANCE

"Shannon is a author who's no longer afraid to stroll into the Shadows and drag the issues dwelling there kicking and screaming into the light." - Brian Keene

"Harry Shannon takes age-old subject matters and provides them a brand new and fearsome chew. Vividly learned, his writing is managed, guaranteed, and full of the type of spooky surroundings that used to make you conceal your head less than the mattress covers on wind-wracked nights." - Tom Piccirilli

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Sprout also wore an aug, which accounted for his facial mutilations and the dye job. He had found the look on some historical site, and been much attracted to it. He was not the only one either: body piercing was becoming quite the fashion amongst the younger Hoopers. Ambel felt that wasn’t healthy for a people whose relationship with pain was questionable at best. He now turned his attention to Olian Tay’s island. Some years ago the approach here had been difficult because of the packetworm reefs surrounding it.

He would have liked to use an anaesthetic on himself, but then he would be unable to feel what he was grasping. He dipped the triclaw in a tub of sterilizing grease, closed it, then placed it against the gory hole where the two leeches had entered at the joint of his missing claw. There must be no further delay, as they could start feeding again at any moment. He eased the claw inside himself, tracking the path of one leech by just how much it hurt him. The path curved round, very near a major ganglion, and he adjusted the joints in the extension to follow.

Ron knew there was a lot more oddities for him to see and other interesting cargoes to haul, but it felt good to be going home. He moved on down the hold with Forlam trailing behind him. ’ he asked, eyeing his notescreen manifest. ‘A really big lump of wood,’ replied Forlam. ’ ‘I’ll be buggered,’ Ron later said, while eyeing the huge ship’s keel they had transported to Spatterjay. * * * * By all Polity definitions Taylor Bloc knew he was an AI: the memcording of the man running entirely in crystal.

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