Strange Tales: Tartarus Press at 30 edited by Rosalie Parker
Hardcover – Tartarus Press – 2020 – 284 pages
These eighteen entirely new stories have been brought together to celebrate the thirtieth year of Tartarus Press. Representing the best contemporary writing in the fields of the literary strange, supernatural, fantasy and horror, they range from the wry comic fantasy of Jonathan Preece’s ‘Great Dead American Authors Alive and Living in Cwmbran’, to the atmospheric horror of Andrew Michael Hurley’s ‘Hunger’.
In ‘Grassman’ by Rebecca Lloyd, two sisters come of age during a village ceremony, while in ‘Meiko’ by J. M. Walsh, a mysterious guest upsets the equilibrium of a country house party. Mark Valentine’s ‘Other Things’ documents the romance and strangeness of private lore, while the search for a missing girl leads to a sinister discovery in D. P. Watt’s ‘The Wardian Case’. Dark family secrets are gradually uncovered in Angela Slatter’s ‘The Three Burdens of Nest Wynne’.
Founded in 1990, Tartarus Press has become known for championing both classic and contemporary writers. The Stories in this volume sit proudly within that tradtion.