Even when genre isn’t to the fore, though, the lyricism of the tales lends them an eerie, other-worldly atmosphere. The book has been illustrated in fine style by Adam Hill.
In case you haven’t come across it before, here’s the resplendent TOC:
“The Sad Tale of the Deakins Boys” by Will Hill
“Wish for a Gun” by Sam Sykes
“Grit” by Scott Andrews
“Belle Deeds” by Chrysanthy Balis
“The Gathering of Sheaves” by Joseph D’Lacey
“Rhod the Killer” by Sam Wilson
“Raise the Beam High” by Jonathan Oliver
“4.52 to Pandemonium” by Archie Black
“Red Hot Hate” by Den Patrick
“Sleep in Fire” by Osgood Vance
Unfortunately, the limited edition hardback pictured here is sold out but you can still get paperback and electronic formats.
The good news is that another collection, set in the same town a generation or two later, is due out next year…
I can’t wait!