THE SPACES BETWEEN THE LINES by Peter Crowther. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2007. 1st edition hardcover. OUT OF PRINT.
A very special jukebox in the abandoned saloon of a dusty deserted town plays much more than mere tunes for two weary wanderers . . .
A travelling carnival in a post-apocalyptic world comes across the Earth's very last vampire . . .
A chair fashioned out of the wood from the original cross provides a comfort of sorts down the ages . . .
A lonely girl dreams of freedom, whatever the cost . . .
A one-time orphan embarks on a bizarre bus-journey with his newfound parents . . .
Two old men tamper with the dark arts and open a gateway that threatens the destruction of the world . . .
A grieving widower goes to great lengths to bring his wife back from the dead – only to find that she's brought someone else with her . . .
And a man uses a roll of magical tape to halt time and save his wife's life, unaware that there are things in this stopped-clock dimension that take a dim view of visitors . . .
Twelve more stories from the fertile mind of Peter Crowther, award-winning author of The Longest Single Note, Songs of Leaving, Lonesome Roads and the Forever Twilight SF/horror sequence.
Limited to 750 SIGNED numbered copies.
Introduction by Jack Dann;
We're All Bozos On This Bus,
Days of the Wheel,
Even Beggars Would Ride (with James Lovegrove),
The Last Vampire,
Conundrums To Guess,
Three Plays A Quarter,
Sitting Pretty (with Simon Conway),
The Main Event,
The Space Between The Lines;
From Publishers Weekly
"British author Crowther (The Longest Single Note) shows impressive versatility in this collection of 12 weird tales that evoke a variety of moods ranging from wonder to horror...these stories are grounded in believably wrought emotions that make their strangeness both credible and affecting."
From Library Journal:
"From a quietly horrific story of a man who cannot accept his wife's untimely death ('Stand By') to a post-apocalyptic encounter between a traveling carnival and the last vampire ('The Last Vampire'), the dozen stories in this collection illustrate the author's knack for finding the strange places between reality and dark fantasy and bringing them to light."
Fine in fine dj. OUT OF PRINT.