I especially like brick and mortar bookstores because, once inside, you can browse the selection at your own pace and take your time discovering exciting new authors. Over the years, I realized that a particular pattern exists within the writers I've discovered and subsequently liked. They were all respected and quite underrated, and their books always carried a blurb by Stephen Baxter.
So in Eric Brown's case, Stephen Baxter said for his Helix: "Eric Brown's Helix is a classic concept - a built world to dwarf Rama and Ringworld - a setting for a hugely imaginative adventure. Helix is the very DNA of true SF. This is the rediscovery of wonder". If Stephen Baxter says that, who am I to argue? And honestly, he was right, Eric Brown is a fantastic writer and his "The Kings Of Eternity" is one of my favorite books.
Therefore, it's no wonder that I jumped at the chance to read his new short story collection entitled "Ghostwriting". Published by Infinity Books, an imprint led by another one of those great underrated writers, Keith Brooke, "Ghostwriting" is not your usual Eric Brown book. In it, Brown turns away from deep space and goes inside the genre of psychological horror. As Brown himself says in the introduction, he only wrote a handful of horror stories and they are all collected here, but you wouldn't notice it at the first glance as Brown effortlessly weaves the storylines with atmosphere reminiscent of M R James.
Out of eight stories in collection, my favorite is the opening story "The Man Who Never Read Novels" not because it is better than other stories, but because it showcases what a talented writer Brown is. We definitely recommend "Ghostwriting" - whether you like scifi, horror or just plain good stories.
In the meantime, do pay attention to Stephen Baxter blurbs. He knows his stuff.
"Ghostwriting" is published as e-book and paperback by Infinity Plus.
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