Don't wait for me! Ordered the cheepo version in August but still no sign.
Hope you get it soon. Might be an idea to write David, see if there are any problems?
Find it very hard to believe this next is seven years old. Seems like only yesterday ..., etc.
The Bloody Tower: (Paul Finch [ed.], Terror Tales of London, 2013). Once read, not easy to forget. The ravens have fled the Tower, which, now closed as a tourist attraction, has been returned to its original purpose as maximum security prison for suspected terrorists. On the strength of an ill-judged remark at a party, Shakil, a wannabe rock star (influences Jim Morrison, The Velvet Underground), is spirited away by security forces and tortured for information about the non-existent terror cell they insist he belongs to. Shakil's blood awakens not only the ghosts of the many who preceded him, but the headsman appointed to put them that way. Not sure this sunk in first time around, but novella sort of bows out on a feelgood note.
Which can't really be said of the closer.
Daylight Robbery: A glimpse into our glorious future! 22nd Century Fox herald a new national hero as pure bred, third generation, designer Boris-baby, Mr. Phillip Burton-Smith, manfully overcomes his blind benefit scrounging cannibal immigrant terrorist kidnappers to emerge unscathed from the notorious South Acton Estate. The Government's scrupulously fair window tax on tower block tenants continues to bear fruit.
As with the recent 3rd BHF Horror Stories, a book I'd really been looking forward to lives up to, and even exceeds my high expectation. Am sure fans of For Those who Dream Monsters will love it; if you've not read Anna, check out a sample story from the Vault Advent Calendars to get acclimatised, and then imagine an entire collection of same.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.