April 03, 2021

#BookReview: The Repeater Book of the Occult: Ten Tales from the Darkside by Tariq Goddard

Synopsis: A selection of Repeater authors choose their favourite forgotten horror stories for this new anthology, with each also writing a critical introduction for the story of their choice.

Edited by novelist and Repeater publisher Tariq Goddard and "horror philosopher" Eugene Thacker, The Repeater Book of the Dead is a new anthology of horror stories, selected and introduced by Repeater authors.

Includes selections from Repeater authors like Graham Harman, Leila Taylor, Carl Neville, Adrian Nathan West and Rhian E Jones, with forgotten horror classics from authors such as W.W. Jacobs, Mark Twain and Sheridan Le Fanu.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: 
This one was a major disappointment.  I was expecting something dark but ended up with a collection of horror stories that almost put me to sleep. The introductions to each one were a bit frustrating and I found myself skipping over those pages. If you like classic horror stories you may enjoy this book, however it just wasn't for me.


"A perfect collection of seminal supernatural tales, their crepuscular shadows lovingly illuminated by writers whose fascinating introductions throw surprises out like stars." - David Tibet

“A highly recommended and exquisitely curated collection of occult stories that elevate horror to sublime philosophical contemplation.” - E. Elias Merhige 

About the Author

Tariq Goddard was born in London in 1975. He read Philosophy at King's College London. His first three novels were short listed for various awards, including the Whitbread (Costa) First Novel Award, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. His fourth and fifth books won the Independent Publishers Gold medal for Horror Writing and Silver medal for Literary Fiction respectively. He lives on a farm in Wiltshire with his wife and children.

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