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Served Cold by [Alan Baxter, Anthony Rivera]

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horror short stories, horror anthologies, military horror, survival horror, occult, supernatural

Praise for SERVED COLD and Alan Baxter

“Step into the ring with Alan Baxter, I dare you. He writes with the grace, precision, and swift brutality of a prizefighter. Served Cold is a stellar showcase for his talents. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading him yet, start here!” — Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and The Pandora Room

“In Served Cold Alan Baxter shows off his impressive versatility and range with a host of stories that mix old school terrors with very now concerns. At turns creepy and visceral, Baxter delivers the horror goods.” — Paul Tremblay, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

Served Cold is a feast for readers, who will push back from the table wanting more!” — John F.D. Taff, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of

The Fearing and The End in All Beginnings

Served Cold is a powerful collection of Alan Baxter’s writing at its best. Be it twisted desires or impossible choices, the harshest of consequences or the depths of despair, in these stories Baxter shines a light into the darker corners of what it means to be human.” — Joanne Anderton, award-winning author of The Bone Chime Song & Other Stories

“Alan Baxter’s fiction is dark, disturbing, hard-hitting and heart-breakingly honest. He reflects on worlds known and unknown with compassion and demonstrates an almost second-sight into human behaviour.” — Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of The Grief Hole

“Alan’s work is reminiscent of that of Clive Barker and Jim C. Hines, but with a unique flavour all of its own.” — Angela Slatter, World Fantasy, British Fantasy and Aurealis Award winner

“Alan Baxter is an accomplished storyteller who ably evokes magic and menace.” — Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase

“Baxter delivers a heady mix of magic, monsters and bloody fights to the death. Nobody does brutality like Baxter.” — Greig Beck, International bestselling author of Beneath the Dark Ice and Primordia

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"Step into the ring with Alan Baxter, I dare you. He writes with the grace, precision, and swift brutality of a prizefighter. Served Cold is a stellar showcase for his talents. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading him yet, start here!" -- Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and The Pandora Room

"In Served Cold Alan Baxter shows off his impressive versatility and range with a host of stories that mix old school terrors with very now concerns. At turns creepy and visceral, Baxter delivers the horror goods." -- Paul Tremblay, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

"Served Cold is a powerful collection of Alan Baxter's writing at its best. These stories never shy from the darkness or the weird and yet are, at their core, deeply human. As readers, we identify with his characters even--or maybe especially--when we would rather not. Be it twisted desires or impossible choices, the harshest of consequences or the depths of despair, in these stories Baxter shines a light into the darker corners of what it means to be human." -- Joanne Anderton, award-winning author of The Bone Chime Song & Other Stories

"Alan Baxter's Served Cold is a feast for readers, who will push back from the table wanting more!" -- John F.D. Taff, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Fearing and The End in All Beginnings

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07WVS9Y45
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Grey Matter Press; 1st edition (September 17, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 17, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1419 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 51 ratings

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Alan Baxter is a British-Australian, multi-award-winning author of horror, supernatural thrillers, and dark fantasy. He’s also a martial arts expert, a whisky-soaked swear monkey, and dog lover. He creates dark, weird stories among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, where he lives with his wife, son, hound and other creatures.

He is the author of several novels, including the Alex Caine trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction, The Balance duology, RealmShift and MageSign, the urban horror noir novel, Hidden City, and the horror/crime thriller Devouring Dark. He’s also written several novellas, including the cosmic horror thriller The Book Club, the supernatural noir Eli Carver novella series, Manifest Recall and Recall Night, with a third volume on the way, and the wildly popular gonzo horror novella, The Roo. A new collection of five interconnected horror novellas, The Gulp, came out this year.

Alan has also had more than 80 short fiction publications in journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK, France, Germany and Japan, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and many others. Alan has two volumes of collected short fiction, Crow Shine and Served Cold.

At times, Alan collaborates with US action/adventure bestselling author, David Wood. Together they have co-authored the short horror novel, Dark Rite, four action thrillers in The Jake Crowley Adventures, and the Sam Aston Investigations giant monster thrillers Primordial and Overlord, with a third in that series due any time now.

Alan has been an eight-time finalist in the Aurealis Awards, an eight-time finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards and a seven-time finalist in the Ditmar Awards. From those shortlistings he won the 2014 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story (“Shadows of the Lonely Dead”), the 2015 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction (“In Vaulted Halls Entombed”), the 2016 Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection (Crow Shine), and the 2019 Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection (Served Cold). He is also a past winner of the AHWA Short Story Competition (“It’s Always the Children Who Suffer”). Alan’s first collection, Crow Shine, also made the preliminary ballot for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award (TM) for Best Collection.

Read extracts from his novels and novellas, and find free short stories at his website – www.alanbaxter.com.au – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Collection
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2021
As always with collections or anthologies, I like to highlight my favorites. These are listed in the order they appear in the book, but I’ll be sure to note my two absolute favorites.

“Served Cold” - as an opening story, this one does the trick. I love revenge stories and Baxter delivers.

“How Father Bryant Saw the Light” - this one is short and a fascinating riff on demons/possession

“The Goodbye Message” - this one has a different writing style and as a reader that reads with her heart on her sleeve, this story of love and grief is an automatic win for me. This is one of my top two stories in the collection.

“Crying Demon” - like the first story, we meet young protagonists and Baxter writes them well. This also involves revenge and a video game storyline I really liked.

“Her Grief in My Halls” - what a title. This one pairs nicely with The Goodbye Message in terms of tone and content to a degree. Shout out to the author for spacing these stories out so they hold more power.

“Waters Strangely Clear” - again with the title! Baxter certainly has a knack for it. This story is the second of my two absolute favorites. It involves Halloween and dreams and is filled with little horror Easter eggs that made my horror heart happy.

“Yellowheart” - this novellette (maybe?) is a great bookend with Served Cold in terms of length and storytelling. I love survival stories and this one is a great end to a strong collection.

I first read Baxter’s work in the Suspended in Dusk II anthology and I’m happy to report that his short story game is as strong as it ever was. I gravitate towards novels and novellas 95% of the time, but give me an Alan Baxter story and I’m a happy reader. Check this one out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine example of the genre
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
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