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Wyrd and Other Derelictions Kindle Edition
Something is missing from the silent places and worlds inside these stories. Something has been removed, taken flight, or been destroyed. Us.
Derelictions are weird tales that tell of aftermaths and of new and liminal places. Each location has witnessed catastrophe, infernal visitations, or unearthly transformations. But across these landscapes of murder, genocide and invasion, crucial evidence remains. And it is the task of the reader to sift through ruin and ponder the residual enigma, to behold and wonder at the full horror that was visited upon mankind.
A dead ship carries a terrible cargo across a black ocean. Below deck, signs of slaughter and devotion await to tell a ghastly tale.
On a barren and hostile shore a great ritual has been enacted successfully. The act of a god may have taken place. But what kind of deity did this?
An eerily silent campsite. No sign of life. Look closer and observe the grisly artefacts of annihilation.
In the very foundations of this dreadful house, was something supernormal called upon to abolish life so mercilessly?
Wyrd contains seven derelictions, original horror stories from the author of 'Hasty for the Dark' and 'Some Will Not Sleep' (winner of The British Fantasy Award for Best Collection).
Praise for Adam Nevill's short stories:
"Beautifully crafted, original and complete works." 'This is Horror' on 'Some Will Not Sleep'.
"His stories weave their way inside of your head and plant seeds of doubt and terror. He is a master of creating oppressive, creepy atmospheres and of taking your imagination to places you would rather he didn’t." 'The Grim Reader' on 'Hasty for the Dark'.
"In 'Some Will Not Sleep' nothing is sacred, nothing is safe, and goodness me, if you like horror fiction you’re going to absolutely love every damn minute." Pop Mythology.
"WYRD and Other Derelictions is an inventive, fresh concept . . . I'm recommending it for horror fans who love getting sucked into elaborate exposition and world-building supplied with vivid imagery." Cemetery Dance
"Recommended reading for any serious horror fan or for speculative fiction aficionados who crave intelligence in their weirdness." Monster Librarian
"The imagery created is sublime and unsettling; symmetrically arranged stones, dimly lit rooms, buildings full of the dead ... The power of suggestion has rarely been so effectively deployed." Dark Musings
"Nevill guides us through ruined landscapes and describes the aftermath . . . Nevill then leaves it to the reader to piece together what happened. Each of these derelictions left me unsettled and I couldn't put the collection down. 5 Stars." Deadhead Reviews
"I thought it was terrific . . . Nevill's already unmatchable back catalogue just got stronger, with many more shades of sinister." Ginger Nuts of Horror
"I can't recommend this collection of stories enough. This is experimental literary horror and the experiment has exceeded all expectations. Read this and enjoy the horrific scenes Nevill has laid out for you." Horror Bound
"Quick, short blasts of nightmarish descriptions. Each of the stories details a scene that the reader seemingly stumbles upon . . . Completely unsettling." Kendall Reviews
"If you need a bit of creepiness, if you want to travel a world essentially alone, if you want to experience the aftermath, then read this. 5 stars." Sleepy Librarian
"I think that the first story in this book easily gets filed in my "scariest stories" section in my brain.
I give this book five huge stars." Page and Parlour (Nightworms)
"This collection of short stories is unlike anything you have read before." Gowsy (Nightworms)
"Unique, experimental, and majorly creepy." She Reads With Cats (Nightworms)
"An ominous tour! Walking through these spaces where very bad things happened was so chilling yet so interesting. 5 Stars." Marcy Reads (Nightworms)
"You are intrigued, you are disturbed, and you're not quite sure what is going on . . . Each has at least one scene (usually the ending) that will haunt me for a long time. 5 Stars." Reading Vicariously (Nightworms)
"Nevill manages to impose horror without even having a narrator or a dialog. Hell, there are not even 'people' here. Just the suggestion of the worst that happened at a moment in time. Think Polaroids of crime scenes with a supernatural twist and the reader floating around, inspecting, exploring, experiencing, reliving the moments." Undead dad Reads (Nightworms)
"The first story gave me goosebumps and utterly creeped me out and that feeling remained for the rest of the book. I'd recommend Wyrd, but with two caveats: 1) be ready for nightmares 2) go slow... these stories deserve to linger. 5 Stars." Reads With Dogs (Nightworms)
"This is an entirely unique collection of short stories! I would liken these stories to found footage horror films where you see events unfolding in real time. You don't get closure as to why and how the events occur, nor what happens next." Read By Dusk (Nightworms)
"Every story left me pondering what madness and terror had unfolded beforehand, long after I had finished each one. As always with Adam's novels and short fiction, I was instantly drawn in and smothered (comforted?) by a big warm blanket of dread." CJH Reads (Nightworms)
"The book strikes at the heart of everyone's fears - the threat of the unknown. Of being wiped out of existence by the supernatural or powers beyond our control." Sams Bookverse
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08BCQFVSW
- Publisher : Ritual Limited (October 26, 2020)
- Publication date : October 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3447 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 91 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #124,853 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Read the first few pages and rest assured the rest of the "book" is the same.
Some of the stories are more purely descriptive, others with an implicit narrator pointing things out to a hypothetical observer. On the whole I prefer the ones with less narration - I think Nevill's pure description is more engaging than the narrator's here. But in a volume of experiments as drastically off the beaten track as this, it's certainly worthwhile to try out of various options.
There's an interesting mini-theme of sea-related calamities here. "Hippocampus" describes a cargo ship more or less adrift, "Turning the Tide" a beachside campground, "Monument" sacrifice site by the sea and nearby houses, "Low Tide" a stretch of seaside resort and homes. Each is a very different kind of disaster, as are each of the others, from the trouble facing a dozen people at sea or a few dozen folks who fell to what seems like a one-time attack to massive permanent transformations that look to be the end of humanity and maybe the Earth itself.
As usual with Nevill, the delivery is cool and calm, even when describing vivid damage and strange weird action. (Some of the calamities aren't entirely done, as their stories happen. There's a hunting monster here, a corpse falling up into the sky there.) There are some whole paragraphs composed of choppy fragments, which me twitchy and wishing I could edit them, but overall, it's smooth, enjoyable prose.
Nevill is frank in the afterword about his uncertainty whether the character-less experiment would work for him, let alone anyone else. It definitely works for me. Highly recommended.
Some pretty vivid imagery. Can definitely see the influence of authors like Lovecraft in the descriptive nature of the prose and Clive Barker for the brutality.
Some of the same descriptors are used in multiple stories (i.e. something something is black as 'treacle') and, because it's such a short read, I hit these descriptors seemingly one right after another. Most of the stories felt to be a bit too similar in how I, as the reader, experienced the atmospheres. Essentially, you're being guided by the narrator through these scenes where humans had been removed by otherworldly elements, or the actions of said otherworldly elements. And, in that experience of being guided through said atmospheres, most of the stories felt pretty similar in execution.
It wasn't a horrible read. Would I recommend it to others? Ehhhh. Nevill is very descriptive, so for other writers, I would probably recommend it as an exercise in detailed prose. But there are times where this gets too flowery, too nuanced, and frankly loses some of the punch of what I guess I expected to experience. Most of the stories had the feeling that I started off not truly understanding what was being described, and then after a page or two, I began to see a picture of what was happening. Maybe this was the intent?
My favorite story was Low Tide, as I thought the entire scene/story was unique and well done.
This book is definitely not without its merit, but I truly enjoyed some of Nevill's other work more than I did this book.
"Derelictions" is interesting because the stories themselves are more stage design instead of individual narrative based. It was an odd choice, but Nevill managed to make that compelling, and he is quite talented in making you horrified, revolted, unnerved, and uneasy by just really on description.
If you want to read good horror that's definitely different from other horror out there, then pick up this book!
Top reviews from other countries
The whole tale is left up to the reader to make a coherent sense out of the story, as it is sort of written in a show, but not tell sort of way. It is up to you how you imagine what might have happened here and there. Yes, its horror, sometimes quite gruesome in detail. I really love this new approach of writing. Such a welcome and fresh breath of originality.
A thoroughly unique take on the horror story and it will be interesting to see where Nevill goes from here and whether he can develop this style further or if he’ll go off in an entirely different direction.
Once I started reading these dark tales I found I couldn’t put the book down.
The stories are less character driven, and more akin to dark tales, terrifying nightmares and paranormal reports. Influenced by the bleakness of the natural world colliding with Supernatural that lies just beneath its surface.
A collection of narratives that all seem to relate to something bigger. I can imagine some of these short tales potentially being fleshed out into a bigger novel in the future. A fantastic read
Its beautifully horrible.