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CO01: 2004: NOCTURNES

AWARDS
Nominee: 2005 CWA Short Story Dagger Award, for 'Miss Froom, Vampire'

SYNOPSIS
In the novella THE CANCER COWBOY RIDES a New Hampshire town is infected by the arrival of a tormented stranger; in SOME CHILDREN WANDER BY MISTAKE a sinister circus returns to reap the fruits of seeds sown many years before; in THE NEW DAUGHTER a father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient, and very much alive; and in THE UNDERBURY WITCHES a pair of London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk;

Finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella, THE REFLECTING EYE. The photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mail box of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer, forcing Parker to confront the possibility that the house of John Grady is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again...

CONTENTS
  1. The Cancer Cowboy Rides
  2. Mr Pettinger's Dæmon
  3. The Erlking
  4. THE NEW DAUGHTER
  5. The Ritual of the Bones
  6. The Furnace Room
  7. THE UNDERBURY WITCHES
  8. THE INKPOT MONKEY
  9. The Shifting of the Sands
  10. SOME CHILDREN WANDER BY MISTAKE
  11. Deep Dark Green
  12. MISS FROOM, VAMPIRE
  13. Nocturne
  14. The Wakeford Abyss
  15. THE REFLECTING EYE: A Charlie Parker Novella
NOCTURNES - A CODA: THE EXTRA STORIES
  1. The Bridal Bed
  2. The Man from the Second Fifteen
  3. The Inn at Shillingford
This collection of supernatural novellas and stories echoes the work of some of the masters of the genre - M.R. James, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King - while never losing the distinctive voice of the stories' creator, John Connolly. Here are lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons and vengeful ghosts.

REVISED US EDITION (2006): THE EXTRA STORIES
The original 15 plus:
16. The Bridal Bed
17. The Man from the Second Fifteen
18. The Inn at Shillingford
19. MR. GRAY'S FOLLY
20. THE CYCLE

DEDICATION
For Adèle, who will always be missed

COPYRIGHT
©2004 John Connolly

FIRST PUBLISHED
Hodder & Stoughton (UK, Ireland, Australia, etc.)
HB - 404 pages - 11/10/2004 -  ISBN: 0340834587

Hodder & Stoughton (UK, Ireland, Australia, etc.)
PB - 41 pages - 11/10/2004 - ISBN: NONE
Nocturnes - A Coda

Atria Books (US & Canada)
PB - 406 pages - 22/03/2005 - ISBN: 0743270193
Original edition with just 13 stories.

Atria Books (US & Canada)
PB - 496 pages - 10/10/2006 - ISBN: 9781416534600
Revised edition with 5 extra stories.

THE COLLECTED
  1. UK First Signed Edition HB (with purple 'belly band') (signed to front and rear end papers)
  2. UK First Signed Edition HB (signed to front papers only)
  3. UK First Edition HB (signed)
  4. UK First Edition PB (A Coda) (signed)
  5. US First Edition Trade PB (signed)