Edited by Brian J. Showers

‘Omnia exeunt in mysterium.’ – Arthur Machen

‘Turn and face the strange.’ – David Bowie

Stories of Night and Light and the Half Light.

Uncertainties is an anthology of new writing – featuring contributions from Irish, British, and American authors – each exploring the idea of increasingly fragmented senses of reality. These short stories were termed ‘strange tales’ by Robert Aickman, called ‘tales of the unexpected’ by Roald Dahl, and known to Shakespeare’s ill-fated Prince Mamillius as ‘winter’s tales’. But these are no mere ghost stories. These tales of the uncanny grapple with existential epiphanies of the modern day, and when otherwise familiar landscapes become sinister and something decidedly less than certain . . .

Foreword by John Connolly
‘The Swing’ by Peter Bell
‘The Mighty Mr Godbolt’ by R.B. Russell
‘Then and Now’ by John Howard
‘Homecraft’ by Rosalie Parker
‘Half-Light’ by Steve Rasnic Tem
‘Wellaway’ by Martin Hayes
‘Closing Time’ by Emma Darwin
‘From the Archives of the Westmeath Examiner’ by Derek John
‘Last Love’ by John Kenny
‘The Faerie Ring’ by John Reppion
‘Court of Midnight’ by Mark Samuels
‘What’s Out There?’ by Gary McMahon
‘On a Clear Day’ by Robert Neilson
‘A Letter from McHenry’ by Reggie Chamberlain-King
‘The Edge of the World’ by Helen Grant
‘The Séance’ by Lynda E. Rucker
‘Ruby’ by Adam Golaski
‘The Light at the Centre’ by Maura McHugh
‘Fran’s Nan’s Story’ by Sarah LeFanu
‘To the Eternal One’ by Mark Valentine
‘Flyblown’ by Timothy J. Jarvis
‘Love at Second Sight’ by Reggie OliverThe cover painting, ‘The Field was Frozen’, is by author Chris Priestly (hey, who knew he could paint too?)

I'm still waiting to hear back from the individual writing the brief introduction, which is very exciting as well, and will announce that in due course. [Edit: It’s John Connolly!!]

©2016 Swan River Press
©2016 John Connolly (foreword)
©2016 All stories, the individual authors


Liberties Press Ltd (Ireland)
HB - 189 pages - 20/04/2016 - ISBN: 9781783800148

  • Ireland First Edition HB (signed by John on first page of his foreword)