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Shards: Short Sharp Tales

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SHARDS: Short Sharp Tales

Written by Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Illustrated by Andrew J. McKiernan

ISBN: 978-0-9805677-2-4
160 pages - B Format paperback

Shards is dark fiction at its shortest and sharpest. Each shard is an imaginative fragment, broken, sharp, and poised to draw blood.

Shards is 31 tales of terror by award winning author Shane Jiraiya Cummings, each tale accompanied by a suitable disturbing full-page illustration by myself.

Shards is now available direct from Brimstone Press, or in all good bookstores. If they don't have a copy ask them to order a copy or two in.

"With SHARDS author Shane Jiraiya Cummings and artist Andrew J. McKiernan take us on a guided tour of the darkest backroads of the imagination.  It is wonderfully moody and creepy."

– Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO and THE WOLFMAN 

“Shards cuts you right open and then sets about infecting the wound. Cummings' prose is as the title suggests: short, sharp, and deadly. The tales themselves are relentless, battering you with their suggestive intensity or mocking with bleak humour. Add to this darkly disturbing illustrations by Andrew McKiernan and Shards is one hell of a nightmare.”

– Dr Marty Young, President, Australian Horror Writers Association.

"Shards offers a worthy selection of short-short stories that reflects the author’s prominence in the contemporary upsurge of 'flash fiction' among Australian horror writers. Fans of the short-short form will welcome this darkly entertaining foray into a world gone subtly—and at times unsubtly—askew, from one of Australia’s 'new bloods' of horror. Combined with a wealth of evocative illustrations from Andrew McKiernan, Shards represents a unique horror experience."

– Robert Hood, the 'Godfather of Aussie Horror' and award-winning author of Creeping in Reptile Flesh

"Shards is a maelstrom of images that delivers to the reader intense stories, and repeated sucker punches to their emotions."

– Sharyn Lilley, Eneit Press

"Reading Shards is like being strapped to a rocket, once you're on you can't get off till the end."

– Stuart Mayne, Editor Aurealis Magazine

Shards: Short Sharp Tales
By Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Illustrated by Andrew J McKiernan
Published by Brimstone Press - August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9805677-2-4




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