Checkmate: Tales of Speculative Fiction

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Fifteen previously published stories, collected together for the first time, spanning fantasy, horror, sci fi and speculative fiction. Among other things, Bleed Them Dry puts a new spin on vampires, talking corpses tell their side in The Dead Do Listen and and a devilish game of chess goes wrong in Checkmate. Perfect for Halloween. More
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About Icy Sedgwick

ICY SEDGWICK is part film academic, part writer and part trainee supervillain. Icy dreams of Dickensian London and the Old West. She writes primarily gothic fiction, although she does love a good Western. Find her ebooks, free weekly fiction and other shenanigans at Icy’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

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Reviews of Checkmate: Tales of Speculative Fiction by Icy Sedgwick

Cameron Trost reviewed on March 8, 2014

A wonderful collection of tales of subtle urban fantasy with a delicious gothic flavour. Icy Sedgwick's flash fiction is perfect and the longer stories here also captivate the reader. It is clear that many of these tales are based on her real life and yet, somehow, she manages to weave magic into them in a most graceful way. My favourites were "The Midas Box", "The Thwarted Stalker", "The Mirror Phase", and the humorous "The Dead Do Listen".
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Cassie Nichols reviewed on May 2, 2011

The best dollar I've spent all year. Reminiscent of both Gaiman and Collier, Sedgwick blends irony, fantasy, and horror together with a skilled hand. Her characters are real and beliveable, which makes it all the more enthralling reading the situations she puts them in. Worth every penny and then some -- read this book!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Bill Fox reviewed on March 8, 2011

A superbly written collection, full of surprises and innovations and better than many similar works I've paid for! Highly recommended for the horror, sci fi, and fantasy fan; entertaining and powerful!
(review of free book)
Carl Hose reviewed on Dec. 16, 2010

This is a hot little collection of entertaining stories like glittering jewels. I love the descriptions. Icy chooses words that are not always used -- she avaoids the common. Her characters ring with truth. She has a talent for the written word. This collection of tales would be worth paying for -- it's certainly worth reading for free.
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