Amuse-Bouches

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A demon with a taste for Dry Martinis. An inexplicable pregnancy. A serial killer targets film critics. A woman gives up her old life to join a sinister cult in Croydon. A fashion blogger is trapped in Paris when the city is overrun by zombies.

Five short tales of the unexpected from the author of horror novels Suckers, Stiff Lips and The Ex, described by Salman Rushdie as 'a superb satirist'. More

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About Anne Billson

Anne Billson is a film critic, novelist, photographer, screenwriter, film festival programmer, style icon, wicked spinster, evil feminist, and international cat-sitter. She has lived in London, Cambridge, Tokyo, Paris and Croydon, and now lives in Antwerp. She likes frites, beer and chocolate.

Her books include horror novels Suckers, Stiff Lips, The Ex, The Coming Thing and The Half Man; Blood Pearl, Volume 1 of The Camillography; monographs on the films The Thing and Let the Right One In; Breast Man: A Conversation with Russ Meyer; Billson Film Database, a collection of more than 4000 film reviews; and Cats on Film, the definitive work of feline film scholarship.

In 1993 she was named by Granta as one of their Best Young British Novelists. In 2012 she wrote a segment for the portmanteau play The Halloween Sessions, performed in London's West End. In 2015 she was named by the British Film Institute as one of 25 Female Film Critics Worth Celebrating.

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Oliver Clarke reviewed on June 14, 2016

A really entertaining and accomplished collection of short horror stories that reminded me of the pleasure that can come from a well told short as opposed to a novel.
Whilst the genre is definitely horror, there is a tonne of satire and black humour mixed in (as well as some slapstick) all of which works perfectly. Fans of Billson's excellent novels will definitely enjoy the collection, but anyone who likes the horror genre will find something to enjoy here.
My personal favourites were 'Paris When It Sizzles' which offers an enjoyable and stylish antidote to the normal po-faced, survivalist zombie claptrap; and the brilliantly conceived 'Born Again'.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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