Tell No Lies by John Grant
Cover by Peter Coleborn
Here is a dozen of John Grant’s best stories. To thrill and chill you, to take you on journeys of the fantastic:
- It is an easy enough mistake to make – the most natural mistake in the world.
- Cello is hooked up to the machine, but whose dreams does she experience?
- The house is suddenly infested, but with … what?
- At the Edinburgh Fringe he meets Kristie. She seems to be exactly what he needs.
- The books Philip buys contain a signature that has no right to be there.
- In a West Country village petrol is ridiculously cheap. Where does it come from?
- Caught in a blizzard he finds himself in Memoryville … where he meets an old acquaintance…
- Ginfalcio Beeswax and Truculence Fish are all that stand between the monsters from the blackness of outer space and the end of mankind. But are issues closer to home more frightening than multi-tentacled aliens?
- Christopher – their miracle child.
- Nick’s lives are … haunted, but by whom?
- The artist is dead but her art lives on.
- It’s Benjy’s birthday – and he wants his own universe.
John Grant is author of some seventy books, of which about twenty-five are fiction, including novels like The World, The Hundredfold Problem, The Far-Enough Window, The Dragons of Manhattan and Leaving Fortusa. His “book-length fiction” Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His first story collection, Take No Prisoners, appeared in 2004. His anthology New Writings in the Fantastic was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award. His novellas The City in These Pages and The Lonely Hunter appeared from PS Publishing. For his non-fiction work he has received two Hugos, a World Fantasy Award and various others.
This is a story collection that stays in your mind long after you’ve finished reading … The term magic realism is bandied around a lot, but in this sense, the majority of Grant’s protagonists are approaching the fantastic from the real and explore the consequences of the anomaly they have discovered ,,, The realistic contexts engage you directly and in every case you leave with something to think about; a collection to guide your mind. — SF Book Reviews
…but don’t let any of these [story] openings fool you into thinking you know where the story is going, because the author has something new to say about each of them. There’s a common theme of relationships lost due to accident, murder, infidelity, time-slips and slides into alternative realities… The book’s overall title is a warning, and the message is “Be thankful for what you have”. — Duncan Lunan, Interzone
Storytellers are good at lies. It is their stock in trade. A good storyteller is able to be convincing while being a master of misdirection. The reader is sucked in to the power of the tale before realising that everything is not how they expected it to be. In some cases this leads to a ‘groan effect’ as a twist is revealed that, although unexpected, is provided without the clues that on looking back were present. A subtle bard leaves the reader with a feeling of satisfaction. John Grant belongs to the latter school. — Pauline Morgan, SF Crowsnest
… I’m not sure how anyone could categorise it, but like one or two other authors, such as Chris Priest, it’s not really SF, or… It’s just John Grant, an author in an alternate universe! — David A Hardy