COLLECTION by Michael Eisele
PUBLICATION Tartarus Press
Jacketed Hard Cover ISBN - 978-1-905784-89-9 [£35]
The fifteen strange stories that comprise this stunning debut collection range over the fantastic, the supernatural and the psychological. In An Old Tale, a young ballet student discovers hope beyond the barriers of death. The Music tells of a violinist who must face the ghosts of his past; and those ghosts are brought to life in The Beginning. In Gloria and the Selchie a modern Irish girl discovers that the stories her old granny told her are all too true, while in The Lighthouse, a retired sea captain falls in love. What Dreams May Come moves the scene to modern day Manhattan, as an advertising executive is haunted by dreams of a giant raptor. In Sanity, the boundary between delusion and reality becomes a battlefield between a patient and her therapist. Rolf takes the reader to the world of the medieval mason, and a strange apprenticeship. The Change concerns the legend of the were-wolf from an unusual point of view, and in The Kelpie, a novice mage learns the true extent of her powers.
Michael Eiseles stories entertain, entrance and delight in equal measure.