Sparkling New Stories from Prize-Winning Authors.
'Don't look into the mirror at moonlight, or you will see what animal you are . . .'
Mirrors have fascinated storytellers for thousands of years, and this anthology confirms that writers in the twenty-first century are still intrigued by them. The collection is a wonderful mix of styles and genres, everything from humour to horror, romance to realism, fantasy to fairytale, new stories which will entice all ages with their glittering reflection of life.
Gaye Hicyilmaz has inspired the cover design with her wonderfully visual 'The Mirrored Garden', made from shattered bits and pieces of people's lives, and Celia Rees picks up the theme of shattered mirrors in her ghostly story 'Silver Laughter'. There's the hilarious 'Never Trust A Parrot' from Jeremy Strong in which we meet a vampire parrot; a lively, quirky fairy story featuring a dragon and a princess from Kate Thompson and, from Vivian French, a rip-roaring story of 'Selim-Hassan The Seventh' whose great-great-great-great grandfather was a pirate!
Alan Durant has written a spine-tingling tale of terror, 'Rochefault's Revenge', featuring a ghost from the French Revolution and Mary Arrigan's 'Disappearance' has a ghostly theme too, a lively one with links to Aboriginal Australia. Melvin Burgess's 'Whose face Do You See?' is a hospital drama where a mirror becomes a symbol of hope. There's a mirror-ball, which revolves and resolves a family dilemma in Annie Dalton's heartening story 'Lilac Peabody' and Anne Fine's 'Use It Or Lose It' is an acutely-observed story about growing to understand yourself.
These are just some of the intriguing stories in this outstanding anthology.