Use Once, Then Destroy

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Night Shade Books, 2004 - Fiction - 240 pages
2 Reviews
A serial killer is removing victims' hands in a Venice shackled by winter.

A woman at the end of her tether finds a terrible release on holiday in the fens of East Anglia.

A man is haunted by graffiti, and finds that his road to discovering the perpetrator leads to death. and worse.

A husband trying to comfort his terminally ill wife seeks help in a forbidden zone from his childhood, where blood is the price of perfection.

In this spellbinding collection of his best stories from the last ten years, award-winning writer Conrad Williams offers the kind of horrors that move subtly into you, like pain, or love, or regret. They are stories that explore the scarred outposts of desperation and desire, sickness and death, sex and decay.

Within these pages you will also find the acclaimed novella Nearly People (nominated for awards by the International Horror Guild and the British Fantasy Society), in which a woman's search for food in a nightmarish city brings her attention from an enigmatic man known as The Dancer, and a host of terrible epiphanies.


--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Includes three stories never before seen: Nest of Salt, The Night Before and The Owl.

Contents

The Machine
Supple Bodies
The Light that Passes Through You
Nest of Salt
City in Aspic
Other Skins
The Windmill
Wire
The Burn
The Owl
The Night Before
Edge
MacCreadle's Bike
Known
The Suicide Pit
Excuse the Unusual Approach
Nearly People

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Review: Use Once, Then Destroy

User Review  - Grant Frazier - Goodreads

Each story delivers a level of description beyond the realms of some of the best horror. When Williams describes a red brick wall, you cant help but feel the grainy chalk between your fingers. The ... Read full review

Review: Use Once, Then Destroy

User Review  - Allison - Goodreads

Don't know. I realized as I started reading it that I had borrowed it from the library before and not loved it then. Took another crack at it. I've read one or two of his stories in other collections ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Conrad Williams has also published two novels and several novellas. In 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel. He lives in Manchester, England, where he teaches creative writing at a local university.


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