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City Jitters [PDF / EPUB] City Jitters This is a collection of ten chilling tales of modern malevolence, each rooted in the everyday experiences of contemporary city life The city consists only of car parks, nightclubs, taxis, bright pavem This is a collection of ten chilling tales of modern malevolence, each rooted in the everyday experiences of contemporary city life The city consists only of car parks, nightclubs, taxis, bright pavements, laughing people, ringing telephones but in its very ordinariness there lurks its greatest terror Behind the most ordinary urban landscape lies a place where reality stops and nightmare begins.


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  1. says:

    Christopher Fowler is most frequently described as an urban horror writer and that description was neverapt than in City Jitters , his first collection of short stories They are all set in a city and they are all based on quite normal circumstances in which things don t progress quite the way you might expect And definitely not the way you would want, if this were you Left Hand Drive is the story of a man desperately hunting for the exit of a multi storey car park Any Minute Now is Christopher Fowler is most frequently described as an urban horror writer and that description was neverapt than in City Jitters , his first collection of short stories They are all set in a city and they are all based on quite normal circumstances in which things don t progress quite the way you might expect And definitely not the way you would want, if this were you Left Hand Drive is the story of a man desperately hunting for the exit of a multi storey car park Any Minute Now is a woman experiencing an unsettling late night taxi ride Change For the Sky Master is a dangerous obsession with an arcade game, neatly combined with the teachers assessment of the subject s art homework Perry in Seraglio is an aging hipster s story of a new nightclub Tigertooth is a tale of a man with a slightly dodgy second job coming home to find his house has been burgled and tracking down the suspect thanks to a dropped wallet Vanishing Acts is a tale of two country boys hitting the delights of Soho for the first time Her Finest Hour is an old lady who is seen as ripe for robbery by a couple of chancers The Cleansing is a businessman finding out how hard it can be to gain contacts What is Wrong With This Picture is a married couple watching some late night television Loaded Blanks is how people react to the stresses of life when they become extreme Linking all these together are the Citylink stories, about a man getting lost trying to find a hotel in a strange city he is neither familiar with nor dressed for.Many of the basic set ups for these stories are immediately familiar Most of us have been in a multi storey car park, or a taxi, or a nightclub or watched television late at night Arcades aren t as common as they used to be, but that story can easily be used to represent Playstation and the news tells us stories of old ladies conned out of their belongings or life savings But very few of us get to see such stories from the same angles as Christopher Fowler does There are a number of twists that remind me of Stephen King and a few that would be familiar to Clive Barker s work.What makes Fowler the best at what he does is the way he makes the mundane extremely unsettling Not since I read James Herbert s Lair and discovered that his location for the huge rat s nest was between my regular Tube station and the office have I found myself so aware of what is going on around me just in case For me, Left Hand Drive is the story that most unsettled me, but so much here is familiar that it gives you pause when you find yourself in a similar situation.This isn t Fowler s best collection of short stories, but as his first, it is a very strong debut It s not Fowler s best writing, but much of it is strikingly familiar and that s where the horror comes from Fowler s writing improved from this point, but his storytelling was already on point right from day one


  2. says:

    A book of twelve short stories involving normal everyday activities that turn out in unexpected and dangerous ways I didn t like it.


  3. says:

    This is an early Fowler collection of short stories It is the first of three collections and, perhaps wrongly, reminds me of an EC Educational Comics magazine Instead of a Crypt Keeper or Old Witch, the figure that tries the stand alone stories together is a British tourist in shorts and T shirt wandering through a cold New York holiday season and getting shaken down by the locals There are a number of good stories and some quite good description Now, it s off to book two.


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