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by David Morrell

Nightscape Book Jacket

Published: 24th May 2004
Price: £18.99

'Grabs you by the short hairs of your soul and your brain and does not let go'

A collection of short stories from the master of high-action suspense fiction

In David Morrell's youth, thrillers and horror stories provided an escape from his nightmarish reality. Is it any wonder that, as an adult obsessed with being a writer, he has compulsively turned to the types of stories that provided an escape when he was a child. In his own words, perhaps he is eager to provide an escape for others. Or perhaps he is trying to escape from his past.

In each of the stories in this collection a character gets an idea in his head, a hook on his emotions, a need to be fulfilled, and he does everything possible to carry it through, no matter how difficult. Written with a haunting emotional intensity and lightening pace, these stories will leave you wanting more.

David Morrell is a former professor of American literature at the University of Iowa. He is one of America's most popular storytellers, with over eighteen million copies of his books in print. They have been translated into twenty-two languages.

Praise for David Morrell

'Morrell writes action thrillers that really do thrill'
The Independent on Sunday

'Tight, colourful, fast-moving, and packed with tension'
Stephen King

'Utterly compelling, as swift as a runaway train, full of excitement and emotion'
Dean Koontz

David Morrell’s Nightscape Competition

Just released in the UK is David Morrell’s second collection of Short Stories.

David Morrell and Hodder Headline Publishing UK have combined to offer three copies of NIGHTSCAPE to three lucky readers of Shots eZine.

All you have to do is answer this simple question and send it together with your name and address to:

Question: Name the title of David Morrell’s previous short story collection?

Hint : You may want to check out David’s interview in Shots #21.

The Protection Business: David Morrell talks to Ali Karim
Part One
Part Two

Nightscape Book Jacket

Train Book Jacket
The first novel in a decade from the author of the
US National Book Award winner Paris Trout

Published by William Heinemann on January 1st, 2004
Price £15.99

‘The best new novel I read this year was Train by Pete Dexter, a writer who can make me feel sick to
the pit of my stomach using prose so pitch-perfect I immediately want to go back to the top of the page
and be horrified all over again.’

Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

‘One of the greatest American writers around… a storyteller who cuts
straight to the nerve’
Scott Turow

‘A consummate storyteller and an uncompromising critic of the human condition… He tells us what we do not
want to hear and then makes us want to listen to every word… The outcome is devastating. The
virtuosity consummate’
The Daily Telegraph

‘A zesty brew of ambition, lust and deception all captured in Dexter’s lean and precise prose… He maps the
infinite capacity of humankind for self-deception’
The Times

‘Dexter’s characters come and go like phantoms from a Hitchcock movie… he writes about huge themes and
hardly misses a beat… his characters all come complete with pasts and futures - fully realized, almost
touchable creations’
Time Out


A stunning novel of crime, race, and unlikely liaisons; with the economy of style and keen, compassionate eye that distinguished his previous novels, Dexter brings to life the most violent and tender impulses of his characters as they struggle to come to terms with the difference between a gift and a passion, between their abilities and their desires.

Lionel Walk, better known as Train, is a young black caddy at an elite Los Angeles golf course. Keeping his head down, and playing a few rounds off-hours, he navigates his way between the careless brutality of the other caddies. Along the way Train finds an unexpected and enigmatically unassuming guest at the club, a police detective he calls ‘The Mile-Away Man’.

Norah Still is unwillingly at the centre of the criminal investigation, as the only survivor of an attempted boat hijacking gone violently wrong. Sergeant Miller Packer - Train’s ‘Mile-Away Man’ - is in charge of the case and, as he quietly manages the crime scene, he finds himself drawn to the beautiful widow.

Miller’s interest in Norah and Train soon moves beyond his professional obligations. He tries to shield Norah from the events on the boat, fighting her need to hold on to the past. He becomes a kind of manager as Train competes as a golfer on a lucrative underground gambling circuit. Miller’s oddly personal concern binds the three of them together in an uneasy triangle.

Pete Dexter is the author of the National Book Award winner Paris Trout and of God’s Pocket, Deadwood, Brotherly Love, and The Paperboy. He was born in Michigan and raised in Georgia, Illinois, and eastern South Dakota. He lives in Puget Sound, Washington.


Pete Dexter's Train Competition

Random House have kindly donated two hard cover copies of Train by Pete Dexter for our special competition.

All you have to do is answer this simple question and send it together with your name and address to:

Question: Which author reviewed Train by Pete Dexter for Shots Ezine?

Hint : It was reviewed in the January section of the Shots Book Reviews.

The first two names out of Mike Stotters inbox get a hard cover copy of this tremendous book.

Train Book Jacket

Shots Present : The Brian Wiprud Competition

Brian Wiprud is one of Ali Karim’s favourite crime writers when it comes to seeing the funny side of life.

Ali found out that Brian is zig-zaging across America promoting his three very cool books. So to celebrate his Transamerica journey, Shots Ezine have organised a competition to win some very cool books.

First check out his interview with Ali Karim in Shots #16 here.

Brian Wiprud, The Web Site Experience

Then answer this one question :-

Question: Name Brian’s hobby that inspired his first novel SLEEP WITH THE FISHES?

Email your answer with your name and address to:

The first correct email pulled out of Mike Stotter’s inbox will get a Bowling Shirt that appears in Brian’s new book and three runners-up will get a personally signed copy of Brian’s new book.

And why not meet the man himself?

Get your diary and meet up with Brian :-

Cleveland, OH
Westerville, OH
Dayton, OH
Ann Arbor, MI
Chicago Area
Milwaukee, WI
Madison, WI
Iowa City,IA
Kansas City,MS
Denver, CO
Laramie, WY
Casper, WY
Sheridan, WY
Missoula, WY
Spokane, WA
Seattle, WA
Olympia, WA
Portland, OR
June 2
June 2
June 3
June 3
June 4 & 5
June 10
June 10
June 11
June 12
June 12
June 14
June 15
June 17
June 17
June 19
June 28
June 29
June 29
June 30
Brian Wiprud, Book Jackets

Full Details on his tour dates and venues are available at .

Who the hell is Brian M Wiprud?

Brian M. Wiprud’s first novel 'Sleep with the fishes' concerned the later life of Sid Bifulco who turns States evidence against a Mafia Family, and while in prison, learns and falls in love with the art of fly-fishing. Once Paroled, he heads along the Delaware to spend his remaining years pursuing his newly-found hobby, so with fishing rod and bait at hand he heads into more trouble than a box of maggots. A subtle character driven novel it is filled with surreal observations, complex and very funny dialogue, as the story becomes a metaphor for much, much more.

His follow-up is not the widely anticipated 'Dirt Nap' but a change in direction, with a caper thriller concerning the hunt for a 'stuffed squirrel' by Garth a Professional Taxidermist, longing to re-examine his childhood. Joining Garth are an assorted bunch of weirdo's also seeking the squirrel - but for much more complex and sinister reasons, and that’s the nutty adventure called ‘Pipsqueak’.

And tell him Shots Ezine sent you!

Gathering of the Bones Competition

Shots eZine have teamed up with HarperCollins to offer three Shots readers the chance to win a copy of this new horror collection. All you have to do is answer the simple question given below.

Email your answer with your name and address to:

Question: Fill in the missing word to this renowned novel by Ramsey Campbell - ‘The XXXX that must die?

The first three correct answers each get a copy of this collection - good luck.


Edited By

Ramsey Campbell Jack Dann Dennis Etchison

7th June 2004 Paperback ISBN: 0-73-228068-0

Three award winning editors, three continents… Gathering the Bones brings together, in one volume, the very best new horror writing from the US, UK and Australia

This landmark anthology sets a new benchmark for the very finest in horror writing

You’ll never sleep with the light off again…!

The collection presents the familiar and the experimental, the traditional and the avant-garde, the quiet with the vividly shocking, in a field whose boundaries are no longer rigidly defined and where literary values coexist with the leading edge of popular culture.

Perfectly timed to coincide with a revival of the horror genre both in and out of the cinema, Gathering the Bones is edited by three of the most respected, award winning figures in the field.

The anthology contains new short stories from bestselling author of The Straw Men, Michael Marshall, master of Sci-Fi Ray Bradbury and popular author of Australian fantasy Sara Douglas.

About the Editors

Ramsey Campbell has been called “Britain’s most respected living horror writer” and has won more awards than any other writer in this field.

Jack Dannhas written and edited over 60 books including international bestseller The Memory Cathedral. He has won four awards, including the World Fantasy Award.

Dennis Etchinson has also won the World Fantasy Writer Award. E has been called the “finest Writer of psychological horror”


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