Cold Mirrors collects the short stories of acclaimed author C.J. Lines for the first time. From the beauty regime of a Victorian drag queen to the dangers of conducting ritual magic on Twitter, these tales traverse the centuries and take a dark, slanted look at hidden realities that lurk beneath the surface of the mundane. Alternately horrifying, heartbreaking and hilarious, Cold Mirrors is an extraordinary collection of stories that will haunt you long after the final page is turned.
“Haunting and beautiful… An author at the height of his power.” – Starburst Magazine.
Set against the backdrop of rural England in the 1980s, Filth Kiss is a dizzying plunge into the nightmarish heart of depravity.
A man’s body is found in the river Severn. Two brothers return to the village of their childhood to pay last respects to a father they barely knew. Broadoak never changes. The same shops sell the same homemade trinkets. The same tongues wag behind the same closed doors. The same souls seek salvation at the bottom of the same pint glasses. The same shadows move along the same streets after closing time. The same malevolence waits to awaken once more. As they fight off their own demons, the brothers discover that the evil within is nothing to be afraid of; what’s coming for them is far, far worse.
“Lines’ writing style grips readers from the very first page and absolutely seethes.” – Rue Morgue magazine.