Tall Tales on the Iron Horse... Take a ride on the rails of fantasy as you journey to Titan inside the bowels of the Iron Horse. Witness a terrifying and deadly new game and meet a monster who will love you to death. Spend a little time with alien tourists, visit a real cardboard character, and dine in a restaurant where the food is expensive, but life is cheap.
Inventive and original, heartfelt and just plain funny, you will find nineteen fresh and surprising stories (including three new, never-before published) awaiting you in the first collection of short fiction from Colin P. Davies.
Colin P. Davies is a Building Surveyor from Liverpool, England, and has been writing fiction since the mid ’80s. Most recently his stories have appeared in Bewildering Stories, Spectrum SF, 3SF, Paradox, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Asimov’s.
His stories have met with a good response, making the Locus Recommended Reading List and the British Science Fiction Association Award nominations, as well as gaining two Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best SF. His story “The Defenders” was in The Year’s Best SF #22, edited by Gardner Dozois.
Colin has now completed his first novel, The Bookmole, a comic fantasy for Young Adults based upon his short story “Clifford and the Bookmole,” and is currently working on his second novel, Pestworld. For more information visit www.colinpdavies.com.
What people are saying
“Tall Tales on the Iron Horse”: "Clever surrealism and a superb punch line." — Nick Gevers, Locus
"It's one of those stories you can't quite make sense of until the end, and even then you have to think about it. Well worth the ride." — David Soyka, SF Site
“Dolls”: “Multiple layers give ‘Dolls’ a weight that will beg you to re-read. — S R Turner, Tangent
“The Defenders”: “‘The Defenders’ by Colin P. Davies expertly dissects colonialism in quintessential science-fictional terms.” — Nick Gevers, Locus
“Short, effective, and providing a solid emotional payoff, this is a great short story.” — Jason B Sizemore, Apex Digest
“The Girl with the Four-Dimensional Head”: “‘The Girl with the Four-Dimensional Head’ by Colin P. Davies is excellent. This is not another goofy, pulpy tale, but a gritty sci-fi drama with fully drawn characters, outstanding dialog, and an interesting take on the old standby setting of Mars.” — Michael Gabriel Bailey, Tangent
See also Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s article at The Fix Short Fiction Review
From Tall Tales on the Iron Horse, by Colin P. Davies:
(“Tall Tales on the Iron Horse”)
(“The Thing from the Thing from Another World”)
(“Clifford and the Bookmole”)
|Table of contents|
|Title||Publisher and Date||Additional Information|
|Tall Tales on the Iron Horse||Spectrum SF #8: 2002||Honorable mention in The Year's Best SF|
|The Evangelist||Bewildering Stories #183: 2006|
|A Touch of Earth||Beyond Fantasy & Science Fiction #2: 1995|
|Dolls||3SF #2: 2002|
|The Defenders||Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct-Nov 2004||Included in The Year's Best SF #22|
|Good and Faithful Servant||previously unpublished|
The Thing from the Thing
from Another World
|Bewildering Stories #181: 2006||The First Bewildering Stories Anthology|
|Perhaps a Goddess||Paradox #3: 2003|
|Chicken||Exuberance #3: 1991|
|Dust to Dust||Bewildering Stories #209: 2006|
|The Hay Devils||Sciencefictionfantasyhorror.com, Oct 31st 2006|
|Rolf and the Volvo||Works #6: 1989|
|The Girl with the Four-Dimensional Head||Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #12: 2004||Honorable Mention in The Year's Best SF|
|Clifford and the Bookmole||Threads #7: 1995|
|Pondlife||Substance, Spring 1995 (Revised)|
|The Man Who Sank||Sciencefictionfantasyhorror.com, July 28th 2005|
|All the Right Words||previously unpublished|
|Pestworld||Bewildering Stories #233 & #234: 2007|
Tall Tales on the Iron Horse was originally published by Bewildering Press.
Cover art by Crystalwizard
The book is out of print. It may be reissued at least in part by another publisher.
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