“(T)he taut, muscular debut of an original and gifted voice…. If you read one new writer this year, read this one.”
— Michael Rowe, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of Wild Fell and Enter, Night
“Subtle power, intelligence, and humanity are the hallmarks of Moore’s work. These stories are apt to stick in your mind like quills.”
— Nick Cutter, author of Little Heaven, The Acolyte, and The Troop
Twenty-one horror and science fiction tales of the bizarre, the terrifying, the all-too-near future
Hardcover, trade paperback & e-book:
All these worlds, and more, await you. . . .
Only able to recall the memories of others, a ghost must solve the mystery of his death.
A famed monster hunter must save a remote town from a monster in the forest, but the town’s secrets could be the real threat.
The zombie apocalypse is the gateway to a higher human consciousness.
When your future is foretold, how far would you go to change it?
An amusement park of the future might turn you into the attraction.
Three teens must play an impossible game where each choice could make them a victim. Or killer.
An engineer-turned-mercenary races to kill the saviour of mankind.
After the sky falls, can anyone still hope?
Includes the Aurora Award Finalists “Touch the Sky, They Say” and “Delta Pi”, the Sunburst longlisted story “Only at the End Do You See What Follows”, and an introduction by David Nickle (Eutopia, ‘Geisters, Monstrous Affections)
Table of contents
Introduction (by David Nickle)
Δπ (“Delta Pi”)
The Machinery of Government
Full Moon Hill
They Told Me to Shuffle Off This Mortal, Infinite Loop
That Which Does Not Kill You
In the Shadow of Scythe
But It’s Not the End
Only at the End Do You See What Follows
The Wall of Gloves
Of the Endangered
The Thing That Killed Her
You’re a Winner!
The Weak Son
While Gabriel Slept
Touch the Sky, They Say
What’s been said
“(T)he taut, muscular debut of an original and gifted voice…. If you read one new writer this year, read this one.” — Michael Rowe, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of Wild Fell and Enter, Night
“Subtle power, intelligence, and humanity are the hallmarks of Moore’s work. These stories are apt to stick in your mind like quills.” — Nick Cutter, author of Little Heaven, The Acolyte, and The Troop
“Brilliant. End after end after end, it’s tightly written, thought-provoking and ultimately heart breaking.” — John F.D. Taff, author of Little Black Spots, The End in All Beginnings, and The Bell Witch
“(S)ubtle, unassuming, coaxing you in with the banalities of real life—even if the stories themselves are fantastical—only to claw into your heart and mind…. Moore’s greatest strength is conveying the humanity and the possible to the monstrous and the impossible.” — Paul Michael Anderson, author of Bones are Made to be Broken
“It’s the best kind of haunting!” — Marie Bilodeau, bestselling author of Nigh
“Stealthy, cutting, disturbing, immersive…. (A) collection of stories about worlds too big to be mastered, families and friendships too small to redeem you, and experiences too marking to exorcise.” — Derek Künsken, author of The Quantum Magician
“Matt Moore opens up the darkest recesses of the human psyche like a surgeon: incisively, cleanly, compassionately. These stories will grab you and stay with you.” — Kate Heartfield, author of Armed in Her Fashion, Alice Payne Arrives, and Alice Payne Rides
“I’ve been waiting to see a collection of his brilliant short fiction for a long time. This book does not disappoint. Each piece is a gem—chilling, moving, and always thought-provoking. Settle in: it’s a wild ride.” — Hayden Trenholm, Publisher of Bundoran Press
“Matt Moore is a master of atmosphere and suspense. It’s Not the End and Other Lies is a phone call from inside my nightmares.” — Matthew Johnson, author of Irregular Verbs and Other Stories