Yesterday we announced our latest signing – the not-at-all-scary-but-writes-really-scary-things Gary McMahon. We’d just received a great quote from Stephen Volk about Gary’s debut Angry Robot title, Pretty Little Dead Things, and put it up on Gary’s page. Pop over there in a mo. For now, here it is:
Thomas Usher is a great character treading a twilight world between Manhunter and Most Haunted; conflicted by grief, haunted by blame, a ‘magnet for ghosts’ who sees the skull beneath the skin. In Pretty Little Dead Things, Gary McMahon nails genuine horror as few British writers can – or dare. He gets under your skin, then burrows even deeper. Terrifyingly, dangerously, hauntingly so.
And just a few minutes ago, this came in, from Ramsey Campbell – one of the greatest horror writers of his (or any other) generation:
Gary McMahon’s vision is as bleak as a Yorkshire moor, but it glows with a wintry light that illuminates the dark we live in. His prose and his sense of place are precise and evocative, and his characters are as real as you and me. He’s one of the darkest – which is to say brightest – new stars in the firmament of horror fiction.
You know, I think we may have done the right thing in signing Gary… 🙂