“The Harm” by Gary McMahon
There were three of them then, Tyler, Roarke and Potter, and they were each eight years old: three young boys on the cusp, not yet aware of the darkness that lies at the heart of the world; children more at home with games and fantasy than hard reality. The day that fused these two states – when a nightmare became real life – changed them forever.
But all that happened much earlier, in the Autumn of 1980. This is what came later, long after the fact. Rather than the details of the incident itself, this story constitutes the results of the harm.
“Gary McMahon is the baron of bleak, the godfather of grim...and I mean that in a good way. The Harm is a distillation of the essence of true horror. As uncompromisingly confrontational and as arbitrarily vicious as real life can sometimes be, The Harm casts a bright light onto the deepest recesses of the human soul and encounters nothing but endless darkness” Mark Morris
Cover Art: Ben Baldwin
Format: Limited Edition A-Format Novella, 64 pages, £5.00
We hope that this will be the first of many TTA Press novellas, stories that you'd expect to see in Black Static and Interzone but are just too long for the magazines. They will be of varying lengths, and many we expect will be much longer than The Harm, but each one will be priced the same, just £5. In time, we hope to offer subscriptions to these novellas and offer significant savings.
Reviews of The Harm
"I highly recommend this book. Gary’s prose is as rich as ever, evoking atmosphere in every detail, without drifting into excess. Along with the flowing snippets of dialogue, it brings colour to the bleakest of horror landscapes. There’s a few surprises, but rather than being a story that relies on shocks, The Harm delivers ice-cold realisation. Excellent." Matthew Fryer/Welcome to the Hellforge
Author: Gary McMahon
Gary McMahon’s fiction has appeared in magazines (including our own Black Static) and anthologies in the UK and US and has been reprinted in both The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror and The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. He is the British Fantasy Award nominated author of Rough Cut, All Your Gods Are Dead, Dirty Prayers, How to Make Monsters, Rain Dogs, Different Skins, Pieces of Midnight, Hungry Hearts, and has edited an anthology of original novelettes titled We Fade to Grey.
Angry Robot/HarperCollins will publish the novels Pretty Little Dead Things and Dead Bad Things in 2010 and 2011.