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The Glasshouse

by Emma Coleman


A series of single author collections by outstanding writers. The Polestar, or North Star, is defined as the brightest star in Ursa Minor; since every author chosen for this series is a star in their own right, Polestars provides the ideal banner under which to unite such exceptional works.

We are delighted to present the debut collection from Emma Coleman. Emma's fiction is steeped in local colour and rooted deep in her native Northamptonshire, imbuing these settings with shades and contours drawn from her love of nature, her passion for literature, and her own keen eye for detail. Her fiction is atmospheric, mesmeric, and frequently disturbing.

“Want to be thoroughly creeped out? This is the book for you! Highly recommended.” – LibraryThing reviewer

“This is a deeply affecting and entertaining collection – very moreish... Emma Coleman is a powerful mythmaker, a writer to watch.” – ParSec 

Contemporary tales of rural horror and dark fantasies steeped in folklore from one of genre fiction's best kept secrets. 

A woman goes in search of an old-fashioned bookshop only to stumble on a way of making peace with her past…
Matilda sews furiously, knowing that only by completing the orphrey can she hope to save her uncle and cousins from the devil-cat which she alone can see… 
In search of a fresh start a young divorcee relocates to a quaint rural hamlet but is mystified by the hostility of her new neighbours…
The secrets buried within the barrow where the village of Litchford once stood are best left undisturbed, but siblings Alex and Fiona just can’t leave well enough alone…
After sleeping for many years, Jack-in-the-Hedge returns to find the land ravaged in the pursuit of human aesthetics and plots his revenge…
A collector of antiquities discovers an item in a junkshop that chills him to the marrow and puts him in fear of his life…
A theatre impresario uses his performances as a stage magician to dispense his own form of social justice…

All this, and much much more...

Five Small Boys
He Who Saw The Abyss
The Glasshouse
A Daughter
The Babies of Springtime
Opus Anglicanum
The Upright Man
The Magic Trick by Boz Boole
The Lighthouse

Excerpt from "Five Small Boys":
There is a green corner, lodged between centuries-old stonework. So green, the triangular plot is shaded by an old pear tree and its lime-green leaves; as the wind blows, the sunlight spots on mosses and dock, and the scent of damp earth catches on the breeze.

Apple-green, mint-glitter, pea-shoots and elf’s-hat, the mossy-drench twinkle… so green. The dew is constant. The grass forever agleam. Soak, drip.

Nobody visits that corner any more, and no one has spoken of it for a long time. But it is beautiful, like an emerald grotto, tucked up against the stone walls of the farmhouse, and hidden amongst the meadows.

The old farm is abandoned; stonework crumbles and the beams are dry and peppered with woodworm. The broken windows of slanted glass are dirty with droppings and dust. Nobody visits.

Except for five small boys, who are about to arrive on their bikes. They’re coming, laughing and jostling, crashing through tall grasses and nettles.

“This is a collection of creepy stories spanning a range of time periods but with a strong sense of place, namely rural Northamptonshire… the best of the bunch leave the reader wondering what just happened.” – BSFA reviews

“If you like contemporary horror and the grim kind of fairytales, The Glasshouse is a highly-recommended read with strong stories that will stay with you long after the reading.” – Aurealis

“A collection of rural British grimdark stories, mainly set in the Midlands… All were well written. Recommended, but be warned some of the stories are a bit on the gory side.” – LibraryThing reviewer

Available as a paperback, a limited edition hardback signed by the author, and as an eBook
£13.99 (Paperback)
£26.99 (Signed HB LTD ED)
Published: 24/08/2023
Cat. Number: NCP313
Dimensions: A5 (5.83 × 8.27 inches)
Pages: 240 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-914953-62-0
Editor: Ian Whates
Cover Artist: Enrique Meseguer
Typesetter: Ian Whates
Language: English
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