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"It may be my own imagining, or perhaps the cumulative effect of reading the entire book over a couple of evenings, but the contents appeared to grow darker as the pages turned."
-John Connolly, from the Foreword to Uncertainties I
"If a collection of the strange and weird is to resonate, then a few things are required: a variety of strange imaginings, a sense of dread and enigma, and of a reader being at the edge of something monumental. Uncertainties covers this sought after real estate of the weird."
-Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual and Lost Girl
"Among the most memorable books I’ve read this year are [ . . . ] several slender, elegantly designed collections of short stories of the uncanny (Uncertainties Vol. 1, 2, 3) published by Swan River Press."
-Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement
"Remarkably varied in its contents, [Uncertainties] — featuring Mark Valentine, Sarah LeFanu and John Howard, among others just as distinguished — recognizes that the uncanny reveals, and revels in, some fundamental disruption of our received worldview."
-Michael Dirda, Washington Post
"Uncertainties Volumes I & II edited by Brian J. Showers are two beautifully produced volumes of deliciously strange tales focusing on the fragmenting of reality, which actually provides a broad range of dark fantasy and horror."
-Ellen Datlow, Best Horror of the Year 9
"A superior collection, one that affirms the ghost story is alive and well and in capable hands."
-Peter Tennant, Black Static
"Uncertainties is a strange and wonderful anthology, filled with tales that inexorably increase in tension and unease. Many of the stories manage to access the paradox of reading an expert in uncertainty, such as M.R. James – being creeped out yet comforted by the erasure of all that is known and loved."
-A.K. Benedict, author of Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts
"In these uncanny times, it may be that the literature of the weird, the eerie, the anti-rational, and the horrific affords us a higher dosage of realism than the anxiously staid products of the “literary fiction” factories. The unnerving tales that comprise Uncertainties are portals in which we glimpse the nightmarish hallucination our world is becoming – or perhaps has always been."
-Rob Doyle, author of This is the Ritual
"When I first saw the title Uncertainties for these two anthologies, I assumed a sense of the traditional supernatural, the uneasy, the questionable nature of ghosts, even an arguable homeliness or comfort of the odd M.R. Jamesian pastiche/tribute or quiet horror. Indeed I am already sure there are fine examples of such sensitive weird and atmospheric fictions within these anthologies, but I now realise that the 'Uncertainty' possesses also a more serious, dangerous, challenging or brave quality."
-D.F. Lewis, Real-Time Reviews
Editor/publisher/ writer Brian J Showers has assembled a mega-anthology of brand new stories, penned by Irish, British and American authors, devoted to this topic. The anthology is split in two volumes which can be separately purchased . . . Highly recommended."
-Mario Guslandi, British Fantasy Society