Use Once, Then Destroy by Conrad Williams

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A serial killer is removing victims' hands in a Venice shackled by winter.

A woman at the end of her tether finds a terrible release on holiday in the fens of East Anglia.

A man is haunted by graffiti, and finds that his road to discovering the perpetrator leads to death. and worse.

A husband trying to comfort his terminally ill wife seeks help in a forbidden zone from his childhood, where blood is the price of perfection.

In this spellbinding collection of his best stories from the last ten years, award-winning writer Conrad Williams offers the kind of horrors that move subtly into you, like pain, or love, or regret. They are stories that explore the scarred outposts of desperation and desire, sickness and death, sex and decay.

Within these pages you will also find the acclaimed novella Nearly People (nominated for awards by the International Horror Guild and the British Fantasy Society), in which a woman's search for food in a nightmarish city brings her attention from an enigmatic man known as The Dancer, and a host of terrible epiphanies.

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Includes three stories never before seen: Nest of Salt, The Night Before and The Owl.


The Machine
Supple Bodies
The Light that Passes Through You
Nest of Salt
City in Aspic
Other Skins
The Windmill
The Burn
The Owl
The Night Before
MacCreadle's Bike
The Suicide Pit
Excuse the Unusual Approach
Nearly People

About Conrad Williams

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Conrad Williams has also published two novels and several novellas. In 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel. He lives in Manchester, England, where he teaches creative writing at a local university.
Published May 31, 2004 by Nightshade Book. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In these 17 mostly urban horror stories from British author Williams (London Revenant ), memory is often unreliable and reality is just as untrustworthy.

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