Remember Why You Fear Me

by Robert Shearman, introduced by Stephen Jones
ISBN: 9781927469217
eISBN: 9781927469224

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A woman rejects her husband's heart—and gives it back to him, still beating, in a plastic box. A little boy betrays his father to the harsh mercies of Santa Claus. A widower suspects his dead wife's face is growing over his own. A man goes to Hell, and finds he's roommate to the ghost of Hitler's pet dog. Giant spiders, killer angels, ghost cat photography, and the haunted house right at the centre of the Garden of Eden.

Deliciously frightening, darkly satirical, and always unexpected, Robert Shearman has won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize. Remember Why You Fear Me gathers together his best dark fiction, the most celebrated stories from his acclaimed books, and ten new tales that have never been collected before.

Reviews of Remember Why You Fear Me:

You would be hard pressed to find a more imaginative collection of unsettling tales.
No matter how preposterous their premises, these tales abound with credibly drawn interpersonal relationships, rendered with humor and poignancy.
He has a strong vein of surrealism, but this never descends into mere whimsy; at his best, he limns our anxieties and reflects our fears like few other writers can.
But Shearman’s work, most of all, is intelligent. And that’s why it is so effective. His stories are carefully constructed using a blend of sophistication and gentle wit that will keep readers coming back . . . .
A terrific collection which simply can't be missed.
Thrillingly unpredictable, bizarrely life-enhancing . . . . Shearman is a great writer.
—The Scotsman
Wildly inventive and chilling. Shearman proves himself a master at transforming our deepest fears into new and wholly unexpected forms.
—The Times Literary Supplement
Shearman’s prose is a mixture of faux-naive mundanity and breathtaking fantasy visions. Addictive. Wonderful.
—SFX
Corrosively funny, wistful, sharp, strange and black as a coffin lid, Robert Shearman is an addictive delight.
—Mark Gatiss, Co-creator of Sherlock
Shearman is extremely talented, and his literary style is both elegant and direct
—Library Journal
Shearman takes his reader on . . . strange journeys from the suffocating domesticity of the suburbia to the depths of Hell, all with quiet wit and sophistication.
Remember Why You Fear Me is a collection of sophisticated and wonderfully bizarre tales. Robert Shearman has the ability to weave and bend reality meshing horrifying fantasies into a mundane backdrop creating something beautiful and simultaneously ugly.
Audacious and emotionally affecting all at once, Remember Why You Fear Me is high-test nightmare fuel. It’s capably crafted and cripplingly creepy.
Shearman offers us haunting, nightmare alternatives to our world that are still somehow utterly recognizable as our own, thanks to the way he always picks out the comically mundane among the impossible and the fantastical.
—Steven Moffat, Executive Producer and Hugo Award-winning writer for Doctor Who
His stories are like the bastard offspring of Philip K. Dick and Jonathan Carroll, but with a quirky personality that is completely their own.
—Stephen Jones, World Fantasy Award-winning editor of Best New Horror
Shearman has a uniquely engaging narrative voice and he steers clear of genre clichés, injecting elements of horror and the surreal into a recognizably real world. As impressive as his quirky imagination is his emotional range: most of the stories are darkly humorous, but humour, horror and genuine pathos all make a powerful impact in a very short space.
—The Times Literary Supplement
Shearman's stories are hard to categorize, a unique fusion of literary and the fantastic, perhaps not surprising from a writer whose credits include Doctor Who scripts and mainstream theatre.
—The Guardian
Shearman takes his reader on . . . strange journeys from the suffocating domesticity of the suburbia to the depths of Hell, all with quiet wit and sophistication.
It’s highly creative, completely addictive, and as soon as you’re done with one story you can’t wait to read the next.

eShorts

These single stories from this collection are available for individual purchase:

The Dark Space in the House in the House in the Garden at the Centre of the World by Robert Shearman

Cindy and Steve, favourites of all God's creations, explore the haunted house in the forest right in the middle of the Garden of Eden. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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The Bathtub by Robert Shearman

A little girl is so very frightened of her grandmother's bathtub - but soon learns there are deeper, darker, more personal things to be afraid of. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Alice Through the Plastic Sheet by Robert Shearman

Alan and Alice have problem neighbours - they play the music too loud, they leave rubbish in the garden, they're plastic and inhuman. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Granny's Grinning by Robert Shearman

Sarah gets a new zombie costume for Christmas - and it's such a sweet and thoughtful gift, and it makes Granny grin so very widely. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Jason Zerrillo is an Annoying Prick by Robert Shearman

The adventure of Jesus Christ's favourite mime artist--a very talented performer, to be sure, but without doubt also a very annoying prick. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Featherweight by Robert Shearman

A man trapped in his car finds himself the prey of carnivorous angels - both on the outside of the vehicle, and the inside... From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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One More Bloody Miracle After Another by Robert Shearman

A doting mother and father are so delighted to find that their two year old daughter is pregnant, and do everything they can to help her. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Favourite by Robert Shearman

In a world where people die at different moments for each other, a girl copes with being the last of her siblings to have living parents. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Blue Crayon, Yellow Crayon by Robert Shearman

On a long night's train journey into the darkness, a traveller becomes convinced that a mother has resorted to extreme measures to silence her noisy child. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Pang by Robert Shearman

A wife rejects her husband's heart--and gives it back to him, still beating, in a plastic box. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Cold Snap by Robert Shearman

A little boy betrays his recently divorced father to the harsh mercies of Santa Claus, and realises just how much those presents under the Christmas tree can cost. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Custard Cream by Robert Shearman

What to do when you wake up in the night and find that a spider half the size of the bedroom ceiling is hanging down above you. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Good Grief by Robert Shearman

A grieving widower comes to suspect that his dead wife's face is growing back over his own. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Elementary Problems of Photography (Number Three): An Analysis, and Proferred Solution by Robert Shearman

An examination of why it is impossible to capture the image of a cat on photographic film - and the macabre story of the one man who managed to overcome the problem. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Clown Envy by Robert Shearman

A father joins the circus to keep up with the neighbours and make his family proud. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Roadkill by Robert Shearman

A couple on a dirty weekend run over in the car a strange creature that is half bat, half rabbit - and find that their fragile relationship is just as wounded. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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So Proud by Robert Shearman

A newlywed woman starts giving birth to very remarkable children, some of which have four legs, some of which have clock faces, all of which can be classified as furniture. But all she ever wanted was a child who looks like her.

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Damned if You Don't by Robert Shearman

A man goes to Hell, only to find his roommate is none other than the ghost of Adolf Hitler's pet dog. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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George Clooney's Moustache by Robert Shearman

A kidnapped woman starts writing enthusiastic love letters to her captor on toilet paper, and he soon finds out he may be the one who needs to escape. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Mortal Coil by Robert Shearman

The world receives letters from God telling them exactly when and how they're going to die - but one poor man has been left out... From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Merely a Horror Writer by Robert Shearman

An excuse and an apology - the Master of the Macabre's oldest friend provides an afterword to his book of horrors, and offers one final horror more terrifying than any ghost stories the late author could come up with. From Remember Why You Fear Me, this story is one of a set of deliciously frightening and darkly satirical tales by Robert Shearman, winner of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader's Prize.

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Author Info

Robert Shearman has worked as writer for television, radio and the stage. He was appointed resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and has received several international awards for his theatrical work, including the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the World Drama Trust Award and the Guinness Award for Ingenuity in Association with the Royal National Theatre. His plays have been regularly produced by Alan Ayckbourn, and on BBC Radio by Martin Jarvis. A selection of his plays have been collected in book form as Caustic Comedies.

However, he is probably best known as a writer for Doctor Who, reintroducing the Daleks for its BAFTA winning first series in an episode nominated for a Hugo Award. He has also written many popular audio dramas for the series for Big Finish.

His first collection of short stories, Tiny Deaths, was published by Comma Press in 2007. It won the World Fantasy Award for best collection, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and nominated for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. No Looking Backwas selected by the National Library Board of Singapore as part of the annual Read! Singapore campaign. The two series of The Chain Gang, his short story and drama project or BBC7, both won the Sony Award.

His second collection, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, was published by Big Finish in 2009. It won the British Fantasy Award for best collection, the Edge Hill Short Story Readers Prize and the Shirley Jackson Award, celebrating outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. History Becomes You, from this third collection, Everyone's Just So So Special, was nominated for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award.

Most recently, his best dark fiction was collected in Remember Why You Fear Me by ChiZine Publications.

He is currently writer in residence at Edinburgh Napier University.