They Do the Same Things Different There

Robert Shearman visits worlds that are unsettling and strange. Sometimes they are just like ours—except landlocked countries may disappear overnight, marriages to camels are the norm, and the dead turn into musical instruments. Sometimes they are quite alien—where children carve their own tongues from trees, and magic shows are performed to amuse the troops in the war between demons and angels. There is horror, and dreams fulfilled and squandered, of true love. They do the same things different there.

Robert Shearman has written four previous collections of short stories, and they have collectively won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and three British Fantasy Awards. He is probably best known as a writer on the BBC TV series Doctor Who, and his work on the show gave him a Hugo Award nomination. His last book, Remember Why You Fear Me, is also published by ChiZine Publications.

Reviews of They Do the Same Things Different There:

If you’re not familiar with Robert Shearman’s fictional work, then let me tell you that you’ve been missing one of the most talented fantasists in the area of dark fiction. His most recent collection, published by the excellent Canadian small imprint ChiZine Publications, confirms once again the exceptional quality of his stories. The volume assembles twenty-four weird  tales ranging from horror to surrealism, the common feature being a sort of distorted (or insightful?) vision of everyday reality. While the less accomplished among the stories are “simply” good, most of them are outstanding both in terms of imaginative power and of narrative ability. . . . A splendid collection, highly recommended.
—Mario Guslandi, The British Fantasy Society
If you enjoy reading weird and well written stories, I can highly recommend Robert Shearman's They Do the Same Things Different There, because it's a unique and mesmerizing collection of new weirdish speculative fiction. Highly recommended to readers who want to read something out of the ordinary!
—Rising Shadow

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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 Back was 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.

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