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"This collection is an ode to human truth found in violent desperation. Highly recommended." Starred Review—Library Journal
“The story ‘Infected’ is fantastically dark.” Galway Advertiser
“Lyrical, frequently funny and often violent.” Connacht Tribune
"The collection is brief, brutal and on occasion beautiful." Irish Echo
"They are beautifully written shocks of insight and cruelty." Irish Examiner USA
"Scanlon’s fierce, tough-minded stories effectively capture the tensions of Northern Ireland in you-are-there prose that will make you squirm." Library Journal, 2012 Best Short Story Collections
“Scanlon’s gallows humor pervades his rich, sensuous, prose.” January Magazine
“The collection has a poetic beauty in spite of the bleakness.” Elizabeth A. White
“These stories will connect you to your shadow side.” Bookslut
“It takes a writer of magnificent talent to write beautifully about ugliness.” The Reading Life
Read the latest interview with Seamus Scanlon in Literary Orphans.
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"Seamus Scanlon is a bloody fine storyteller and a truly imposing writer. His fierce and unflinching combination of tragedy, absurdity and wit in THE MCGOWAN TRILOGY sets him apart. Read Scanlon and laugh, read him and weep, but read him!"
(Peter Quinn) Author of Dry Bones, Poor Banished Children of Eve, The Man Who Never Returned
"Scanlon's mesmerizing prose reveals the dark humor and bleakness of the Irish psyche." Lyn Di Iorio (Outside the Bones)
"The juxtaposition of the beautiful and violent is quite astonishing." Jason Starr (The Craving)
"Disquieting genius takes you 'as close as you'll ever be' to the terrible beauty of the Irish experience." Michael Collins (The Keepers of Truth)
"A masterpiece. I was mesmerized, horrified, amazed." Peter A. Quinn (Poor Banished Children of Eve)
"An extraordinary collection. Frighteningly real and memorably haunting." Thomas O'Callaghan (Bone Thief)
"A terrific collection of dark, haunting stories." SJ Rozan (The Shanghai Moon)
"Like the best writers of noir fiction, Scanlon has a gift for the poetry of violence." Harold Schechter (True Crime: An American Anthology)
"An intense, dangerous, ride." David Bright (Gemini Magazine)
"Brutishly beautiful stories that show the cost to the soul that violence exacts." Eckhard Gerdes (Journal of Experimental Fiction)
"Below the surface of the humor and mayhem is the truth of a brave, banal and tragic new Ireland." Larry Kirwan (Black 47)
"There is a dark, poetic urge carrying the stories." Clem Cairns (Fish Publishing)
"A powerful tonic that'll cure the blight of romanticism in Irish history." Gerard Brennan (Crime Scene NI)
"Scanlon’s collection is breathtakingly beautiful and tragic." Sandra Seamans (The Short Mystery Fiction Society)
"A fine collection shot through with violent poetry. A must-read for fans of McCarthy and Bruen." Al Guthrie (Slammer)
"A gut-grabbing,mercurial, troubling, witty collection." Arlene Hunt (The Chosen)
"Bloodier than anything from Tarantino, as poetic as anything from Joyce." Pat Mullan (Last Days of the Tiger)
"Part Quentin Tarantino, part Joyce Carol Oates—an engaging and distinctive new voice." Peter McDermott (The Irish Echo)
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