Released 'This Attraction Now Open Till Late', the new collection by Kyla Lee Ward, for sale at Amazon.
Enter a dark carnival where nothing is as it seems, in this collection of thirteen tales by award-winning author KYLA LEE WARD. Each exhibit tantalises with a mix of horror, seduction and blackest humour.
A masked apparition tempts a struggling musician. Tourists in the City of Assassins seek a truly authentic experience. Gargoyles and angels battle for the future of a university. Firefighters confront the spectre of what has burned before. Actors in a funfair haunt realise where the true horror lies. A wax-working necromancer plots vengeance for the death of her lover.
This menagerie of stories represents twenty years of publication by a unique voice in contemporary weird and Gothic fiction, and will enthrall enthusiasts of thoughtful horror and dark fantasy, especially readers of Joyce Carol Oates and Tanith Lee. A cavalcade of artists and archetypes, mummies and masquers, vampires and voyeurs will sweep you away to distant times and places, and shock you with surprises closer to home. But be warned! For as the hour grows late, the difference between spectator and attraction blurs. After midnight, you’ll never want to leave...
Cover art by Alessandro Amoruso
“Kyla Lee Ward has long been one of the leading weird poets of our time. Less familiar, perhaps, is her weird fiction, but This Attraction Now Open Till Late displays her many talents in prose narrative. The variegated settings of these tales (Prague, Venice, Australia, and elsewhere) match the diversity of weird motifs. Her vibrant prose, her engaging characters, and the keenness with which she finds strangeness in the most commonplace scenarios of contemporary life make every one of these stories a thrill to read. And what can we say of 'A Final Masque,' a rich and complex novella of ghosts and necromancy set in the decades following the French Revolution? No devotee of the truly weird will want to be without this book.”
–S. T. Joshi, multiple award-winning literary critic, author of I Am Providence.
“Kyla Ward is one of my very favorite contemporary writer-poets. In this collection, she puts her macabre spin on stories with twists and turns smooth as ectoplasm. Find out why a young pianist has a secret fear of a black cowled figure. Four unusual youths run a tourist attraction, but things go awry when the tourists are gradually replaced by barely discernible monsters. In one of my favorites, the color cordovan on a canvas takes on a whole new meaning for an artist’s dealer friend. There are stories of necromancy and black magic ‘Pain is the stain of a ghost’s fingers, which unseen, may still be felt.’ Discover what happens to a young girl with a lifeless hand when the world begins to die. Of particular literary succulence, there’s one about gargoyles. Surreal nightmares may be a side effect of reading this collection. Beware! Kyla will have you in her spell, as she did me! Buy it, it’s a keeper!”
–Marge Simon, Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner, co-author of Satan’s Sweethearts
“Take a tour of the world, through an alchemy of exotic curiosities, the much-acclaimed Kyla Lee Ward as your guide. Wholly magical and gritty with realism, This Attraction Now Open Till Late beckons patrons with thirteen lush and lyrical tales to intrigue and inveigle. Beware, though, the compelling little sideshows, those unexpected detours through dark passages and dusty backroads since nothing good can come from those. An extraordinary collection of numinous curios, This Attraction Now Open Till Late, is well worth the ticket price.”
–Lee Murray, four-time Bram Stoker Award-winner and author of Grotesque: Monster Stories
“Kyla Lee Ward's work is darkly lyrical and poetically prompt, with gentle humour drifting through it like smoke. She brings a macabre beauty to horror that is hard to ignore and harder still to forget. These stories will get under your skin, and stay there.”
–Alan Baxter, award-winning author of The Gulp and Sallow Bend
“Kyla Ward's collection of dark stories moves through different countries and different times, revealing dark and horrific events, lost characters, and strange beliefs. Each is presented in carefully chosen writing styles. It is uniquely Ward's and is certainly worth your time. ”
–Rob Hood, award-winning author of Peripheral Visions and Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead.