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The Other Room is a collection of weird horror fiction, containing twelve stories of the uncanny and the surreal. A naive student finds that his crumbling bedsit can be as haunted as any Gothic mansion.A man stumbles across another world which is the mirror image of his own.A young woman who everyone thinks is beautiful wonders why, given what she sees in the mirror each mThe Other Room is a collection of weird horror fiction, containing twelve stories of the uncanny and the surreal. A naive student finds that his crumbling bedsit can be as haunted as any Gothic mansion.A man stumbles across another world which is the mirror image of his own.A young woman who everyone thinks is beautiful wonders why, given what she sees in the mirror each morning.Influenced by writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, and Robert Aickman these tales, like all good horror stories, are as much about the psychology of the protagonist as the fate that awaits them.The Other Room contains both new and previously published stories that will challenge your conceptions of horror and literary fiction....

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  • Maria
    2019-03-09 07:05

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this collection of short stories. It's original, well written, and one of the best collections I have ever read. Every story in this collection is good. There are some stand out ones because they are absolutely amazing, for example 'First Time Buyers'. I think my favourite of the whole collection has to be 'Red Route', the ending is just one of those that makes you go, "wow!".It's a very diverse collection. There are horror stories, paranormal, thrillers. This is an exciting new writer, the kind of writer that makes me proud to be a self-published author. In all his stories he takes you deep into the mind of the characters, so that you almost feel as though you are reliving their story. There are many memorable quotes... always a sign of a great writer in my opinion. A couple of examples:"Just the sense of the big machinery of the economy faltering and grinding somewhere... She thought of cog-wheels turning high above her, their aloof motion turning other wheels, and those wheels still others...'" if the box of their room was just one box inside another, larger one...'This is modern literature at its finest. Do not miss this collection.

  • Tammy
    2019-03-20 12:13

    Book Summary: The Other Room is a collection of weird horror fiction, containing twelve stories of the uncanny and the surreal. A naive student finds that his crumbling bedsit can be as haunted as any Gothic mansion.A man stumbles across another world which is the mirror image of his own.A young woman who everyone thinks is beautiful wonders why, given what she sees in the mirror each morning.Influenced by writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, and Robert Aickman these tales, like all good horror stories, are as much about the psychology of the protagonist as the fate that awaits them.The Other Room contains both new and previously published stories that will challenge your conceptions of horror and literary fiction.The Other Room is brain candy. Each story challenges you as you try to guess what is really going on. The first story, which shares the title of this collection, was reminiscent of The Twilight Zone complete with the feeling that things aren't right in a very bad way. I found myself trying to trump the author and predict the ending. Didn't work. I read on to the second story, it had a different feel altogether. A sense of impending doom with no obvious reason why. I found that with each story, James Everington created an atmosphere of expectancy and uncertainty. More importantly, James Everington involves the reader by insisting they draw their own conclusions at the story's end. I spent time digesting the story, pondering the implications of what the characters experienced. To me, this made The Other Room brilliant. There is nothing I like more than for the story to continue on it's own after the last word is written.Although this collection of short stories is described as Horror Fiction, I think Speculative Fiction is a perfect fit as well.My new goal in life is to read a full length novel written by Mr. Everington. I know the experience will be with me for a long time.

  • Char
    2019-03-16 05:53

    I loved this collection! There were 12 stories in this book, they were all lyrically written and quite original(which in itself is a feat). I did not care much for a few of them, but, for me, that is not unusual in a collection such as this. Finding 5 stories that absolutely knocked my socks off IS unusual! First off, my favorite story, "A Writer's Words" was well written, concise and a pleasant surprise-very different from anything I've read before. For the main character of the story, what happened to him was an absolute horror. For me? It was glee! This story goes down as one of my favorite shorts, EVER. I think it has one of the best endings ever for a short story (which is saying a lot because I prefer shorts with a punch). I also very much enjoyed "First Time Buyers", "Schrodinger's Box", "Some Stories for Escapists #3: The Haunted House", "Red Route" (my second favorite in this collection" and lastly "When the Walls Bend" which was a different type spin on an old theme. I also liked the author's note section at the end. I always enjoy hearing an author's thoughts and reasoning behind a story, AFTER I've read the story. There were some interesting tidbits in there regarding how the stories came about; it was like a peek behind the curtain. I usually like to make a note regarding any errors, typos or formatting issues. In this case, I don't have any notes to make. I noticed very few, if any, errors and lately, that's very refreshing. I would give this book 4.5 stars if the system would let me. Since it doesn't, I've left it at 4.0. I am going to keep an eye on this author...I have a feeling that his name will be more well known in the future and I want to be in on the ground floor!

  • Lauren
    2019-03-03 07:04

    There’s a moment early on in “The Other Room” where a man uses his door key in a hotel to enter his room (or so he thinks) only to find himself faced with his own suit, his own coffee cup, his own suitcase—only reversed. What was left is right; what was right is left.This is when I knew that I was in very capable hands. Because Everington—who has, of course, read Robert Aickman—knows is that it’s the subtly off-kilter that gets under our skin most effectively. Everington isn’t afraid to bring these stories to their often devastating, horrific conclusions, but he also doesn’t neglect—and also excels at—those little twists of the knife to the mundane. After all, look at your room. Is everything exactly where you put it? It isn’t flipped, is it, as though you’re looking into a mirror?And if it is, what kind of life does the occupant of this other room lead? Our Mr. Waits—mired in a midlife crisis that’s left him with a tense marriage, a dead-end job, and the urge but not the courage to embark upon an affair—would like to slip into the shoes of the Mr. Straw in room 222 opposite his own 224, and takes the chance given to him by this exceptionally strange twist of fate. It’s a story about reflections and reversals, about mirror images, identity, and mid-life crises, and it’s exceptionally unsettling and surprising.Everington has an excellent, non-pushy way of integrating current concerns of job loss, homelessness, and bankruptcy into his work, first in “The Other Room” and then, even more hauntingly, in “First Time Buyers,” where he shapes a contemporary creature of unease that should, if there’s any justice, allow the story to take a place beside Fritz Leiber’s “Smoke Ghost,” as a reminder that we don’t always have to turn to the Gothic to find what haunts us. He does similar spins in the great “Some Stories for Escapists,” which modernize and rewrite old archetypes, not only making them once again horrific but also making the reader look at the real world with fresher eyes, reevaluating what does and doesn’t scare us. (See also: “Red Route.”) “A Writer’s Words” is like a personal nightmare of mine. Again, it stems from that spin on the familiar: everyone’s had a moment where they can’t, for some reason, remember the name of something even though they know it perfectly well. Everyone’s stared a word until it’s become nonsense. Here, words turn slippery, and thought goes with them, and a young man slips into madness as his ability to define the world steals away his ability to deal with.It is, for me, one of the scariest stories, but it reminds me less immediately of any other horror author and more of philosophy—Lacan or Derrida. There’s so much philosophical, existential horror running throughout this story, and others, about the ability to name things being integral to the ability to have them at all.Which brings me to “The Watchers,” where one woman’s identity is so unstable that she takes on whatever form of beauty is given to her by her always-infatuated onlookers. It’s a darkly feminist story that takes the “male gaze” to its most extreme and most terrifying level, destabilizing our character’s identity to the point where her best chance of keeping herself is through slavish adherence to one person’s attentions—and even they begin to wander. It’s all braced around the philosophical question of how to be without a name or an identity, how to not exist, and who’s looking at whom (and, gradually, who’s looking at what), and it’s both frightening and smart. It also pairs well with “Schrodinger’s Box,” where the question of the real has a physics-bent rather than a philosophical one, but is just as potent.I didn’t realize until writing this review how well these stories all tie together along common themes, because “When the Walls Bend,” a gritty and viscerally unpleasant haunted house story, is also tied up in questioning identity. “Are you a man of the world?” landlord Dom seems to be asking our young university student protagonist, who’s renting a small room in a filthy, noisy house—and if he is a man of the world, as he so wants to be, what is his response supposed to be to the box of videos Dom has stored there, let alone to the crying ghost in his bathroom, or the girl upstairs—“Layla”—who sleeps so much of the day? When it comes down to it, what is he going to do? Who is he going to—at least briefly—be? It’s the most atmospheric of the stories, anchored in concrete detail—the kettle that needs descaling, the mildew on the bathroom walls, the hair sticking to the girl’s cut lip—that evokes a specific nastiness of setting and history that adds greatly to the overall effect. If he’s a man of the world, is it this world that he’s going to be a man in?And is it possible to step out of “the other room” once you’ve made yourself at home there?Luckily for us, James Everington is willing and able to make the commute, and bring back souvenirs.

  • Patricia
    2019-02-27 06:03

    This was a quick read, I finished this book in one day. It's a collection of weird horror fiction, containing twelve stories of the uncanny and the surreal. I bought this book based on a 5-star review from Red Adept. Some of these stories reminded me of the type of stories Stephen King writes. Short stories are not my favorite reads, because I feel like I'm just getting interested, and the story is over. Some of these felt like that, but several of them were very satisfying. If you like this genre, you'll enjoy this book.

  • Darcia Helle
    2019-03-02 06:14

    This superb collection of stories encompasses the genres of horror, paranormal, and psychological thriller. Everington has a unique writing style that reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman. His words have a literary beauty, minus the stuffy pretentiousness often found in literary fiction. Everington doesn't use blood and gore for shock value with his horror. Instead, he plays with his readers' minds. He holds a mirror to our fears. And, for me, the possibilities he dangles are far scarier than any monster ever created.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-22 06:14

    (Originally published at Red Adept Reviews.)Overall: 4 starsPlot/Storyline:I think the most important phrase in the (Amazon)description might be "literary fiction," followed by "psychology of the protagonist." The horror angle in the stories is almost always a metaphor for other things - loneliness, fear, isolation, regret. The word "haunting" really does double duty here. While there were chilling moments, if you're looking for escapist gore I'd suggest you take a pass. However, if you're looking for well-written fiction about what it is to be human and, oh yeah, supernatural stuff happens, then you'll probably be quite pleased.In fact, the book description is pretty perfect.I'm not rating characterization as a specific category since there are over a dozen stories here and too many characters to take into account as a whole, I was consistently impressed by the author's ability to make each main character unique and whole in their own right. It's very easy for an author to fall into the same voice for multiple characters, and I didn't feel like any two main characters were alike.The Other Room: 4 1/2 starsHey this would be a good name for the anthology. The first good thing about this story was that it let me know I was going to enjoy this anthology. I read this out in my backyard - er, garden to the Brits - and I think I must have looked fairly slack-jawed to anyone passing by. I simply wanted to know what happened next and I was legitimately concerned for Waits, a man who finds that an adjacent hotel room leads to a different version of his life. My only issue was the ending. The author seems to like a certain ambiguity, and it often works, but I almost felt like maybe he simply didn't know how to make the power of the ending match the rest, and - more so than usual - this is really a subjective opinion, and based on my personal need for fully resolution. The same general type of ending here worked perfectly for me in another story.Home Time: 5 starsThis is one of the stories that really gets full use out of the word "haunting." Beautifully written, evocative, masterful. Home Time makes wonderful use of a Philip Larkin poem entitled The Explosion, and the way the author allowed the words of the poem and the words of his story to plait together was ... wow. The main character is from a down on its luck ex-mining town, but I think his point of view resonates with anyone who's entered adulthood sure, on the surface, that they've "escaped," while secretly terrified that all roads lead back to the past. (There's a scene in a Buffy episode I'm really struggling not to reference right now.)Some Stories for Escapists #1: The Werewolves: 4 1/4 starsA little bit of flash. Nicely done. To quote Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein:Larry Talbot: You don't understand. When the moon rises, I'll turn into a wolf.Costello: Yeah ... you and about five million other guys.First Time Buyers: 4 ¼ starsIn Danse Macabre, Stephen King discusses the original Amityville Horror movie and says that perhaps the scariest part of it is not the overt supernatural stuff but how the house is ruining these people financially. He suggests that perhaps it should have been called The Horror of The Shrinking Bank Account. I believe the main characters in his story can relate the pressures of a new house, precarious employment, and a bad economy.Schrodinger's Box: 5 stars. Not actually a horror story though. The first story where the author takes an overt philosophical turn - or at least the first time I noticed it. In Home Time, the author uses a poem that a character is reading to bring home the theme of the story. This time we have the example of Schrodinger's cat to tell the story of a woman who feels boxed in. The ending honors the story title and also provides a pitch perfect ending.The Watchers: 4 3/4 starsOkay, we're back to the supernatural as metaphor. The Watchers was about a lot of things, among them the nature of attraction, and -- I believe - how some people lose their identity and just become a projection of what their partner needs. How a gaze can feel like an assault. The desire to be honestly seen. There were moments when the story didn't feel as tight as some of the others, but I was still engrossed.Some Stories for Escapists #2: The Plague: 4 starsMore flash. I wondered if the writer had something more specific in mind than what I could place - if the plague was a parable for disease in general, or a specific malady. What I do know is that it was an astute exploration of the nature of denial and ostracization. (Spell check says that isn't a word, but I think it is.)The Final Wish: 2 ¾ starsLook, a story I didn't care for! I think I understood what the author wanted and where he was going but the writing felt like a young person's experiments with writing more than a mature effort. I had to struggle to rate this one and make sure I didn't punish it for not being as good as the previous stories. I'd sensed that the author might have a tendency for florid language, but this is the first and last instance where it felt like he gave in to that tendency.A Writer's Words: 4 starsThis story was scary for me at moments -- I find few things as terrifying as the thought of the type of loss of expression that the main character, Liam, suffers, and even as a reader I felt like I was on the brink of a panic attack at moments. I felt a little differently about it at the end of the story though, as this author made me see it in a new way. I don't know if the ending was supposed to be as scary as the rest and I'm just quirky, but the ending felt like a letting go -- the feeling you get when the worst happens and you're still standing. Although, it's a little unclear if Liam is still standing anywhere. Hmmm...One nitpick: the character of Liam says that it was a Twilight Zone with the earwig eating through someone's brain -- it was a Night Gallery. Of course, sometimes these errors can be deliberate and the main character was a little distressed.Some Stories for Escapists #3: The Haunted House: 3 1/2 starsThis is a very short story with layers of meaning, where the "scary" takes back seat to the use of language to draw in a reader and make, in this case, her think. However, this one was not one of my favorites.Red Route: 4 ¼ starsI think a lot of people will sorta figure it out, but this is still well worth the read. Nicely done.When The Walls Bend: 4 ¾ starsIn some ways, this is the most traditional, purest horror story in the collection. The author brings the same psychological angle that elevate other stories, but there's I was also genuinely frightened of the things going bump in the night and one line made me gasp. This is also another one where the author doesn't spell out everything.The book contained an author's note at the end in which he discusses the inspirations behind the stories. I wrote the review before reading it, even though I was aware it was there, because I think a story has to stand on its own with no additional help from the author. I loved reading it afterward though, and seeing where I'd misunderstood the writer's intent - and misunderstood it. I had to smile that I'd mentioned that one of the stories reminded me of King's discussion of Amityville Horror in his Danse Macabre, and then the author cited DM as an influence for the Some Stories for Escapists flash pieces. It made me feel like a read smartypants.Writing Style: 4 ¾ starsI think from my comments it's clear that I'm pretty pleased and pretty impressed by almost all aspects of Mr. Everington's skills. I sense he will not be the reader for everyone, probably not for the horror fan who values gore over the literary, but I see all the tools in place for someone who knows how to tell a good story.Editing: 4 starsPeriodic issues. For instance, twice "starring" was used when "staring" was the intended word, "eek" instead of "eke" the unintentional misspelling of a character's name, or the wrong tense of a word made it through. I enjoyed this collection so very much and would have liked it even better with an extra pair of eyes making sure it was publishing ready. Perhaps it's even more important since what shines through these stories is the author's love of language.

  • A.J. Armitt
    2019-03-15 05:54

    If you like intelligently written horror that is both unpredictable and weird, then this is definitely one for you. Extremelly well written in the writers own unique voice, you will discover tales that have evolved from everyday occurences,(the purchase of a new home; the sudden panic of being on a train and wondering if you have missed your station: the moment you attempt to open the wrong hotel room door), moments in life where the writer has stood back and asked himself that most important of questions... what if? As with most short story collections, there are the odd story or two, that detract from the overall excellence of the piece (I do wish he hadn't included the flash fiction 'Stories for Escapists'), but in retrospect nothing that could take away a 5 star review. James Everington is an exceptional talent and a name to look out for in the future. Once I have worked through my backlog of unread books, I will definitely download more of his work.

  • Julie Powell
    2019-03-10 09:06

    I would have to agree that this collection is superb and I'm grateful to James for having picked me to win a copy.Spine-tingling, spooky, creepy, jaw-dropping and hair-raising are just a few adjectives to describe how they made me feel.First Time Buyers smacked of both Stephen King and Dean Koontz, two of my favourite authors, where the imagination has no time to rest.A fast-paced and well written set of tales - thank you for making my heart beat a little faster...shows I'm still alive.Recommended.

  • Michele
    2019-02-21 04:55

    A very good collection of short stories, many of which explore questions of identity/reality. I particularly liked the title story (which is what compelled me to buy it -- I read the excerpt on Amazon and thought, "Well, I must know how this ends!"). Other favorites were "The Red Road," in which something does or does not take place on a highway, and "The Watchers," in which a girl is what everyone except herself wants her to be. The last story, a classic haunted house with a twist, is...unsettling, to say the least.

  • Patti (baconater)
    2019-03-02 06:01

    Being a fan of weird fiction, I very much enjoyed this collection of short stories. They are extremely well written, thought provoking and have the perfect balance of creepiness. In my opinion, this work would be at home on a shelf next to Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I hope to see more from this author.

  • Neil
    2019-02-24 12:14

    A collection of short horror stories with my favourites being The Other Room, The Watchers and A Writers' Words.

  • Erica
    2019-03-04 07:00

    Great collection of stories. This is one of those collections that will feed your imagination the next time you stay at hotel, drive down a twisting road, get on public transportation, etc.

  • Jim Breslin
    2019-03-01 06:05

    Step into The Other Room. Everington’s Room. James Everington’s The Other Room is an interesting collection of “weird horror fiction.” At first glance, the characters each appear to be struggling to overcome a phenomenon, but Everington writes in a way that connects the supernatural to the psychology of the characters. His writing flows smoothly between what the characters are seeing and their internal thoughts, tying the two together seamlessly. These characters are often outsiders, loners who see horrible things others can’t. The effect creates a surreal atmosphere. First Time Buyers was my favorite piece in the collection. The couple gets themselves in over their head with purchasing a new house. They haven’t been totally truthful with each other, and now he’s lost his job, and the neighborhood turns out to be a ghost town since the economy has tanked. When she first spots the creepy white being, a chill went down my spine. The story has an unsettling feeling all throughout the tone. I don’t tend to read supernatural stories or horror fiction, so this genre is new to me. Everington works to straddle the line between horror and literary fiction. He is descriptive as in this passage, “for the ex-miners still drink down the welfare, still sleep the same hours, still seem to carry coal dust in the bags under their eyes.” Everington’s prose flows. My only critique is that some of the stories could be a bit tighter in spots. I would recommend this particularly to readers of strange, fantastical fiction. If you enjoy stories by Shirley Jackson or Stephen King, check out this book, or should I say, check into The Other Room.

  • Allana
    2019-02-23 10:09

    I love short stories of weird fiction and this collection fitted the bill.I have seen that some have marked this collection as horror, but weird is a much better description and some of the tales (particularly The Other Room itself) remind me of the old Outer Limits-type tales.Only 3 stars, because, although this was a good read, none of the stories held my imagination for long (in fact, I am writing this review months after finishing the book, as I had forgotten all about it).But well worth a read at a time when I wanted to pick up a book, read a quick story, and be able to put the book down again and get on with other things.

  • Kath Middleton
    2019-03-05 10:57

    This is an intelligently written book of short stories, labelled by the author 'wierd fiction'. It's wierd but wonderful. Many of these stories stick in the mind. I've never come across some of the ideas before and I will certainly read anything else he publishes. Only one comes near to the classic haunted house definition but the stories themselves and the concepts he explores are certainly haunting. I have to stay in a hotel for two nights next weekend. He has made me nervous!Highly recommended.