The Language of Beasts

-by Jonathan Oliver-

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“Those dark, glistening jewels – stomach, kidneys, liver – whispered as they fell. I only caught a few words, but what they conveyed… well, it was profound.”

In a slaughterhouse a group of men find they can tell fortunes from entrails; an invisible shark haunts a children’s book author; redemptive magic is discovered in the ancient chalk horse of the Oxfordshire hills; a woman vicar is possessed by the soul of a reactionary priest – in these seventeen stories of the weird, uncanny and fantastical, British Fantasy Award winner Jonathan Oliver takes the reader into imagined lives and worlds. Horrifying, weird and darkly humorous, The Language of Beasts is the first collection of stories from this critically acclaimed editor.

“This is an outstanding collection, by degrees wild and uncanny, tender and true.”
—Robert Shearman

“This is an author who never loses sight of the human aspect in every situation, no matter how bizarre. His characters are real, breathing, feeling, hurting individuals the reader simply has to care about.”
—Lisa Tuttle

The Language of Beasts is grim and guttural: yet beneath its surface is a whisper of poignant humanity. So listen closely, friends. You won’t be disappointed.”
—Helen Marshall

“An engaging and thoroughly enjoyable treasure trove of a collection, bursting with invention – a definite must-read!”
—Alison Littlewood

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  • Format ~ Collection
  • Length: H/B ~ 392 pages
  • Length: P/B ~ 327 pages
  • Published: H/B ~ 1st October 2020
  • Published: P/B ~ 26th August 2021
  • ISBN: H/B ~ 978-1-913038-53-3
  • ISBN: P/B ~ 978-1-913038-69-4

Jonathan Oliver is the British Fantasy Award winning editor of House of Fear, Magic, End of the Line, The End of The Road, Dangerous Games, Five Stories High and World War Cthulhu. For almost thirteen years he was the Editor-in-Chief of Abaddon Books and Solaris, and for five years served his time as a 2000 AD editorial droid. He lives in Oxfordshire with his family.