A Glimpse of
A girl born with a number for a name, destined to
become a new messiah – a seagull who becomes a
household pet and national celebrity – flashing
patterns of light as a key to your darkest fears – an
impoverished family with a murderous secret. In these
fourteen stories of this his first collection, Jeff Gardiner
shows a startling range of styles and imagination,
from visceral horror to lyrical literary prose.
Keen psychological insight is allied to a shrewd
knowledge of ancient myth and mysticism. Gardiner’s
recurring interest is in religion and spirituality and the
strange traces these almost outlawed strangers have
left on modern urban life. His characters are often
dangerous and unreasonable, their actions
unpredictable, a far cry from the rational universe we
like to think we share. Look again at your world and let
Gardiner show the glimpses you’ve been missing of
the doors that beckon you to other ways of seeing.
The ominous, the luminous… the numinous.