Black Box

£7.00

A collection of short stories from the dark side, Black Box contemplates the important things in life: sex, death, impotence, storytelling and the legend of Robert Johnson. The final piece, 'a short, dark season', uses survivor narratives to draw a vivid picture of the brutal realities of the 1942 refugee crisis in Burma, when thousands died fleeing the advancing Japanese.

On Black Box:

'Langman is a fine writer. Dark yet witty, both light and profound. I found myself frequently both amused and disturbed. It’s a rare gift.' Anthony McGowan, award-winning author

'Pete Langman's stories invite you into a cold, unsettling world in which ugly things happen. His writing however is clean and perceptive; you are transported into strange minds and settings and you leave feeling like you know a bit more about the human condition.' Araminta Hall, author

reviews:

'I have been known to start books and then 10 pages in lose all motivation to turn another page. Not so with Black Box. It'll keep you on your toes. Like a rich dark stew the contents of each story bubbles and spits through your mind until every available space of your imagination is filled. I know I've read a good book when I find myself thinking about it for weeks afterwards.' Karen

'It's been a few weeks since I read this one, but as another reviewer also said, my mind keeps returning to it.
Absolutely loved the short stories - wasn't too sure about the longer story at first, maybe because I liked the fact you could
get through the shorter ones in a single sitting which made them feel very self contained, but even scenes from that longer story
keep popping into my head - perhaps especially because of the source material as Pete explains in his foreword.

As a guitar player myself, I thought the Blues story was genius :)' Sanj

'It is moving, thought provoking, captivating and disturbing at times. It does uncover the dark side and brings to light the ‘shadow’ of the human psyche. I felt the pain in some of the stories. It is vivid and brilliantly written. I highly recommend it.' Anon