RED PHONE BOX: A darkly magical story cycle
Shatter a mirror, and rearrange the pieces. What shapes will you find in the splintered glass?
Sinister forces roam London’s streets, skulking through the neon-lit rain. They are not alone. Haunted by memories of the man who abandoned her, Amber goes walking in the deep night. The phone box she enters takes her on a journey she could never have imagined, one in which the past and the future will be rewritten. Others follow in her footsteps, their lives intertwining, and the fate of the world hanging on their dance. Safran, pawn of unfathomable powers. Jon, who has lived and died and lived again. Gloria, who only intended to annoy her daddy. Cory, from a different world, on a desperate quest for allies. They and others will find themselves swept up as the playthings of gods who have managed to get along peacefully for millennia — until now.
Red Phone Box is a darkly magical story cycle, a network of interweaving tales by a dazzling range of masterful authors, including Gun Machine’s Warren Ellis. Let them take you to a very different London — one that hides on the other side of the fractured glass.
Red Phone Box is waiting for you…
RELEASED 30 NOVEMBER 2013
ISBN13 9780957627109 Paperback
ISBN13 9780957627116 Standard Hardcover
ISBM13 978-0-9576271-2-3 E-book, epub edition
ISBN13 978-0-9576271-3-0 E-book, .mobi edition
Limited edition Hardcover (ISBN13 9780957627116) $36.00 + postage - We've worked many special features into this limited edition hardcover including special silk paper, dust jacket, foil-stamped red cloth binding, head and tail bands, end papers printed with maps. We will be selling the special edition only through our site. Numbers are limited, so order early.
Written by: Warren Ellis, Robert Bal, Chris Bissette, Joff Brown, Francesca Burgon, David Church Rodríguez, Gábor Csigás, Peter Dawes, Tim Dedopulos, James 'Grim' Desborough, Hollis Dorian, erisreg, Lacie Grayson, Kate Harrad, Salome Jones, Tamsyn Kennedy, Sezin Koehler, Uri Kurlianchik, J.F. Lawrence, Gethin A. Lynes, Remittance Girl, Steven Sautter, Matthew Scoppetta, Joe Silber, Thadeus E. Suggs, Chuck Walker, Dan Wickline, Cvetomir Yonchev.
Interior Illustrations by Kara Y. Frame
Cover by Gábor Csigás
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"...Suffering from insomnia due to her recently ended love affair, Amber sets off on a midnight stroll through London, imagining that her entire body is glowing. She returns to her apartment to find a new boyfriend who can’t comprehend why she doesn’t know him. What initially seems to be a loosely connected assortment of short stories is actually a short story cycle or composite novel..." --Kirkus Reviews [Read the full review]
Review on Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
"...I think what I most like about this book is that it is a number of different stories, some shorter than others, and all told by different authors, so you really do get a myriad of writing styles which make for quite an interesting read....but here's the fun part, it's like a bunch of puzzle pieces that do end up making the bigger picture.
At times I almost felt like I was reading one of those fun mystery books we would have as kids, where you get to pick the ending and then go on to that page and the story takes off from there. ...
Whatever it was, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I will tell you that I wasn't sure I would because as much as I was curious and looking forward to reading it, I had read some not so favorable reviews which left me wondering if I would make it to the end of the book.
I did, and I'm glad I did, it was quite a fun read..." [Full review]
“Red Phone Box is a monster made of words by 28 Dr. Frankensteins. It’s a book, a story cycle, and a fever dream where time and space, and human and inhuman lives collide in beautiful madness.”--Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim series:
“Dark and surreal, the interconnected stories of Red Phone Box will invade your dreams with their twisted charms and make you wish for more.”--Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things
“... the cleverly chained tales keep a narrative thread running ... and it's a joy, and often a horror, to go along for the ride. Brilliant stuff.”--Sean Cregan, author of The Razor Gate
“…a postmodern literary Dagwood sammitch, spiced with murder addicts, druids, vampires and Warren Ellis (as an author, not a character).”--Greg Stolze, author of SwitchFlipped and Sinner