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Ti­tles get­ting an­other runout in pa­per­back this month in­clude Liu Cixin’s 15-story col­lec­tion THE PA­PER MENAGERIE ( , out now, Head Of Zeus). Some of the more ex­per­i­men­tal, whim­si­cal pieces test one’s pa­tience; else­where Cixin tack­les cy­ber­punk noir or draws on “fox spirit” mythol­ogy. We said: “Un­even – but when he’s good, Liu is very, very good in­deed.” Au­thor Wil­liam Gay died in 2012, leav­ing be­hind LIT­TLE SIS­TER DEATH ( , out now, Faber & Faber). This ghost story set in ru­ral Ten­nessee in the early ’80s cen­tres on an au­thor who, seeking in­spi­ra­tion, moves his fam­ily to a haunted farm. What a plonker. We said: “Lands some­where be­tween Stephen King, Cor­mac McCarthy and Blair Witch… Pos­i­tively thrums with a dark, witchy power.” With Hal­loween com­ing there’s a ver­i­ta­ble avalanche of clas­sic hor­ror reis­sues in Oc­to­ber. High­lights in­clude three col­lec­tions: Ray Rus­sell’s HAUNTED CAS­TLES (6 Oc­to­ber, Pen­guin Clas­sics), which in­cludes the tale that in­spired Wil­liam Cas­tle film Mr Sar­don­icus; Mapp And Lu­cia au­thor EF Ben­son’s GHOST STO­RIES of (6 Oc­to­ber, Vin­tage Clas­sics), se­lected and in­tro­duced by Mark Gatiss; and Five Chil­dren And It cre­ator E Nes­bit’s HOR­ROR STO­RIES (29 Septem­ber, Pen­guin). The lat­ter is just one of five ti­tles in the new Pen­guin Worlds range, which also in­cludes nov­els by Emma Bull, John Christo­pher, Joanna Russ and Ver­nor Vinge – all of them in­trigu­ing choices.

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