Shadows on the Wall contains the very best of Paulsen's dark and weird tales, plus stunning new fiction written expressly for this volume.
- Glimpse a future where population controls force families into terrible choices.
- Visit Colonial British India and experience the awakening of an eldritch horror.
- Walk the steaming jungles of Vietnam alongside the spirits of the forest.
- Light an ancient oil lamp but beware, the shadows on the wall.
Steven Paulsen's stories have appeared in award-winning anthologies, and have been published around the world. Cover art and frontispiece by Acadamy-award winning artist, Shaun Tan.
"No matter the genre, there's a dark undercurrent in Paulsen's work, a gleeful malevolence that betrays a deeply nihilistic worldview somehow both addictive and soul-shattering."
- Aaron Sterns, author Wolf Creek: Origin, co-writer Wolf Creek 2
"Paulsen's body of work, as evidence by this impressive collection, explores the nature of our fears, effortlessly exposing us to shuddering horrors and milder terrors while drawing us in with utterly real characters."
- Kaaron Warren, author The Grief Hole
"Paulsen's tales range across the past, present and future, from settings totally common to the exotic and the magical. Uniting these wide-ranging tales is an unsettling, often supernatural, essence that puts his characters -- and his readers' perceptions of reality -- to the test."
- Jason Nahrung
"From its fathomless Lovecraftian horrors to the more intimate terrors that dwell far too close to home, this career-spanning collection deserves a prominent place in any library of quality Australian dark fiction."
- Kirstyn McDermott
"The beauty of Steve Paulsen's Shadows on the Wall lies in its accessibility: dark though the stories may be, we read them and nod - we know. Off the wall though its characters may be, they live next door. Reading Shadows is like talking to the neighbours - if you do (if you dare) you might just learn something about life."
- Gary Crew, Author of Strange Objects
"Shadows on the Wall will take you into some dangerously dark places, places that you know you should not enter, but enter you will, for, alas, you won't be able to help yourself. The stories contained within are rocket-fueled with narrative drive. These subtle, ironic, humorous, and sometimes horrific extrapolations and fantasies showcase Paulsen's wild talent and tight grip on craft."
- Jack Dann
"Don't let the domestic settings fool you - these stories confront the murky truths that lurk deep in the hidden heart of humanity. Paulsen peers over the brink of the abyss - and sees dark Lovecraftian forces looking right back at him. This collection is strong stuff - read it at your own risk."
- Janeen Web