I sometimes write supernatural and modern fantasy fiction with a gentle touch, and these are 4 of my favorites. 'Hanako' came from an absolutely fascinating trip to the southern Japanese island of Kyushu (I'd already been to Tokyo a couple of years earlier). I
knew I had to write something about the place, and started work on the story just as soon as I'd got home and recovered from my jet-lag. 'Seeing' comes from my long-time love affair with London -- I once lived by a square exactly as described, not far from Hyde Park. 'After the Storm' comes from another trip, to Penang, Malaysia this time. I actually stayed at the famous and historic Eastern & Oriental Hotel, which features heavily in the story. And 'Angel' comes simply from my love of wild, atmospheric places like the moors of southwest England. It's a cliche, I know, but if you enjoy reading these tales half as much as I enjoyed writing them, you'll like them a lot.
HANAKO FROM MIYAZAKI -- A Western businessman meets a beautiful young Japanese woman during a rainstorm in the seething heart of Tokyo and falls for her, but once the storm ends she vanishes. And the hunt to find her again leads him to the tropical southern island of Kyushu -- and a rendezvous with fate.
SEEING -- A young woman finds out that she can see through other people's eyes in the heart of London town.
AFTER THE STORM -- A pair of wartime lovers keep their romance alive long beyond death on the island of Penang, Malaysia.
THE TAPPLEWORTH ANGEL -- Out on the wild Devon moors, there is the legend of an angel occasionally appearing. But when a houseguest spots it, it begins to affect both his life and the married couple he is staying with.
Stories of relationships, conflict, and romance -- all with hints of haunting strangeness -- by a writer nominated for the British Fantasy Award.
"Richards is a master" -- Romantic Times Book Reviews.
"A unique and eloquent voice" -- John Pelan.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tony Richards is the author of novels from HarperCollins, Tor, and Pan Macmillan and has seen more than one hundred short stories in print. He has been shortlisted for two major awards. His newest novels, TROPIC OF DARKNESS and UNDER THE ICE, are now out from Simon & Schuster and Samhain Publishing