We live in anxious times, you and I, desperately uncertain times. An era in which governments behave irrationally.
Diseases ravage the populous. And internet culture threatens to change who we really are. Modern life, for many, is one giant trigger warning. You need a place of sanctuary, a refuge from the chaos – so follow me now, into The Comfort Zone and Other Safe Spaces.
In the Zone nothing is what it seems. Houses defy the laws of nature while bodies become portals to impossible worlds. Viruses harbour mystifying enigmas and technologies incite the most subversive of desires.
Unfathomable encounters lurk both beneath the waves and between the stars.
Even birth and death, once knowable certainties, are here warped beyond all recognition. In his debut collection, Tom Over pushes the boundaries of genre storytelling into startling new realms.
From transgressive weird fiction to 80s inspired splatterpunk, from surreal dreamscapes to body horror nightmares.
Exploring both earthbound fears and uncharted cosmic terror, these stories will lure you into spaces that, upon inspection, may prove not safe after all…
“Inventive, transgressive, and bristling with dark life, Tom Over’s The Comfort Zone and Other Safe Spaces is an auspicious debut—it’ll have you turning on all the lights, laughing, wincing, asking yourself if he’ll Go There and discovering with gratitude that Yes, he will in fact Go There…There and Beyond.” – Matthew M. Bartlett, author of Gateways to Abomination
“Tom Over shows no bounds in how far he’s willing to go with the absurd and grotesque and I love him for it. He is a tightrope walker of a writer, balancing horror and pitch black humour with literary flare. Reading this book was the most fun I’ve had in a while. I loved these stories. I love this collection.” – Philip LoPresti, author of The Things We Bury
Tom Over is a writer of dark speculative fiction living in Manchester, UK. His near religious devotion to horror was galvanised in the dank and dusty backroom section of his local video shop, almost one hundred years ago. He has stories published by Aphotic Realm, Crystal Lake Publishing, Horror Sleaze Trash and Hybrid Sequence Media, with work forthcoming from Filthy Loot, amongst others. The Comfort Zone and Other Safe Spaces is his first book.