Reviews: Smoke House,
Keyhole & other fiction Followed by interviews with Matthew G. Rees
"When we talk about the writer’s imagination, we sometimes suggest there’s a sliding scale, that some are more ample than others. If that is indeed the case, then writer Matthew G. Rees certainly operates at the upper end of things… One of the signal features of the collection is a regard, a reverence even for language… Rees is an incredibly confident deviser of narrative. This second engaging and darkly amusing collection certainly offers plentiful evidence of oddball, quirky and very compelling storytelling skill."
JON GOWER (right), NATION.CYMRU, REVIEW OF SMOKE HOUSE & OTHER STORIES
Photo: Emyr Jenkins
"This is a hugely recommended collection that marks Rees out as a writer capable of spinning tales of vibrant imagination and who is unafraid to peer into strange places.''
IAN HOLLOWAY, WYRD BRITAIN, REVIEW OF KEYHOLE
"...the very best of Rees's stories such as the tale of the venal antique dealers in 'The Word' are simply world class.''
JON GOWER, NATION.CYMRU, REVIEW OF KEYHOLE
"Rees is fully in control of that particular gift of authors of fantastic stories, which consists of placing banal objects, or characters, in situations where they are at the same time innocent and threatening . . . On other occasions, his stories are wonderfully weird and funny at the same time . . ."
GUIDO EEKHAUT (right), AUTHOR OF ABSINTHE, MEDIUM, REVIEW OF KEYHOLE
". . . enhanced by beautiful writing throughout . . . wonderfully accomplished"
CAROLYN PERCY, WALES ARTS REVIEW, REVIEW OF KEYHOLE
". . . the overall effect is one of utter oddity and insight into a world which, as Machen's was, is clearly ours - but experienced at a slant. And that slant makes all the difference . . . A bonus is that the stories are accompanied by evocative, complementary photographs taken by their author. Matthew G. Rees is an author whose name was new to me, but is now noted. Further work from him will receive a warm welcome!"
JOHN HOWARD, WORMWOOD, REVIEW OF KEYHOLE
'Lushly imaginative, lyrical, full of intriguingly funny interludes, Keyhole is a wonderful collection I’m busy recommending to friends.’
PETER KENNY, A WRITER'S NOTEBOOK, REVIEW OF KEYHOLE