Natural Histories
 Vangelis Hatziyannidis

Illustrations by Ephrosyne Doxiadis
To Rodakio, 2006
ISBN: 960-8372-14-3

In these stories, where the imagination releases our most terrifying fears, people are transformed into plants, chairs acquire human attributes and monsters come to life in the dark. Hidden fear and panic permeate the eleven tales in Natural Histories by Vangelis Hatziyannidis. His latest book represents a clear advance into the realm of fantasy literature, with both direct and indirect references to the gothic tradition.
Even when the events recounted in these stories do not strictly belong to the sphere of the fantastic, a sense of constant, boundless anxiety still persists.
The darkest reaches of the mind and conscience come unexpectedly to the surface to create hair-raising situations laden with atmosphere and suspense.
Complementing the narrative are illustrations by Ephrosyne Doxiadis, which depict unnatural shapes in unearthly colours that assume profoundly sinister dimensions.

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