THE INKERMEN PRESS (1 August 2012)
“The Last Balcony is one of the best author’s anthology ever. […] In the end, I can only be gratified to see this superlative collection appearing under the wings of the Inkermen.” – Dan Ghetu of Ex Occidente Press (quoted from here)
“Lewis does crepuscular decay better than almost anyone. […] ‘Tugging the Heartstrings’ — a gem, a minor masterpiece, a beautiful story that I found uplifting. […] I always thought that clarity was his weak point, but the prose in the vast majority of the stories in this collection is beautifully clear and sometimes highly lyrical. […] ‘The Mentioning’ — this book seems designed to disprove every assertion I make. No sooner do I make a claim that Des is at his best in ‘inner city’ or ‘isolated rural’ (specifically I meant marsh and fenland) locations than he writes a superb piece set on the coast among the cliffs of a wild beach. This story is a meditation, on death, loss and fate, and is utterly infused with the authentic ambience of that margin where land meets sea. […] Des is able to make a simple game of clock patience seem sinister, to imbue it with a seepiness, for want of a better word, that is even more sinister than plain old-fashioned creepiness. […] ‘Gates’ – brilliant. A classic. One of my favourites so far. One of the best Des Lewis stories I’ve ever read…[…] I have often said that Des Lewis doesn’t use algorithms in his writing, but this story is as algorthmical as a Roald Dahl or May Sinclair tale; but it’s far denser and stranger than anything by those (very good) writers. The writing, the prose, is just excellent. [Re: Cloysters]” — Rhys Hughes, from HERE, a substantial review that is still on-going.
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ARTWORK: Tony Lovell (including the Blue Apocryphan Red Indian)
A hardback book with dustjacket, 336 pages. Read it between jumping and hitting the ground. The last balcony, you see, is at the top of a building with many stories….