‘The stories are a perfect showcase for her rich and imaginative style. Here, Nina Allan writes about worlds we can all relate to, and then adds her own special signature – an uneasy, very personalised feel that touches oh so very lightly on the supernatural. A Thread of Truth is a gem. Beautifully written and faultlessly characterised, subtly dark and threatening. The author includes and M. R James- style ghost story within a story to devastating effect. A thoughtful and engrossing read that impresses with its attention to detail, the perfection of its prose and the power to draw the reader into eerie worlds that linger in the mind like half-seen ghosts.’
Trevor Denyer – Midnight Street
I first read Nina Allan's work through the pages of Albedo One and, much though I wanted to be desperately jealous, I really liked her style. So I was excited to get this collection of her stories. Ms Allan presents seven short stories, the longer work of the title and a wonderfully insightful collection of notes that relate the stories to her life and to her friends, giving both depth to her work and a glimpse of the creative wheels that kick her into gear.
Throughout this collection Ms Allan's strength lies in her use of place. From the shabby run-down streets of the seaside town in Amethyst, to the quiet unsettling town in Ryman's Suitcase to the wonderful setting for Heroes in the shadow of the Raisin Street cottages and the A339 ring road, she uses the medium of place to settle the reader into the slightly skewed world of her characters….Ms Allan sets a wonderful landscape.
Andrew McKenna – Albedo One
[Nina Allan may] become one of the most accomplished of the modern exponents of the strange story, a worthy successor -but how different! -to Robert Aickman. Reading her is already a great pleasure.
Reggie Oliver, Wormwood magazine (No.16, Spring 2011) from Tartarus Press