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Ugly Beautiful is an anthology of paradoxes. Absurd, poignant and disconcerting, each story touches on loneliness, the search for happiness, and the often extreme measures necessary to achieve it. A youtuber at a crossroads, a killer couple on the prowl, an art-terrorist unveiling her greatest work, a sister facing unbearable loss, a teenager with a pickled, talking foetus in a jar...

Lyrical and dark, mixing black humour with the humanity of every day, Ugly Beautiful is a set of stories which will linger long after the final page is closed.


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SHANE FILER

Novelist and Comic Book Writer

ABOUT

I’ve had a novel published in the US along with comics in the UK. I’m Shane and I'm a writer. It took me a long time to confidently say that.

A recent brush with death made me acutely aware time is against us—and I better damn well finish some of the stories important to me.

To stop writing material for other people. Or what I think might sell. To instead write things important to me—so that if I vanished tomorrow—I’d leave work I like. Hopefully someone else will too.

EDUCATION AND CAREER

In my lifetime I have picked up a Bachelor of Business Studies in Marketing from Massey University, New Zealand and a penchant for collecting cats.

REVIEWS

It's a tale that gives you food for thought, and gives you a little insight on a condition a good many suffer from in real life. Shane has created a character in which anyone can relate to. Briar's vulnerability and insecurities come across very clearly, and it's not that hard to feel for her as she tries to overcome the adversities coming her way. I'm definitely looking forward to more of Shane's future works. Thanks for a truly engrossing story!

Lissette

The book is very well written--and very dark. There are violent scenes, uncomfortable subjects--and not much room for happy endings. I was drawn to read through the pages, surprised by several of the scenes--and certainly caught up in the characters' ups and downs. It wasn't the book that I expected--but, I wasn't able to put it down until I reached the end. I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author in the future.

AJ Thompson


The (male) author does an incredible job of getting inside the minds of his female characters. He also has a wonderful poetic way with words, e.g., "The low red moon glows hypnotically, a burning fire in the quiet blackness." I absolutely loved this book and look forward to more from this author.

Lynda Dickson

Briar, helped me to understand the mental anguish, the internal conflicts and conversations people leaving with phobias, depression and low self esteem live and cope with. Briar is quite a character and tries to hold it together but being in her skin seems so hard. Filer does a great job at painting a vivid and compelling picture of what people with these struggles go through daily. I have a Briar in my life and although this is a work of fiction, it has helped me to understand that world in a tremendous way. Now hopefully I can be more empathetic and understanding concerning their struggles and issues.

C.Charles

"The world spins and people live and die and desperate longing goes unrequited in tiny rooms, and gentle souls become liars even to themselves."

BRIAR, Exit